SCA Board of Directors

Michael Hirsch
President
Michael is an experienced urban planner and design architect with significant experience in the resort and tourism market. His work has included architecture and planning projects, including Red Sky Ranch Member + Guest Clubhouses (Eagle County, CO); Ritz-Carlton Residences, Vail; and a new base ski village for Breckenridge Mountain Resort, in Colorado. Serving as a preservation planning consultant to the New York City Department of City Planning, he completed work on design guidelines and signage recommendations for the Coney Island Redevelopment Master Plan, Brooklyn, NY. Prior international planning experience includes the Master Plan for the Lulu Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, U.A. E. Prior architectural experience includes the Doubletree Hotel, Tarrytown, NY (2005); and the Parker Meridien Hotel / Spa / Conference Center, Palm Springs, CA (2004). He is currently consulting on architecture, planning, and historic preservation projects in New York City. Michael received his B.Arch degree from Pratt Institute (1986), and a M.S. in City and Regional Planning, with a preservation planning certification, also from Pratt Institute (2006). Michael has served on the advisory board of The Doo Wop Preservation League, in Wildwood, NJ since 2003. The organization’s educational mission is to foster awareness of the popular culture and imagery of the 1950's and 1960's, and to promote the preservation of the largest collection of Doo Wop (mid-century modern) resort architecture found in the United States. In this role he wrote the “How to Doo Wop” handbook of design guidelines for the Wildwood Hotel/Motel District. He was also involved in the research of the Chateau Bleu Motel for its nomination to the New Jersey State Register of Historic Places, now on the National Register. Mr. Hirsch has received A.I.A. and A.P.A. awards for his urban planning/community design work.
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Raina Regan
Vice President
Raina Regan is the Senior Manager of the Easement Program at the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, DC. Prior to working at the Trust, Raina worked as a Community Preservation Specialist with Indiana Landmarks' Central Regional Office and as staff architectural historian for the Indiana Army National Guard. Raina has a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Visual Culture from Michigan State University and a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. Raina is a Midwesterner at heart, with roots in Indiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Michigan and loves the culture and architecture of the Midwest.
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Barbara Gossett
Secretary
Barbara Gossett resides in Southern California and is actively involved in local history organizations. She volunteers as a docent and task force member at the Olinda Oil Museum, the site of an old oil company town, and is an assistant archivist at the Garden Grove Historical Society. She completed her Masters in public history at California State University, Fullerton, in 2006, with an emphasis on architectural history. She retired in 2009 after eighteen years with the California Department of Transportation, where she worked as a planner. Barbara’s interest in roads and roadside curiosities began during her childhood in Oklahoma, nurtured with frequent road trips along Route 66 to visit family in Albuquerque. Living in Southern California has made her an enthusiast of Googie signs, architecture, and interiors. She has compiled a collection of photographs, postcards, and other ephemera from travels around the western states. In addition to SCA, she is a member of the Garden Grove and Orange County Historical Societies and the National Council on Public History.
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Jeremy Ebersole
Board of Directors
Leaping Muffler Men in a single bound, Jeremy is a passionate lover of all things quirky, off-beat, and eccentric. Growing up on a solid 1980s diet of Midwestern drive-in movie theatres, a requisite college cross-country Route 66 road trip, and a stint amongst the exquisite movie palaces of Los Angeles, his appetite for mimetic architecture, neon signs, Art Deco chevrons, and Googie boomerangs is limitless. Jeremy currently connects travelers to the gems of northern New England as a concierge at the Woodstock Inn & Resort. He most recently worked in the North of Boston region with the Essex National Heritage Commission, helping to rally the local community around the unique character and sense of place that exists in Essex County, MA. He previously served as the regional National Heritage Areas Communications Coordinator with the National Park Service, as an Admissions Counselor at his alma mater Elizabethtown College, built a labyrinth along the border of the ancient Roman Empire in Germany, dug through even more ancient dirt pursuing a different kind of archaeology in Israel, and of course worked at an old neighborhood cinema (Annville, PA's Allen Theatre). Jeremy holds fast to his conviction that the best architecture is the kind that makes you smile.
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Ron Dylewski
Board of Directors
On the day that he peered out of the rear window of his school bus and saw the Rhinebeck Diner being hauled on a flatbed out of his home town, Ron knew something was up. What he didn't realize was that he'd be chasing diners the rest of his life. After studying Communications at SUNY Brockport, where he would stumble on John Baeder's "Diner" in a local bookstore, Ron settled in the Rochester, NY area, working first as radio DJ and later in television production. In the early ‘80s, work took Ron to Pittsburgh, where he would eventually become a freelance commercial TV director. Around 1992 Ron was introduced to the SCA and attended his first event, The Delaware Valley Diner Tour. The next year he was off to the Black Hills of South Dakota. Ron's lifelong fascination with the roadside led to him launch the website, www.TheAmericanRoadside.com in 2005, as a way to connect with others and share his photos and thoughts on his favorite subject. A Flickr group he started soon after now hosts more than 80,000 roadside images.
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Carol Ingald
Treasury
Historic Preservation Specialist. Philadelphia, PA
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Cindy Flora
Board of Directors
Cindy Flora has enjoyed writing, art, travel, and photography her entire life and tried to combine those interests whenever possible. She has worked 32 years for Pinellas County Schools (PCS). She was a high school language arts teacher, yearbook advisor, and multicultural committee sponsor before serving in various coordinator and specialist positions at the district level for the past 16 years. She currently coordinates the Principal’s Multicultural Advisory Committee (PMAC) program and Character Education initiatives under the social studies department. She is the editor of the Pinellas County Schools’ Dimensions of Diversity newsletter which she created in 2002. She is also the webmaster for the PCS PMAC http://www.pcsb.org/Domain/5058 and Character Education http://www.pcsb.org/Page/362 web site pages. She was the past editor for the St. Petersburg Historical Museum newsletter and the Society for Prevention of Cruelty of Animals Largo, Florida, newsletter. She is a regular contributor to the Storycircle Network and SCA Road Notes. Her interests also include commercial archaeology (she has spent a lifetime exploring this topic informally and collecting its ephemeral), gardening, horseback riding, running, art (painting, folk art, crafts, etc.), mid-century modern architecture and furnishings, vintage clothes, exotica music and Tiki culture, etc…really the list and future possibilities are infinite. She has a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, a master’s degree in Composition and Rhetoric, and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership, all from the University of South Florida. She has been married 27 years to Tom Flora, has one daughter, Kaycee Flora, in college, and two step-sons, Jason and Shawn.
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Matthew Hayes
Board of Directors
Matt Hayes is a doctoral fellow at the University of Florida. He holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and is currently a professor at Miami-Dade College. He has presented on the subject of historic stadia and arenas at numerous national and international conferences, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the Association of Preservation Technology, the Society of Industrial Archeology, the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians, the American Planning Association, and the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS). Matt serves on the board of the Florida chapter of DoCoMoMo (Documentation and Conservation of the Modern Movement) and continues to conduct research on the architectural and social evolution of ballparks, stadia, and arenas.
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Peter Ives
Board of Directors
Peter was born in west Texas and raised in New Mexico, living in many small towns in that region as a child. He has in BA in Geography with a minor in History from the University of New Mexico, 1970; was in the USAF from 1971-1973 in England, where he took courses in a Masters program in International Relations. Once back in Albuquerque, he took classes in Art History and worked as Library Information Specialist in Government Publication & Maps, running the Map Room's map and atlas collection for three years. He earned his MS in Library & Information Science from U. of Illinois in 1983. After working a year at the Illinois Dept of Energy & Natural Resources, he was hired by the Universary of New Mexico’s William. J. Parish Memorial Library as a Business Librarian in 1984. He retired as its Collections Manager in 2009, having spent the better part of his career doing reference and collection management for Business and Economics, plus 15 years also as Geography selector.
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Kevin Patrick
Board of Directors
Kevin Patrick was born beneath the nurturing glow of a blinking, multicolored, neon halo at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden, New Jersey, and from there came to appreciate all the common landscapes, and commercial roadsides the plebeian suburbs had to offer. Searching for answers as to why such built environments look the way they do, he got a BA in Geography at Glassboro State College, an MA in Geography at the University of Illinois, and a PhD in Geography at the University of North Carolina. Along the way, he discovered, researched, wrote, and taught about the evolution of the American road and roadside, joining other like-minded scholars with a membership in the SCA. He has taught Geography at Indiana University of Pennsylvania since 1993. He has also acted as a consultant for the National Park Service’s Lincoln Highway Special Resource Study, Pennsylvania’s Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor, and the Allegheny Ridge Corporation’s Main Line Canal Greenway Project. Kevin is the author of Pennsylvania Caves & Other Rocky Roadside Wonders, coauthor of Diners of Pennsylvania (with Brian Butko and Kyle R. Weaver), and co-editor of Pittsburgh and the Appalachians: Cultural and Natural Resources in a Postindustrial Age (with Joseph Scarpaci) and has written chapters for Looking Beyond the Highway: Dixie Roads and Culture and An Uncommon Passage: Traveling through History on the Great Allegheny Passage Trail. He is currently working on the book, Diners of New Jersey. Kevin has led dozens of commercial landscape-laden field trips through Las Vegas, Chicago, Canada, Pennsylvania, numerous other places throughout the Northeast, and most recently was the leader of SCA’s South Jersey Diner Tour.
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Travis Ratterman
Board of Directors
Travis Ratermann is the Survey Historian for the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, located in Little Rock, AR. He has a B.S. in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. As the Survey Historian, Travis is involved with reviewing Residential and Commercial District Surveys from throughout the state. In the past, Travis has surveyed the Historic Roadside markers located in the eastern portion of South Dakota. Travis has also surveyed Historic Route 66 from Chicago to St. Louis through a grant from the Route 66 Corridor Preservation program, as part of the Illinois State Historic Preservation Office, where he surveyed historic roadbeds of the famed Route 66, but also its iconic architecture which can be found in most of the small communities that once flourished along the road.
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