Georgia National Register Review Board

Board Members


  • M. Jared Wood, PhD (Statesboro) is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Georgia Southern University. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Georgia in 2009. His area of specialty is archaeology of the Southeastern United States, with focus on prehistoric and contact period peoples.
  • Kara Bridgman Sweeney, PhD (Savannah) is a Lecturer of Anthropology at Georgia Southern University, and Director of the Digging Savannah public outreach initiative for archaeology. She received her PhD in Anthropology from University of Florida. Her experience is in community archaeology and cultural heritage management, and she is a member of the Archaeology Task Force for the City of Savannah.


  • David Steele, AIA, received a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Oregon and a Bachelor of Architecture from Andrews University. He is currently and Associate at Lord Aeck Sargent Architecture in Atlanta where he is a project manager in the historic preservation practice area.
  • Joseph Smith, AIA (Madison) is a principal of Architectural Collaborative, LLC, based in Athens, Georgia. Joe’s area of practice focuses primarily on the rehabilitation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings with special emphasis on vernacular and utilitarian architecture. Joe received his AB in Design from Duke University and his Master of Architecture degree from the Yale School of Architecture. Since 2012 he has taught American Architectural History in the MHP program at Georgia State University and has served on the Madison Historic Preservation Commission since 2006.

Architectural Historian

  • E.G. Daves Rossell, PhD, teaches American architecture and urbanism, vernacular architecture and cultural landscape as Professor of Architectural History at the Savannah College of Art and Design. Rossell received his B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.


  • Staci L. Catron (Atlanta) is a library director, archivist, and author, specializing in the history of designed landscapes in the Southeastern United States. As the Cherokee Garden Library Director for the Atlanta History Center, she manages the development, care, and interpretation of a 32,000-item collection (including rare books, landscape drawings, manuscripts, and botanical prints). She performs professional library and archival work, plans and implements programs and exhibitions, supervises conservation work, directs all fundraising, promotes the collection through curatorial tours and public speaking, and works with community partners to document and preserve historic landscapes throughout the region. Her most recent award-winning book is Seeking Eden: A Collection of Georgia’s Historic Gardens, with co-author Mary Ann Eaddy and photographs by James R. Lockhart, published by University of Georgia Press (2018). She is a past president of the Southern Garden History Society Past President and an Honorary Member of The Garden Club of America.
  • Laura Drummond (Atlanta) received a Master in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy at GSU. She is owner and principal in the firm Atlanta Preservation & Planning Services and has helped teach many preservation classes.
  • Ethiel Garlington (Macon) has served as Executive Director of Historic Macon Foundation (HMF) since March 2014. Prior to that he worked in construction, heritage tourism, and served as the Director of Preservation Field Services for Knox Heritage. HMF is nationally recognized for neighborhood revitalization and advocacy efforts using entrepreneurial solutions with revolving funds and historic tax credits. For the past five years, HMF has consulted on more tax credit projects than anyone else in the state. Thanks to HMF's efforts and the work of our partners downtown Macon is undergoing a renaissance.


  • Jackie Tyson, MHP, is Associate Director of History at New South Associates, based in Stone Mountain, Georgia. She received her Master of Historic Preservation degree from the University of Kentucky and Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology from Georgia State University. While managing a diverse array of projects at New South Associates, she is particularly interested in public history and community engagement, and how everyday historic buildings can tell important stories about our past.
  • Maryellen Higginbotham received a Master’s Degree in Interior Design [Historic Preservation Focus] from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and Bachelor Degrees in Interior Design and Historic Preservation from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has been a historic house museum curator/coordinator and an instructor on Historic Interiors in the Heritage Preservation Program at Georgia State University. Presently she is an independent scholar and refers to her findings as “Paint, Paper, Panels, and Plaster: Elements of Embellishment in Georgia Domestic Interiors 1790-1890.”