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April 26, 2022
Mississippi Main Street
Thomas Gregory is the State Coordinator for the Mississippi Main Street Association, where he leads the organization's administrative, advocacy, and development efforts. A certified community planner, Gregory previously worked for the Small Town Center at Mississippi State University and as the chief administrative officer for the City of Greenwood, Mississippi. Thomas' involvement with Main Street began as a member of the board of directors for Main Street Greenwood, a position he held for eight years.
June 21, 2022
Jennifer V. O. Baughn
Chief Architectural Historian
As an architectural historian with the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jennifer has published several scholarly articles about school architecture and segregation; she also authored the National Historic Landmark nomination for the Medgar and Myrlie Evers House in Jackson.
Jennifer was the 2020-2021 president of SESAH. With co-authors Michael Fazio and Mimi Miller, she is co-author of the guidebook Buildings of Mississippi, the 2021 volume in the celebrated Buildings of the United States series by the Society of Architectural Historians and published by the University of Virginia Press.
August 16, 2022
Senior Search Consultant
Museum Search & Reference
Saving Civil Rights Landmarks in Mississippi: St Joseph's Catholic Church History
Ida Bea Tomlin is a Senior Search Consultant for Museum Search & Reference, an executive search firm that places leadership in museums around the world. Locally, she serves as a consultant for the Mississippi Arts + Entertainment Experience (The MAX) and the Meridian Museum of Art, and as a volunteer for the Meridian Architectural Trust.
In all her work, Ida keeps at the forefront best practices based on diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion. Ida is currently leading the effort to place St. Joseph Catholic Church on the National Register of Historic Places.
September 22, 2022
Mississippi Heritage Trust
Director of Programs
Mississippi Heritage Trust
Overview of Historic Preservation Tax Credits & National Register of Historic Places
The Mississippi Heritage Trust and their preservation partners, lobbied the Mississippi legislature for the passage of a State Historic Tax Credit for the rehabilitation of historic properties, which passed in 2006 and was reauthorized in 2016.
After serving as a board member, board president and volunteer for MHT for many years, Lolly took over as Executive Director in 2013. Lolly has over twenty years of experience in historic preservation, including her work as Historical Administrator for the City of Biloxi, Program Manager for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and Vice President of White House Properties.
Claire has been a part of the Board of Trustees for five years as a board member, Treasurer, Vice President and President. She has degrees in Interior Design from Mississippi State University and Historic Preservation from the University of Georgia. Originally from Natchez, she worked for many years with Waycaster & Associates Architects on public and private preservation and restoration projects across Mississippi and Louisiana.
January 24, 2023
Mississippi Arts & Entertainment Experience