VAF Board of Directors, 2019-2020


President: Claire Dempsey, Independent Scholar, Medford, MA (2021)

First Vice President: Christine O'Malley, Historic Ithaca (2021)

Second Vice President: Kim Hoagland, Michigan Technological University (2020) 

Treasurer: Claudia Brown, N. C. State Historic Preservation Office (retired) (2024)

Secretary: William Littmann, California College of the Arts (2020)

Elected Directors

Heather Barrett, Maryland Historical Trust (2020)

Jennifer Baughn, Mississippi Department of Archives and History (2022)

Christopher Bell, Oregon Department of Transportation (2020)

Máire O'Neill Conrad, Montana State University (2021)

Brent Fortenberry, Texas A&M University (2021) 

J. Philip Gruen, Washington State University (2022)

Jobie Hill, Saving Slave Houses (2021)

Emilie Johnson, Monticello (2021)

Sally McMurry, Pennsylvania State University (2020)

Myron Stachiw, Historical Consultant and Preservation Educator (2022)

C. Ian Stevenson, Boston University (2020)

Zachary Violette, The New School (2022) 

Appointed Directors

Vernacular Architecture Newsletter Editor

Christine Henry, University of Mary Washington
Buildings & Landscapes editors
Lydia Mattice Brandt, University of South Carolina

Carl Lounsbury, College of William & Mary

Special Series Editor

Tom Carter, University of Utah

Website editor
Hayli Ballentine Reff, University of Oregon

Other positions

Archivist: Laura Driemeyer, Preservation Company

Conference Planner: Michelle Jones

2020 Conference Coordinator (San Antonio, TX): Evan Thompson

2021 Conference Coordinator (Plymouth, MA): J. Ritchie Garrison

Opportunities to Serve the VAF

The nominating committee of the Vernacular Architecture Forum (VAF) is seeking nominations for individuals to serve as members of the organization’s Board of Directors. Board members serve three-year terms. Individuals nominated this year, and subsequently elected, will begin service in June 2020.

The VAF is administered by a volunteer board composed of dedicated professionals and scholars from diverse disciplines who live and work in all parts of the United States and Canada. The Board meets twice a year, once during our Annual Conference in the Spring and again in the Fall. Board members are expected to attend these day-long meetings and participate in committee work throughout the year. 

The committee also seeks nominations for the position of Secretary to start in June 2020.  Candidates for these positions should be familiar with the organization’s disparate programs and annual conferences and possess organizational skills.

Nominations should be sent to Christine G. O'Malley at by October 11, 2019. Nominees must be members of the Vernacular Architecture Forum. Please include a short letter (not exceeding one page) indicating the position for which the person is being nominated and describing their qualifications as well as a short vita/resume (not exceeding two pages). Self-nominations are actively encouraged.

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