SOC Board Members

Adam Stevenson Adam Stevenson
Board President Adam Stevenson has been involved with Save Our Cemeteries for over a decade – first as a volunteer tour guide, then as a member of the board. A licensed tour guide and operator, he has served on the boards of the Tour Guide Association of Greater New Orleans, and the National Federation of Tourist Guide Associations. He volunteers in both St. Louis Cemetery No. 1, and Lafayette 1 Cemetery No. 1, as a guide for Save Our Cemeteries. He is a graduate of Washington and Lee University and a native of New Orleans.
Michelle Stanard Duhon Michelle Stanard Duhon
Michelle is owner of Bayou Preservation, LLC, and has been working in historic preservation and materials conservation since 2007. She has a BA in History and Art History from the University of Georgia, and a MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Texas School of Architecture. Michelle has worked on a wide range of preservation projects from the famous Art Deco Fair Park complex in Dallas, TX, to a small baseball collection for the Louisiana State Museum. She specializes in plaster, paints and coatings, stone, and metals conservation. Michelle’s company recently gained international attention for completing restoration work on the Marie Laveau Tomb in St. Louis Cemetery No. 1.
David Hymel David Hymel
David is the founder and owner of Hymel & Ready, a New Orleans-based CPA firm and has assisted non-profit organizations in the areas of auditing, tax, and litigation support services. In October, he was named a 2014 “Money Maker” by New Orleans City Business. David grew up in Old Jefferson, and earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of New Orleans. His love of New Orleans’ cemeteries began at an early age, through regular visits to the local cemeteries with his grandparents.
Kelley Mackenroth Kelley Mackenroth
Kelley is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A.); Loyola University New Orleans (M.S.), and Loyola University College of Law (J.D.). Mrs. Mackenroth is a practicing attorney-at-law who specializes in title and property-related issues, estate planning, and successions. Mrs. Mackenroth devotes her time to serving on various Boards and special event committees for a number of non-profits in New Orleans; she most recently served as the Restaurant Committee Co-Chair for Preservation Resource Center’s “Julia Jump” event. Formerly, Mrs. Mackenroth was a tour guide, a middle and high school teacher, and a Big Easy Rollergirl. In 2008, she was named one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40” for her contributions to the New Orleans Metropolitan region. Mrs. Mackenroth and her husband, D. Irwin, live in New Orleans with their three small children.
IMG_0764 Courtney Payton
Courtney is an attorney at BrownGreer PLC and a graduate of Loyola University School of Law. She is a licensed tour guide, with experience in grant-writing, public relations, and event planning. Courtney is an active member of the Krewe of Muses, the Southern Food & Beverage Museum, Audubon Insectarium, the Association of Women Attorneys, and the International Law Society. For the past four years, she has assisted SOC as a Restoration Volunteer Corps member, working primarily in Lafayette Cemetery No. 1.
Jerry Pepper Jerry Pepper
Jerry is a New Orleans native dividing his time between residences in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Sarasota, FL; and his hobbies: helping raise his teenage daughter (she’s almost out of the nest), taking care of her puppy, mixology, reading, tennis and running. When not pursuing these endeavors he practices law, dabbles in Louisiana genealogy and history, and serves on numerous public and private boards just like this one.
Shanna Hudson-Stowe Shanna Hudson-Stowe
Shanna has more than 30 years of work experience in commodity and wholesale purchasing and merchandising, administration and nonprofit fundraising and management. Ms. Hudson-Stowe has worked for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation since March 2006. She has raised well over a million dollars in successful grants and donor solicitations over the course of her career. As Development Associate at the Jazz & Heritage Foundation, she works to raise funds for the year-round activities of the and recently completed the capital campaign for the new George & Joyce Wein Jazz & Heritage Center. Shanna also supervises volunteers at events and festivals. Ms. Hudson-Stowe received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stephens College, Columbia Missouri in 2003, and Masters of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2006.
Sonji White Sonji White
Sonji is a graduate of the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, New Orleans. She currently serves as the Project Manager at Jacobs/CSRS Program Management and has been involved in project management for about 15 years. Ms. White moved back to New Orleans from California three years ago because of her construction management background and has been involved with several programs to rebuild the City of New Orleans post-Katrina. She is a member of many organizations such as the National Association of Women in Construction, Rebuilding Together, the Young Leadership Council, Engage NOLA and 504ward. She enjoys visiting the New Orleans Museum of Art, the African American Museum, trying new restaurants and taking in the architecture and culture of this city.
Gerald T. McNeill Gerald T. McNeill
Gerald is a native of New Orleans who grew up in the St. Roch neighborhood across the street from St. Roch Park and St. Roch Cemetery. He was educated in Orleans Parish Public Schools – Charles E. Gayarre Elementary School, C. J. Colton Junior High School, and Francis T. Nicholls High School. He continued his education in New Orleans and earned B.A. degrees in History and Geography from LSUNO. After his LSUNO days, he worked for and then became President of Joseph C. Domino, Inc., a tugboat and barge brokerage on the Mississippi River and adjoining waterways. After 25 years in the tugboat and barge business, Gerald decided to pursue a second career – teaching. He entered UNO to become a high school teacher. He earned certification in secondary social studies and his graduate degree in Geography from UNO. But, before Gerald started teaching in high school, he was lucky enough to land several adjunct positions on the college level. Starting in 1997, he taught classes at colleges all around the city of New Orleans including Old Lady of Holy Cross College, Nunez Community College, the University of New Orleans, and Xavier University. In 1999, he became a full-time Instructor of Geography at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. His two main areas of interest and research in cultural geography are necrogeography (the study of burial places) and architectural geography. He has presented cultural geography lectures on cultural landscapes, cemeteries, burial practices, and folk house types at Southeastern Louisiana University, the Association of Gravestone Studies Conferences, the Pioneer America Society Conferences, the Association of American Geographers Conferences, a Southern Rural Sociology Conference, and the Save Our Cemeteries Cemetery Seminar Program in 2011. He and his wife, Ann, live in Hammond, Louisiana.
Alex L.M. Ducros Alex L.M. Ducros
Alex is an Attorney with Orrill, Cordell & Beary, L.L.C. in New Orleans. A native New Orleanian, Mr. Ducros (pronounced with a silent ‘s’) is a graduate of Ben Franklin Senior High School, N.O.C.C.A., L.S.U. and Loyola University New Orleans’ School of Law. He is a member of the Genealogical Research Society of New Orleans, The Society of the Founders of the City of New Orleans and numerous other groups. Mr. Ducros also has a background in graphic design and is a professional drummer and drum teacher.
Dr. Beverly Guillory Andry Dr. Beverly Guillory Andry
Dr. Beverly Guillory Andry is currently an adjunct faculty member at Delgado Community College. She was on the faculty of Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, La. for many years and was Deputy Director of the Historic District Landmarks Commission. She was also an Urban Planner for the Regional Planning Commission for the Parishes of Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Tammany for the City of New Orleans and served as Senior Counselor for the New Orleans Client Center, job training Partnership Program. She serves on the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation and Festival, Ashe Cultural Arts Center/Efforts of Grace, the New Orleans Jazz Celebration and is President of Broad Community Connections. She holds an MBA from the A. B. Freeman School of Business – Tulane University and a Ph. D from the Nelson Mandela School of Public Policy, Southern University A & M College.
Sally Asher Sally Asher
Sally Asher is the author of “Hope & New Orleans: A History of Crescent City Street Names” and “Stories from the St. Louis Cemeteries of New Orleans.” She holds two master’s degrees from Tulane University and has been the public relations photographer since 2008. She frequently lectures on New Orleans history through the Louisiana State Museum. Asher is currently working on a book about Prohibition in New Orleans to be published by LSU Press in 2017 and is contributing a chapter to a New Orleans tricentennial book to be published by Pelican Press.
alanraphael008 Alan Raphael
Alan Raphael has been involved in public relations, marketing, advertising and special events in New Orleans for more than three decades. The Bastrop, LA native, and Tulane University graduate began his career with KALB-TV (NBC), later moving to WBRZ-TV (ABC). Raphael joined New Orleans advertising and public relations agency Montgomery, Stire & Ehrhardt, serving Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Walt Disney’s World On Ice, International Paper, Burger King and the Greater New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Raphael is a licensed tour guide, additionally completing the Friends of the Cabildo Walking Tour class in April 2001. In 2006, Raphael joined the staff at The National World War II Museum. As Marketing Outreach Manager, Raphael’s energies are now focused on sharpening the Museum’s outreach efforts. In 2015, Raphael was honored by the New Orleans Concierge Association as Sales & Marketing Person of the Year. In his hours away from the Museum, Raphael enjoys cycling, New Orleans music and cultural events, and photography of same.
Annie-085-Edit Annie Irvin
Annie Irvin is the Executive Director at the Beauregard-Keyes Historic House and Garden, in the French Quarter. A native of New Orleans, she grew up with a fond appreciation of the city’s unique historic and cultural traditions. Much of her career has been devoted to heritage conservation and the preservation of our built environment. After working at the Preservation Research Center for several years, she co-founded the New Orleans Master Crafts Guild. She is passionate about civic engagement and is a board member for both the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association and the Committee for a Better New Orleans.
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Derek Wood
Derek Wood is a multi-generational Louisianian who moved to New Orleans in 1995 to attend The University of New Orleans. In 2000, he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in both music performance and philosophy; in 2005, a Master’s of Arts in Religious Studies from Loyola University in New Orleans. Presently, he is completing his PhD in history at Tulane. In 2015, Derek began work as a graduate assistant in the Department of History at the University of New Orleans and in 2016 he earned another Master’s of Arts. Derek works as a tour guide all over New Orleans and is an avid fisherman and Carnival enthusiast.
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Sandy Hester
Sandy Hester was born and raised in Georgia, before coming to New Orleans in 1995. Sandy holds a M.A. in history, and has worked as a tour guide for twelve years.
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