MHP Directory

Faculty and Staff

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Wayde Brown

Associate Professor


Phone: 706-542-4700


Donna Gabriel

Graduate Programs Advisor


Phone: 706-542-4720


Cari Goetcheus

Associate Professor


Phone: 706-542-0061


Eric MacDonald

Associate Professor

Mailing Address

105A Denmark Hall
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-0118


Scott Nesbit

Assistant Professor

Mailing Address

285 S. Jackson Street
Athens, GA 30602



James K. Reap

Professor, MHP Program Coordinator


Phone: 706-542-4706


Mark Reinberger



Phone: 706-542-4172


John Waters

Professor Emeritus

Mailing Address

106 Founders House
115 Bocock Street
Athens, GA 30602


Phone: 706-542-9006




Students in the Master of Historic Preservation program come from all over the country and have varied academic/professional backgrounds. The flexibility of the MHP program allows students to explore a wide array of interests while receiving a top-notch education from the CED’s dedicated staff.

2017 Graduates
Second Year Students
First Year Students


2017 Graduates


kimberly ellis
Kimberly Ellis
Temple University, B.A. Geography and Urban Studies 2010
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Research Interests: domestic vernacular architecture, material reuse, planned industrial communities



Olivia HeadOlivia Head
Washington and Lee University in Lexington, VA, B.A, in Anthropology and Archaeology
Hometown: Birmingham, AL.
Research Interests: cultural landscape preservation, rural preservation, and the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.



Caity_Hungate_100x150Caity Hungate
Brigham Young University, B.A. in History
Hometown: Kathleen, GA
Research Interests: Preservation of Historic Structures, Colonial American Architecture, Native American Cultural Preservation, Southern Architecture and Landscapes, Stained Glass Preservation and Restoration.



Chase Klugh
University of Georgia, B.A. History with a minor in Anthropology, 2015
Hometown: Commerce, GA
Research Interests: Vernacular architecture and Building Materials Conservation



mary candler scalesMary Candler Scales
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology
Hometown: Suches, GA
Research Interests: Understanding cultural material and site destruction, both visible across the landscape and those present in archaeologically, in order to develop management plans for preservation, conservation, and stewardship.



Lauren Waldroop
Auburn University, B.S. Environmental Design and B.A. German with minors in International Business and Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern Studies, 2014
Hometown: Flower Mound, Texas



Shannon Winterhalter
Shannon Winterhalter
University of Georgia, B.A. History with a minor in Anthropology, 2015
Research Interests: Architectural history, vernacular architecture, material culture, intangible cultural heritage



Hollis Yates

University of Georgia, B.A. Art History, 2007
Hometown: Tucker, Georgia
Research Interests: foodways, intangible cultural heritage, adaptive reuse, architecture



Second Year Students



Jackson BeckJackson Beck
Goshen College, Bachelor of Arts in History, 2013
Hometown: Archbold, Ohio
Research Interests: Intangible cultural heritage, preservation and economics, preservation law
JD/MHP Dual Degree Candidate |LinkedIn



carter burns
Carter Burns
University of Mississippi School of Law, Juris Doctor, 2005
Millsaps College, Bachelor of Arts in English, 2002
Hometown: Natchez, Mississippi
Research Interests: Preservation law, preservation and economics, historic tax credits, adaptive reuse, preservation easements



Lisa DemaraisLisa C. Demarais

Georgia State University, B.A. History with Sociology Minor, 2015
Hometown: Levittown, New York
Research Interests: Preservation planning, preservation law, sustainable and economic urban development, adaptive reuse of historic structures, historic landscapes and national parks



David Dobbs
Oglethorpe University, B.A. History, 2007
Hometown: Powder Springs, Georgia
Research Interests: Preservation Resource Management, Preservation Advocacy,  Architectural History, Preservation within the National Park Services, and Adaptive Reuse and Sustainability




Dixie Gallups
University of Georgia, B.A. History
Hometown: Winder, GA
Research Interests: Southern architecture, Southern history, material culture, historic site interpretation, preservation of historic houses, materials conservation



Sean Griffith
Kennesaw State University, B.A. History
Hometown: Kennesaw, GA 




Yoldez Halleb

L’École nationale d’architecture
Hometown: Sousse, Tunisia



Rebekah Helfgot

Rebekah Helfgot

University of Georgia, B.A. Anthropology and History, 2016
Hometown: Dunwoody, Georgia
Research Interests: Early American architecture, rural cemeteries, archaeological site preservation, site interpretation




Rachel Pearl Howell

Middle Tennessee State University, B.A. History, 2013
Research Interests: Preservation education and outreach, especially through public means




Chris Jackson

Georgia College & State University, Bachelor of Liberal Studies, 2010
Concentrations: Anthropology, Geography, Philosophy and Art
Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
Research Interests:  Architectural history, rural preservation, preservation technologies, and cultural landscapes.



Maura Jackson

Maura Jackson

Winthrop University, B.A. Art History, 2014
Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina
Research Interests: Historic Preservation in tourism, Residential historic districts, Adaptive reuse



Samuel Johnson

Samuel Johnson

Kennesaw State University, B.S. Political Science, History Minor, 2015
Hometown: Woodstock, GA
Research Interests: National Park Service, Historic districts, Antebellum architecture, and the history and evolution of urban landscapes



Emma Keethler
University of West Florida – Studio Art
Hometown: Pensacola, FL



Sophia Latz
Sophia Latz
University of Georgia, Bachelor of Arts in History, minors in English and Fashion Merchandising, 2014
Hometown: Thomasville, GA
Research Interests: Architectural history up to 1850, Material reuse, Doors |LinkedIn



James Locke
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, B.S. Economics
Hometown: Charlotte, NC



Bethany Moore
Truman State University, B.A. History, 2016
Hometown: Troy, Missouri
Research interests: Residential Historic Districts, Adaptive Reuse, Downtown/Main street Revitalization



Hannah Murphey
University of Georgia, B.A. History
Hometown: Woodstock, GA



Cailtin Plesher

University of Georgia, Anthropology and Art History 2015
Hometown: Suwanee, Georgia
Research Interests: Heritage Tourism, Historic Interpretation, etc.



Maria Rachal

Maria Rachal

University of Louisiana, B.A. French and History, Minor in Business, 2014
Hometown: New Roads, Louisiana
Research Interests: heritage tourism, preservation economics, cultural landscapes



Caroline RaineyCaroline Rainey
Sweet Briar College, B.A. in Archaeology and Art History
M.A. Decorative Arts and Historic Interiors, London
Hometown: Anderson, SC.
Research Interests: Interiors are my planned area of expertise, specializing in researching wallpapers, paint analysis, room design, and moldings.



Paige Ritter

Paige Ritter

Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, B.A.S. Diversified Agriculture, 2016
Hometown: Marietta, Georgia
Research Interests: the process of restoring an historic structure and converting it into a museum, because it entails many different disciplines of historic preservation



SheppardRoss Sheppard
Georgia College & State University, Bachelor of Business Administration, 2013
Hometown: Sandersville, GA
Research Interest: My background in business, real estate, and politics has drawn me to the intersection of those three things in the context of historic preservation. Specifically, I’m interested in the economics of restoration and rehabilitation for repurposing large state-owned resources like Central State Hospital in Milledgeville, GA.



dylan stearns
Dylan Stearns
Stetson University in Deland, FL, B.A. in History and Minor in American Studies, 2015
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Research Interests: Preservation of historic houses and neighborhoods, battlefield preservation, preservation of historic sports stadiums, preservation and display of artifacts, reuse of historic materials, and rural community and homestead preservation.



Audrey Thomas
Appalachian State University, B.S. Public History with Appalachian Studies concentration
Hometown: Kernersville, NC



Daniel White photo

Daniel White

Auburn University, B.S. Environmental Design, 2016
Hometown: Madison, Alabama
Research Interests: vernacular architecture, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, social equity



Anders Yount

Anders Yount

University of Georgia, B.A. History, Minor in Sociology, 2016
Hometown: Athens, Georgia
Research Interests: architectural history, material culture, adaptive reuse, and the evolution of urban landscapes


First Year Students



Mackenizie Carroll

Chadron State College, B.A History, Minor in Museum Studies
Hometown: Sacramento, California
Research Interests: Adaptive reuse and sustainability, the connections between culture and the build environment, early 20th century architecture, planned development



James Dorn
Graduated Lander University in Greenwood, SC with a B.S. in History in 2017

Hometown:  Edgefield, SC
Research Interests:  Rural architecture and landscape preservation, reuse and repurpose of historical buildings in rural areas as well as small towns.



Casey Emmet

I graduated from UNG (formerly North Georgia College & State University) with a B.A. in History in 2012. I’m from Gainesville, Georgia which is about an hour north of Athens. I’m interested in architectural history and preservation. For our honeymoon, my wife and I visited Barcelona and toured several Antoni Gaudi sites, including the Sagrada Familia.



Carter Finch

Covenant College, B.A. History with Political Studies Concentration
Hometown: Greenwood, South Carolina
Research Interests: Rehabilitation and reuse of historic buildings particularly in small towns in the Southeast, preservation of historic homes, battlefield preservation.



James Lineberger

James has a BA in Art from Valdosta State University. He has two Master’s degrees from UGA—one in Art History and one in Special Education Administration. For OLLI@UGA he teaches two courses, Architecture in Athens: Then and Now, as well as Architecture in Athens: The Greek Revival style. Additionally, James has volunteered at the Athens Welcome Center, where he gives the Museum Mile tours and the Heritage tours. James and his wife just celebrated their 46th wedding anniversary. They worked in education jobs for a combined total of about 80 years.



Lauren Patterson

University of Florida, B.S. Advertising, Minor in Business Administration, 2013
Hometown: DeLand, Florida
Research Interests: Adaptive reuse, sustainable development, blight remediation and affordable housing alternatives



Sherrie’ Raleigh

Mercer University, B.A. English, B.A. Communications, 2003
Middle Georgia State University, B.A. History, 2007
Hometown: Macon, Georgia
Research Interests: Railroad-Related Preservation, Historic Preservation within National and State Parks/Historic Sites, Preservation of Historic Homes, Cemetery Preservation, Native American History, Military History, Museum & Artifact Preservation



Savannah Young

University of South Florida, Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, 2015
Previous M.A. candidate in Forensic Anthropology at Texas State University, 2016
Hometown: Port Orange, Florida
Research Interests: historic architecture preservation, adaptive reuse, building materials conservation, national park service, cemetery preservation, archaeological site preservation, preservation economics and planning, Arts and Crafts movement


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