Broward Trust for Historic Preservation

Board Of Directors

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VALERIE KOOYKER

pamela barton

BIO coming soon

Pamela Barton has been an integral part of the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation for seven years. Pamela graduated from FSU in 1981 majoring in Child Development.

In 2018, Pamela organized the initial stages of creating a database encompassing all historical organizations in Broward County.

Moreover, she was an indispensable supporter and volunteer for the Trusts Holiday Home Tour.

Her interest in history, sustainability, and local planning is part of her continued desire to remain active with the Trust. We thank Pam for her continued support, and due to her volunteer efforts, the Trust remains active.

terry bean

Michael j.gehron

Returning Director Terry Bean brings her marketing skills and love of historic preservation to the Trust. She strives to educate Broward County and beyond on the importance of historic preservation. Terry divides her time between Queens, New York, and South Florida. Terry will work tirelessly as a remote board member to support the Trust’s mission.

Terry is currently updating the Trust’s brochure.

In addition, Terry has committed her marketing skills and strategies to bring increased brand awareness to the Trust’s mission.

Michael J. Gehron is a third-generation Fort Lauderdale native. Michael graduated from NOVA High School in 1974. Afterward, he attended Broward Junior College receiving his Associate of Arts degree. In 1980, he attended Florida State University earning his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry. Michael then endeavored to earn his Ph.D. in chemistry. He achieved his goal when he graduated from the University of Florida in 1987. Even though Michael attended two of the most distinguished colleges in Florida, he strongly identifies as a Florida State Seminole.

Dr. Gehron is now a retired aerospace engineer and consultant. His expertise is in chemistry, chemical safety, chemical processes, and forensics. After retirement, Michael taught at Indian River State College in Stuart, Florida. In addition, he directed a pain management and drug abuse testing laboratory as a licensed medical technologist supervisor. We welcome and thank Michael Gehron for joining the Broward Trust for Historic Preservation. 

susan gillis

Sara Ayers-Rigsby

Returning Director Susan Gillis is an expert in all things history. She graduated from William and Mary College with a Bachelor of Arts degree and received her Master of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Denver. Susan specializes in using documentaries as a means to explore history. At WLRN, Susan facilitated two documentaries. The first is about prohibition. The second is about a World War II radar station—located at Boca Raton Army Airfield. A third one was produced for the Florida TV channel Florida Crossroads. It is a documentary about the Yamato Colony, a pioneering community of Japanese settlers who came to the Boca Raton area in the summer of 1905. 

Susan is an author, speaker, and former historian with experience educating the community and supporting Fort Lauderdale for 26years. Susan has been the curator for the Boca Raton Historical Society, where she has been instrumental in the latest renovations to Boca Raton’s historic Town Hall. In addition, she has been a consultant to almost every historical society and museum in the county.

Susan continues to research Oakland Park’s history and is the official historian for Oakland Park. Additionally, she recently secured a book contract. The Trust looks forward to the expertise she brings to the table.

Sara Ayers-Rigsby specializes in cultural resources management and historic preservation. As the director of the Florida Public Archaeology Networks, Southeast/Southwest Regions, Sara is responsible for designing educational outreach and programming for our state’s nine southernmost counties, which comprise half the population. of Florida.

Before beginning her role as Southeast/
Southwest regional director for the Florida Public Archaeology Network, she spent ten years working as an archaeologist throughout the United States with a regional focus on the southeast and Mid-Atlantic.

She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Classical Archaeology from Trinity College, Dublin, and her Master’s degree in Archeology from the University of Bristol, U.K. Sara is certified as a member of the Register of Professional Archaeologists (RPA). Her research interests include public outreach and archaeology, resiliency, archaeological compliance legislation, and industrial archaeology in Florida.

reed tolber

Reed Tolber, a trial lawyer in Broward County, graduated from the University of Florida in 1980. In 1986, Reed endeavored to save the historically significant landmark, firehouse #2, which he undoubtedly prevented its demolition.

He repurposed the historic structure for his new law office through his approach to adaptive reuse by restoring and renovating the firehouse. 

When Reed reached out to the Trust, he had been searching for a way to keep the significance of his firehouse relevant. He soon realized that caring for and maintaining a 100-year-old historic building requires financial creativity. He embraced this challenge and became an expert in the care and maintenance of his landmark firehouse.

Looking for a way to bring the historical significance of his firehouse to the forefront of the community, he determined that creating a mini-historic district in Fort Lauderdale would benefit the city’s historic efforts.

His vision to create this historic district, along with his support of the Trust in its continued efforts to preserve and restore our historic resources, make Reed an invaluable member of the Trust.