Board Of Directors
Our board of directors is composed of individuals who, on the basis of their knowledge and experience, make valuable contributions to the overall conduct of the Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation. Board candidates are considered based upon various criteria, including their broad-based business skills, experience in relevant areas critical to our mission, reputation in their professions, social perspective and personal integrity and judgment.
I am from Westchester County New York, and have lived in Sarasota County for 47 years.
My background is in Historic Preservation, Architecture and Urban Planning. I have always felt a connection with historic buildings and places and have had a life-long mission to understand their stories and work towards their preservation.
In addition to historic preservation, I enjoy birdwatching, hiking, running and travel. I have come to love the beautiful richness of the Gulf Coast of Florida during my years living here.
Originally from upstate New York, Erin spent her childhood years house hunting and reading House Beautiful magazine.
A career that began with writing and editing for a publisher of an architectural trade magazine, eventually led to helping run a contracting company that specialized in historic restoration and custom design in CT. That labor of love grew and she began purchasing and restoring homes for customers and as personal investments.
Having fallen in love with its tropical Mid-Century charm, Erin moved her family to Sarasota in April, 2015. A licensed realtor, Erin is dedicated to helping homeowners preserve the historic build environment unique to Florida's Gulf Coast.
Joyce DeGrazia Waterbury
Historic preservation has always been my passion. While living in Dearborn, Michigan I served several preservation groups to save structures in Historic Greenfield Village.
My first preservation venture in Sarasota was trying to save the John Ringling Towers. While unsuccessful, the loss strengthened my resolve to help save Sarasota’s heritage.
I have prior service to SAHP and I am very active in my church, the Friends of the Sarasota County History Center and serve on the board of the Lido Key Residents Association.
My husband and I moved to Lido Key after my retirement from Ford Motor Credit in 1983. I have a BS in Math & Business from USF Tampa.
Practically a native of Sarasota, I'm Jersey born, but tell people , "I’ve been here for so long, "it seems like a lie to say I’m from anywhere else”.
I have a Master’s from USF Tampa in Instructional Technology, I serve as the Corporate Development Officer at Sarasota Opera, managing special events and raising funds for programs, scholarships and capital projects.
Although SAHP is my first connection with historic preservation and I couldn’t be happier and more committed to the mission of Sarasota Alliance for Historic Preservation.
He holds a degree in Building Construction Technology from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, MA. He also has a BS in Building Construction and Historic Preservation from Roger Williams University in Bristol, R.I. Tony is a frequent speaker about Sarasota’s development. He has given numerous lectures on American Architecture for more than 25 years.
Ex-pat Amy Barnes has lived and worked in Florence, Italy, operating principally in the sectors of travel and documentary film-making for the last 30 years. She has served as production/location manager for projects sponsored by the BBC, the Discovery Channel, the Learning Channel, the History Channel, National Geographic, PBS, and Biography.
In the travel sector, she has specialized in luxury hiking tours, and has acquired over twenty years' experience in designing and managing itineraries in Italy for Wilderness Travel of Berkeley.
Additionally she gives Italian themed tours on garden history, photography, wine, cooking, and family/friend reunions. Amy divides her time between Florence, Italy & Sarasota, Florida.
Zacharias Pieri, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of International Relations and Security Studies at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee. He joined the faculty in 2016, and is the author of three books.
Aside from his research, he is interested in the role that historic architecture and preservation plays in community building, regeneration, and in shaping a city's identity.
He is also an architectural photographer and has travelled extensively to photograph buildings in various states of decay. He is hopeful that more of Sarasota's beautiful and unique historic buildings can be preserved for future generations.
Linda D. Stevenson, Phd, RA, LEED - AP is the founding principal of Stevenson Architects, Inc. (1991) and a Florida registered architect with extensive experience in the field of historic preservation, and sustainable design.
Recognizing the important role for historic buildings within the sustainability movement, she is a LEED Accredited Professional.
She is an adjunct faculty member of the Historic Preservation program at the University of Florida, where she also serves as Co-director for the Preservation Institute Nantucket, the longest continuously operating field school for historic preservation in the United States.