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.


Lorrie Muldowney


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.

Erin DiFazio

Vice President

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

Recording Secretary

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.

Michael Ayres 


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.

Tony Souza 


Tony Souza is a Sales Agent with Premier Sotheby’s International Realty and has sold real estate in Sarasota, Bradenton, Venice, Parrish and Fort Myers FL.

Tony served as the Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Sarasota, Inc. Before Habitat, he was the President and CEO of the Downtown Partnership of Sarasota

He was successful in proposing the creation of a downtown historic district to the Board of the Partnership and the City of Sarasota. He led the planning for the revitalization of Fruitville Road and the creation of a Downtown Improvement District. He chaired two community-wide planning charrettes called SemCon.

He is the current Chairman of the Sarasota County Historic Preservation Board and served as Chair of the Downtown Sarasota Alliance and the City’s Community Redevelopment Advisory Board.

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.

Dave Baber 


I have over 37 years of experience in activities associated with the protection and preservation of historic resources in Virginia, Connecticut, and Florida. My degrees are in architectural engineering and historic preservation from Roger Williams University.

My involvement in the historic preservation field has included development and management of local historic preservation programs, conducting or supervising the preparation of historic sites surveys, preparing historic designation applications for the National Register of Historic Places and local historic designation programs, and providing oversight and supervision of projects to restore or rehabilitate historic buildings.

Amy Barnes


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


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 Stevenson


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.

Robin Thomas 


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