Tennessee Historical Commission Staff
Mr. E. Patrick McIntyre, Jr.
Executive Director/State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO)
Mr. McIntyre has served as the executive director of the Tennessee Historical Commission and as Tennessee State Historic Preservation Officer (SHPO) since 2007. Under his leadership, THC has increased preservation funding statewide, established a new historic cemetery preservation program, and bolstered the state historic sites program with the acquisition of properties including the restoration and opening of three state historic sites. From 2002 to 2007, he served as the first executive director of the Tennessee Preservation Trust in Nashville. Prior to moving to Tennessee, McIntyre served as the Endangered Properties Coordinator for the Alabama Historical Commission. Experienced in the field of archaeology, he has also worked as a private consultant specializing in architectural surveys and historic property nominations. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama with a B.A. in Anthropology. He holds an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. McIntyre has completed professional training courses including the Tennessee Government Executive Institute at the University of Tennessee; the Poplar Forest Restoration Field School in Lynchburg, Virginia; and both the regular and advanced editions of the National Trust’s Preservation Leadership Training Program. McIntyre served on the Board of Directors for the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers in Washington, DC from 2009 to 2021, including eight years as an officer.
Ms. Claudette Stager
Assistant Director for Federal Programs
Ms. Stager joined the staff in 1984, as a coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places program. She is the Deputy State Historic Preservation Officer and, in that role, she manages the Historic Preservation Fund for the office. She is also responsible for coordinating the state’s historic preservation plan. After graduating from Syracuse University with a B.A. and Eastern Michigan University with a M.S. in historic preservation, Stager worked as a consultant in Wisconsin. Since then, she has been a presenter at various local, state, and national events, including Preserving the Historic Road and Preserving the Recent Past conferences. She is a former vice president of the Society for Commercial Archeology (SCA) and served on the board of Nashville's historic City Cemetery. She currently serves on the boards of Historic Germantown Nashville and the Southeast Society of Architectural Historians. Stager is a co-editor of Looking Beyond the Highway: Dixie Roads and Culture, a book that resulted from a SCA conference. She has written extensively on Tennessee’s architecture for the Society of Architectural Historians online encyclopedia, Archipedia, and has articles in the Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture.
Mrs. Linda T. Wynn
Assistant Director for State Programs
Mrs. Wynn joined the staff in September, 1974, after earning B.S. and M. S. degrees in History and a Master’s in Public Administration from Tennessee State University. She serves as a legislative liaison and oversees administrative, budgetary, and state programmatic functions at THC. Wynn co-founded the Nashville Conference on African American History and Culture and is an author and frequent speaker on Tennessee history. She is editor of Journey to Our Past: A Guide to African American Markers in Tennessee, and co-edited Profiles of African Americans in Tennessee, as well as Freedom Facts and Firsts: 400 Years of the African American Civil Rights Experience. Wynn authored “African Americans in Tennessee” for the African American State by State Encyclopedia and her chapter, “Beyond Patriarchy: The Meaning of Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Women of the World” appears in Caught in an Inescapable Network of Mutuality. The Frist Museum’s award-wining We Shall Overcome Catalogue, includes her chapter, “Nashville: An Inspirational City.” Wynn has served as a consultant to the State Museum and to the Nashville Public Library Foundation for its Votes for Women Project. She is a member of the Nashville City Cemetery Board, the Nashville Public Television (NPT) Advisory Board and the Metropolitan Historical Commission of Nashville and Davidson County.
Ms. Holly M. Barnett
Supervisor and Preservation Tax Incentives
Ms. Barnett joined the staff in 2016 to work with the National Register of Historic Places program. Currently, she supervises the Federal Program staff, coordinates the Historic Tax Credit Program, and integrates technology improvements into the agency’s Federal Program. Previously, she worked in the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Environmental Division, surveying, and documenting effects to historic resources to ensure compliance with Section 106 regulations. There, she integrated GIS into TDOT’s survey and review process. She left TDOT as the Historic Preservation Supervisor, after co-writing The Tennessee Department of Transportation: A Century of Achievement and Progress. Barnett holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Mississippi University for Women and a master’s degree in public history from Middle Tennessee State University. At MTSU she completed two experientially different internships with State Historic Preservation Offices: the first one in South Dakota and the second in Tennessee.
Ms. Jane-Coleman Cottone
Certified Local Government (CLG)
Ms. Cottone joined the staff in 2016 as coordinator for THC’s Certified Local Government Program, a partnership between state, federal, and local governments working together to save the irreplaceable character of historic places. In this role, she trains and assists local governments in setting up historic zoning commissions and other local preservation projects. Previously, Cottone was the Collections Manager and Registrar at Cheekwood Estate and Gardens. She earned a master’s degree in Public Humanities from Brown University and a MA in History from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, where she studied as a Fulbright scholar.
Mr. Christopher Kinder
National Register of Historic Places—Tennessee Listings
Mr. Kinder joined the staff in 2019 as co-coordinator for the National Register of Historic Places Program. He served previously as a Section 106 reviewer and architectural historian for the Alabama Historical Commission. Kinder earned a B.S. in Historic Preservation, a M.A. in Public History, both from Southeast Missouri State University. While pursuing his M.A. Kinder won research awards for his thesis, “Let the Devil’s Prejudice Forever Disappear: Race and Inclusion in A.J. Tomlinson’s Church of God.” He also won awards for teaching while serving as a graduate teaching assistant at Southeast Missouri State. Kinder has presented at numerous local, state and national history and humanities conferences. He currently teaches American history courses for Southern New Hampshire University.
Ms. Casey Lee
Section 106 Review
Ms. Lee joined the staff in 2017, as Section 106 Coordinator, after serving for a year as a graduate assistant in the Section 106 program at the South Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. In 2016, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master of Arts in Public History, concentration in historic preservation. Since working at THC, Casey has attended Section 106 trainings with the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the National Preservation Institute. She has also presented at the National Council on Public History and the Southeast Chapter of the Society of Architectural Historians Conferences. Her area of research interest is mid-century modern architecture.
Ms. Peggy Nickell
Tennessee Historical and Architectural Resources Survey and GIS
Ms. Nickell joined the staff in 2012 as National Register of Historic Places Coordinator. Her current work is focused on inventorying and documenting the state’s historical and architectural resources and making this data publicly available online. Her prior employment at URS Corporation in Gaithersburg, Maryland, was focused on work for governmental entities, including creating a prototype database and guidelines for cultural resources to be used by all NASA facilities. She was deployed to New Orleans, Louisiana as a FEMA Historic Preservation Specialist for post-Katrina recovery and conducted a Section 106 review of a seismic refit for a library in Salt Lake City, Utah, among other preservation projects. Prior to these contractual projects, she served as an Architectural Historian/Preservation Planner and Project Manager with Thomason and Associates, Preservation Planners in Nashville, Tennessee. Nickell is a Middle Tennessee State University alumnus, whose bachelor’s and graduate studies are both in History, with an emphasis on Historic Preservation.
Miss Kerri Ross
Tennessee Historic and Architectural Resources Survey and Certified Local Government
Miss Ross joined the staff in 2020 as co-coordinator of the Tennessee Historic and Architectural Resources Survey. She also oversees the Certified Local Government Survey program. Previously, Ross worked as an architectural historian at Cultural Resource Analysts in Knoxville, Tennessee. She holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and a Master’s in Historic Preservation and Restoration from the College of Charleston and Clemson University in South Carolina, where she interned at the Charleston Board of Architectural Review.
Ms. Rebecca Schmitt
National Register of Historic Places—Tennessee Listings
Ms. Schmitt joined the staff in 2017 as co-coordinator of the National Register of Historic Places Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Science in Historic Preservation from Southeast Missouri State University. She holds a Master of Arts in History and a Graduate Certificate in Public History from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She also earned a Master of Science in Historic Preservation from Eastern Michigan University. Currently, Schmitt is pursuing a PhD in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University. Before coming to the Tennessee Historical Commission, she served as a Graduate Assistant for the Michigan Historical Markers Program and was a Teaching Assistant.
Mr. Dan Brown
Tennessee State Historic Sites (TSHS)
Mr. Brown joined the staff in 2011 as the Certified Local Government Coordinator and became the Historic Sites Program Director in 2015. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Tennessee Preservation Trust in Nashville while teaching as an Adjunct Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. In New Orleans, he held positions as the Senior Architectural Historian for Earth Search, Inc. a Cultural Resources Management firm and as Deputy Director of the Vieux Carré Commission. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Brown was a project officer for FEMA. His undergraduate degree in Industrial Psychology and Business is from Loyola University in New Orleans. He holds a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the Tulane University School of Architecture and has completed PhD coursework at Tulane, also in New Orleans. An eighth generation Tennessean, Brown is the great grandson of noted Nashville architect C.A. Asmus.
Ms. Susan McClamroch
Tennessee Heritage Protection Act (THPA) and Outreach
Ms. McClamroch joined the staff in 2019 to work with the Tennessee Heritage Protection Act and manage outreach for the agency, including serving as editor of The Courier newsletter. Previously she served as Executive Director of the Mary C. O’Keefe Cultural Center in Ocean Springs, MS; Director of the Louisiana Landmarks Society’s Pitot House in New Orleans, LA; Collection Manager/Affiliate Coordinator for the Mississippi Museum of Art and Curator of the Tougaloo College Art Collections in Jackson, MS; and Curator of Documentary Exhibits at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture in Oxford, MS. Her entrepreneurial ventures include museum curatorial and contractual projects as well as art business ownership. McClamroch holds a bachelor’s in Art Business from Spring Hill College, a master’s in Art History and a master’s in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi, a master’s in Preservation Studies from Tulane University, and is a PhD candidate in Urban Studies at the University of New Orleans.
Mr. Graham Perry
Tennessee Historic Cemetery Preservation Program (THCPP)
Mr. Perry joined the staff in 2019 to develop the newly created Tennessee Historical Cemetery Preservation Program. Previously, he served as Curator of Social History at the Tennessee State Museum, creating exhibits that include: We Shall Not Be Moved: 50th Anniversary of Tennessee’s Civil Rights Sit-ins (2010); Tennessee’s Intentional Communities: Examining The Farm, Nashoba, Rugby and Ruskin (2014); I Have a Voice: African American Music in Tennessee (2017); State of Sound: Tennessee’s Musical Heritage (2018); and the permanent display, Tennessee Transforms: 1945-present (2018). Perry holds a B.A. from Belmont University, an M.A. in African American History from the University of Memphis, an M.A. in Education from Christian Brothers University, and has completed PhD coursework at the University of Memphis.
Ms. Nina Scall
Tennessee Wars Commission (TWC)
Ms. Scall joined the staff in 2019 as Tennessee Wars Commission Director of Programs. Previously, she worked with staff at Preservation Long Island to address historic preservation needs throughout Brooklyn, Queens, and Long Island, New York. Scall holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology from the University of Maryland, and a master’s degree in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia. She serves on the Fort Negley Technical Advisory Committee, and on the Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association and the Tennessee National Heritage Area advisory boards.
Mrs. Angela Campbell
Mrs. Campbell joined the staff as Secretary in 2002. She holds an Associate degree in Legal Assisting from Draughons Junior College in Nashville (now Daymar Institute) and worked as a legal secretary for the Real Property and Transportation Division of the Tennessee State Attorney General’s Office from 1998 until 2002.
Ms. Ashlee Pierce
Ms. Pierce joined the staff 2017 as the Administrative Secretary, after serving in administrative positions for the state in the Department of Commerce & Insurance with the Real Estate Commission and in the Department of Labor and Workforce Development with the Labor Market Information - Occupational Employment Statistics (OES) program. She has over twenty years of administrative, customer service and general office support experience. During her time as Guest Services Agent and later Reservations Agent at the Hermitage Hotel, hotel staff was recognized for their instrumental role in earning this historic hospitality institution’s first Forbes Five Star Award. Pierce holds a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with concentrations in Organizational Leadership and Real Estate and Urban Development from Tennessee State University.
Mrs. Brenda Vaughan
Mrs. Vaughan joined the staff in 2015 as the agency's Grants Administrator. She has thirty-six years of experience working in state government. Prior to the Tennessee Historical Commission, she worked for twenty-five years with the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation. Vaughan oversees the administration and management of THC grant programs, ensuring adherence to state and federal regulations in all aspects of the grant process and grant allocations. She is also responsible for all purchasing and procurement for the Tennessee Historical Commission.