Fairleigh Jackson joined Preserve Louisiana as the organization’s second Executive Director in September 2015. She has a 10-year record of service to area and statewide non-profit organizations, including serving as director of Member Services for the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations. She has also served as a director of Advancement with the LSU Museum of Art and director for the Community Fund for the Arts. She is a graduate of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber's Leadership Program, Dialogue on Race Louisiana, and a recipient of the Baton Rouge Business Report's Top 40 Under Forty and Forum 35's BR Original Award. She is co-owner of the Creative Bloc, a newly rehabilitated mid-century building on Main Street in Baton Rouge that now houses a collective of creatives in a collaborative work environment. Fairleigh has served on the board of directors of the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance and currently serves on the executive committee and as chair of the collections committee for the Louisiana State Museum system. She also chairs the board of Louisiana Citizens for Culture. On the national level, she is a member of the board of directors of the Preservation Partners Network and the Louisiana coordinator for Preservation Action.
Director of Education
Christina Lake joined Preserve Louisiana in Spring 2019. She has been involved in education advocacy, museum studies, and cultural and historic preservation in Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico for over ten years. She served as the assistant director of recruiting at Northwestern State University, where she worked not only as a recruiter, but also as a liaison to Louisiana business and industry as a champion for educational programs fostering economic development across the state. Christina remains active in several communities, having served on the board for the Natchitoches Historic Foundation and the Western Historical Association. She has also worked interims at the Rural Life Museum at LSU and through a joint venture with the Brazos Valley African American Museum and the Cushing Library and Archives at Texas A&M University. Christina received her bachelors and master’s degrees at Northwestern State University. She is also a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University, with specializations in the American Southwest and the Borderlands, indigenous history, and tourism. Her research focuses on the cultural and historic preservation of the Fred Harvey Company and the Santa Fe Railroad.
Peggy Sweeney-McDonald joined Preserve Louisiana in 2017 as the Architectural and Cultural Tour Director and has hosted our weekend tours to Natchez, New Iberia and Natchitoches and the upcoming Acadia Prairie Tour May 31-June 1, 2019. In 2018, Peggy began managing and creating events for Preserve Louisiana, including her Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde… show and the Pulitzer Prize winning play, Love Letters for Valentine’s Day. Peggy is a Baton Rouge native, graduated from Louisiana State University and has lived in Houston, New Orleans, New York and Los Angeles where she had her own company, Superstar Evets-LA producing corporate, non-profit and red carpet events. She is the creator/author of Meanwhile, Back at Café Du Monde…. show and the best selling coffee table book by Pelican Publishing.
Special Projects Manager
Tax Credits, Flood Mitigation Specialist & Special Projects.
Roderick Scott has been involved in historic preservation for over 15 years serving as preservation commission chair at the county and community level and serving as a Governor appointed Trustee of the Iowa State Historic Society and as board member and chair of Preservation Iowa.
Rod was awarded his Certified Flood Plain Manager certificate in 2014 and is currently providing CEU flood hazard mitigation education to architects, engineers and code officials as well as completing a “How to Elevate Your Home” video series for Louisiana State University (LSU).
He currently serves as chair of the Changing Climate committee for Preservation Action.
JOHN D. SCHNEIDER, JR.
State and Federal Historic Tax Credit Consultant
John D. Schneider has a Juris Doctorate degree from LSU School of Law. John is a real estate developer with particular expertise in federal and state historic and New Market tax credits, as well as Opportunity Zone incentives. John spearheaded two, individual $20 million+ real estate projects that aided in revitalizing downtown Baton Rouge; the conversion of 3 adjacent historic buildings at the corner of Third & Main in downtown Baton Rouge into an integrated, 65,000 sq. ft. multi-use (residential, retail & office) historic renovation development (the “Kress” project); and, the conversion of the 7-story, 49,000 sq.ft., vacant Hotel King building in downtown Baton Rouge, into the modern, 93-room/$25million, Hotel Indigo.
John identified and conceptualized both of these “game changing” real estate projects. He assembled and managed the development team members; prepared financial proformas, including sources and uses; negotiated with lenders and investors; secured tax credits/tax incentive/senior financing; and, project managed the developments from construction to placement in successful economic commerce. John has assisted numerous individuals and entities in accomplishing their own developments with the use of tax incentives.
Cammie is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana but has lived in Baton Rouge for over 20 years. She graduated from Northwestern with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. She started her career at White Oak Plantation as a wedding planner and then moved to Preserve Louisiana where she has been for 20 years. Cammie was instrumental in starting events at the Old Governor’s Mansion. She is married to Randy Davis and has three children: William, Lindsay, and Cody. She also has a daughter-in-law, Danielle, and a precious granddaughter, Everly.
Communication and Events Intern
Reagan is a Senior at Louisiana State University. She will be graduating in May with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, focusing in Digital Advertising, and a minor in Business. Reagan is involved as a member of Pi Beta Phi Women’s Fraternity LA Beta Chapter and Advertising Federation on campus. She hopes to continue work in communication and events after graduation.