Sarah Newbery is the Project Director for Memorial Park at Uptown Houston, charged with managing the long-range master planning process and subsequent project implementation. Educated at Yale and Harvard Universities, Sarah completed concurrent masters degrees in both Architecture and Landscape Architecture. She moved to Houston in 1999 and joined Curtis & Windham Architects where she was named a principal in 2005 and established a landscape architecture studio within the general practice. She is currently a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the Rice Design Alliance.
John Roberson is a partner in the Houston law firm of Carrigan, McCloskey & Roberson, LLP. He received his J.D. (with honors) from Baylor Law School (1981), having previously graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University. Mr. Roberson specializes in civil appellate litigation and has been recognized annually since 2003 as a “Super Lawyer” by Texas Monthly magazine.
In addition to the Peckerwood Garden Foundation board, which he joined in 2014, he has served on the boards of Casa de Esperanza de Los Niños, The Live Oak Fund for Change, and DiverseWorks Art Center.
William A. Bartlett
Bill Bartlett retired in 1987 after working as an accountant for a major energy company. A member of the Board of Directors since 2014, he has also served on the board of several small non-profit organizations.Bill is a member of the Houston Orchid Society where he has served as treasurer, and he is currently serving as treasurer of The Friends of Archaeology. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University.
Bill is a collector of folk art and orchids.Articles regarding his orchid collection have been published in the Houston Chronicle and Orchids magazine. He has travelled extensively visiting archaeological sites and observing orchids in their native habitat While a member of the American Guild of Musical Artists he sang for 29 years with the Houston Grand Opera. He was a member of the chorus, and also sang several small roles.
Jill Whitten received a BFA in Painting from the University of Texas at Austin, and an MA and Certificate of Conservation from Buffalo State College, New York, in 1992. Her work in the field of art conservation includes a collaboration with the National Gallery of Art and the J.Paul Getty Museum to introduce new varnishes to conservation and to produce new retouching paints. She lectures and teaches workshops on these topics internationally. Her past appointments include: the Art Institute of Chicago, J.Paul Getty Museum, Buffalo State College, the National Gallery of Art and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Jill has been active supporting green spaces and worked with Legacy Land Trust and the Houston Parks Board to establish Freed Art and Nature Park in her Woodland Heights Neighborhood. Jill is on the Membership Committee of the Rice Design Alliance, and is active in the American Institute for Conservation. She serves on the boards of the Peckerwood Garden Foundation and Workshop Houston.
A collector of contemporary and folk art, she is also an avid gardener.
Bobby T. Clark
A native of Gainesville, Georgia, Bobby earned his BBA and MBA from the University of Georgia, and completed post-graduate studies at The University of St. Thomas and The University of Houston. He was an employee of Texaco Inc. for 35 years, retiring as Senior Tax Accountant.
Bobby and his wife, Tonia, are collectors of Native American and Mexican folk art. A docent at both The Bayou Bend Gardens and Collection and Rienzi for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Bobby is former member of the Advisory Committee for African, Oceanic and the Americas at MFA, and is currently on the Bayou Bend Acquisitions Committee. A long-time member of the Peckerwood Foundation board, he has served as President, Secretary, and Treasurer.
Raymond D. Gignac
A native of South Texas, Raymond earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design and Master of Architecture degrees from Texas A&M University. He founded Gignac & Associates, LLP (also known as Gignac | Architects) in 1988 and is the sole owner and firm principal, and personally oversees quality, cost control, and commitment to project deadlines.
Raymond has over 30 years of experience in Texas, New Mexico, California, Washington D.C., Virginia, and Maryland in all aspects of architectural practice, including the design of educational, institutional, commercial and municipal facilities. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Council of Architecture Accreditation Boards, Society of Military Engineers, United States Green Building Council, Texas Society of Architects, Architecture Council for Excellence at Texas A&M University, and Texas A&M Legacy Society. Raymond has been a long-term supporter of Texas education and quality public architecture.
A native of Georgia, Kathy graduated with a degree in English literature from Queens University in Charlotte, N.C. She was an educator and journalist before retiring from the Houston Chronicle in 2015. She became the paper’s first full-time garden editor in 1988, published a garden book in 1996 and was a frequent speaker in the Houston gardening community. A lifelong gardener, she enjoys testing new plants to find those suitable for the area’s climate extremes. She discovered some of her favorites at Peckerwood Garden.
Christopher Knapp serves as CEO of Chilton Capital Management, of which he was co-founder in 1996. He is also the co-founder of Saint Street Swim, a youth swim school. A native Houstonian and a stalwart believer in the importance of active community engagement and civic leadership on the part of corporate citizens, Chris has served as board member and/or in some leadership capacity of the Honors College at the University of Houston, Hermann Park Conservancy, Memorial Park Conservancy, Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation, and Workshop Houston. Chris received a B.A. in Art and History from Williams College.
Roger D. Manny
A graduate of Texas A&M University (1970), Roger studied Historic Preservation at Columbia University. He has maintained a diverse architectural practice and associated professional activities for over 40 years based in New York and New Haven, Connecticut as well as several years in Phoenix, Arizona and Fort Worth, Texas. He has been a registered architect since 1974.
For the past decade Roger has lived primarily in the Middle East, engaged in large mixed use projects in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, UAE. Since 2010 he has lived in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Adliya, Bahrain managing the construction phase of the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, employed by the Oslo, Norway based architectural design firm, Snohetta.
Lars Stanley is an architect and craftsman practicing in Austin since 1981. His projects focus on integrating the touch of the hand into the built environment and range from designing institutional architecture to making public sculpture. His work has won multiple local, state, and national awards given for both architecture and craft and has been widely published. In 2009. he was named an Outstanding Alumnus, the highest honor bestowed upon former students by the Texas A&M College of Architecture. He was elected a Fellow in the AIA in 2010.
Nancy S. Thomas
Nancy Stallworth Thomas is a long-time Houston resident and community leader, whose love of plants and green spaces has had a great impact on the City and region. She is a distinguished member of the Garden Club of America, having served as its national president from 1989-1993. She is a flower show judge and member of the Rare Plant Committee, and is currently serving on the GCA Strategic Planning Committee. She has also served as President of the Garden Club of Houston, where she is an active member.
In 1996, the Nancy Stallworth Thomas lecture was established as a bi-annual program sponsored by the Garden Club of Houston. The lecture features distinguished speakers from the world of plants and gardens. Nancy is a founding member of the board of directors of the Houston Botanic Garden and a former member of the board of the Garden Conservancy. She has served as president of the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and Vice President of the American Horticultural Society. She has been a member of the board of directors of the Peckerwood Garden Foundation since its inception in 1998.
Randy Twaddle has been an exhibiting visual artist since 1983, and has works in numerous private, corporate and public collections across the country including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; The Dallas Museum of Art; The Brooklyn Museum; Yale University Art Gallery; The California Palace of the Legion of Honor, San Francisco; and others. Twaddle also co-founded the communications and design firm, ttweak, and co-created the grass-roots image campaign for the City of Houston called, “Houston. It’s Worth It.” which comprised a website, events, and three books – “Houston. It’s Worth It.,” “HIWI: Ike,” and “HIWI: Rice.” Twaddle previously served on the board of Nameless Sound, and the Houston Arts Alliance’s Civic Art Committee. Currently he works in the studio full time making drawings, and designing rugs, wall coverings, and special projects and commissions.
photo: Michael Starghill, Jr., Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX
John G. Fairey
John earned his B.A. at Erskine College in 1952 and his M.F.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1964. He was recipient of the William Emlin Cresson Traveling Scholarship and studied in Europe and at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Having taught first-year Design at Texas A&M University in the College of Architecture from 1964 through 2013, he received the Texas A&M Alumni Teaching Award and the AIA National Honors Teaching Award. He was promoted to Regents Professor for International Research in 1999.
In collaboration with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and the American Cancer Society, John led an expedition in 1991 to locate and collect samples of Taxus globosa for potential use in cancer research. He is a recipient of the Scott Medal and Award, Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College.
Antonia Adezio is an independent nonprofit consultant based in Sonoma, California. Her consulting practice, Be Vision Driven, is the result of 25 years in leadership roles, including as founding director of the Garden Conservancy, an award-winning national organization working to preserve exceptional American gardens. She has helped establish dozens of groups dedicated to saving gardens in their communities, created innovative preservation alliances, and partnered with small and large nonprofits and government agencies to build sustainable strategies for growth and development.
Antonia is on the board of directors of Stonecrop Gardens in Cold Spring, New York; and the Foundation for Landscape Studies. She has served on the board of the Peckerwood Garden Conservation Foundation since 1998 and presently holds the role of Acting Director. Antonia speaks and writes about gardens and hosts an occasional series of design talks and garden visits in the Bay Area, where she is learning how to garden in a new climate.