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Members of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation

Deb Schallert, Chair


Deb Schallert joined Portland General Electric (PGE) in 1995, bringing to PGE 14 years of experience in parks and recreation management and administration with the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD). At OPRD, Schallert worked with the Governor's Office of Natural Resources, the Oregon Economic Development Department, and the 1987 Oregon State Legislature, and also served as a park ranger and manager. Schallert now serves as the permitting manager for PGE's proposed Cascade Crossing Transmission Project and manages licensing issues associated with lands, aesthetics and cultural resources/historic preservation.



Robert Hadlow

Robert Hadlow, Vice-Chair

Robert Hadlow is the Senior Historian for the Oregon Department of Transportation. He has researched and written on historic properties for over 20 years. His special interest is historic roads and bridges. Robert completed graduate school in US and public history at Washington State University in Pullman. In 2001, Oregon State University published his Ph.D. dissertation as Elegant Arches, Soaring Spans: C. B. McCullough, Oregon's Master Bridge Builder. Robert prepared the National Historic Landmark nomination for the Columbia River Highway Historic District (2000) and the multiple property National Register nomination for C. B. McCullough’s Major Oregon Coast Highway Bridges (2005).

Mary Gallagher
Mary Gallagher
Mary Gallagher has 20 years experience in identifying and documenting Oregon’s cultural resources. She graduated from Oregon State University with a Master‘s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies. Integrating course work in the fields of archaeology, architectural history, and history, Ms. Gallagher worked as a consultant, Historic Resource Specialist for the Linn County Planning Department, and Adjunct Professor in the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Oregon. Ms. Gallagher lives in Corvallis and currently is the Collections Manager for the Benton County Historical Society & Museum in Philomath.

Mary Oberst
Mary Oberst
Mary Oberst holds degrees in English Literature (1974) and Law (1984) and was an active supporter of Oregon history projects as first lady from 2003-2011, helping open Fort Yamhill State Heritage Area in 2006 and spearheading a successful fundraising campaign for the Kam Wah Chung State Heritage Site that raised $1.5 million. Oberst was also an active participant in planning and promoting Oregon’s 150th birthday celebration in 2009 and served for several years as one of Oregon's two advisors to the nonprofit National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Don Peting
Don Peting
Donald Peting is a professor emeritus and former Associate Dean of the University of Oregon School of Architecture and Allied Arts. He was Director of the Masters Program in Historic Preservation until his retirement in 2002. A native of Chicago, he was educated in architectural engineering at the University of Illinois and earned a Master’s degree in architectural design from the University of California at Berkeley. After joining the faculty at the U of O, he pursued a special interest in historic building technology. He was a founder of the Pacific Northwest Preservation Field School, which began in 1995. In 2005, the National Council for Preservation Education honored his educational career with their James Marston Fitch lifetime achievement award.
Gail Sargent
Gail Sargent
A native Oregonian, Gail Sargent has lived and worked in Oregon her whole life with the exception of a one year internship in Basil, Switzerland. Gail currently resides in Hermiston with her husband, Mark. She is principal of Sargent Architects, LLC. In addition to her passions for travel and preservation, Gail has served many years on city and county planning committees as well as 10 years on the Architectural Foundation of Oregon Board. Her son, Ben, is a graduate of Linfield College, and her son, Tim, attends Portland State University.


Stephen Dow Beckham

Stephen Dow Beckham is Pamplin Professor of History, Emeritus, Lewis & Clark College.  Prof.
Beckham taught courses for forty-two years on the American West, Native Americans, environmental history, and the Pacific Northwest.  He is a former Oregon Professor of the Year, recipient of the American Historical Association's distinguished award, former member of the Board of Advisers of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and was a founding board member of the Historic Preservation League of Oregon (Restore Oregon).  He has researched and written the exhibits at the Oregon Trail Center, Baker City; Gorge Discovery Center/Wasco County Museum, The Dalles; "Oregon My Oregon" and "Oregon Voices" at the Oregon Historical Society, and other exhibits from the Library of Congress to the master plan for the Hong Kong Museum of History.




Teara Farrow Ferman

Teara Farrow Ferman is the manager of the Cultural Resources Protection Program (CRPP) for the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR). She has been the CRPP manager since 2004 and has worked in the cultural resources mamnagement field since 1996 for the CTUIR. She is an enrolled member of the CTUIR and resides on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. She is married and has two children.

Mark Tveskov

Mark Tveskov is a professor of Anthropology at Southern Oregon University and is the Director of the SOU Laboratory of Anthropology (SOULA), which he founded in 1998.  A native of Connecticut, Tveskov has conducted historical and archaeological research in Oregon since 1993. His research interests include prehistoric and historic era archaeology, cultural ecology, identity, colonialism, public archaeology, and cultural resource management.  Most recently, Tveskov has been researching the archaeology of the Rogue River Wars of the 1850s, which has included work at the U.S. Army's Fort Lane, and the discovery of the location of the Battle of Hungry Hill, the site of one of the largest battles of the Indian Wars of the Pacific Northwest.