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We have a current search for a new Executive Director.

Executive Staff

Heidi Swank, Las Vegas Office | Executive Director | Director, Neighborhood Stabilization

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Dr. Swank received her doctorate in anthropology with an emphasis on history and language from Northwestern University in 2006. She has published and presented widely on the ties between history, placemaking, and every day lives. Heidi has almost twenty years of successful grant writing experience, implementing field research and overseeing student research across the globe. As a resident of our older downtown Las Vegas neighborhoods, Dr. Swank has gained significant knowledge of mid-century resources and styles. She has spent almost 10 years researching this and other eras of 20th century architecture.

Suzey Sligh Van Ness, Las Vegas Office | Deputy Director | Director, Heritage Programs

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Suzey’s background includes 20 plus years of award-winning marketing, events, and development programs with expertise in the fields of entertainment, hospitality, non-profit, museums, education, and cultural institutions.  A native Californian, Suzey and her family moved to Las Vegas in 2005 when she joined a select team tasked with developing the Las Vegas Springs Preserve and Nevada State Museum Complex. Following the completion of this 5-year project, Suzey accepted a position as Director of Development for The Shade Tree, a non-profit serving homeless women and children.  She is excited to be joining NPF to help support the foundation’s development efforts along with NPF’s signature annual event Home + History Las Vegas.


Mariana Ruiz, Las Vegas Office | Director, Preservation Services

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Mariana is an experienced art and architectural conservator with a demonstrated history of working in fine art conservation, historic preservation, and collections management. With 8 years of experience in the conservation field, she has worked on a range of projects, including fine art, archeological, and ethnographic object conservation, historic and cultural architectural preservation sites, and public art conservation for museums and local government. Well-versed in historic preservation practices with a background in studio art and architectural design, she understands the historic significance of the built environment. With the Nevada Preservation Foundation, Mariana assists with compiling national, state, and local historic register nominations for properties throughout Nevada.


Professional Staff

Rosie Lidard, Las Vegas Office | Manager, Heritage Programs

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Growing up near Gettysburg, Rosie’s appreciation for local history began early. From tour guide to event planning and group sales, Rosie’s career in heritage tourism took off in Philadelphia, where she worked at two of the city’s top attractions: Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site and The Walnut Street Theatre until her move to Las Vegas in 2015.

Rosie enjoys “everyday history” and creating community through tours. Since moving to Vegas Rosie became certified with the Las Vegas Tour Guide Guild. She has worked with Wayne Newton’s Casa de Shenandoah, Circus Circus, and as volunteer guide with The Neon Museum and NPF. Rosie is excited to aid NPF in growing heritage tourism programs throughout “undiscovered” Las Vegas and the state!


Shaela Zaga, Elko Office | Rural Projects Coordinator

Nevada Gold Mines Internship in Historic Preservation

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Shaela’s family has lived in rural Northern Nevada for generations. Both her grandfathers immigrated here in the 1930s from the Basque Country to sheep herd on ranches just a few hills apart from each other. Her grandmothers’ families immigrated from the east coast and England years before them. As a third-generation Basque-American, she grew up listening to the many wild west stories. Nevada history is personal and precious. Shaela is attending Great Basin college earning a degree in Secondary Education and will graduate in Spring 2021. Shaela feels a great honor in joining the Nevada Preservation Foundation team and plans to help preserve Northern Nevada’s historical sites.

Michelle Larime, Las Vegas Office | Threatened Properties Program Specialist 

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Michelle has a background in architecture, special events, and various design industries. With a love for old buildings, Michelle bought a 1954 ranch house in the Beverly Green neighborhood, where she quickly became involved in NPF’s historic designation campaign. Her passion for preservation ultimately led to her work with NPF. Michelle provides assistance predominately with the Threatened Properties Program but also with neighborhood historic designation campaigns and historic resource surveys.


Andy Foremaster, Las Vegas Office | Historic Preservation Specialist 

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Andy was born and raised in Southern Nevada. He received his bachelor’s degree in history with an emphasis in American history from Southern Utah University. He later traveled to England where he studied historic preservation. In 2014 he graduated with his master’s degree in the conservation of historic buildings from the University of Bath. His studies have focused on traditional building methods and materials as well as the economic benefits of historic preservation.


Employment Opportunities

We are currently searching for a new Executive Director for Nevada Preservation. If you would love to head up our dynamic nonprofit, please do apply!

Executive Director Position Description