Staff | Opportunities
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Heidi Swank, Las Vegas Office | Executive Director | Director, Neighborhood Stabilization
Contact Heidi at Heidi.Swank@NevadaPreservation.org.
Suzey Sligh Van Ness, Las Vegas Office | Deputy Director | Director, Heritage Programs
Contact Suzey at Suzey@NevadaPreservation.org.
Mariana Ruiz, Las Vegas Office | Director, Preservation Services
Contact Mariana at Mariana@NevadaPreservation.org.
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.
Rosie Lidard, Las Vegas Office | Manager, Heritage Programs
Contact Rosie at Rosie@NevadaPreservation.org.
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
Contact Shaela at Shaela@NevadaPreservation.org.
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
Contact Michelle at Michelle@NevadaPreservation.org.
Andy Foremaster, Las Vegas Office | Historic Preservation Specialist
Contact Andy at Andy@NevadaPreservation.org.