Lucia Bogatay, President
Lucia Bogatay has been active with the PHA since 1994, providing expert recommendations on proposed projects. An award-winning architect, she founded Bogatay & Associates in 1979, focusing on renovations, adaptive re-use and historic preservation. As a four-year member of the San Francisco Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, she reviewed projects for conformance with San Francisco’s preservation ordinance and Secretary of the Interior’s Guidelines for Historic Preservation. She has served on the San Francisco Landmarks Board, Unreinforced Masonry Appeals Board of the S.F. Building Department, and numerous nonprofit boards. She holds a B.A. in art history from Wellesley College and Master of Architecture degree from Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Paul Wermer, Vice President
Mike Brassington, Secretary
Dorothy Janson, Treasurer
US Navy Commander (ret.) Dorothy (Dot) Janson has lived in San Francisco since 1969. She served in Italy, Germany, Belgium, Sicily, Crete, Hawaii, Japan, Australia and Diego Garcia, where she was headed the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station. She is active in the Nature Conservancy and an archeology enthusiast, she has studied how nations preserve, protect and restore their natural and historical treasures. She holds a BS in Computer Applications from San Francisco State University and an MS in Communications Systems Management from the Navy Post Graduate School in Monterey.
Carol A. Brittain, an attorney practicing business and corporate law in San Francisco, holds a BA in anthropology from Miami University in Ohio and an MBA in international business from the Thunderbird school in Arizona. On graduation from Thunderbird, she joined the Citibank comptroller’s division, first in the bank’s Wall Street operations and then traveling full time for two years throughout Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe. She then entered UC Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, graduating in 1983, and later taught contract drafting and analysis there. She has practiced corporate, business, and securities law in Los Angeles and San Francisco at Reavis & McGrath (now Fulbright & Jaworski), NYSE-listed Whittaker Corporation, and Pillsbury Madison & Sutro (now Pillsbury Winthrop) and was General Counsel to a venture-backed consumer products company successfully sold to a competitor. Carol now has her own law practice in San Francisco, helping clients to start and grow their businesses.
Robert Cherny is professor emeritus of history at San Francisco State University. The author of a number of publications dealing with the history of San Francisco and the West, he served for five years on the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board of the City and County of San Francisco.
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Sharon Gadberry joined the Board in 2009 after her husband, Redmond Kernan, passed away. Over the last eight years she has been responsible for the Kernan lecture series which is co-sponsored with the Presidio Trust. For 20 years, Sharon had her own Bay Area-wide executive placement company, Power Transitions, providing executive outplacement services. She also founded Outplacement International, which operated from 36 offices in the US, Asia, South America and Europe. Prior to starting her business she was tenured Assistant Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University, and head of their Masters Program in Applied Psychology. She graduated from Stanford University and early in her career taught high school history and Spanish. Sharon enjoys biking in the Presidio, and has joined with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition to give historic bike tours in the park.
Charlotte Hennessy served as PHA’s Treasurer from 2009 to 2014 and has been a supporter of PHA since 2008. She lived on the Presidio for 13 years while working with the National Park Service until her retirement in 2008. Ms. Hennessy is interested in preserving and restoring the historic buildings in the Presidio so that the park can remain pristine and continue to serve as an oasis for those needing a respite from the city. She is diligent activist who spoke and wrote passionately in opposition to the Fisher Art Museum, a since defeated proposal to build a new, large structure on the Main Post. She holds a B.A. from UC, Berkeley in Political Science. She enjoys walking in the park’s forest and on Crissy Field.
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Gary Widman, President Emeritus
Gary Widman served as President of the PHA Board from 2007 – 2016, providing guidance on key issues affecting the Presidio’s landmark status. He is a retired attorney who practiced with the Bronson law firm in San Francisco and Fulbright and Jaworski in Washington, D.C. He was a Professor of Environment and Water Law at UC Hastings College of the Law; former General Counsel of the Council on Environmental Quality in the Office of the President (Nixon and Ford administrations); former Associate Solicitor of the Department of the Interior for Conservation and Wildlife (Carter administration); former Chief Counsel, California Department of Parks and Recreation; and former Director of the Office of Staff Attorneys for the US Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
F. Whitney Hall, President Emeritus
F. Whitney “Whit” Hall, COL, US Army (ret) has been active with the PHA for 30 years, serving as President for several years. Whit joined PHA in 1979 as an ex-officio member of Board and became an active Board member upon his retirement from the U.S. Army where he served as Presidio Post Commander in 1982. He spent 26 years on active duty with the Army, including as Presidio Installation Commander from 1979 to 1982. A font of information of the Presidio’s history and facilities, Whit earned a B.S. at the U.S. Military Academy, West Point; an M.A. degree from Georgetown University, and an M.B.A. from Golden Gate University.