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
Paul Wermer started paying close attention to the Presidio when the controversy over the proposed Contemporary Art Museum of the Presidio, aka the Fisher Museum, erupted. Appalled to realize that the National Historic Landmark District we call the Presidio was at significant risk from new construction, he became an active participant in PHA’s fight to preserve the historic integrity of the Main Post. One thing leads to another. The Presidio is a treasure, with many tales to tell that help us understand both the past and the present – and Paul is helping PHA engage with the Presidio Trust and the NPS on improving the historic interpretation. Favorite San Francisco History book: Imperial San Francisco, by Gray Brechin
Sharon Gadberry, Secretary
Sharon Gadberry, Ph.D. has been a PHA Board member since 2010. She currently serves as Board Secretary. She recently served on the City of San Francisco Civil Grand Jury. She also served on the Board of Planning Association for the Richmond, the Consumer Advisory Committee of Anthem Blue Cross. She was formerly a Human Rights Commissioner and Health Commissioner for the City and County of San Francisco.
Her previous careers included teaching American History in high school, and then, post-PhD., Developmental Psychology at Adelphi University in New York. In 2005 she merged Transitions Management Group, which she started in 1982 and built to five Bay Area offices, with Power Marketing. Her firm served over 100 Fortune 500 and smaller firms from all industries and assisted thousands of executives and other employees to transition to new jobs and careers after being terminated from their jobs.
She also co-founded an international network of 32 firms on all continents, Outplacement International. She served as President of the San Francisco Chapter and Vice President of the California Chapter, of National Association of Women Business Owners and President of the City Club of San Francisco, and was a member of the California Small Business Advisory Commission. She appeared regularly on the local TV program “CareerLine” and also on the series “Home Sweet Office.” Prior to that she was a tenured Associate Professor of Psychology at Adelphi University in New York. During that time she produced a 15-part television series for develomentally disabled adults called “The Good Life, ” and was a psychological consultant to General Foods.
Graduate, Stanford University Spanish and Social Studies, MA Stanford University Education, Ph.D. Syracuse University, Clinical Psychology.
Jack Lapidos, Treasurer
Robert Cherny is professor emeritus at San Francisco State University. He specializes in U.S. political history since 1877 and the history of California and the West. His most recent book is Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art (2017), a biography of a San Francisco artist known for his New Deal murals, including one at the Presidio. His PhD is from Columbia University, and he taught at San Francisco State University from 1971 to 2012. He is author of thirty-some essays in journals and anthologies, author or co-author of five books and two
textbooks, and co-editor of two anthologies. He served for five years on San Francisco’s Landmarks Preservation Advisory and currently serves on the city’s Historical Preservation Fund Committee. He has been a member of the PHA board since 1999.
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James Haskell Mayo II, former Vice President of the Western Region for the
United Negro College Fund, was responsible for supervising the campaigns of the Western Region’s Area Offices. His region was responsible for raising millions of dollars each year to support UNCF’s 39 member colleges and universities. Mr. Mayo provided the executive management and leadership of all activities and programs in the Western states. Prior to assuming the position of Vice President, Mr. Mayo served as Director of the Northern California Area Office. In that capacity, he was responsible for all fundraising activities in Northern California, Colorado, Utah, and Northern Nevada. In 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997 and 1998 respectively, he was the recipient of the UNCF President’s award for extraordinary achievement. In the 1999-2000 fiscal years, the Northern California Area Office was the number one Area Office in fundraising, exceeding the goal by a record 40 percent. In that same year, the office scored a perfect 5 on a scale of 1 to 5 for its production of the Evening of Stars telethon.
Currently Mr. Mayo is principal of Mayo Consulting. In this capacity, Mr.
Mayo provides development services to educational and other institutions.
Mr. Mayo is a former member and Vice President of the San Francisco
Community College District Board of Trustees. As an elected member of this
Board, he formulated and established policies for a college district comprised of 98,000 plus students and 3,000 plus faculty and staff members located on nine campuses. The District’s annual budget exceeded $100 million. During his tenure on the Board, Mr. Mayo authored numerous pieces of legislation to enhance the educational opportunities for District students. Mr. Mayo served on two additional San Francisco governmental boards. He
is a former member of the San Francisco Human Rights Commission and served as President of the San Francisco Delinquency Prevention Commission.
Mr. Mayo is very active in civic affairs. He is a member of the Howard
University Alumni Association, former Chair of the Association’s Western Region, and former President of the San Francisco Bay Area Alumni Club. He is a member and a past President of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Gamma Chi Lambda Chapter (San Francisco), member and former officer of Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity, Alpha Gamma Boule (Oakland), and former Chair and President of the Alpha Gamma Boule Foundation. He is also a member of the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society.
Mr. Mayo has been very active in community affairs. He was the First Chair
and Co-Founder of O.M.I. Neighbors in Action, a community organization
representing approximately 18,000 households in San Francisco. Over the years, he has served on the boards of the Bay Area Urban League, the Booker T. Washington Community Center, the Urban Economic Development Corporation, the San Francisco Black Chamber of Commerce, and the Sojourner Truth Foster Family Agency. He also served as a board member and Chair of the Personnel Committee of Oakes Children’s Center and a First Vice-President of the San
Francisco Branch of the NAACP.
Mr. Mayo is married to Anita D. Stearns Mayo, an attorney with Pillsbury
Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. He and his wife co-hosted and co-produced The
Mayo Chronicle, a local television program, for many years. The Mayo Chronicle focused on the various economic, social, cultural and political activities in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mr. Mayo has been the recipient of numerous business and community
awards and citations. He is an accomplished public speaker. Mr. Mayo received his B. A., M. A., and J. D. degrees from Howard University in Washington, D. C. During his leisure moments, he enjoys reading philosophy and biographical books. He is also a model train collector.
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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.
Jason Wright holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree and a Minor in Historic Preservation from the University of Cincinnati. He is a native of Ohio who has lived in San Francisco for many years, joining the Presidio Historical Association Board of Directors in 2007. In the past, he has worked for such Preservation Architecture firms as John G. Waite, Associates Architects (Albany, NY), Hartman-Cox (Washington D.C.), and Architectural Resources Group (San Francisco). He is currently an Associate with Page & Turnbull in San Francisco. His interests and knowledge in preservation cover a broad spectrum within the field and vary from Design/Construction to Materials Conservation to Cultural Landscapes to Research and Environmental/Section 106 Review. He is actively involved with the Association for Preservation Technology (APT), both their International organization and their Western US Regional Chapter, and is currently the secretary for APT International’s Technical Committee for Sustainable Preservation. He is involved locally with San Francisco Heritage and is and active member of the San Francisco GLBT Historical Society’s Historic Places Working Group.
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.