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Welcome to new Board Members

Janet O'Dea is from Chicago and has had a life-long interest in architecture and design. She improved two properties in Illinois (1914 and 1946) before her transfer to San Diego in 1995. In 2000, Janet joined SOHO and has been active on SOHO committees ever since.

Janet brings additional business skills to the board and currently works at The Anthony Robbins Companies as product development manager. Her professional background includes work with corporate brand and identity programs for some American icons that have been part of our culture for 100 years or more. She worked as a paralegal on construction litigation, medical malpractice, immigration, environmental, real estate, and corporate duties including work with various boards of directors. She is a graduate of DePaul University with a degree in Liberal Arts.

She is married to Allen Hazard who also serves on SOHO's Events and Education committee. Allen and Janet purchased their 1920 craftsman bungalow early this year and attained historical designation through their own research and assistance from their friends within SOHO. In her spare time, Janet enjoys gardening, jogging and biking, is in a local book club and enjoys learning more about San Diego's fascinating history.

Welton Jones wrote about arts and entertainment for The San Diego Union-Tribune for 35 years before his retirement in 2001. Presently, he is working on two books and a play. Although he was present at the birth of SOHO 32 years ago, when Robert Miles Parker posted a notice on the Sherman-Gilbert house, he only recently became active as a SOHO member, joining the board of directors in October. Jones also is a board member of the Committee of 100, guardians of the Spanish-Colonial architecture in Balboa Park. For the San Diego Historical Society, he is helping photo curator Greg Williams assemble an exhibition next year chronicling the history of film-making in San Diego. A captain in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, his preservation interests also include the San Diego Maritime Museum.

Robert Broms received his Bachelor of Arts cum Laude in Anthropology, specializing in Mesoamerican studies, from UCLA. He also holds Professional Certificates in Construction & Architecture/Engineering Practices, and Legal Assistant Training with further studies in Architecture at Mesa College.

In 1991, Bob joined SOHO's board and served as President from1992 to 1994. He has been the recipient of two SOHO People In Preservation Awards. His work in preservation is often multi cultural, he co-chaired a Regional Workshop, "La Frontera: Our Common Heritage," which initiated cross-border discussion of cultural conservation issues in the San Diego-Tijuana border region.

Bob also serves on the boards of the Balboa Theatre Foundation, the S.S. Catalina Preservation Association; the steering committee for Friends of San Diego Architecture; and the Consejo Consultivo for the Museo de Las Californias of the Centro Cultural Tijuana.

A member of the delegation of the Bi-national Association of Schools of Communication (BINACOM) to the International Festival of the New Latin American Cinema in Havana, Cuba, Bob's documentary on literacy, "Balboa," was shown, from this visit, a day to day account documentary "BINACOM en Cuba" has been submitted to the 23rd International Festival. Other documentary work includes "Las Piedras de México" which is on the preservation of bi-national cultural resources in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and "Old Havana/New Cuba," on historic preservation in Cuba which is currently in pre-production.

Susan Hector has been a practicing archaeologist for over 25 years. She received a Ph.D. in anthropology from UCLA in 1984. While a graduate student at UCLA, she was the curator of archaeological collections at the Museum of Cultural History (now the Fowler Museum). She moved with her family to San Diego in 1980, and worked for a local environmental consulting firm for 9 years. In 1989, she began a career at the County of San Diego, Department of Parks and Recreation, as a project manager. Her projects included restorations of Rancho Guajome Adobe, Los Peñasquitos Ranch House, and Vellecito Stage Station. She was involved in open space land acquisition and park planning. Most recently, she was the Director of the Department from 1999-2001. She is currently pursuing research interests in San Diego archaeology.

2001 - Volume 32, Issue 4


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Agreement Reached with the Hotel del Coronado

Who's Who to Know in Historic Preservation

President's Message

Executive Director Report

Obituary: Bertha B. Mitchell House

Neon Majorette Receives Women's Business Award
Preservation Action in Baja
ASLA Nominates Balboa Park For Cultural Landscape Designation

SOHO Museum Shop Grand Opening

Adieu to Beth

Welcome to new Board Members

Dr. Lynne Christenson: New County Historian

Got Some Spare Time?

Volunteer Profile: George Plum

A Very Whaley Halloween

Whaley House Christmas

Preservation Revolving Fund Kick Off

The Gift of the Magi Cast & Crew

Back Stage: The Gift of the Magi

Contributors to Success

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