Board & Staff

Gaslamp Foundation

Board of Directors

Wendy Lucas-Meyer (President)

Wendy Lucas-Meyer brings years of volunteer service, experience in government project management and a strong business acumen to the Foundation, having served roles in commercial real estate and commercial agriculture.  She is no stranger to the GQHF as she has worked with the Foundation in the past to raise funds and promote the Brother Dogs project, a sister cities program involving the installation of Bum the Dog and Grey Friars Bobby statuary in San Diego’s Gaslamp Pocket Park and Edinburgh, Scotland.

Bill Keller

Bill Keller (Vice-President)

Bill is a veteran of the Gaslamp Quarter who owned Le Travel Store for 37 years including 20 years on Fourth Ave.  He retired in 2013.  He still serves on the GQHF Land Use Planning Committee and was a founding member of the Downtown Parking Management Group.  He’s a former board member of the Gaslamp Quarter Association and Downtown Community Planning Council, having chaired both.  Bill grew up in San Diego, attended Crawford High School and UCSD where he started a student travel agency in 1973.

Jim

Jim Vann (Secretary/Treasurer)

Jim Vann brings valued experience to the GQHF board as a former Board Member (2003-2008) and Board President (2004-2007) and as a dedicated museum and events volunteer for the Foundation and for other nonprofits.  Jim served 20 years in the military before retiring in 2003. He currently operates a tax preparation and consultation business.

Chris Eddy

Chris Eddy has a background in Business Management, Real Estate Development, Property Management, and Community Service, with a specialization in rehabilitation/repositioning of underperforming or historical real estate assets.   Chris is the Owner of Hands On Investments and is currently completing the full restoration of the historic Lester Hotel Building (aka the Gaslamp Quarter Hotel) on the southeast corner of 4th Avenue and Market Street in the Gaslamp Quarter Historic District, including the accurate reconstruction of its “original” storefront on Market Street.

Daniel B. Haslam III

Dan Haslam joined the board of directors in October 2012. For seven years he served as director of development for GQHF. Dan has also served as president of Walkabout International and presently serves on three nonprofit boards of directors.  He is a retired attorney who spends time in both San Diego and Hyannis, MA, where he is expanding Walkabout’s operations. He leads numerous walking tours throughout the US and abroad each year.

William English

Will English  

President: English Management Solutions

Will is a previous and returning member to the Board who brings expertise in financial management and retail store experience.  As President of English Management Solution – QuickBooks Done Right, Will is an expert in QuickBooks and Point of Sale software, both of which the Foundation uses every day. He will oversee and advise the Board regarding financial management solutions and sound business practices.

Brian Rickling 

Brian is a native San Diegan who is now an historic architect specializing in preservation with Heritage Architecture and Planning, the firm founded by Wayne Donaldson now housed in the Yuma Building. A graduate of Notre Dame and the Rome Studies Program, his interest in the Gaslamp Quarter spans the many years he has been involved in preservation projects in San Diego.  His work as an architect with museums includes the House of Hospitality and San Diego Air and Space Museum in Balboa Park and the Naval Training Center rehabilitation. Brian is interested in working the with GQHF and Land Use and Planning Committee “to maintain the character and feeling of the District for future San Diegans.”

Ashley Christie

Ashley was the Manager of Museum Collections before coming to the board.  She hails from Ohio and is a graduate of Mount St. Mary’s College in Fine Arts and George Mason University with a master’s in art history.  Previous museum work included the Millicent Rogers Museum in Taos, SunWatch Archeological Park in Ohio and Barona Cultural Center and Museum where she is currently employed.  Her main academic interests are in Native American studies so Barona is a good fit.  Ashley has remained a great supporter of the GQHF and is interested in ensuring that the Gaslamp Museum holds to the highest standard of good stewardship.

Staff

Rhiannon Luna
Executive Director

 

Staff

Jamie Laird
Visitor Services Coordinator

Emily Aust
Visitor Services Associate

Sandee Wilhoit
Historian and Lead Tour Guide

Catalina Preskill
Facilitator, Land Use and Planning Committee

Lindy Harshberger
Curator Emeritus

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