Earlier this month, Deborah Dunford joined the city Department of Museums team. Working with the Historic Houses Division, she will manage daily operations, programming, marketing and strategic planning for the Adam Thoroughgood House, Francis Land House and Lynnhaven House. Her office will be located at the Francis Land House.
Dunford previously worked for the city’s Organization Development Office, where she was an organization development coordinator. Prior to retiring from the city in 2006, Dunford was the administrative services manager for the Library Department for 38 years. During her temporary retirement, she also spent some time in Wilmington, N.C., as that city’s interim human resources director.
With the addition of Dunford, Historic Resources Coordinator Mark Reed will focus his time on capital improvement projects, strategic planning and collections management. Reed will also coordinate with community-based organizations such as the new Virginia Beach Historic Houses Foundation, Friends of Virginia Beach Historic Houses and the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission. As of Sept. 3, Reed’s office is located at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center.
Bernice Pope, chair of the Virginia Beach Historic Preservation Commission, said, “We are extremely happy to have Deborah manage the operation of Virginia Beach historic homes. This addition of staff allows Mark to focus on his expertise with historic preservation and further enhance its development.”
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