Cemetery Preservation Webinar
Meet Our Presenters
Andy is Board President of the Friends of Eastern Cemetery, which he founded in 2013 while he was volunteering clean-up efforts at the Louisville cemetery. He serves on the Jefferson County Cemetery Board. Under Andy’s leadership, Friends of Eastern Cemetery received the prestigious Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Award for Service to Preservation in 2015, and the Oakley Certificate of Merit from the Association for Gravestone Studies in 2016. Andy and Savannah have given numerous presentations like this one to a variety of groups, including “Friends of” cemetery groups, genealogical societies and historical societies. Both were both trained by nationally respected stone conservator Jonathan Appell, who lead a cemetery preservation workshop for Preservation Kentucky in Perryville’s Hillcrest Cemetery in 2011. Andy is currently a construction project manager for Uncle Karl Dyson, which specializes in home renovation.
Savannah is Vice-President of the Friends of Eastern Cemetery Board of Directors. She has coauthored numerous archaeology and architectural survey reports and presented at various workshops and conferences. Savannah received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Communications from Western Kentucky University, and her Masters of Arts degree in History with a focus on historic preservation and a Public History Certificate from the University of Louisville. She is currently a Planning and Design Coordinator for Louisville Metro Government where she works with Metro’s historic preservation districts, writes and manages grants for historic building surveys and preservation, and conducts internal Section 106 reviews.