Georgia Historical Society Staff

Laura García-Culler

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

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Ms. García-Culler is a graduate of the University of Virginia with over 25 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector.  She joined GHS in May of 2003 and is responsible for planning and oversight of all programming and services, archival acquisitions and collections processing, human resource, financial, development, and administrative operations.  She has acted as project manager for several capital improvements including (locally) the Jepson House Education Center. As COO, she oversees the daily operations of the institution and supervises senior staff.  Ms. García-Culler has served as Deputy Director or COO at the local, state, and national level and her experience includes hands on oversight of major events including festivals, national conferences, and fund raising galas.  Prior to joining GHS she was Deputy Director of the Savannah Music Festival and the National Immigration Forum.  Ms. García-Culler is an alumnus of Leadership Georgia (Class of 2009) and served as board chairman and treasurer of the Savannah Children’s Choir.  She is a member of The Rotary Club of Savannah and former President and a current board member of the UVA Club of Savannah.

Programs and Scholarship

Stan Deaton
Dr. Stan Deaton

Senior Historian
Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Distinguished Historian

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Stan Deaton is the Senior Historian and the Dr. Elaine B. Andrews Distinguished Historian at the Georgia Historical Society, where he has worked since 1998. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Florida, a Masters in history from the University of Georgia, and Bachelors degree in journalism from the Grady School at UGA.  He is the Emmy-winning writer and host of Today in Georgia History, jointly produced for TV and radio by GHS and Georgia Public Broadcasting. At the Georgia Historical Society Stan is a public speaker, writer, teacher, and lecturer. He serves as managing editor for the Georgia Historical Quarterly; works closely with the President and Director of the Research Center to secure manuscript materials for GHS like the Vince Dooley Papers; leads teacher training workshops; writes historical markers; conducts oral history interviews; helps write grants; assists with fund raising; and writes newspaper editorials and a blog, Off the Deaton Path.

Dr. Glenn McNair

Editor, Georgia Historical Quarterly
Dr. William T. Moore Distinguished Editor of the Georgia Historical Quarterly


Dr. McNair is an associate professor of history and chair of the history department at Kenyon College. He received his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Savannah State University in 1988. He received a master’s degree in history from Georgia College & State University in 1996, and he went on to earn a Ph.D. in American history at Emory University in 2001. He has published in scholarly journals on various aspects of the African-American experience, with a particular emphasis on slavery, and is author of Criminal Injustice: Slaves and Free Blacks in Georgia’s Criminal Justice System. His current research focuses on black political culture since the Civil Rights era. In addition to publishing in scholarly periodicals, his research on slaves, criminal justice, race, and politics has appeared in local and national newspapers, and he comments regular in the print and online media on contemporary racial issues. Before becoming an academic, Dr. McNair was a police officer in Savannah, Ga., his hometown, and a special agent with the U.S. Treasury Department, where he served on the Secret Service protective detail of President Bill Clinton.

Christy Crisp

Marilyn Memory McMullan Director of Programs

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Christy Crisp is the Marilyn Memory McMullan Director of Programs at the Georgia Historical Society (GHS). A Georgia native, Ms. Crisp holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Samford University in Alabama and a master’s degree in history from James Madison University in Virginia. As GHS’s Director of Programs, she is responsible for oversight and management of all of the Society’s programs including the Georgia History Festival, the Dooley Distinguished Fellows program, the Historical Marker and Affiliate Chapter programs, and all public lectures. Ms. Crisp also oversees all training initiatives and educational and outreach programs for adults, school children, and K-12-to-university educators. She is a 2014 graduate of the History Leadership Institute, a national leadership training program for public history professionals conducted by the American Association for State and Local History.

Elyse Butler

Marker Manager

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Ms. Butler coordinates the Georgia Historical Marker Program. She holds a bachelor of arts in Anthropology from Georgia State University, and a masters in History with a graduate certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. During her graduate program she held a two year assistantship with Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site as Assistant to the Curator.

Breana James

Historical Marker and Program Coordinator

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Breana James is the Historical Marker and Program Coordinator for GHS. She has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in History from Georgia Southern University, where she also received a certificate in Public History. Most recently, she served as a Museum Specialist (Aerospace) for the Air Force Armament Museum at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.

Lisa Landers

Education Manager

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Ms. Landers is responsible for the Society’s educational programs and educational outreach for students and teachers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Political Science from Auburn University and a Masters of Arts in Education from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, specializing in Secondary Social Sciences. Prior to joining the GHS team, Ms. Landers taught high school history for 8 years. She comes to us from Orlando, Florida where she taught in the Orange County Public School system, teaching courses in World History. She spent the early part of her career teaching American History with Calhoun County Schools in her home state of Alabama.

Anastacia Scott, Ph.D.

Director of Community Partnerships and Special Projects

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Anastacia joins GHS after more than seven years of academic and professional experience in higher education, museums, and cultural institutions in the cities of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and New Orleans, Louisiana. She holds a Ph.D. in Africology with graduate certificates in museum studies and nonprofit management from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Dillard University. Prior to joining GHS, she was the director of educational programming at the Hermann-Grima + Gallier Historic Houses. In 2021, the Southeastern Museums Conference featured her as “One to Watch!” highlighting her passion for illuminating diverse narratives and skill for community building and scholarly narratives to engage funders and secure needed support.

Kristin Singleton

Membership and Outreach Coordinator

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Kristin Singleton, our new Membership and Outreach Coordinator, has a bachelor’s degree in history from Armstrong State University and a master’s degree in Museum Studies with a Public History focus from Georgia Southern University. Her work specializes in program development for K-12 students. Most recently, she served as the Education Coordinator at the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

Research Center

Nate Pedersen

Manager of Archival and Reference Team

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Nate Pedersen is the Manager of Archival and Reference Team at Georgia Historical Society (GHS). Nate is responsible for supervising and managing day-to-day operations of the Research Center as well as ensuring the provision of high-quality reference services to patrons. A native of Minnesota, he has a bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology and a master’s degree in library and information studies from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Nate is a member of the Grolier Club, the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College and Research Libraries division (ACRL), and the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS). He is the co-author of two books on popular medical history and the editor of several short story anthologies.

Gracie Breland-Harris

Reference Assistant

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Gracie Breland-Harris joins the Research Center team as a Reference Assistant. She has a Bachelor of Arts in history and a graduate certificate in archives and special collections from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Studies program at Southern Miss. She has previously worked for the Mississippi Department of Archives & History as a cultural resources specialist technician and for the Civil War & Reconstruction Governors of Mississippi as a graduate student researcher.

Meaghan Gray

Reference Assistant

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Meaghan Gray is Reference Assistant for the Georgia Historical Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Museum Studies from the University of Mary Washington. She is currently a graduate student at Simmons University obtaining her Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree with a concentration in Archival Management. Prior to joining GHS, Meaghan worked for the US Army Ordnance Training and Heritage Center conducting an inventory of their historic artifacts.

Breanne Hewitt


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Ms. Hewitt is responsible for the use, care, and preservation of the archival and object materials at GHS. Prior to joining the GHS team, she was an archivist at History Factory. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Middle Tennessee State University and a Master of Arts in Library and Information Science from University of Arizona. During her time in Arizona, Ms. Hewitt was a student worker then advanced to project archivist at Western Archeological and Conservation Center, where she worked in archival solutions for the National Park Service Intermountain Region.

Rachel Minetti

Reference Assistant

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Rachel Minetti is a Reference Assistant at the Georgia Historical Society. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and a minor in English from the University of South Carolina. Prior to joining GHS, she worked as a Library Assistant at a public library in Largo, Florida.

Nicky Stevens


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Nicky Stevens is an Archivist for the Georgia Historical Society and is responsible for maintaining and preserving the historical materials at GHS and supporting reference services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Film with a minor in History from the University of New Orleans and a Master of Library and Information Science degree from San Jose State University. Nicky is a Member of the Society of Georgia Archivists. Prior to joining GHS, she was an archivist for Heritage Werks in Atlanta where she was responsible for corporate and organizational heritage collections. Before working in archives, she was a public library reference librarian in Melbourne Beach, FL.


Keith Strigaro

Director of Communications

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Keith Strigaro is the Director of Communications at the Georgia Historical Society. Prior to joining GHS, he led strategic communications for the Provost’s Office at Georgia Southern University. Before that, he was a senior writer at Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and a director of communications at George Mason University in Virginia. Keith holds a bachelor’s degree in history and English from the University of Virginia. He began his career in public history as a tour guide at George Washington’s Mount Vernon, James Monroe’s Ashlawn-Highland, and Robert Townsend’s Raynham Hall.

Brendan Crellin

Web and Visual Communications Specialist

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Mr. Crellin is the Web and Visual Communications Specialist at GHS. His responsibilities include maintaining the GHS website and designing publicity and materials for programs and events. Mr. Crellin joins GHS with nearly 10 years of graphic and web design experience working as a graphic designer and project manager for a web design firm in Massachusetts.


Rebecca Brattina

Senior Administrative Assistant

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Ms. Brattina is currently the Senior Administrative Assistant to the Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer as well as the Associative Director of Administration. With over  20 years’ experience, she comes to us from the City of Savannah with previous Executive Assistant positions held to include: Dimension Data, Hewlett-Packard, BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin – all located within the Northern Virginia area. Ms. Brattina holds a BS in Business Administration from the University of Maryland University College located in Adelphi, Maryland and has studied Art History and Museum Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia.

Ashley Rainge-Shields

Development Associate

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Ashley Rainge-Shields joins the GHS staff as a Development Associate. Ashley is a New York native who settled in Savannah after spending many years on different military bases around the United States and Germany. Most recently, Ashley served as the director of fund development and communications at Healthy Savannah. Prior to that, she held a variety of roles at the Coastal Heritage Society, including membership coordinator, interim development coordinator, and historical interpreter. She also serves as a member of several community/statewide organizations, including the Savannah – Chatham County Historic Sites and Monuments Commission as vice chair, the Racial Equity and Leadership (REAL) Savannah Taskforce, and the American Civil Liberties Union (Georgia Chapter). Ashley holds a bachelor’s degree in Medieval history and philosophy from Fordham University.

Patty Reps

Executive Assistant

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Patty joins GHS with more than 15 years of international experience supporting senior level executives. Most recently, she served as the Senior Executive Assistant to the Vice-Chancellor of Auckland University of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. Before that, she was the Executive Assistant for the human resources team at the University of Auckland. She received her bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

Beth Robinson

Associate Director of Administration

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Mary “Beth” Robinson is responsible for the human resources, administrative and facilities-related functions of the organization. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Administration. She has over 25 years of public sector experience primarily in the field of Human Resources. She previously served as the Human Resources Director for the City of Savannah, GA. She holds the designation of Certified Professional by the International Public Management Association for HR. Ms. Robinson’s volunteer experience includes current and previous involvement on local nonprofit boards including Hospice Savannah Personnel Committee, Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Savannah Children’s Choir, American Red Cross, and American Diabetes Association.

Leanda Rix

Director of Development & Strategic Initiatives

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Leanda Rix has rejoined the Georgia Historical Society team as Director of Development and Strategic Initiatives. Ms. Rix initially joined GHS in 2006 as Senior Grants Writer and ended her first tour of duty in 2014 as Director of Grants & Special Projects. GHS’s first full-time development hire, Ms. Rix was instrumental in helping to shape and build a robust, comprehensive development program. In 2015, Ms. Rix joined The Ohio State University as Director of Development for the College of Public Health and eventually transitioned into the role of Executive Director of Foundation Relations at Ohio State, where she was responsible for leading private foundation engagement and fundraising efforts on behalf of the university until July 2021. A California native, Ms. Rix holds a bachelor’s degree in global studies from Azusa Pacific University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Robert Wright

Facilities Supervisor

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A native of Marshall, Michigan, Robb serves as the Facilities Supervisor at GHS. He began his career as part of the grounds and maintenance staff of the Marshall School System before joining the historic Alwyn Downs Golf Course as Superintendent. In 2020 Robb and his wife moved to the Savannah area, where he served as Maintenance Supervisor for a small company. Robb brings over thirty years of experience in facilities maintenance to GHS, including twenty years in a supervisory capacity.