Advisory Council


To assist and advise the Board of Directors, the Restoration has established an Advisory Council consisting of all former Presidents and such other persons as shall be elected to the Council from time to time by the Board of Directors from the fields of anthropology, archaeology, architecture, art history, business, corporate law and estate planning, finance, investment management, museum studies, philanthropy and other fields who, upon request, are willing to offer advice and guidance to the Board of Directors and/or the President and/or the Executive Director of the Restoration in fulfilling its Mission to preserve, protect, and promote this historic landmark and its collections, documents, history, graveyards, and surroundings. Council members will also be asked for recommendations for new members to the Restoration’s Board of Directors.

Our Current Advisory Council Members are:

Roger S. Guernsey, AIA

Mr. Guernsey, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Architecture, retired from Guernsey Tingle Architects of Williamsburg, a company he co-founded, after 17 years of growing the successful firm to more than 15 professional architects, designers and support staff.  Specializing in energy efficiency, Mr. Guernsey is an award-winning architect with his designs having been featured in Better Homes and Gardens’ Home Plan Ideas, Building Ideas magazine, Inform magazine and on HGTV’s Earth Day programming.  A prolific author, Mr. Guernsey has had his designs and concepts regarding architecture published nationally and throughout Hampton Roads.  Mr. Guernsey continues to work in the industry from home.  

William H. Hargrove III, AIA

A Portsmouth native, Mr. Hargrove has been recognized, both locally and nationally, for many of his designs and is known for his unique attention to detail. As co-founder of HBA Architecture and Interior Design, headquartered in Virginia Beach, he led the firm’s growth and success to today’s 45 man firm practicing in several states and abroad. He is presently semi-retired and serves as Chairman Emeritus at HBA. Mr. Hargrove has served on numerous boards and commissions throughout Hampton Roads. He continues to serve on several boards including serving as a director on the TowneBank board. Mr. Hargrove is very familiar with St. Luke’s and Whitemarsh. He has visited both sites on several occasions to offer advice and suggestions on site development, master planning and future building locations.

James Henderson, Ph.D.

Over 30 years of working in engineering and technology for General Electric and Emerson Electric.  Dr. Henderson has also served as a college board member in the capacities of Board Vice-President, and Chairman of Governance, Business Affairs and Endowment Committees.  Dr. Henderson continues to be active in local civic groups in the Smithfield and Isle of Wight areas.

Susan Kern, Ph.D.

As Executive Director of William & Mary’s Historic Campus, Dr. Kern is charged with the preservation and interpretation of the university’s most historic buildings – the Wren, the Brafferton and the President’s House – and with research, writing and teaching about the early history of the college.  A visiting associate professor of history, Dr. Kern specializes in material culture of the American South and public history with a focus on architectural history and historical archaeology.  A prolific scholar and author, Dr. Kern was nominated by the Yale University Press for the 2011 Pulitzer Prize in history for her award-winning book The Jefferson’s of Shadwell.

Carl Lounsbury, Ph.D.

Adjunct Associate Professor at William & Mary, Dr. Lounsbury was a member of the Architectural Research Department at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation beginning in 1982 with responsibilities for long term research projects including public buildings, 17th and 18th century theaters, 17th century rowhouses, churches and meeting houses.  Dr. Lounsbury consults in design for museums, historical societies and state agencies, with recent designs including a 17th century church for Jamestown Settlement; report on rowhouses for Jamestown Rediscovery; courtroom fittings for Prince William County, Virginia; and other investigations for the NC Historic Society and the Historic Charleston Foundation.  Dr. Lounsbury has taught at the University of Mary Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Virginia, and the College of William & Mary.

Alain Charles Outlaw

As Principal Archaeologist with Archaeological & Cultural Solutions, Inc., President of the Wheatland Foundation, Inc., and Adjunct Professor in the History Department at Christopher Newport University, Alain C. Outlaw has directed multiple projects since 2007 at St. Luke’s Church and at Whitemarsh, the Joseph Bridger plantation.  A professional archaeologist for nearly 50 years, he has worked in state government (Commissioner of Archaeology/State Archaeologist for the Commonwealth of Virginia), the Private Sector, and Academia.  Among his publications is Governor’s Land: Archaeology of Early Seventeenth Century Settlements (1990 University Press of Virginia).

Merry Abbitt Outlaw

In her role of Senior Curator at Jamestown Rediscovery, Merry A. Outlaw is at the center of new discoveries at Jamestown Island.  She continues to advise the archaeological project at Whitemarsh which she helped establish.  In her past role as Curator of Collections at the Virginia Research Center for Archaeology she created the State Study Collection, a library of prehistoric and historic period artifacts found statewide.

Douglas W. Owsley, Ph.D.

Division Head for Biological Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., Dr. Owsley is considered one of the foremost forensic anthropologists at work today. He has identified remains from news-making crime scenes, mass disasters, and war zones. Doug also conducts extensive research on historic and prehistoric populations from North America, including the remains of 17th-century colonists, Civil War soldiers, and ancient Americans – such as the nearly 9,000-year-old Kennewick Man.

Christine N. Piersall

Christine Nguyen Piersall is chair of the Private Client & Fiduciary Services Practice at Williams Mullen. She focuses her practice primarily on estate tax planning, estate and trust taxation and administration. Christine has experience with conservator and guardianship matters, family limited partnerships and business succession planning. She also represents clients in commercial banking and real estate matters.


If you are interested in Committee Service or Operational Volunteer Support, contact Todd Ballance, at (757) 357-3367 or via email at [email protected] for more information. Please indicate if you are specifically interested in Committee Service in order to put you in touch with the Nominating & Governance Committee. Thank you for your interest in service.