Historic Macon's offices are located in the historic downtown of Macon, GA.

Physical address: 338 Poplar Street, Macon, GA 31201

Mailing address: PO Box 13358, Macon, GA 31208

Phone Number: 478-742-5084 


Historic Macon has a team of staffers with diverse backgrounds and a passion for preservation.

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Ethiel Garlington, Executive Director

Prior to joining Historic Macon, Ethiel Garlington served as the Director of Preservation Field Services for Knox Heritage since 2008. During his tenure at Knox Heritage, Garlington founded the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance (ETPA) and provided preservation and economic
development services to the Alliance’s sixteen county region. Among his most prominent accomplishments, Garlington structured a partnership among the Department of Energy, the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, the Tennessee Historical Commission and local officials to enable private developers to invest $4.5 million to save endangered properties from the Manhattan Project to be reused as an assisted living facility.

Garlington holds an undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College and a Master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. He is also a certified Real Estate Development Finance Professional and a certified Travel Marketing Professional. He and his wife, Michelle, live in Beall’s Hill with their son Conway.

Email: egarlington@historicmacon.org

Phone: 478.742.5084 ext. 101

Responsibilities: Advocacy for endangered places • Preservation planning • Neighborhood revitalization • Economic development and financing • Grants and major gifts

Staff contact for Board of Trustees

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Trish Whitley, Director of Development

Trish Barfield Whitley grew up in Macon, attended Bibb Co. public schools, and graduated from Auburn University. Trish has strong ties to the Macon business and non-profit community alike. In fact, years ago Trish served as Macon Heritage Foundation’s Membership and Special Events Coordinator. Trish also served as the Public Relations and Downtown Welcome Center
Manager for the Macon CVB where she promoted Macon’s numerous historic sites and attractions, including the Sidney Lanier Cottage. Prior to joining the Historic Macon staff, Trish worked with her husband, Brian, at their disaster restoration & cleaning company, EnviroClean Services.

Outside of the office, Trish enjoys spending time with Brian and their two boys, Sam and Brice. She and her husband are owners of Piedmont Brewery and Kitchen in downtown Macon.

Email: twhitley@historicmacon.org

Phone: 478.742.5084 ext. 106

Responsibilities: Membership informationPreservation PartnershipsPlanned giving • Grant writing • Foundation support

Staff contact for Membership Committee

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Shannon fickling, Preservation Project Manager

Shannon grew up in Macon and pursued an undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University.  She received a master of architecture degree from Georgia Tech. She is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

After working for Wood, Morris and Associates and Dennis and Dennis Architects in Macon she opened her own office in 2000 focusing on residential design and specifically concentrating on renovations and additions to historic homes.  

Shannon is on the board of the Urban Development Authority and the Thomas C.  Burke Foundation and has long been involved in working to improve downtown Macon through preservation and expansion of its historic downtown. 

When not at work Shannon loves to garden and spend time with family.

Email: sfickling@historicmacon.org

Phone: 478.742.5084 ext. 108

Responsibilities: Primary contact for construction • Designs rehabilitation plans for historic buildings • Manages purchase process for home buyers • Coordinates all fixtures and finishes and acts as liaison to contractors

Staff Contact for Preservation Committee


michael phillips, preservation carpenter

Michael Phillips grew up in Macon attending Bibb County schools before moving to Atlanta. There, he started his apprenticeship in carpentry with Moon Brothers Architects & Craftsmen, Inc. Family ties to Macon brought him back home where he continued to hone his skills as a master carpenter in both historic restoration and high end new construction all over Middle Georgia.

His passion for architectural history and well known expertise in his field led to his joining Historic Macon Foundation in 2015.

In addition to his career, Michael spends time with his wife Donna and their two children, Adam and Noel. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves fishing, hiking, and exploring and preserving our natural resources in Georgia whenever possible.

Email: mphillips@historicmacon.org

Phone: 478.742.5084 ext. 108

Responsibilities: General contractor for Mill Hill projects • Provides professional carpentry skills to Historic Macon projects


Matt Chalfa, Director of Preservation field services

Matt Chalfa grew up in Macon and graduated from Westside High School. He earned a B.A. in Political Science from St. Andrews University in Laurinburg, NC. After graduating, Matt spent several years in the Scuba diving industry before pursuing a M.A. in Preservation Studies from Boston University. Matt has previously worked for the City of Conyers Dept. of Planning & Inspection Services and the City of Forsyth Mainstreet Program, as well as performing contract work for the Boston Dept. of Parks and Recreation and the Town of Winchester, Ma. When not at work, Matt enjoys hiking and gardening and spending time with his wife Gena and their two children Harper and Jack.

Email: mchalfa@historicmacon.org

Phone: 478.742.5084 ext. 103

Responsibilities: Manages tax credit applications • Plans and executes education events • Creates rehabilitation plans • Completes and updates National Register listings • Staff contact for Friends of Rose Hill Cemetery

Staff contact for Cottage and Education Committee


lauren mauldin, director of neighborhood revitalization

Lauren Mauldin is a Tifton, GA native who has been fascinated with historic buildings and history since she was a little girl. She followed this passion for history to the University of Georgia where Lauren focused her research on the historic built environment of Athens, Georgia and earned both a B.A. in History and a B.A.J. in Advertising. Lauren holds a M.A. in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) from the University of York in England. While at York, Lauren’s research introduced a new approach to historical study through conservation biography, which facilitated further understanding to inform future preservation decisions of Fairfax House, a Georgian town house. In 2015, Lauren received the Outstanding Contribution Award from the York Conservation Alumni Association for her leadership contributions to the organization. Lauren currently sits on the Board of Directors for Presonomics, and is a past Committee Member of The Traditional Paint Forum.

When Lauren isn’t traveling or stopping suddenly to take an Instagram photo, she can be found with a cup of tea practicing calligraphy.

Email: lmauldin@historicmacon.org

Phone: 478.742.5084 ext. 107

Responsibilities: Manages and markets the facade improvement and energy efficiency loan portfolio • Processes loan fund applications • Point of contact for Mercer Down Payment Assistance, available properties, and Neighborhood Incubator

Staff contact for Loan Committee


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Stafford Gudenrath, Director of Engagement

Stafford Gudenrath grew up in Macon and graduated from Stratford Academy. She earned a B.A. in Business/Marketing from the University of Georgia and later earned her Master’s degree in teaching from Mercer University. After graduating from UGA, Stafford spent several years in Atlanta as a Director of Marketing and then began her career as a teacher in Macon after graduating from Mercer. Over the years, Stafford has enjoyed volunteering for local organizations, including the Museum of Arts and Sciences as Chair of The Festival of Trees. Outside of work, Stafford enjoys anything outdoors and spending time with her husband, Field, and their two kids, Maggie and Ford.



Anita Kapoor is Historic Macon Foundation’s director of finance and operations. She comes to Historic Macon after more than 20 years with McNair, McLemore, Middlebrooks & Co., where, among other responsibilities, she performed accounting and auditing for nonprofits large and small.

She holds a master’s degree in business administration from Mercer University as well as CPA and CVA certifications.

She enjoys true crime shows and podcasts as well as playing with her two black Labrador retrievers, Brody and Boogie.

Email: akapoor@historicmacon.org

Phone: (478) 742-5084, ext. 102

Responsibilities include: managing payroll, accounts payable and accounts receivable, including loan payments; preparing monthly financial statements; primary liaison for auditors, insurers and brokers.


Oby Brown, Office Manager

Macon native Oby Brown is a proud graduate of Central High School and the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Before joining the Historic Macon Foundation, he spent most of his working life as a reporter and editor at The (Macon) Telegraph. He is a Macon history buff and loves to sing its praises every chance he gets. He and his wife, Lynda, have two children, Bo and Emma, a son-in-law, Nate, and a sweet Transylvanian hound named Sally. Outside the office (and inside) , he is a devout UGA football fan. He likes anything he can grill, strong coffee and old-school R&B. He’s a member of the Macon Touchdown Club. 

Email: obrown@historicmacon.org

Phone: (478) 742-5084, ext. 104

Responsibilities include: Communications, including blogging; marketing; Flea Market oversight, administrative duties, special projects.

bernard turner, cottage coordinator

Bernard was born in Boca Raton, Florida. His dad was a landscape architect and owned a tropical plant nursery where he worked for many years until they sold the family business. Bernard also had an uncle who owned an orchid nursery. His family's businesses allowed Bernard to grow up around beautiful greenhouses, leading to his hobby of gardening.

Bernard first came to Macon while attending Mercer University in 1974. He later went on to attend Miami Christian College in 1986-1987 and spent most of his adult life in Florida where he was Client Services Supervisor for 10 years at AmeriPath, a dermatopathology laboratory in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Bernard moved to Macon and served as Quality Supervisor at Biomat USA, a blood plasma donation center, before joining the Historic Macon team in 2011.

Email: bturner@historicmacon.org

Phone: 478.743.3851

Responsibilities: Coordinates and staffs rentals of the Sidney Lanier Cottage • Serves as the lead docent of the Sidney Lanier Cottage • Point of contact for event rentals of the Sidney Lanier Cottage