The OIRF Board meets the first Thursday of each month, October through May at the Oldest House Museum.
Kelly Friend, President
Jean Shannon, Vice President
Steve Black, Treasurer
Nance Frank, Secretary
Nance Frank, an accomplished off-shore sailboat racer, has been involved with the world of art since she was born in Key West. Since 1997 she authored and published five catalogs with the venerated Cuban-American artist Mario Sanchez. Nance studied with the artist as a major long-term project and is recognized as the foremost expert on Mario Sanchez works. Ms. Frank has been an admirer of Mr. Sanchez philosophy of One Race, the Human Race, her whole life.
Nance is Past Chair & Founder of the Monroe Council of the Arts and has served on the executive board in varying capacities for nine years. She was founding Chair of the Art in Public Places Committee for Monroe County. She was on the founding board of the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys and The Studios Key West. Nance is the Director of The Jeff MacNelly Scholarship. Recognizing a neighbor with 500 years of cultural tradition, Nance has traveled to Cuba for 25 years leading educational art tours. Nance has spent 25 years in the industry, 20 as the Director/Principle of The Gallery on Greene since 1998.
Dave Hubbert, Executive Committee
I grew up in a tiny hamlet 15 miles north of the GW bridge, on the west bank of the Hudson, in a house that turned 300 years old c.1970. College education: Hollins College, BA History, Kent State University MLS. I then worked as a librarian in the 3rd largest county library system in the US (Cuyahoga County, surrounding Cleveland, OH). When we retired, moved to the Keys. We have 2 children and almost 2 grandchildren (second one due in December!).
Fran was born in New Jersey and grew up in Atlanta. She graduated from Wellesley College with honors in biology. After college, Fran spent 7 years on a sailboat, sailing everywhere from Boston to the Caribbean and Central America before settling in the Florida Keys with her husband Bob in 1988. Fran worked in environmental biology with the Department of Environmental Protection, the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary and The Nature Conservancy. Fran then served on the Sanctuary’s Citizens Advisory Council including being chairman. In 1997 Fran “retired” to pursue an artistic passion and is now a visual artist and Gallery owner. Fran’s colorful acrylic paintings capture the flavor of the Florida Keys and can be found at Frangipani Gallery, the Key West Art Center and Frandecker.com. Fran and Bob had a sailing charter business for 16 years in Key West. Fran had a 100 ton Masters License for 30 years. In addition to the OIRF board, Fran serves on the board of the Key West Art Center and is currently president. Fran is widowed and continues to enjoy boating, scuba diving, art, cats, reading and everything the fabulous Florida Keys has to offer.
Mark is currently the Director of Events for DOLCE Events & Marketing, and Co-founder of the Key West Food and Wine Festival. Mark graduated from the University of Utah with a major in Architectural Engineering, then embarked on a career in the food and beverage/hospitality industry by joining the Marriott Corporation retiring after his 25 year career as Director of Catering at the New York Marriott Marquis in New York City. He then moved to Brussels, Belgium and was the International Director of Sales for Meeting Matrix, a hospitality software company. He also taught at the Centre de Management Hôtelier International in Paris, France. After moving back to Key West in 2002, Mark bought his dream home, an 1880 conch house that was built for cigar makers. Mark is currently serving on the Board of Directors of The Old Island Restoration Fund. Dedicated to preserving the architectural & cultural heritage of Key West. As a member of the Key West Business Guild, Mark served on the Board of Directors, and is a member of the Key West Chamber of Commerce and American Institute of Wine & Food-South Florida Chapter.
Barbara is a Realtor, writer and radio talk show host. Since 2005 she has been writing a Sunday column every week about houses and architecture for Key West’s daily newspaper. Through “Keys Homes”, she has been in and out of more than 600 houses in the Keys, talked extensively with homeowners about their properties and shares their insights. For the past seven years she’s hosted a radio talk about real estate and currently, “The Keys Real Estate Show is on Island 106.9 FM is broadcast live every Monday and podcast on keywestrealestateshow.libsyn.com. From 2006-2011 she served on the Key West Historic Architectural Review Commission, was chairman for 2 years and in 2014, appointed to a special task force that addressed the historic districts issues with insurance demands. Barbara’s website is www.bbowers.com.
A proud fifth generation Conch born in 1986 and raised in Key West. In 2004 Mia graduated from Key West High School and has been employed with First State Bank for the past 14 years. An Assistant Branch Operations Manager at the main Simonton Street Branch, she is in-charge of new accounts, security, cashiers and daily management. In addition to her full time work Mia is actively involved in her family’s mortuary business and is currently enrolled in the mortuary science program at St. Petersburg College. As the financial secretary of Myrna E. Sawyer Key of Gulf No. 5 Order of the Eastern Star, she manages contributions and disbursements. Other community work includes the Sustainability Advisory Board of the City of Key West from 2009-2010. Mia strongly embraces her Cuban and Bahamian heritage and is passionate and dedicated to her community. She has been actively involved in annual fund raisers which are beneficial to our community. Mia’s enthusiasm is clearly demonstrated with the Bling your Bra contest which takes place during breast cancer awareness month. All proceeds are donated to the Keys Cancer Foundation. Of paramount importance to Mia are the youth within the community. She comprehends that they are the most important resource of our island paradise and that investment in not only their education but their understanding of the rich legacy that Key West has to offer.
Staff work out of the attic in the Oldest House Museum at 322 Duval Street. You can contact them at 305-294-9501. Mailing address is P.O. Box 689, Key West, FL 33041
Andy Herdan, Docent Coordinator/Oldest House Curator
Andy Herdan served as an officer in the British Merchant Navy and has traveled every corner of the world working with numerous cultures. Andy has worked with many non-profits, volunteering as a field archaeologist, presiding over Historical Societies, helping to set up Museum Associations, and writing articles and books on regional history.
Andy also is a member of the Key West Art & Historical Society Advisory Board and provides frequent support for special events and exhibitions. He provides docent support at The key West Lighthouse, sharing his in-depth knowledge of all things nautical.
Andy’s role with Old Island Restoration Foundation is to attain volunteer support giving tours through the Oldest House Museum. Future projects include museum exhibits and incorporating children’s programs to provide education to the community of Key West. Because of his passion for all things historical, his role now includes curatorial work at The Oldest House
Kathy Sage, Membership and Marketing Coordinator
Kathy will tell you she moved to Key West In January 2013 for 2 months of vacation, after her husband convinced her to retired from a life of 35 years of sales, sales management and the military.
Kathy enjoys helping the Oldest House achieve all of its goals, no matter how big or small. Kathy, her husband Lennie and their dog Buddy are still on vacation, living in Key West, all these years later.
Matt Hon, Administrative Assistant
Matt, moved to Key West from his hometown in Cincinnati, OH, in 2005. After a stint as a parasailing mate, Matt joined the staff of the Key West Business Guild where he worked himself up from Event Coordinator to Executive Director. His ability to work with a diverse set of people and passion for LGBT issues helped him achieve many successes with the Guild. His expertise at a small non-profit including membership, fundraising, marketing, grants and putting on fabulous events from the icon Headdress Ball during Fantasy Fest to Key West Pride is an invaluable every-day for OIRF.
Bill Turner, Groundskeeper
Bill is originally from Ohio and has lived in the Keys for more than three decades. After working most of those years in the construction industry for the past five years he takes daily care of the Oldest House Museum and its gardens. He lives on Stock Island and loves his quiet, water view.