Carol Morris Dukes is the founder and first president of the Lincoln Preservation Foundation. She organized LPF in 1999 after rapid development began to threaten the integrity of the Goose Creek Historic District. A registered nurse, she practiced in Fairfax and Loudoun Counties while also studying archaeology at George Mason University. She spearheaded the efforts to restore the African American Grace Methodist Episcopal Church, c1885, and is a lead in the effort to create the Grace Heritage Site. A recipient of the 2004 Balch Library’s “Loudoun History Award,” Carol has been involved with numerous projects aimed at preserving the architectural and cultural history in western Loudoun County.
Reginald "Reggie" Simms
Reggie's professional career as a graphic artist has been showcased in many of LPF's event material. He has donated his works of art for the benefit of the Grace Heritage Site restoration project, and he has been a tireless advocate for the preservation of the African American story. His family was part of the original Grace Church congregation in Lincoln.
Jennifer has a strong background in museum studies and enjoys conducting research.
Our treasurer, Garry is retired from the State Department. A multi-generational local from Purcellville, Virginia, Garry is a strong contributor to the area's historical narrative. Garry also serves on the board of the Friends of Grace Church Multicultural Center.
Jeffrey Jackson is a member of Grace Annex United Methodist Church. While at Grace he held several positions in the church. Currently, he is an usher on a rotating basis. He is President of the Friends of Grace Multicultural Center , leading efforts to create the Grace Heritage Site.
Historical Research Team
Virginia Geller coordinates the historic research efforts for LPF and her role is to compile, document and research historic documents, buildings, and artifacts pertaining to the history of Lincoln and the surrounding areas.
She was born in Yokohama, Japan and prior to moving to Lincoln in 2000, lived in many different places including, Rome, Italy, where she studied Art History, Vienna, Austria, and Hamburg, Germany.
She is a lover of children, animals, fine cuisine, travel, and art history and has three beautiful successful daughters and two amazing grandchildren.
She is a dedicated volunteer including being PA President at the International School in Hamburg, Loudoun Country Day School and Foxcroft , as well as being a founding member of 100 Women Strong, the founder and owner of Leilino LLC, and a partner of ATEX Consulting LLC.
Sarah Huntington is a portrait photographer in the Northern Virginia/Washington DC area. Her studio is in Purcellville, Virginia, an hour west of Washington DC. In a reader’s poll, she has been voted “Best Photographer in Loudoun County” for ten consecutive years by Leesburg Today. Sarah is a native of South Carolina and a graduate of the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, DC. With a strong background in fine art she also shoots documentary and fine art photography. She shows and sells her work in her studio and at various galleries in the metropolitan area.
William is a member of the Grace Annex United Methodist Church and also serves on the Board of the Grace Multicultural Center. He is a tireless advocate for the preservation of African American history with deep roots in Loudoun County.
Ard Geller is a very active member on the Board of the Lincoln Community League. He moved to Lincoln in 2000 with his family to live in a rural and historic environment that he is now committed and engaged to preserve. He has been involved with historical environments and artifacts throughout his life, having grown up in Rome (Italy), having lived in Vienna (Austria) and Hamburg (Germany) and being a collector of antique manuscripts, artifacts and art. He co-authored the book “Jewish Rome”, a historical and photographic documentation about the Jewish presence in Rome from antiquities until the present days. He is a founding and managing partner with his daughter, Shoshi, in ATEX Consulting (an IT strategy and implementation consulting firm) and ATEX Forensics (an IT litigation consulting and expert witness firm). His professional background is in information technology.
Jeanne Whitney Smith
Jeanne Whitney Smith is a long time board member and treasurer of the Lincoln Preservation Foundation. Her life's passion is and remains the pursuit of world peace. Jeanne served as executive director of the National Peace Foundation, is an original founder of the Peace Links and was intimately involved in the grassroots movement that created the National Institutes of Peace. Jeanne served in the Peace Corps in Macedonia and continues to serve Lincoln's Goose Creek Meeting peace initiatives. Jeanne and her husband Scott own the original "community house" in Lincoln, and were recently recognized for the restoration of an historic home in upstate New York.