Board Members and Categories
William J. Gallo, Chair
Archaeology, Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
William J. Gallo is Chairman/CEO of Gallo Herbert Architects, an architecture, interior design and consulting firm, and is Executive Vice President of JWR Construction Services, Inc., a general contracting design/build and construction management company. His training includes architecture, construction and development economics. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree at Pratt Institute in New York and culminated his education with a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University with a focus on development economics. Appointed by Commissioner Chip LaMarca, Bill Gallo serves as Chair of the Historic Preservation Board and fills the professional category of archaeology, anthropology, and cultural anthropology.
Sheldon McCartney, Vice Chair
Sheldon McCartney is Chairman of Board of the Project Stable Foundation and serves on the advisory board of the Old Davie School Historical Museum Board. His past achievements include President of the award winning McCartney Construction Company, responsible for noted restoration projects throughout Miami/Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties. Projects include Miami City Hall, Edison Middle School, Old Miami Beach City Hall, Colony Theatre in Miami/Dade County, Peele Dixie water plant, New River Court, Old Dillard School, Old Davie School and Viele House in Broward County, and the Flagler Museum and North Fire Station in Palm Beach. Well versed in construction and now retired from his firm, he stays active in the construction industry as a board member of the Constructions Specifications Institute and is a consultant to non-profit organizations. Appointed by Broward County Vice Mayor Beam Furr, Sheldon McCartney serves as Vice Chair of the Historic Preservation Board and fills the professional category of general or building contractor.
Derek T. Davis, Board Member
Derek T. Davis is the Curator of the Old Dillard Museum in Fort Lauderdale, developing cultural and educational programs at a historic schoolhouse listed on the National Register of Historic sites, built as the first public school building for blacks in Broward County. His work includes organizing exhibitions, administering musical concerts, managing collaborations with cultural organizations, facilitating policies and procedures for non-profit fundraising organizations, conducting tours, and overseeing website development and managing the museum staff. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Florida Atlantic University. Appointed by Commissioner Dale V.C. Holness, Derek Davis serves as a Member of the Historic Preservation Board and fills the professional category of conservation or curation.
Jeff Schwartz, Board Member
Jeffrey Schwartz is the President of the Parkland Historical Society. In this capacity, he was directly involved with creating and burying the Parkland time capsule, scheduled to be opened on the city’s 100 year anniversary. He initiated the city’s historical marker program, identifying and marking sites as well as educating public visitors, and was critical in getting the city’s first book on the History of Parkland, Florida, written and published; he wrote the acknowledge for the final publication. A world traveler, he has been to almost 100 countries, for both work and personal enjoyment. He received his Bachelors of Geology from City University New York, York College, and followed up with a Lamont Doherty Geological Observatory Fellowship in Geophysics at Columbia University. Appointed by Commissioner Michael Udine, Jeff Schwartz serves as a Member of the Historic Preservation Board and fills the professional category of historic preservation.
Daniel J. Stallone, Esq., Board Member
Historic Preservation Planning and Land Use
Daniel J. Stallone is the Town of Davie Police Code Compliance Official, a former legal advisor to the Davie Police Department with experience in red light camera infraction program, forfeiture actions, false alarm enforcement program coordinator, and code enforcement of zoning and land use codes, lien and fine mitigation, and author of municipal ordinances. Daniel Stallone holds a Bachelors in Geology from the University of Dayton, Ohio; Master’s in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University; Juris Doctorate from Nova Southeastern University and admitted to practice law in Florida; and completing a dissertation on complaint analysis for a Ph.D. in Conflict Resolution, also from Nova Southeastern. Appointed by Commissioner Steve Geller, Danny Stallone serves as a Member of the Historic Preservation Board and fills the professional category of historic preservation planning and land use.
Cynthia Strachan-Saunders, Board Member
Cynthia Strachan Saunders is a vocalist, songwriter, actress, and author. As a vocalist, known as “Jus’ Cynthia”, her debut CD is a collection of smooth jazz and contemporary songs. Her debut book, a pictorial and written oral history of the first decade of Carver Ranches, stemmed from her grandparents, who were original pioneers of the area. She currently owns, occupies, and maintains the first Broward County Designated Historical Site, her family home of Bowles-Strachan House, and operates the associated museum on-site. Appointed by Broward County Mayor Barbara Sharief, Cynthia Saunders serves as a Member of the Historic Preservation Board and fills the professional category of history or folklore.
Rick Ferrer, Historic Preservation Officer
Matt DeFelice, County Archaeological Consultant