FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 08, 2019
Mary Ann Hatchitt
(Santa Fe New Mexico) – New Mexico Historic Sites have named two new deputy directors to assist in oversight of the State’s eight Historic Sites. Promoted from within the Historic Sites’ staff, Tim Roberts was named deputy director for Facilities and Interpretation. Also named deputy director, Kristine Navarro-McElhaney has more than 20 years’ experience in fiscal management with experience overseeing and implementing historically significant projects in public history with emphasis on oral history programs and initiatives.
“Now that we are fully staffed with two skilled professionals positioned as deputy directors, New Mexico’s Historic Sites will see direct benefit in our fiscal and facilities management,” said Patrick Moore, Executive Director of New Mexico Historic Sites. “Tim Roberts is well-versed on the challenges of managing facilities at our eight diverse sites. And, after an extensive search, we found Kristine Navarro- McElhaney’s credentials and extensive experience in organizational and financial administration of public historic archives ideal qualifications for the New Mexico Historic Sites deputy position
Tim Roberts hails originally from the state of Florida but has been working as a professional historian in the Southwest for over five years. Roberts earned his BA in History and MA in Historic Preservation from the University of West Florida. Following tenures at public institutions including West Florida Historic Preservation, Inc., Tim moved to the private sector where he served as a project manager for Historical Research Associates, one of the oldest and most respected cultural resource management firms in the country. It was during his time at HRA that Tim began working in the southwest, specifically New Mexico. Tim returned to the public sector in 2016 when he accepted a position with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs and took over management of Lincoln and Fort Stanton historic sites before moving into his current role as deputy director for Facilities and Interpretation.
Navarro-McElhaney has comprehensive knowledge of organizational and financial administration of centers of higher education and public history based nonprofit professional service organizations including executive oversight.
Before joining New Mexico Historic Sites, Navarro-McElhaney was a Research Administrator for the School of History, Philosophy, & Religious Studies at Arizona State University where she was responsible for development and oversight of collaborative and innovative humanities research and projects, interdisciplinary scholarship, and external community collaboration with nonprofits, museums and libraries, school districts and historical associations. She also served as interim Executive Director of the Oral History Association (OHA) and currently serves as their treasurer.
For more than 16 years, Navarro-McElhaney also served as the Executive Director of the Institute of Oral History at the University of Texas at El Paso, where she worked with diverse organizations and government entities including the Smithsonian Institution, the National Endowment for the Humanities and others on nationally significant projects and exhibits, including the Bracero History Archive, the single largest collection of bracero oral histories in existence.
About New Mexico Historic Sites: http://nmhistoricsites.org/
New Mexico Historic Sites are a division of the Department of Cultural Affairs, under the leadership of the Board of Regents for the Museum of New Mexico. Programs and exhibits are generously supported by the Museum of New Mexico Foundation, through the generous support of donors.
On March 14, 1931, the New Mexico Historic Site system was established by an Act for the Preservation of the Scientific Resources of New Mexico, to "declare by public proclamation that historic and prehistoric structures and other objects of scientific interest that are situated upon the lands owned or controlled by the State of New Mexico, shall be state monuments, and may reserve as a part thereof such parcels of land as may be necessary to the proper care and management of the objects to be protected." Under the direction of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, eight sites are open to the public: Coronado, Fort Selden, Fort Stanton, Fort Sumner Historic Site/Bosque Redondo Memorial, Jemez, Lincoln, and Los Luceros.
In 2004, the J. Paul Taylor Family bequeathed the Barela-Reynolds House and Property on the Mesilla Plaza to the Department of Cultural Affairs. Still serving as J. Paul Taylor’s private home, the property will become a Historic Site after his passing. Events, news releases and images about activities at New Mexico Historic Sites, and other Department of Cultural Affairs divisions can be accessed at media.newmexicoculture.org.