Board of Trustees Ballot



Pursuant to Article II, Paragraphs 2 and 8, and Article XI, Paragraph 5 of the By-Laws of the Prescott Historical Society of Arizona (PHS), and Article II, Paragraph 1 and 7, and Article X, Paragraph 5 of the By-Laws of the Sharlot Hall Historical Society of Arizona (SHHS), an election will be held to elect five (5) members of the Board of Trustees and one (1) member of the Nominating Committee of these societies. The PHS is a state agency charged with the responsibility of operating the Sharlot Hall Museum. The SHHS is a non-profit corporation organized to provide financial and volunteer support to the PHS. The Board of Trustees is comprised of fifteen (15) members who serve as the governing body of both the PHS and the SHHS. The Nominations Committee of these societies performs the important function of identifying and recommending nominees for the Boards’ membership and officer positions.

A Nominations Committee comprised of Board members Ben Andre (chairman), Mark Schiavoni and Jake Carlson has nominated the following members for election to the Board, each to serve for a term of three (3) years commencing on July 1, 2019. The nominations were approved by the Board at its regular meeting on March 26, 2019.

Barry Barbe is the owner and head chef of El Gato Azul, a popular downtown Prescott restaurant. A native of Ohio, Barry graduated from Johnson and Wales University with a degree in the culinary arts and came to Prescott in 1998 as the General Manager of Zuma’s. Shortly thereafter he opened his own restaurants on Cortez – Belvedere’s and 129½ – and in 2004 El Gato Azul on Goodwin Street. Barry is well known throughout the community for his support of non-profit organizations, including the Sharlot Hall Museum, and 2014 was recognized by the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County with its prestigious Philanthropist of the Year Award. Barry also serves as a Board member of the Coalition for Compassion and Justice. He is seeking his first term on the Museum Board of Trustees.

Sandra Brown retired in 2006 from an executive position with a Southern California travel incentive company specializing in corporate meeting planning and travel incentive programs for corporate clients, and moved to Prescott. Sandi, as she is best known, has served as a Board member of the Williamson Valley Community Organization for the past 10 years, holding positions with that organization as its Secretary and its Treasurer. In addition, she has volunteered for Hacienda de Los Milagros, a non-profit animal sanctuary for horses, donkeys, and other animals; is a Chino Valley Elks Member, a member of The Prescott Corral of Westerners, and volunteers with the state Adopt-a-Road program. She is member of the Republican Women of Prescott, the largest chapter of that organization within the United States, where she served as its Vice President of Membership for two years. Sandi is also a member of the Arizona Federation of Republican Women and has served on its Bylaws Committee. Sandi was first elected to the Board in 2016 and has served as its Secretary. She is seeking a second term.

Steve Gaber grew up on the prairies of Southern Colorado. His formal education, at universities in Colorado and Alaska, supplemented an environmental awareness gained through outdoor experiences. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Public Administration at the University of Alaska, which led to a career in City Planning, including 14 years with the City of Prescott, a position from which he retired in 2011. Throughout his career, Steve served on many boards, with particular emphasis on natural, cultural and historical missions. Steve served on the Sharlot Hall Museum Board from 2005 to 2011, and again from 2012 to 2018, serving terms as its Treasurer, Vice-President and on two occasions as its President. He is seeking reelection to another term on the Board.

Marvin Kaiser is a native of North Dakota and a graduate of that state’s university with degrees in accounting and law. He practiced law in North Dakota for nearly 40 years and concurrently engaged in business as an independent oil producer, which he has continued to the present date. He also operated an oil field service company. Throughout his career Marv found time to serve in leadership roles in a variety of community organizations, including the United Way, Williston (ND) Park, and the Ft. Union Association, the latter an historic trading post that was declared a National Monument in 1961. Marv’s interest in history led to his service as President of the North Dakota Historical Society and his service on the board of the Buffalo Bill Museum in Cody, Wyoming. He retired to Prescott in 2011 where he and his wife Jane serve on the board of the M&J Kaiser Foundation.

Lisa Watters-Lain was born and raised in Prescott, where she attended the public schools from elementary through high school. Initially interested in a career in education, she attained her bachelor’s degrees in Special Education from Arizona State University and her Masters from Northern Arizona University. In 1992 she and her husband, Ken Lain, moved back to Prescott to help her father, Harold, run Watters Garden Center, a nursery business he and his wife Lorna started in the mid-1950s. Lisa and Ken obtained sole ownership of the business in 2009. Currently, Lisa serves as its general manager, overseeing the operations of the Center. She and Ken host a weekly radio show– “The Mountain Gardener” –and also provide the community with educational programs at the Center on a regular basis. Lisa is seeking her first term on the Board.

The Nominations Committee has also nominated Board Member Dava Hoffman to serve on the Nominations Committee of the Societies for a three (3) year term commencing July 1, 2019. Pursuant to the By-laws of the Societies, the Nominations Committee performs the important function of identifying and recommending nominees for the Boards’ membership and officer positions.


All members of the Sharlot Hall Museum are members of PHS and SHHS, and are thus eligible to vote in this election.


If you received this notice as an e-mail, please follow the instructions on how to vote electronically online. If you wish, you can Click Here to download the digital election ballot, save and return as an email attachment to the Board clerk ( If, on the other hand, you received this notice by regular U.S. mail, please use the enclosed ballot to record your vote and return it in the enclosed pre-addressed envelope. Regardless of the means by which the ballot is cast, it must be received by the Sharlot Hall Museum no later than 4:00 PM on June 1, 2019.


DUE JUNE 1, 2019, 4:00 PM

Board Membership: Vote for no more than five (5) candidates either by selecting a name in each list, selecting No Preference, or selecting Write In My Own to write in a candidate’s name.

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