Meet The Board Members

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Patricia Fox
Ms. Fox has been on the board since the mid-1990's and served as Chairperson from 2002 to 2012. She has been involved with the Friends of Big Bone for many years and currently serves as the board chair. She resides in Petersburg, KY, and taught high school English in Kenton County Public Schools for 27 years, and English composition classes at Gateway Community College in Boone County. She is currently teaching at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. She is married to Patrick Lense and is the mother of Jason Rehkamp.
"My personal life finds comfort in the outdoors. Hiking, biking, and recently, backpacking have enabled me to interact with nature and the historic landscape. Pat and I love the country around us, and are particularly intrigued by not only the land but by the people who once lived throughout western Boone County and the built environment they left us. We are environmentalists at heart, and hope that the natural beauty and history of Boone County can be preserved for generations to come."
 Lisa Hoffman
Ms. Hoffman was appointed to the board in 2013. She lives in Florence with her husband and children and has lived in Boone County for the past 45 years. Her professional background is in Government Purchasing and she has worked for the Boone County Fiscal Court for 28 years, where she now acts as the Purchasing Agent for the County. She has been performing genealogical research since 1981 and co-owns with her sister a genealogical business in Boone County. She currently attends (senior) Northern Kentucky University with a major in Anthropology and minors in Archaeology, Native American Studies and Origins of Civilization. She has worked on the Devou and the Linden Grove Cemetery projects with Jeannine Kreinbrink. Her passion is in the preservation of the past and the peoples who lived during those times.
Thomas Schiffer
Tom was raised in Kenton County, Kentucky and spent most of his professional life working in Cincinnati...the last twenty years of it as a Manager of Plant Services in the chemical industry. He has a BS degree from UK in Industrial Management. He spent many years as Environmental Manager at Emery Industries...successfully bringing them into compliance with clean air, clean water and solid waste disposal. Part of his responsibility was community outreach. Plant safety became his passion...successfully working to bring about a cultural change in safety awareness among employees.
His avocation of the shooting sports has brought him into intimate contact with the outdoors and conservation issues. He has served as President of the National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association (1989 - 1992), Chairman of the Board of the Annie Oakley Foundation (current), Secretary and Vice President of the Boone County Historical Society in the 1980s. He did much hiking in Boone County in the 1960s upon moving to Boone County, with accent upon historical aspects of the paths taken. For the past decade, he has pursued boating in his two steam-powered launches...exploring Boone County's nearly forty miles of river front and numerous creeks.
In 2002 he wrote a book Peters & King, published by Krause and has written extensively for widely circulated periodicals for nearly thirty years. Most recently, he has done extensive writing under the direction of Bridget Striker, Boone County History Coordinator for the Boone County Public Library.
He has maintained an avid interest in photography and has illustrated his writing thereby. He is married to Carol Wasson Schiffer (the girl next door and retired school-teacher) and they live on Gunpowder Creek and have two grown sons.
Bridget Striker
Bridget was born and raised in Upstate New York and moved to Northern Kentucky in 1996. Bridget and her husband, Mike, have lived in Burlington, Kentucky since 2000. After receiving her B.S. in Anthropology, Bridget spent several years as a staff archaeologist and GIS mapping specialist for an environmental consulting firm in Cincinnati. She earned a Master of Library Sciences degree in 2001 and is currently Boone County’s Local History Librarian. In that capacity, she works closely with the Review Board and staff to attend to issues relating to local history and preservation.
Patricia Wingo
Ms. Wingo was appointed to the board in 2007 and became the Chairperson in 2013. She was raised in Cincinnati and moved to Northern Kentucky nine years ago. She has a degree in History from the University of Cincinnati and completed the Historic Preservation Certification Program at the University as well. She served as the Historic Preservation Officer for the City of Newport for three years and as the Economic Development Director there for five years, retaining supervision of the Historic Preservation Department and Main Street Program. In 2004 she was appointed City Coordinator of the City of Florence and became a resident of Florence that same year.
Preservation began as an avocation, eventually leading her to pursue training so that she might work in the field. Early work included field work to complete the historic property survey forms for the Lee-Holman Historic District in Covington, Kentucky, which became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996 and the Elizabeth Township Rural Historic District, Miami County, Ohio, which became listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997. Additionally, Pat co-authored with Rita Walsh, The World War II Ordnance Department's Government-Owned Contractor-Operated (GOCO) Industrial Facilities: Joliet Army Ammunition Plant, Transcripts of Oral History Interviews as part of the a project to establish the national historic context of seven ordnance installations on a state and local level.
Pat lived in several historic homes in Cincinnati and that hands on experience kept her in touch with the challenges and rewards of historic home ownership. She still maintains her interest in historic preservation and is pleased to be able to volunteer her time to the community through the Historic Preservation Review Board. Pat looks forward to expanding her knowledge of Boone County and she and her husband Tom have decided to spend more time learning more about Boone County with the help of the Boone County Heritage Tourism Map.
Although their children are grown, life at home continues to be hectic with the seemingly never ending renovations to their Florence home, caring for their eight animals and cherishing their time with their two grandchildren, Jackson and Olivia, both born in 2007.