STAFF

Ms. Susan Adler, MA

CEO & President

Susan Adler is an experienced nonprofit professional who specializes in community engagement, communications and fundraising. Sue has many professional accomplishments in the local community including establishing Savannah’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and fighting for Savannah’s tiniest citizens as executive director of the Savannah Chapter of the March of Dimes. She also directed community outreach events for Savannah’s Memorial Hospital, launching unique programs for the community.

Sue holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College and a Master of Arts in elementary education and teaching from the University of South Carolina – Beaufort. She serves on several community boards including: The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, Horizons Savannah and the Savannah chapter of Hadassah.

Ms. Megan Kerley, CFRE

Director of Development

Megan joined Historic Savannah Foundation as its Director of Development in December 2019. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit arena, working with organizations of every size and mission to maximize their potential. Locally, her experience includes serving as Vice President of Hospice Savannah Foundation, Vice President of Philanthropy for Senior Citizens Inc., and Development Director of Savannah Music Festival. Kerley is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Savannah and holds a Certified Fund Raising Professional designation. She has served in numerous volunteer leadership roles, currently serving on the Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals Coastal Georgia Chapter. She is a graduate of St. Vincent’s Academy in Savannah and received her Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Georgia Southern University and her Master of Arts in English from the College of Charleston and The Citadel.

Ms. Melanie Jordan

Controller

Melanie Jordan graduated Summa Cum Laude from Savannah State in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration and brings a vast array of business experience to Historic Savannah Foundation. After college, Jordan worked as an accountant for Dabbs, Hickman, Hill and Cannon, LLP assisting in audits, tax preparation and accounting services for various for profit and not-for-profit clients, and later as a contracted accountant with Arthur, Dana and Company. Jordan was subsequently hired as the controller at Ocean Plaza Beach Resort, where she was responsible for all financial reporting, budget preparation, accounts payable and payroll. Jordan also held the position of controller at the Jewish Educational Alliance and Savannah Jewish Federation, where she was responsible for all financial reporting, overseeing their budget process and maintaining restricted and unrestricted endowment activity. Before coming to HSF, she was the vice president of finance and administration at the United Way of the Coastal Empire, responsible for all financial reporting, budget preparation, oversight of building maintenance and rental, new hire onboarding and a staff of three, and also optimized the use of technology to automate many manual processes.

Mr. Ryan Arvay, MA

Director of Preservation & Historic Properties

Ryan Arvay was born and raised in the California Bay Area. He grew up in Cupertino, in the center of Silicon Valley, just south of San Francisco. Always a lover of architecture and history, Ryan never fully realized the extent of that love until he moved to the South in 2006. Settling in a small, historic southern town in Florida, Ryan became involved in the local preservation scene, eventually becoming the Program Manager of two nationally accredited Main Street programs. He also worked as the Living History Coordinator for the University of West Florida Historic Trust and served as the Vice President of the Santa Rosa County Historical Society. With a Bachelor’s degree in Theatre & Media Arts from Brigham Young University, Ryan returned to graduate school in 2014 to receive his Master’s degree in Historic Preservation at the Savannah College of Art & Design. Growing up in the sprawling suburbs of the Bay Area, in a city without much surviving tangible historic fabric, Ryan says the south was a revelation about the importance of surrounding yourself in daily life with historic structures. He says of all the cities he has spent time in, he has never felt a greater sense of belonging than in Savannah. As the Historic Properties Coordinator, Ryan manages the Revolving Fund program and the Historic Easement program. He loves advocacy work and is working to develop several personal projects that combine his love of film-making and old buildings to further the cause of historic preservation. Ryan is married and has four future-preservationists.

Mrs. Kimberly Newbold

Office Administrator

Kimberly Newbold grew up in Jesup, Georgia and moved to Savannah shortly after graduating from high school. She worked as a paralegal for many years before leaving the workforce to raise her two children, Eva and Will. Before joining the HSF staff, Kimberly volunteered extensively with HSF and was awarded the 2015 Nichola Parker Coe Volunteer of the Year Award. Kimberly is currently pursuing a degree in Historic Preservation and Restoration from Savannah Technical College.

Ms. Jamie Credle

Director, Davenport House

Seeing to the smooth operations of the Davenport House Museum, Jamie Credle has been the director since 2002. Her prior experience includes tenures at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron, Ohio; McFaddin-Ward House in Beaumont, Texas; Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington, North Carolina; and Shadows-on-the-Teche in New Iberia, Louisiana. Her educational background includes internships at Jekyll Island Museum and the Museum at Stony Brook in New York as well as professional development training with the Jekyll Island Management Program (she is now on the faculty), Seminar of Historic Administration (Colonial Williamsburg), Winedale (Texas) Museum Seminar, Victorian Society in America’s Summer Program (Newport, RI) and the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Summer Institute/Chesapeake Region (Winston-Salem, NC). Jamie graduated from Salem College with a BA in English and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with an MA in Public History. She is a past president of the Coastal Museums Association and a former board member of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries. In 2013, Credle received the Museum Leadership Award from the Southeastern Museums Conference as a mid-career professional who has shown significant advancement within the profession by leadership in museum activities at her institution, within the museum profession as a whole, and especially in the southeastern region. She has been on the faculty of the Jekyll Island Management Institute as a specialist in museum interpretation since 2010.

Mr. Jeff Freeman

Assistant Director, Davenport House

Originally from Richmond, VA, Jeff has been at the Davenport House Museum since 2006. After a four year stint in the U.S. Army and a 15 year career in the technology field, Jeff decided to follow his passion for history and pursue a career as a museum professional. He holds a BA in History from University of Maryland University College.