The Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (Heritage NL) is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of heritage professionals and volunteers from across the province.

Current members of the Board of Directors are:

  • Dr. Lisa Daly (Chair)
  • Jim Miller (Vice Chair)
  • Sarah Ryan (Vice Chair)
  • Philip Wood (Treasurer)
  • David Lough
  • Elizabeth Ann Murphy
  • Dr. W. Gordon Handcock
  • Matt C. Reynolds
  • Dr. Roza Tchoukaleyska
  • Colleen Soulliere (Government Representative)

To contact the board please use Heritage NL’s general contact information.

Dr. Lisa M. Daly is an aviation archaeologist and expert in Newfoundland and Labrador’s aviation history. Her thesis work focused on the Second World War aviation material culture of Gander, but her work has taken her all over the province for archaeological and historical research. She has been involved in the heritage and tourism industry since 2001, starting with a summer position at the Provincial Archives of NL, and since then has worked as a tour guide with Wildland Tours, the coordinator for the Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove Museum, the event manager for Anna Templeton Centre’s We Love Craft Skill Sharing Series, and as an expert consultant for Plum Creative and Admiralty House Museum and Archives, and more. She currently also sits on the board for the Conception Bay Museum in Harbour Grace.

Lisa holds a B.A. (hons.) from Memorial University in Physical Anthropology (Archaeology), an M.Sc. from Bournemouth University in Forensic and Biological Anthropology, a diploma in Heritage Resources from Memorial, as well as her Ph.D. in Archaeology, also from MUN. For a while she worked as an archaeologist with the Government of New Brunswick, but decided to move back to St. John’s. She is currently working on multiple research projects, conference presentations, and talks, and sometimes even updates her blog: She also writes fiction, much of which is inspired by her research.

James (Jim) Miller (B.A., C.F.M) is originally from New Bonaventure and now resides in Trinity, NL. He has worked for the Trinity Historical Society since 2000 as project coordinator/ archivist, where he is responsible for the administration of all projects of the Society – fundraising, proposal writing, research and the general day-to-day operation of the not-for-profit organization.

Jim became a co-owner of Sherwood Suites accommodations in Port Rexton in 2015. He also spends a great deal of his time volunteering in various roles on the Bonavista Peninsula, including his position as mayor of the Town of Trinity since 2005; chairperson of Cape Random Trust/Random Passage Site in New Bonaventure; chairperson of the Discovery Regional Services Board; and is a member of various other committees in the Bonavista Peninsula region.

In recognition of his work in relation to supporting partnerships and regional tourism initiatives, he was awarded the Doug Wheeler Award, Department of Tourism, Culture, Industry and Innovation, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2010 and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal in 2012 in recognition of his community service. Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial University of Newfoundland, with a concentration in Newfoundland and Labrador history, and a Certificate in Fund Raising Management from the College of the North Atlantic.

Sarah Ryan holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Archaeology and History from Memorial University of Newfoundland. She also obtained an Honours Diploma in Advanced Museum Studies from Algonquin College in Ottawa, Ontario in 2011.  During that time Sarah interned at the Canadian War Museum working with the photograph collection. Sarah has also been employed in a variety of roles with the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, as the Museum Manager of Admiralty House Communications Museum in Mount Pearl, and as an Education and Public Programming Officer at The Rooms in St. John’s.

Philip Wood hails from Bay Roberts, NL, where he served on the municipal council as a councillor, deputy mayor and, for ten years, as mayor. He currently serves as vice chair of the Bay Roberts Heritage Society.

He is a life member of the Royal Canadian Legion and is a past president of Branch 32 Royal Canadian Legion Bay Roberts. Philip also currently serves on the Royal Canadian Legion’s Provincial Executive as its 1st Vice President. Philip is a former educator, retiring in 2008 as principal of Ascension Collegiate, Bay Roberts. Prior to his 30-year career in education – which began in Rigolet, Labrador – he enlisted in the Canadian Armed Forces and graduated from Officer Candidate School in Chilliwack, British Columbia as a 2nd Lieutenant. He later served briefly in the Canadian Navy stationed out of Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Philip is married to wife Joan (nee Glavine) from Buchans, NL, and they have three sons – Greg, David (Ashley), and Paul.

Dave Lough has been involved in various work and volunteer capacities in the community economic development and heritage sector throughout Newfoundland and Labrador since 1972. He has had the opportunity to work in adult education and economic development with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the tourism industry with Hospitality Newfoundland and Labrador, business and community development with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Parks Canada and in cultural development with the Nunatsiavut Government.

From 2017 to 2021 Dave served as Executive in Residence at Memorial University’s School of Business Administration at their St. John’s campus.

A founding member of the Labrador Heritage Society and Labrador’s Them Days Magazine, Dave has helped facilitate efforts by communities to preserve, protect and present their unique heritage places and stories for the benefit of future generations.

Dave is looking forward to working with Heritage NL and its committed staff and volunteers throughout the Province to build on our significant historic places and incredible array of cultural traditions and stories. The strength of Newfoundland and Labrador’s future is its strong identity and connection to place and the good work of individuals and communities to celebrate it.

Elizabeth Murphy (B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed) is currently the chair of the Placentia West Development Association and serves as Vice Chair of the Placentia West Region’s Heritage Committee. She has been a member of the Heritage Committee since it was founded in 1983.  Elizabeth led the committee in the development of a heritage based social enterprise that encompasses the Paddle House museum, the Tea Rose restaurant and the Livyer’s Lot Economuseum. Through these enterprises, the committee provides seasonal employment to six people while preserving and promoting traditional foodways and craft skills.

Elizabeth retired in 2006 after 32 years of classroom teaching. During this time she served 8 years on the provincial council of the NLTA, received a Prime Minister’s award for teaching excellence and a Special Recognition Award for her volunteer work. She is the mother of six children and has one grandson. Elizabeth currently uses her skills as an educator teaching traditional ways at the local economuseum and documenting the cultural heritage of Placentia Bay.

Dr. W. Gordon Handcock, Professor Emeritus in Geography, Memorial University of Newfoundland, was born in Eastport, NL and now resides in Mount Pearl and Salvage. He graduated from Memorial with a BA (Ed) in 1964, a BA (Hons) in 1966 and a MA in Geography in 1970. He received a PhD in Geography from the University of Birmingham in England in 1979, concentrating on English-Newfoundland origins, migrations and settlement patterns.

Dr. Handcock began his career as a high school teacher. From 1970 until 1996, he was a faculty member of the Department of Geography at Memorial and taught courses in rural, historical and cultural geography. In 1996 he became honorary research professor in Geography at Memorial and in 2004 emeritus professor in Geography.

Dr. Handcock made major contributions to the Historical Atlas of Canada, the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, the Atlas of Newfoundland and Labrador, and the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. His book Soe Long as There Comes no Women: English Migration and Settlement in Newfoundland was awarded a Regional History Certificate of Merit by the Canadian Historical Society in 1991. He received the Newfoundland Historical Society Heritage Award for 1995-96. He served as the provincial representative on the Historic Sites and Monuments of Canada for nine years and was a member of the Canadian Geographical Names Board of Canada for 33 years. He was chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Geographical Names Board from 1990-2018. He was a founding member of the Battle Harbour Historic Trust, vice-chair of the Trinity Trust Foundation, and served on heritage advisory committees for the Ryan Premises at Bonavista, the Bonavista Landscape Project, the Port Union Restoration Project and the Red Bay Basque Whaling site.

Matt C Reynolds, NSAA, RGD, M.Arch, is an architect and graphic designer who brings a holistic, collaborative approach to design. Originally from St. John’s, NL, Matt has studied the vernacular traditions and material culture of coastal settlements throughout Atlantic Canada, Norway, Iceland, and the Faroe Islands for over a decade. His architectural thesis reimagined a vacant school building in Bonavista as a cultural space for traditional knowledge exchange and explored how built heritage can be adapted for modern use.

Matt brings a range of knowledge to Heritage NL including architectural design, conservation, brand identity, and interpretive design. He has experience writing conservation plans, heritage impact assessments, building condition assessments, and interpretive plans. Matt approaches projects with curiosity and humility, and his breadth of experience represents a desire to craft an engaging design narrative.

Dr. Roza Tchoukaleyska is Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Environment at Western University, Ontario. She holds an Honours B.A. in Cultural and Historical Geography from the University of Toronto, an M.A. in Geography from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of Sheffield, UK. Prior to joining Western University, she was an Assistant Professor in the School of Science and the Environment, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University. Dr. Tchoukaleyska is also a professional planner and a candidate member of the Canadian Institute of Planners.

Her teaching interests include cultural geography, urban planning, experiential learning, and community engaged teaching. Her research examines the politicized rhetoric surrounding public space redevelopment, and the form and function of public spaces in cities in France and Canada. She frequently draws on ethnographic and sensory research methods to consider how cultural identities are imprinted on urban landscapes, and examines the material implications of urban planning and heritage protection policies. She also works closely with community groups in Western Newfoundland on topics related to regional economic and social resilience.