Board of Directors

The Foundation has no staff; its Directors bring a variety of backgrounds in the field of historic preservation and are personally involved in the development of the projects it chooses to fund.  Administrative services are provided by Tom’s personal assistant, Peggy Sheridan.


Thomas M. Jeffris, President

Thomas M. JeffrisTom graduated from Brown University with a Bachelor’s Degree in history and worked for the Parker Pen company.  After he left Parker, he ran the Foundation to pursue his interest in preservation.  He was appointed five times by Governor Thompson to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s Board of Curators.  He has also served as Chairman of the Janesville Historic Commission.

Tom oversees administration of the Foundation and advises on the development of projects in Wisconsin.


Roman Vetter, Director

Roman VetterRoman Vetter’s passion for architectural history and preservation began while working on his Bachelor’s Degree in finance and economics at the University of Wisconsin. He later acquired and restored a number of buildings in Madison, ranging from Craftsman style to Bauhaus design. Roman joined the Stark Real Estate Company and soon began specializing in the sale of architecturally significant, lakefront and historic properties throughout southern Wisconsin.  He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Madison Trust for Historic Preservation.

Roman advises on the development of projects in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana.


Royce Yeater, Director

Royce YeaterRoyce earned a Bachelor of Architecture from North Dakota State University and a Masters in Architectural History from the University of Virginia.  He practiced as an historical architect in the Upper Midwest for thirty years, and was concurrently involved in leadership of several non-profit preservation organizations. In 2001 he left his practice to serve as Midwest Director of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  He is now retired and does limited consulting in historic preservation from his home in Minnesota.

Royce reviews planning documents for all projects and advises on the development of projects in Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota.