Kevin Cherry has a history of remarkable leadership in public history and education. Prior to joining CAHPT, Kevin served for nearly ten years as State Historian and Director of Archives and History for the State of North Carolina, overseeing historic sites, museums, and historic preservation efforts across the state. He led North Carolina’s digital learning initiative, NC ECHO, and assisted in development of the National Digital Stewardship Residency Program for the Library of Congress. Previously, he served as a senior program officer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), overseeing a $25 million annual grant program for libraries. In 2010, he earned his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kevin shapes CAHPT’s educational vision and is implementing a safe reopening of our historic sites. Collaborating with partners, he spearheads the development of immersive and innovative learning opportunities to serve public, professional, and academic communities.
With extensive experience in both non-profit and for-profit financial management, our Chief Financial Officer Sharon Frank served for fourteen years as the Controller and Director of Finance for the North Carolina Museum of Art and later as Senior Director of Accounting for the North Carolina Healthcare Association. Sharon began her career with twelve years in accounting and international tax management at Glaxo Smith Kline, then with a private CPA firm in Durham. Sharon holds a B.S. in business administration and is a licensed CPA.
As Chief Financial Officer, Sharon oversees all financial operations, conducts financial planning, and analyzes the organization’s operations for greater efficiency and sustainability.
In his curatorial career, Grant has worked at historic sites associated with four U.S. Presidents. As a student majoring in history and anthropology in Kentucky, he participated in excavations at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage. After graduate studies at the University of South Carolina ,, focused on the material culture of urban slavery in Columbia, he worked as the collections manager at James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland, and then assistant curator at James Madison’s Montpelier during its major restoration and refurnishing project. Most recently, he served as Curator at Tudor Place, an 1816 house in Georgetown, D.C. Grant supervises the care and management of all Trust collections to ensure that they are accessible to a wide audience.
Director of Historic Preservation & Site Supervisor of Roper House
A South Carolina native, Will is a graduate of Wofford College and the Clemson/College of Charleston Program in Historic Preservation. For five years he apprenticed with Richard Marks Restorations and worked on a variety of 18th and 19th century buildings in historic Charleston. As Property Manager for Historic Charleston Foundation for eight years, he oversaw everything from maintenance to hurricane preparedness for the Nathaniel Russell and Aiken-Rhett Houses. As Director of Historic Preservation for CAHPT, Will carefully manages important preservation projects across the sites, while assuming responsibility for the daily operations of Roper House.