Board of Directors

Richard Van Valkenburgh, President

Richard Van Valkenburgh, President

Bio coming soon!

Brenda Courtney

Brenda Courtney and her husband moved to Huntsville in 1964. She is a retired teacher, having worked 31 years in the education system. Brenda believes Maple Hill is a historic treasure and enjoys serving on the HPA board.

Lynda Walker

Lynda Walker joined HPA in 2012, shortly after retiring from teaching. A native Huntsvillian and former history teacher, Lynda is grateful to serve on the HPA board and share her love of history with the community. A member of the newsletter committee, she enjoys writing about those buried within the walls of Maple Hill so that their stories will be preserved for generations to come.

Guy Collins

Guy W. Collins is a native Huntsvillian who attended the University of Alabama. He taught AP History and coached at Grissom High for 35 years. A former HPA president he portrays John Hunt each year in the Cemetery Stroll. He is married to Debbie Collins who also serves on the HPA board.

Natasha J. Parker

Natasha J. Parker is a fifth-generation Huntsvillian and has served on the board since January 2023. A program manager for a local defense contractor, Natasha is passionate about Huntsville’s history and preserving the past for future generations to learn and enjoy. She resides in the Five Points area of Huntsville.

Van Brown

Van Vernon Brown, III is a native Huntsvillian and a graduate of the University of Alabama in Huntsville. Retired from the Huntsville-Madison County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Van is a guide for the Huntsville Ghost Walks and volunteers as a walking tour guide for historic Huntsville neighborhoods. He is a past president of HPA and a former Stroll chairman. You can catch Van portraying either Lily Flagg or Samuel Moore at the Stroll each fall.

William Hampton

William H. Hampton is a native of Huntsville, Alabama (sixth generation) and has lived in city for over 60 years. He enjoys working with fellow history loving preservationists to share Huntsville’s history during the Maple Hill Cemetery Stroll and during restoration projects throughout the year. William is the founder of Huntsville Revisited Museum (located on North Memorial Parkway), owner of Touch the World Music, and a Food and Nutrition Supervisor at Huntsville Hospital.

Debbie Collins

Debbie Collins helped HPA in a support role for many years before officially becoming a board member in 2019. Born in Pennsylvania, Debbie considers Huntsville her hometown. She is retired, having worked many years in HR management and security as well as office management. Debbie now enjoys spending time with her grandson, Henry, and serving her family and community. She is married to fellow board member Guy Collins.

Cindy Burger

Cindy Taylor Burger is a native Huntsvillian. She attended Huntsville High and Auburn University. She has three sons (two of whom are twins) and three grandchildren. A former president of HPA, Cindy’s love of Huntsville history came from her father who managed the Russell Erskine Hotel for over 20 years.

Carrie Tate

Carrie Tate has been an HPA board member since January 2023. Originally from Meridianville, AL, she moved to New York City in 2005 upon her graduation from The University of Alabama. She and her family moved back to Huntsville in May 2021. Carrie enjoys volunteering in the community, especially with organizations like HPA that work to preserve our city’s cultural history.

Gina Jones

Gina Jones began her board tenure in 2023. Originally from Limestone County, Gina is the director of the Weeden House Museum in the Twickenham section of Huntsville. Gina loves traveling and all things American history. She and her husband, Kevin, have three children.

Eric Wood

Eric Wood has served on the HPA board since 2023. A local attorney, Eric feels a special connection to Huntsville’s colorful barristers of yesteryear and enjoys bringing Huntsville’s illustrious legal history to life each year at the Cemetery Stroll. Eric and his wife Deirdre have lived in Huntsville for over a decade. They have one daughter, Cecilia, who attends Holy Spirit School.

Debi Walker

Debi Walker, a native Huntsvillian, grew up on Monte Sano Mountain. She became an elementary school teacher in 1991 and taught at Mountain Gap elementary for 23 years. She has served on the HPA board since 2021 and is on the newsletter committee. Debi and her husband Ray have three children and six grandchildren.

Jane Michel

Lois Logan

Susan Cope

Mike Belmont

Ann Coffey

Bill Nunn

Allison Lewis

Penny Sumners

Nick Emmons

Tara Sloan