About ModCom

ModCom was formed in 1984 in response to the unabated destruction of post-World War II architecture in Greater Los Angeles. Since then, the committee has expanded to include all 20th-century architecture and related fields. The committee holds events and helps to identify and protect significant Modern buildings.

Chair
Regina O’Brien

Regina O'BrienA member of ModCom since 1997, Regina became Modern Committee Chair in 2009 after serving as Residential Chair. As Chair, Regina oversees the committee’s overall efforts, working closely with other members of the Executive Council and staff of the Los Angeles Conservancy. She has long been involved in Modern preservation efforts, from directing a film about Frank Lloyd Wright to coordinating the nomination of extant Case Study Houses to the National Register of Historic Places. Regina works in the entertainment industry as a production designer and set decorator.

Specific responsibilities of the ModCom Chair include:

  • Setting agendas and conducting general meetings
  • Calling quarterly Executive Council meetings
  • Ensuring that council chairs hold regular meetings
  • Coordinating and preparing annual ModCom budget with L.A. Conservancy staff
  • Acting as liaison with L.A. Conservancy staff, the media, and other community groups
  • Identifying and nurturing potential Chairs and helping to fill vacancies

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Vice Chair
Charlie Fisher

Charlie FisherA native Angeleno, Charlie is an architectural historian who has long been active in historic preservation, particularly in his neighborhood of Highland Park. He is also an avid antique car collector.

Specific responsibilities of the Vice Chair include:

  • Working with the ModCom Chair to prepare the general meeting agenda
  • Assisting the Chair in the ongoing responsibilities of the committee
  • In the event that the ModCom Chair is unable to perform his/her duties, performing the Chair’s duties

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Secretary
Cheryll Dudley Roberts

Daughter of an architect and a ceramist who fell in love with LA, Cheryll Dudley Roberts was so lucky to grow up in a world of West Coast Modernism. A Hollywood child who played in studio back lots and occasionally poked her head before a camera, she put herself through college writing concert reviews and selling clothes and jewelry to boutiques from her LA Woman line which brought invitations to do costumes for film and theater. Graduating from sewing, she went on to event production including shows at the Hollywood Bowl, the Wiltern and Variety Arts theater and a career as a film and TV agent and manager for award winning actors,writers and musicians. After taking time out for a MFA from American Film Institute, she returned to writing but now also sells beautiful architecture, preferably Modern, for Habitat Property Group. On days off, she can be found hiking or fishing.

Commercial Council Chair
Sarah Farris-Gilbert

Sarah GilbertBefore becoming Commercial Chair, Sarah served as ModCom’s Vice Chair in 2010 and has also served as Residential Chair and helped with the Residential Council’s effort to nominate the Case Study Houses to the National Register of Historic Places. She is the principal designer at Grace Hilton Interior Design. In addition to the restoration of her own Cliff May home, Sarah has worked on other historic mid-century properties, including an Eichler residence in Orange County.

As commercial council chair for ModCom, Sarah coordinates advocacy on behalf of Modern commercial structures.

Specific responsibilities of the Commercial Council Chair include:

  • Prioritizing proactive and reactive commercial issues
  • Maintaining current lists of prioritized issues for publication in monthly agenda
  • Holding regular council meetings (monthly suggested)
  • Reporting on key issues at general ModCom meetings
  • Coordinating with Education/Outreach Council Chair
  • Updating ModCom website with information about commercial issues and related events
  • Communicating agenda items to the Chair one week before general meetings
Residential Council Chair
Steven Kyle

Steven KyleA longtime member of the Modern Committee, Steven is responsible for outreach to new and potential ModCom members. He has over 30 years of experience in architecture, interior design, and construction, and 7 years of experience in real estate. Steven is both a licensed architect and a Realtor, specializing in finding the right buyers for mid-century Modern properties. He served as ModCom’s Membership Development Chair from 2009-2010.

Specific responsibilities of the Residential Council Chair include:

  • Prioritizing proactive and reactive residential issues
  • Maintaining current lists of prioritized issues for publication in monthly agenda
  • Holding regular council meetings (monthly suggested)
  • Reporting on key issues at general ModCom meetings
  • Coordinating with Education/Outreach Council Chair
  • Updating ModCom website with information about residential issues and related events
  • Communicating agenda items to the Chair one week before general meetings

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Membership Chair
Chris Green

Chris GreenA member of the Modern Committee since 1996, Chris served as Secretary from 1997-98. He has helped with docenting, exhibit design, and graphic design for a number of Conservancy/ModCom tours, including “Cruising Industrial Los Angeles,” “A Place in the Sun: The Architecture of Wayne McAllister,” “Built by Becket,” and “City of the Seekers.” He also has assisted in advocacy and nomination work, including the successful Preservation Award nomination for Pierre Koenig’s Case Study House #21. Chris is a graphic designer and art director.

Specific responsibilities of the Membership Development Council Chair include:

  • Soliciting and nurturing new and existing members
  • Meeting and greeting new members and visitors at general meetings
  • Obtaining contact information for visitors and new members
  • Sending out announcements regarding upcoming issues and events
  • Updating ModCom website with information about membership issues and events
Outreach Chair
Rachel Gould

Rachel GouldRachel literally grew up in ModCom, thanks to the longtime participation of her mother, Charlene Nichols, and her stepfather, Chris Nichols. Rachel has served previously as Education/Outreach Chair and is glad to be volunteering her time again. She has been a dedicated member of many volunteer groups over the last five years, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Con Gioia, Early Music Ensemble. She currently works for the Internal Services Department.

Specific responsibilities of the Membership Development Council Chair include:

  • Finding locations for future meetings and events
  • Developing educational events in coordination with L.A. Conservancy staff to reach out to the community
  • Supporting ongoing development of the ModCom website
  • Updating ModCom website with information about outreach events and issues
  • Communicating agenda items to the Chair one week before general meetings
  • Providing general direction for the ModCom website
  • Providing or delegating snacks for the meet-and-greet portion of general meetings