Who We Are

The MTC is a predominantly volunteer-run monument preservation organization that was founded in New Orleans in 1989. Our mission is to restore, repair and forever maintain all of the monuments located in the city. Members of our Board of Directors come from diverse professional and educational backgrounds, contributing decades of experience to our preservation efforts. As we move into our third decade of service we are excited about the possibilities that we can achieve with the help of our collaborators and supporters.

Our Board of Directors

Pierre McGraw
President

Founder of the MTC in 1989, Pierre A. McGraw was raised in the river parishes’ area and graduated from LSU. Past job experiences include working in the environmental industries with bioremediation technologies that remove contaminants from soils and groundwater. Presently, McGraw works for an international company specializing in gas compression equipment and technologies.  McGraw has managed numerous restoration projects through the MTC and is also actively involved in many social, historical and preservation organizations.  

John Brink
Vice-President

John Brink is a retired manager for Dresser-Rand Company, a major worldwide manufacturer of specialty machinery including compressors and turbines. He previously held positions of both Branch and Regional Manager. He has experience in numerous major projects and value stream analysis. A New Orleans, La. native who moved to the North Shore in 1985, he served as a key member of several committees involved in the “SmartGrowth” plan development for the Saint Tammany Parish “New Directions 2025”. He and his wife, Sally, now live in Mandeville,La. His interest in local history and love for the rich heritage of our city led to his participation in several Mardi Gras organizations and is the primary reason for joining MTC. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Business Management and a Master’s in Business Administration from Loyola University in New Orleans.

Rick McGregor
Secretary

Rick McGregor has been a New Orleans resident since 1991, and is retired from Shell Oil Companies' deepwater exploration group.  He is a frequent guest lecturer for the MBA program at UNO on management principles. He also serves on the board of directors for  the non-profit, "MakeNewOrleansHome.com". His particular interest for the Monumental Task Committee is to help the citizens of New Orleans become aware of the amazing assortment of monuments and preserve these monuments for future generations.

Gontran N. Celerier, Jr.
Treasurer

Gontran N. Celerier, Jr. is a retired Lockheed Martin company employee who worked in the Space Program at Michoud. He also has worked for the U.S. Navy and the Census Bureau prior to the Space Program. He is a long-time resident of the New Orleans area and has a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of New Orleans.

Ashley Merlin

Ashley Merlin is passionate about photography. Born and raised in New Orleans, she graduated from Lehigh University with a B.A. in Journalism. A connoisseur of local New Orleans Photography, Merlin’s work has been featured at the New Orleans Photo Alliance Gallery, University of New Orleans Fine Arts Gallery and the New Orleans Museum of Art as well as in many local and national publications. She is a member of the New Orleans Photo Alliance, American Society of Media Photographers, Arts Council of New Orleans and Professional Photographers of America and the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce. Statuesque New Orleans, her first book, was published in 2010. Miss Merlin is a board member of the Monumental Task Committee, a non-profit dedicated to preserving, restoring and advocating for the statues and monuments of New Orleans.

Other assistance

Linda K. Stubbs

Special Projects Manager and Conservation Advisor

Since arriving in New Orleans in 2011, Linda Stubbs has worked to restore monuments throughout New Orleans -- her adopted city. She studied Architectural Preservation at Columbia University with a concentration in stone conservation and has worked over 25 years as an exhibition registrar for museums such as the Smithsonian Institution, the Museum for African Art, and The Museum of Modern Art. She has traveled extensively to oversee the installation of valuable works of art and artifacts at museums throughout the world. Sharing artwork with the widest possible audience has been her life's passion.