Melinda Gustin has an extensive background in historic preservation. Her focus includes landmark buildings, with emphasis on historic landscape design, site/plant material research, and treatment recommendations. Her appointment to the Board of Advisors of the National Trust for Historic Preservation began in September of 2006, and she’s also served as a Director of Preserve Nevada, the statewide historic preservation organization, since that time. She was selected as one of six, National Trust Jurists for its annual Historic Preservation Honor Awards. Melinda is a member of the City of Reno Historic Resources Commission, as well as the Historic Reno Preservation Society, the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the American Society of Landscape Architects. She was appointed to the Board of Landscape Architecture for the State of Nevada, by Governor Brian Sandoval in 2015.
Following successful business and human resources careers, she earned degrees in Landscape Architecture and Architecture, and is a Landscape Historian with the landscape architectural firm, Sage Green Design, LLC. She received Graduate Certificates from the University of Nevada, Reno, in the Advanced Business Management and Human Resource Management programs, HRCI: Senior Professional Human Resources Designations, (SPHR) and (SHRM-SCP).
She and her husband, Dan, were the recipients of the City of Reno Historic Resources Commission inaugural Historic Preservation Advocacy Award, as well as the City of Reno 2007 Historic Preservation Award for their restoration of the grounds and residence of the Francis G. Newlands Mansion, National Historic Landmark, which has been featured on HGTV’s Restore America national program, as well as the local KNPB House with a History series.