Staff Members

Boyd Maher, Executive Director

Prior to becoming Director of the Capitol Zoning District Commission, Boyd served as the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program’s Certified Local Government Coordinator, where he acted as a trainer and liaison to city and county preservation commissions throughout the state. Boyd is a native of the New Orleans area, and he holds a degree in political science from Louisiana Tech University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.Boyd is a Certified Public Manager, a graduate of the National Trust's Preservation Leadership Training, and has served on the board of directors for the National Alliance of Preservation Commissions and Preservation Action.
As Executive Director, Boyd serves as the agency’s chief program officer, fiscal officer, technology officer, and human resources officer.  He is the Commission’s principal liaison to the public and the agency’s official representative to other agencies and organizations.


Jared Craig, Planning and Preservation Coordinator


Prior to joining the Capitol Zoning District Commission, Jared served as the Virtual Exhibit Coordinator at the UA Little Rock Center for Arkansas History and Culture.  He also served as a graduate assistant at the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, where he wrote entries for the Encyclopedia of Arkansas History and Culture for county courthouses in the state, assisted with preservation workshops, and wrote documentation for state historic buildings. Jared holds bachelor’s degrees in history and political science from the University of Central Arkansas and a Master of Arts in Public History from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  Jared is a native of Hot Springs.

As Planning/Preservation Director, Jared serves as the agency’s liaison for its preservation activities, which includes disseminating technical information and monitoring the properties throughout the Capitol Zoning District.


Melissa Goff, Office Administrator

Melissa has served the state of Arkansas in several capacities for over twenty-five years.  Her previous experience includes serving as the Manager of Student Financial Aid with the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. Melissa has also held positions at the University of Central Arkansas, where she was the Director of Institutional Research and Director of Admissions.  Most recently, she served as the Chief Fiscal Officer for the Department of Arkansas Heritage.  A native of Norman, Oklahoma, Melissa graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and Finance.

As the Administrative Analyst, Melissa serves as the agency's Office Manager, which includes managing facility operations, and serving as the agency contact for the commission members, committee members, and the general public.  In addition, she conducts special projects, prepares reports, and coordinates volunteer activities.