Steph McDougal founded McDoux Preservation LLC in 2007 after moving from Ohio to Texas, earning an MSHP at the University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture, and refocusing her existing consulting practice from training and performance improvement to historic preservation. Since then Steph — occasionally with other team members — has developed a broad portfolio of work and a reputation for excellence in historiography, research and data analysis, planning, creative problem-solving, community engagement, and generally figuring out what the story is and how to tell it.
Steph also holds a B.A. in Organizational Communications and a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication, both from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and she is pursuing a PhD in Public History from Middle Tennessee State University. Steph’s major field is the history of the Jim Crow South, and her dissertation focuses on strategies for pursuing equitable treatment of city-owned African American cemeteries.
From spring 2019 through summer 2021, McDoux was a slightly larger team, but we’ve scaled down once again to a lean, efficient and effective duo. Jennifer Beggs joined McDoux in July 2020, transitioning into historic preservation after a 25-year career in hospitality that was ended by the COVID-19 pandemic. Jenn holds a Bachelor of Music, Music Performance and Music History, from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, and has studied musicology and acting in the Master of Fine Arts program at the City University of New York at Brooklyn College. She is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in historic preservation from the University of Kentucky.
McDoux, a woman-owned business, is registered with the State of Texas as a Historically Underutilized Business (HUB).