Indiana Landmarks Announces New Directors and Officers

James P. Fadely named chairman of the board

Indiana Landmarks’ board of directors recently elected seven new members and new leadership at its annual meeting in Indianapolis.

The new directors, who will serve three-year terms, bring diverse talents and a common commitment to historic preservation.

Hilary Barnes is owner and co-founder with her husband Travis of Hotel Tango Whiskey (also known as Hotel Tango Artisan Distillery) in Indianapolis’s Fletcher Place Historic District. An attorney with Christopher & Taylor Law Office, Barnes and her husband are restoring an Old Northside home.

Cheri Dick retired after a career in marketing and nonprofit management, including a stint in the 1970s at Indiana Landmarks where she rose to become the first director of the organization’s Indianapolis office. She led Civic Theatre through its move to Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts. A resident of Zionsville, she serves on the boards of Christel House Academy, YMCA of Central Indiana, and Indianapolis Zoo.

Judy Kanne serves as the Jasper County Historian and president of the Historic Preservation Association of Jasper County. She chairs Indiana Landmarks’ Affiliate Council. A retired professor of education and Director of Student Teaching at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Kanne is active with the Prairie Arts Council and Rensselaer’s Main Street program.

Brett McKamey of Westfield, president and CEO of Goelzer Investment Management, has been a longtime member of Indiana Landmarks’ investment subcommittee. A past chairman of the Indiana Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, he led its $24 million capital campaign. He has a passion for the conservation and preservation of both the natural and historic man-made environment.

Cheryl Griffith Nichols of Little Rock, Arkansas, retired as preservation and research consultant. An advisor emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, she serves on the board of Historic New Harmony and other preservation organizations. She and her husband have rehabbed buildings in Little Rock’s Quapaw Quarter, where they live. Both are Indiana natives who frequently return to their home state.

Martin Rahe has restored buildings in Cincinnati, where he lives, and in England, Connecticut, New York, Illinois, and his hometown of Aurora, Indiana. A real estate investor and president of Robert L. Johnston Co., Inc., he serves on the boards of the Cincinnati Preservation Association, Cincinnati Zoo, and on the advisory councils of the National Trust and Landmarks Illinois.

Jim Renne, a retired orthopedic surgeon, lives in Newburgh, where he serves on the town’s historic preservation commission and is active in Historic Newburgh. As a founding member of the Friends of Peters-Margedant House in Evansville, he has been instrumental in saving the home designed by William Wesley Peters, Frank Lloyd Wright’s son-in-law and right-hand man.

Three board members—Greg Fehribach and Sara Edgerton of Indianapolis and Sharon Negele of Attica—won re-election to second terms, which also will end in September 2019.

After two years as chairman of the board, Carl Cook steps into the role of past chair. The board elected James P. Fadely of Indianapolis to take the helm as chairman. A historian and author, Fadely is director of college counseling at Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis. Parker Beauchamp of Wabash was elected vice chairman and Brett McKamey of Westfield accepted the role of treasurer.


Media contact: Tina Connor, 317-639-4534 or 317-946-3127,


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