Speakers & Panelists

Plenary Speakers

Amy MacDonell - Preserving Historic Places 2019Amy MacDonell began her career as the Historic Preservation Officer of the City of Evansville. She later launched the Indiana Main Street Program, working with over 80 communities to encourage downtown revitalization with assistance from the National Main Street Center. Amy served on the Meridian Street Preservation Commission in Indianapolis for 13 years and recently completed a 12-year appointment as a trustee of the University of Southern Indiana. She holds degrees from Dennison University and the University of Wisconsin.

Jules Mominee is a restoration specialist/consultant for architecture and historic stained glass. Jules served as chairman of the Restoration Committee for the Stained Glass Association of America, and throughout his career played a significant role in restoring and preserving much of the historic art glass in the Evansville/Tri-State area. He holds a master’s degree in historic preservation and art from Ball State University.

Tom Moriarity - Preserving Historic Places 2019Tom Moriarity specializes in the economics and planning of downtowns and mixed-use areas, with a special emphasis on retail redevelopment of historic commercial districts, transit-related projects, collateral development for institutional property owners, and the market realities of tourism development areas. Tom served as the first director of Historic Madison Inc., where he headed the city’s participation as one of the three pilot Main Street communities and helped found the National Main Street Center in Washington, D.C. He received an Honor Award from the National Trust for his Main Street activities.  He is a member of the boards of the Preservation Action Foundation, Historic Preservation Education Foundation and is a trustee of The 1772 Foundation. Tom holds degrees in architecture from the University of Texas at Austin.

William Scott - Preseving Historic Places 2019William Blair Scott, Jr., Hon. AIA has worked in the area of architectural restoration for over 30 years. From 1990-92 he served as the first president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Foundation in Florence, Alabama and later helped restore Wright’s Zeigler House in Frankfort, Kentucky. Recently Scott chaired the 2017 Taliesin Fellows Reunion and co-authored William Wesley Peters: The Evolution of a Creative Force. He currently serves as secretary of the Taliesin Fellows, president of the Friends of Kebyar, and co-founder of the Organic Architecture + Design Archives.

Randy Shepard - Preserving Historic Places 2019Randall T. Shepard has served as a director of Indiana Landmarks for three decades. In national circles, he was a trustee and executive committee member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and chaired its Board of Advisors. He was also a trustee of the Foundation for James Madison’s Montpelier, and a director of Preservation Action. Randy is a frequent lecturer on historic preservation and a published author in the field. Outside of preservation, Randy served as a judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court and the longest-serving Chief Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. He holds a degree from Princeton, where he focused on urban affairs. He has law degrees from Yale and the University of Virginia.

Educational Session Speakers & Panelists

Tom Abeel is a 30-plus year resident of Woodruff Place. While serving on the board of the Woodruff Place Civic League from 2008-2013, the neighborhood assumed complete responsibility for the maintenance of its historic infrastructure.  Working with Will Pritchard, Tom drafted an Economic Improvement District plan that maintains the neighborhood’s historic lamps, fountains, and statuary

Dennis M. Au is a public historian with credentials in folklore, history, and historic preservation. During his career, Dennis worked in history museums, served as a private consultant in architectural structural analysis, survey, and conference planning; and led Evansville’s Historic Preservation Office.  He specializes in vernacular architecture and Midwestern French architecture, landscape architecture, foodways, folklore, and linguistics.

Martin Bazula is a subject matter expert and project manager at STRUCTURAL, utilizing over 20 years of experience working on historic restoration/preservation projects and complex commercial projects. His professional experience includes historic stone, mortar, terra cotta, concrete and steel restoration and preservation, structural repair and historic masonry conservation.  Martin also offers expertise to several nonprofit and professional organizations.

Susan Branigin is the History Team Lead for the Indiana Department of Transportation Cultural Resources Office in Indianapolis.  She graduated with a B.A. in English from Indiana University/Bloomington and a M.S. in historic preservation from Ball State University.  Prior to INDOT Susan worked in historic sites management in New Harmony for the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites and at the University of Southern Indiana.

Duncan Campbell co-founded Preservation Development Inc., a private historic preservation consulting firm. From 2007-2012, he worked at Ball State University serving as an associate professor of architecture, director of the graduate program in historic preservation, and executive director of the Historic Preservation Center.  In retirement, Duncan serves on the Bloomington Historic Preservation Commission, the Monroe County Historic Preservation Board, and the boards of the Indiana Barn Foundation, The National Barn Alliance, and Bloomington Restorations, Inc.

Jon Carl teaches US History, Advanced Placement US History, and leads a class that creates historic documentaries at F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville.  His documentary class has created over 120 videos on local historic buildings that are posted on the class’s YouTube channel “FeeltheHistory.” Jon is the recipient of the Grand Prize Magna Award from the National School Boards Association, the Caleb Mills Outstanding Teacher award from the Indiana Historical Society, and the Sagamore of the Wabash.

David Cart is the director of preservation and maintenance for Historic Madison, Inc. where he oversees 18 historic buildings, six gardens, and a wide variety of artifacts. He is also the founder and owner of Vintage Restorations, an award-winning restoration services company. Previously David served as curator of the J. F. D. Lanier Mansion State Historic Site where he guided a thorough interior and exterior restoration.

Logan J. Cook, a professional engineer at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc., manages projects concerned with the analysis, repair, construction, and restoration of arenas, stadiums, museums, buildings, and bridges. He serves as a structural specialist on FEMA’s Indiana Task Force One Urban Search and Rescue Team. He holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Purdue University.

Megan Copenhaver is the records manager and SHAARD specialist with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. She graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from Indiana University in 2014 and is currently pursuing a M.A. in applied anthropology from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Jeanne Cyriaque researches, lectures. and facilitates historic preservation and interpretive projects to raise awareness of the contributions of African Americans to Georgia’s built and cultural past. She served as the coordinator of African American programs for Georgia’s Historic Preservation Division for 15 years. Jeanne currently serves as chair of Georgia Humanities board of directors and is a member of the board of advisors for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Paul Diebold is the assistant director of preservation services, and team leader of survey and registration, for the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.  He holds a B.A. in art history from the Herron School of Art and Design, Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis, and a M.S. in historic preservation from Ball State University. Paul specializes in early twentieth century domestic architecture and is a former adjunct faculty member in the historic preservation program at Ball State.

Scott Drake, preservation and LEED specialist at ARSEE Engineers, focuses on façade assessments of historic and contemporary buildings, consulting on the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Hinkle Fieldhouse, and Soldiers and Sailors Monument—all in Indianapolis—and the Allen County Courthouse. He is president of the Ohio Valley Chapter of the Association for Preservation Technology International and holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Ball State University.

Jack Faber is an architect and designer at Hafer, a regional architecture and engineering studio with offices in Evansville and Owensboro.  Jack is the designer of numerous AIA award-winning projects throughout Indiana.  Prior to Hafer, Jack served as an assistant professor of architecture at Ball State University.  He received his B.S. in architecture from The Ohio State University, and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Michigan.

Michael Flowers works as community preservation specialist for the Eastern Regional Office of Indiana Landmarks and is the executive director of the Indiana National Road Association. He advocates for historic structures and neighborhoods, and promotes, preserves, and protects historic assets along the Historic National Road, a National Scenic Byway. Michael serves on the board of directors for Cambridge City Main Street, Inc. and is a member of the Richmond Historic Preservation Commission.

Jim Gabbert is a historian with the National Register of Historic Places program at the National Park Service.  Prior to working for NPS, Jim served as architectural historian for the Oklahoma State Historic Preservation Office, coordinating National Register and survey programs and conducting Section 106 reviews. He is a native of Indiana and holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Eastern Michigan University.

Kurt West Garner, an architectural historian with his own consulting & design business, has written over 120 National Register nominations and five multiple property documentation forms. He completed byway nominations for Hoosier Hills, Lincoln Highway, and Michigan Road.  He is co-founder and president of the Michigan Road Byway, founder and president of Wythougan Valley Preservation Council, and a former Plymouth City Councilman and Marshall County Commissioner.

Alycia Giedd works at Orbis Environmental Consulting as a principal investigator/archaeologist. Throughout her career, Alycia has worked with public and private sector clients supervising projects in the Midwest and central United States, England, Germany, and Italy. She is an active member of the Indiana Archaeology Council, currently serves as a board member.

The Honorable Gabriel Greer, served as a Peru, Indiana city council member before becoming Mayor in 2016. While serving as a councilman, he sat on the Tax Incentive/Abatement Review, and Complete Streets committees, and served as liaison to the Peru Fire and Animal Control departments, and Peru elected officials.

Glory-June Greiff is a public historian, writer, and preservation activist based in Indianapolis. Her areas of interest and research include the New Deal, historic architecture, transportation corridors, parks, and environmental history. She is the author of two books: Remembrance, Faith and Fancy: Outdoor Public Sculpture in Indiana, and People, Parks, and Perceptions: A History and Appreciation of Indiana State Parks. In 2010 Glory-June received the Wilbur Peat Award for “outstanding contribution to the understanding and appreciation of Indiana’s architectural heritage.”

Greg Hager began working in libraries 37 years ago. He’s spent the last 25 of those as the director of the Willard Library in Evansville, Indiana—the oldest public library building in the state.  In 2015, Greg led Willard Library’s first building expansion—a privately-funded 2.4 million dollar project including 8,000 square feet of archives, gallery, and office space.

J.P Hall, assistant professor of historic preservation in the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University, teaches courses on preservation economics, planning, law, advocacy, and history and theory. J. P. has extensive experience working with communities, elected officials, property owners, and local organizations in re-purposing historic resources, downtowns, and neighborhoods. He holds a master’s degree in historic preservation from Ball State University.

Alan Higgins is director of architectural history for Cultural Resource Analysts, Inc., a full-service cultural resource management firm with offices in Evansville. Alan specializes in the identification, documentation, and assessment of resources from the post-World War II era. From 2016-2018, Alan assisted the Indiana SHPO with preparation of the statewide National Register multiple property document form “Residential Planning and Development in Indiana, 1940-1973.”

Jarrad Holbrook is the Director of Indiana Landmarks’ Southeast Field Office and Veraestau Historic Site in Aurora. He received his Master of Historic Preservation and Graduate Certificate in historic landscapes from the University of Georgia’s College of Environment & Design. He previously worked for the Fox Theatre Institute and UGA’s Cultural Landscape Lab.

Tommy Kleckner is director of Indiana Landmarks’ Western Regional Office located in Terre Haute—a 17-county region. Tommy hails from Iowa where he grew up on his family’s dairy farm, making him well-suited to coordinate Indiana Landmarks’ annual John Arnold Rural Preservation Award and serve on the board of directors of the Indiana Barn Foundation.

Mike Linderman is the Angel Mounds Site Manager and Southwest Regional director for the Indiana State Museum Historical Sites. Previously Mike worked as assistant manager of the Lanier Mansion and T.C. Steele State Historical Site. Mike received his B.A. in anthropology from Ball State University.

Link Ludington began his career with the Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites in 1997 and in 2012 became the Museum’s first director of historic preservation where he oversees research, documentation, planning, design, and project implementation for its historic sites. In Madison, Link volunteers as president of the Cornerstone Society, Inc., chairman of the city’s Preservation and Community Enhancement Grant Review Committee, and member of the Design Committee of Madison Main Street.

Dr. James MacLeod taught history at Harlaxton College in England before relocating in 1999 to teach at the University of Evansville. He is the chair of the University’s history department and recipient of their Outstanding Teacher Award. He teaches courses on the World Wars and British history and specializes in war memorial research. Dr. MacLeod received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Edinburgh University.

Beth McCord serves as director of the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology and deputy State Historic Preservation Officer. During her career, Beth has worked with clients in the government, engineering, transportation and energy sectors and authored articles and technical reports.

Marisa Gomez Nordyke is a Ph.D candidate in the Buildings-Landscapes-Cultures program in the Art History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research addresses building materials and technology used in twentieth-century housing, including synthetic claddings, prefabrication, and component systems. Marisa currently serves on the Management Committee of the Construction History Society of America.

Will Pritchard is an eight-year resident of Woodruff Place and an active member of the Woodruff Place Civic League. From 2000-2009 he served as a program director at Local Initiative Support Corporation and now works for a company that facilitates financing for affordable housing across the country. Will worked with Tom Abeel to create an Economic Improvement District plan that maintains the historic lamps, fountains, and statuary of Woodruff Place.

Dr. James W. Renne is a retired orthopedic surgeon with a passion for historic architecture.  Jim helped lead the efforts to relocate and restored the Peters-Margedant House now located on the campus of the University of Evansville.  He volunteers with the Town of Newburgh Historic Preservation Commission, Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, and is on Indiana Landmarks’ board of directors.

Benjamin Ross, LEED AP, historic preservation specialist at RATIO Architects in Indianapolis, works on research, planning, design, and implementation for restoration, revitalization, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects involving nonprofit, public, and private developer clients and public-private partnerships. Ben is a native of Lafayette and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Ball State University.

Leah Ruther is a licensed professional engineer at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. There she investigates and analyzes existing and damaged structures, develops technical repair and rehabilitation documents, and completes construction observations, specializing in steel, concrete, masonry, wood, terra cotta, waterproofing, and roofing. She holds a master’s degree in civil engineering from Lawrence Technological University.

Katie Settle works for Cardno where she conducts a wide array of archaeological projects across the Midwest focusing on research, fieldwork, analysis, and reporting for Phase I, II, and III archaeological site investigations. She currently directs research on the use and integration of vacuum-trucks into the archaeological investigation of historic urban sites–a primary emphasis of her current master’s degree work at Simon Frazier University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Randy Shipp is a historic preservation specialist for the city of Lexington, Kentucky. There he conducts research, documents buildings and structures, prepares National Register nominations, and serves as a staff member for the local Board of Architectural Review. His personal field of interest is Gunnison Homes, Inc.  He has shared his expertise during preservation conferences hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the University of Kentucky School of Design.

Duane Simpson is a senior archaeologist at Cardno specializing in archeogeophysics, geographic information systems (GIS), and geoarcheology. Duane’s archeogeophysical experience includes prehistoric and historic sites, and his geoarcheological experience focuses on single and stratified multi-component prehistoric sites. He has worked throughout the United States and Canada.

Jonathan C. Spodek, FAIA, FAPT is professor of architecture and director of the graduate program in historic preservation at Ball State University. He teaches design studios and courses in building technology that include building documentation, historic building construction materials and techniques, and evaluation/diagnostic methods.  A former chair of the national AIA Historic Resources Committee, he serves on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training.

John M. Staicer is president & executive director of Historic Madison, Inc., a non-profit historic preservation organization founded in 1960. The organization owns, operates and maintains 16 historic properties in Madison’s National Historic Landmark District. From 1991 to 2003, John directed HMI’s Schroeder Saddletree Factory Restoration Project, a National Preservation Award recipient. John holds a M.A. from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in History Museum Studies and is a graduate of the Seminar in Historical Administration.

Jessica Stavros is museum professional and local historian with a passion for nineteenth century Ohio Valley history. As southeast regional director for the Indiana State Museum & Historic Sites, she oversees three sites located in Southern Indiana–Culbertson Mansion in New Albany, Corydon Capitol in Corydon, and Lanier Mansion in Madison.

George L. Strobel, II co-founded and directs Monarch Private Capital which focuses on making tax equity investments in affordable housing, renewable energy, and historic rehabilitation projects for corporate and individual markets.  He has a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Georgia and is a registered investment advisor. 

Holly Tate is an architectural historian with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, she completed graduate coursework in the master of historic preservation program from the University of Georgia and worked at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division in the Survey and Register Unit.

Jon Temple has worked in multiple areas of education including special education, social studies, and athletic director, before becoming the principal of Holy Trinity Catholic School in Jasper. Jon has a B.A. from Hanover College, and completed coursework in special education, counseling, and economics at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.

Ashley D. Thomas is the tax credit administrator for the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology where she has worked since 2009. She graduated with a B.S. in architecture and a M.S. in historic preservation from Ball State University.

David M. Umpleby is a partner at Krieg Devault specializing in structured financings for tax incentives including federal New Markets, Low Income Housing, and Historic Rehabilitation tax credits. He regularly represents local governments, economic development organizations, redevelopment commissions, and utilities.

Darrell Voelker is the executive director of the Harrison County Economic Development Corporation. Darrell is the president of the South Central IN Region, treasurer of the Ohio River Scenic Byway Board, and past president of the Byway board.  John also served as president of the Indiana Economic Development Association, president of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Executives, and president of the Indiana Junior Chamber of Commerce.

Cathy L. Williams is an archaeologist with the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. She graduated with an A.A. from Vincennes University, a B.A. in history and anthropology from Ball State University, and a M.A. in anthropology from Ball State University.

The Honorable Lloyd Winnecke is the Mayor of the City of Evansville.  He is a native of the city and has a background in the public and private sectors having served as a senior vice president of marketing director for Fifth Third Bank, news director at WEHT-TV, president of the Vanderburgh County Commission and County Council. Mayor Winnecke is a graduate of the University of Evansville and supporter of numerous area non-profits.

Chip Windisch co-founded and manages Old National Bank’s Tax Credit group. He specializes in incentive-based finance and has an expertise in providing equity and debt to support Affordable Housing, New Markets, Solar, and Historic Preservation tax credit transactions. Chip volunteers on Michigan Historic Network’s board of directors and finance and public policy committees.

Todd Zeiger the director of the Indiana Landmarks Northern Regional Office where he provides a wide range of consultation, project development and advocacy assistance to grass roots organizations, historic preservation commissions, Main Street communities and private building owners over a seventeen-county area.