Speakers & Panelists

COVID-19 Update

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, this event has been postponed from April 14-17, 2020 to October 13-16, 2020. Registration will re-open in July. Please contact conference organizers at preservinghistoricplaces@indianalandmarks.org with any questions.

Schedule subject to change as speakers are reconfirmed for October dates.

Plenary Speakers

Francesca Russello Ammon isFrancesca Ammon associate professor of City & Regional Planning and Historic Preservation at the University of Pennsylvania’s Stuart Weitzman School of Design. A social and cultural historian of the built environment, she focuses her research on North American cities, from World War II to the present. She is particularly interested in the history of urban revitalization, with an emphasis on urban renewal; public history as a tool for community-based research and engagement; and the ways that photographs have shaped city planning. Ammon is the author of Bulldozer: Demolition and Clearance of the Postwar Landscape, winner of the 2017 Lewis Mumford Prize for the best book on American city and regional planning history.

Aaron Perri is the executive director of South Bend Venues Parks & Arts. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Aaron earned his undergraduate degree in Arts & Letters as well as a Master of Business Administration. He is a published author, consultant, and a well-traveled speaker with extensive experience in the business development, event planning, entertainment, audio/visual, and food service industries. Prior to working for the City of South Bend, Aaron was the executive director of Downtown South Bend, Inc. where he focused on business growth and place-making efforts which included spearheading the city’s sesquicentennial celebration and the installation of South Bend River Lights.

Educational Session Speakers & Panelists

Alex Badillo received his B.S. in anthropology and Spanish from Radford University in Virginia and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Indiana University, concentrating on archaeology in the social context.  His research engages with the local community in San Pedro Mártir Quiechapa, Mexico to understand the relationship that people there had with the landscape. His other research interests involve aerial archaeology and Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry of landscapes, architecture, artifacts; making digital elevation models of cleared landscapes; and 3D models of architecture.

David Benefiel is a principal transportation planner with the Anderson Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and acts as the federal funding and programming lead for the agency. He received undergraduate degrees from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri and a Master of Urban & Regional Planning, with a focus in Small Town Planning & Downtown Revitalization, from Ball State University. David is a certified architectural historian, prequalified NEPA consultant, and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Broxton Bird is associate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His ongoing collaboration focuses on the development of high-resolution paleoclimate and environmental records for mid-continental North America to understand the impacts of late Holocene climate change on the distribution of Native peoples and patterns of land use, pollution, and settlement history during the last 2,000 years.  He holds degrees from Hamilton College, California State University, Fullerton, and a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Kari Carmany-George is currently the Environmental Section Manager for the Indiana Department of Transportation, Greenfield District where she works to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations. Over the past 20 years Kari has worked in both public and private sectors as a professional archaeologist, professional historian, and NEPA professional. She graduated from Ball State University with a B.A. in history and M.A. in anthropology.

Russ Carnahan is the president of Preservation Action, national grassroots lobbying organization for historic preservation and a principal in Carnahan Global Consulting. He served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the St. Louis, Missouri region and held several leadership positions including the Chairmanship of the bi-partisan Historic Preservation Caucus and the High Performance Building Caucus that focused on strategies that included use of green building technologies and policies for historic and new buildings.

Logan Cook is a licensed Professional Engineer and senior associate, unit manager at Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. He graduated from Purdue University and joined WJE in 2012. Since joining WJE Logan has worked on hundreds of assignments related to the investigation, repair, and restoration of new and existing arenas, stadiums, museums, buildings, parking garages, and bridges. His experience includes roofing, waterproofing, masonry, concrete, steel and various types of structural systems.

Megan Copenhaver is the records manager and SHAARD specialist, with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology where she has worked since 2015. She graduated with a B.A. in anthropology from Indiana University and is currently pursuing her M.A. in applied anthropology from Indiana University-Purdue University.

Paul Diebold is the assistant director of preservation services, team leader of survey and registration for the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology.  He has been with the Division since 1988. He graduated with 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 University.

Cathy Draeger-Williams has been an archaeologist with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology since 2003. She has degrees from Vincennes University, Ball State University, and a M.A. in anthropology from Ball State University.

Scott Drake joined ARSEE Engineers in the fall of 2007 after completing his MSHP at Ball State University. He received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College. Scott specializes in facade assessments of both historic and contemporary buildings and has contributed to notable projects such as the masonry restorations of the Scottish Rite Cathedral, Hinkle Fieldhouse and the Soldiers and Sailors Monument in Indianapolis and the Allen County Courthouse in Fort Wayne.

David Frederick has a 13 year career with Indiana Landmarks, serving as director of the Southern Regional Office, Central Regional Office, and now as the Director of Sacred Places Indiana.  His has a M.A. in history and Master of Library Science degree from Indiana University.

George Garner is the assistant director and curator of the Indiana University South Bend Civil Rights Heritage Center. He earned his M.A. in museum studies from The Cooperstown Graduate Program, where he gained experience in museum administration, exhibitions, education, and collections care. Since then, he has dedicated his career to exploring how history can excite and inspire contemporary audiences to explore how the past shapes the present.

Maire Gurevitz is a graduate of Butler University and received her M.A. in public history and M.L.I.S. from IUPUI. She has been employed as an archivist with the Indiana Historical Society for ten years, specializing in large processing projects such as the Irwin-Sweeney-Miller Family, Madam C.J. Walker, and Y-Press collections.

Edward Herrmann is currently a research scientist in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Indiana University. He received a B.A. from Cornell University and his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University. He uses geological principles to answer archaeological questions related to subsistence technologies, landscape evolution, site taphonomy (fossilization), preservation, and predictive modeling. He has experience in Native American mound construction methods and chronologies.

Robert Jaeger co-founded Partners for Sacred Places in 1989. Previously, he worked with the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Corporation as senior vice president for the Historic Religious Properties Program. He is the co-author of Sacred Places at Risk and Strategies for Stewardship and Active Use of Older and Historic Religious Properties, author of Sacred Places in Transition, and editor (from 1985 to 1989) of Inspired, a bi-monthly magazine on religious property preservation. Bob holds a master’s degree in preservation planning from Cornell University and a MBA from the University of Michigan.

Rick Jones received his B.A. in anthropology and English from the University of New Mexico, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University. He has over 40 years of experience in archaeology, having worked in the southwest, southeast, and Midwestern United States. He worked in the archaeology section of the Indiana Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology from 1987 through August 2014, serving as the state archaeologist from 1991 until retiring in 2014. His research interests include historical cultures in Indiana. Rick currently works part-time with the CRM firm Weintraut & Associates, Indianapolis.

Jennifer Lanman is the archivist and collections manager for the Indiana Geological and Water Survey. She is most often found sorting through and organizing documents and objects in remote corners of storage spaces or staring at databases on her computer screen. Her background in anthropology and museum studies, gained from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has given her solid footing for her more than ten-year career encompassing museum exhibition development, registration and collection management, and archival collection development.

Steve Lien has more than 30 years of experience as senior architectural project manager for Marvin Windows where he has a demonstrated history working in the building materials industry.  He is also a skilled millworker.

Michael Nassaney earned his Ph.D. form the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.  He is a professor of anthropology at Western Michigan University, where his research interests include the archaeology of eastern North America with a focus on colonialism, the fur trade, material analysis, public archaeology, and ethnohistory. He is the principal investigator of the Fort St. Joseph Archaeological Project, an interdisciplinary program in community service learning that focuses on the eighteenth-century site in Niles, Michigan.

Kevin Nolan is the director and senior archaeologist at the Applied Anthropology Laboratories, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg University, a master‘s degree from Kent State, and earned his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. His major research interests are the Late Prehistoric period, regional analysis, siteless survey, and archaeological systematics.

Kevin Osburn is managing principal with Rundell Ernstberger Associates. He leads the firms most complex urban planning and design projects including the Indianapolis Cultural Trail and Julia Carson IndyGo Transit Center. Kevin is currently working on Switchyard Park in Bloomington to transform an abandoned railyard into a destination park.

Deb Parcell is a community preservation specialist for Indiana Landmarks’ Northern Regional Office in South Bend.  Previously, she was assistant director for the South Bend and St. Joseph County Historic Preservation Commission.  She has a bachelor’s degree in history from Indiana University, and an associate degree in architectural design and certificates in historic preservation technology from Ivy Tech.  Deb is on the board of directors of the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association, where she has served as secretary, treasurer, and president.

Jennifer Parker is the architecture librarian at the University of Notre Dame. Her research interests include the incorporation of early European and American architectural publications into contemporary architectural studies. She specifically looks for new ways to provide access to specialized library collections through new technologies allowing users to take archival and rare materials out of the confines of the library space. She led the creation of Building South Bend: Past, Present & Future.

Jeannie Regan-Dinius, is the director of special initiatives with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology, where she has worked since 2000. She graduated with a B.A. in public history from Ball State University and a M.S. in urban planning, library science information management, and public history from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. 

Benjamin Ross, a Lafayette native, received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture, with a focus on historic preservation and sustainable design, from Ball State University. He worked for the Wabash Valley Trust for Historic Preservation in college and has been a historic preservation specialist with RATIO Architects in Indianapolis for the past 12 years. Ben’s experience includes scholarly research, planning, design, and implementation for restoration, revitalization, rehabilitation, and adaptive reuse projects involving nonprofit, public, and private clients.

Jordan Ryan has a master’s degree in public history from IUPUI and a bachelor’s degree in art history from Herron School of Art. She is the architectural archivist and curator of the Indianapolis Bicentennial Project at the Indiana Historical Society. Her work revolves around the urban built environment, the history of redlining, urban highway displacement, hostile architecture, and LGBTQ historic sites.

Louis Sabo has worked as a volunteer photographer/historian for the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend and St. Joseph County since the 1970s, while he worked as a newspaper and freelance photographer. He earned a B.A. in fine arts from Indiana University at South Bend and a M.F.A. in photography from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.

Ken Sage is a vice president at Midland Engineering Company. He holds degrees from Iowa State University and the University of Notre Dame. Since joining Midland in 1999, Ken has been involved with developing and overseeing roofing projects on both contemporary and historic buildings including many roofing projects on the University of Notre Dame campus.

Todd Schnatzmeyer is a registered architect, LEED® AP and holds an NCARB certification. As executive director for the Indiana Limestone Institute, Todd is responsible for the trade association which represents quarries, fabricators and associate members who provide goods and services to the industry. He is actively involved in the promotion of Indiana Limestone by way of industry trade shows and continuing education seminars, and provides direct technical support to fabricators, masons, designers, and building owners.

Anne Schneider, a preservation specialist at RATIO, has a background that includes a wide breadth of experiences at a variety of scales, including work on historic healthcare campuses, commercial/retail spaces, corporate workplaces, residential complexes, and educational buildings.

Mark Schurr is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. He earned a B.S. in chemistry from Purdue University and a Ph.D. in anthropology from Indiana University-Bloomington. Since 1991, he has conducted periodic field schools on the Notre Dame campus that have investigated the location where the campus was founded. Mark has a continuing interest in archaeological chemistry, especially stable isotope analysis and fluoride dating.

Harvey Smith is project advisor to the Living New Deal and president of the National New Deal Preservation Association. He is author of Berkeley and the New Deal. He has researched the impacts of New Deal public policy, including public infrastructure and social programs, of the 1930s and 1940s. Harvey received a B.A. in English and a Master of Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.

Ross J. Smith is a professional engineer and associate principal with Wiss, Janney, Elstner. He is experienced in structural evaluation, building enclosure commissioning, failure investigations, repair design, and construction quality control. His work also includes structural and architectural failures related to water infiltration, fire, wind, snow, condensation, and material failures. Ross specializes in full-building condition surveys and coordinating multiple engineering disciplines for a comprehensive analysis.

Jackie Swihart earned her bachelor’s in secondary education at Indiana University South Bend and taught social studies before earning her master’s in public history at IUPUI where she also interned with Indiana Humanities. She currently works at the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs as the Indiana Main Street coordinator and Historic Renovation Grant program manager.

Steve Szaday is a housing inspector for the City of South Bend’s Department of Code Enforcement. He has extensive experience with code enforcement and serves as a witness for the city, providing the history of the property, and advising on the correct way to complete work. Steve also serves as a commissioner for the Historic Preservation Commission.

Holly Tate is an architectural historian with the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. She graduated with a B.A. in history from Huntingdon College (Montgomery, Alabama) and completed graduate coursework in the Master of Historic Preservation program from the University of Georgia (Athens, Georgia). She worked at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Historic Preservation Division in the Survey and Register Unit from 1999 to 2006.

Ashley Thomas is the tax credit administrator, for the Division of Historic Preservation and Archaeology. She graduated with a B.S. in architecture and a M.S. in historic preservation from Ball State University.

Christine Thompson is an archaeologist at the Applied Anthropology Laboratories, Department of Anthropology, Ball State University.  She holds a MBA and received her master’s degree in anthropology from Ball State University. Her major research interests are the Late Archaic Glacial Kame, public archaeology and interpretation, NAGPRA, and historic battlefield archaeology

Todd Thompson directs the Indiana Geological and Water Survey and is Indiana’s sixteenth State Geologist. He has worked for more than 30 years at the Survey with a varied career resulting in hundreds of publications in the form of reports, maps, and datasets. He can be found on weekends and evenings teaching Indiana geology to professionals, students at all levels, and the public.

Patrick Trader is a principal investigator for Gray & Pape and has served as the president of the Indiana Archaeology Council 2018-2019. He received a B.A. and M.A. in anthropology from the University of Missouri-Columbia, with an emphasis on the prehistory of North American. Patrick’s research interests include using geomorphology and geoarchaeology in floodplain settings to assess buried archaeological site potential. Recently, his research has focused on the West Fork of the White River Valley.

Jim Tuesley is partner in the law firm of Barnes and Thornburg. He received his MBA from the Kelley School of Business at IU-Bloomington, and his JD from the Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington. Jim handles the transactional needs of a wide range of businesses, including small, family-owned companies and publicly traded corporations from a variety of industries, including media, manufacturing, distribution and service.

James VanderVeen earned his M.A. and Ph.D from Indiana University focusing on archaeology in social context. He is a professor of anthropology at Indiana University South Bend, where he teaches topics ranging from Aztecs to Zombies. He also directs archaeological field schools in northern Indiana and the Caribbean. Although geographically distant, both places allow for the study of cultures in contact and innovative interpretations of past behaviors.

Joshua Wells is an associate professor of anthropology and social informatics and director of CERES, the Center for Excellence in Research and Scholarship, at IU South Bend. He works on big data issues in heritage management and archaeological science for groups as small as county libraries to the European Union. He is a principal investigator with the public science, open data project, the Digital Index of North American Archaeology (DINAA) and chaired the Digital Data Interest Group within the Society for American Archaeology.

Robin Whitehurst is a principal in the architectural and engineering firm of Bailey Edward. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Iowa State University and is NCARB, and LEED AP certified. He serves as principal-in-charge, project manager and senior designer for faith environment, justice, K-12 education, preservation, and research projects.

Jeremy Wilson is an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). His ongoing collaboration focuses on the development on high-resolution paleoclimate and environmental records for mid-continental North America with the goal of understanding the impacts of late Holocene climate change on the distribution of Native peoples and patterns of land use, pollution, and settlement history during the last 2,000 years. He earned his BS in anthropology from Iowa State University and his MA and PhD from the State University of New York.