CCHS Board Members

CCHS Executive Committee

CCHS Board President Dan McFeely is a writer, communications consultant and business owner who worked as an Indiana journalist for 27 years, including 15 at The Indianapolis Star. He is a longtime supporter of historic preservation, writing on subjects such as covered bridges, pioneer cemeteries and Indiana Landmark homes throughout the state of Indiana. He and his wife, Sue, have lived in Hamilton County since 1992 and currently reside in Carmel.

Vice President Nick Davis is a practicing architect and also serves as an advisory member of the Carmel Historic Preservation Commission.

Treasurer Nicole Aasen grew up in Carmel and is a CHS graduate.  She earned a BA in anthropology and sociology with a minor in Spanish from Indiana University. After working full time for a few years, Nicole went back to school and got a BS in accounting from IU. She is currently a CPA and audit manager at ComerNowling, a local accounting firm specializing in multi-family affordable housing. She volunteers regularly at the Indianapolis Zoo in cheetah care and special events such as Christmas at the Zoo and Zoobilation and serves as the treasurer of the Indiana Chapter of the Cheetah Conservation Fund which helps promote wildlife conservation in Namibia and beyond.

Recording Secretary Katherine Dill is an historian, grant writer, stay-at-home mom, and volunteer with a passion for local history and preservation. She has been a staff member or volunteer with the Carmel Clay Historical Society since 2010.  When not at the CCHS, Katherine spends her time as President of the Park Tudor Parents Association and a volunteer with the University High School parents association.

CCHS Board Members

Deb Gangstad, having grown up in Carmel, felt a strong need to pay this community back. She has enjoyed leading walking tours with second graders as a CCHS volunteer and showing them some of the many changes in Carmel. As a board member of Carmel Clay Historical Society, she wants to continue programs for our young citizens so they may learn to love this community as she does.

Vivian Lawhead grew up in Carmel. She was an elementary teacher in CCS, and after earning a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science, was the media specialist and tech coordinator at Carmel Middle School.  During that time she opened SoHo Cafe & Gallery in Monon Square, which she still manages as well as some other commercial properties in town. Vivian is on the board of the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, and am the past president and current treasurer of the Carmel Arts Council.

Jennifer Hershberger, past president, is an ex-officio member of the CCHS Board. She is a member of the Carmel Historic Preservation Commission, volunteers as a photographer for the Carmel Farmers’ Market and serves on the Board of Midwestern Roots as well as the Friends of the Indiana Archives Board.

Fred Swift is a past president. He is a columnist for Noblesville Daily Times and the former administrative assistant for Hamilton County Board of Commissioners. He is also a Carmel Clay Republican Club board member.

Deb Teets is a lifelong resident of Central Indiana. She has a BA from Butler University, and shortly after graduating began a 36 year career with IBM in various management and finance positions. Her family moved to Zionsville in 2004 from the southside of Indy. Although only residing in Carmel since 2014, she has long admired, and enjoyed, all that Carmel as to offer, and even joined CCHS while still living in Boone County. Deb has 2 children… daughter Jessi West lives in Carmel with her family….and son Jason is in Saratoga Springs, New York….and 2 yellow labs. Past volunteer activities include 8 years as the treasurer of the Zionsville Band and Orchestra Patrons, Girl Scout leader, and various church related volunteer positions. For the past 6 years she has served with Meals on Wheels. As she approaches retirement, Deb is excited to find other ways to contribute to this amazing community, and work within her passion for history.

Meg Osborne has been a Carmel resident since 1989 , currently living east of Keystone in one of Carmel’s older neighborhoods. An event planner by trade, with her own business MEG & Associates, Meg has been active in the community for many years through her work with various events, groups and the City of Carmel, including the Carmel Arts Council. Meg and her husband Brad, a popular school bus driver for Carmel Clay Schools, is the founder of Kids TRI for Kids Triathlon Series.

Sharon Kibbe has lived in Carmel since 1965 and is a Carmel High School graduate. Sharon worked for the Gene B. Glick Company from 1979 to 2010. She is currently employed with the City of Carmel as executive office manager in the Mayor’s Office and serve as the secretary for the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Human Relations, Carmel Cable & Telecommunications Commission, and Carmel Christkindlmarkt.  She is a member of Carmel United Methodist Church.

Executive Director

Emily Ehrgott  moved to Carmel in 2013 when she and her husband purchased the 1886  McShane house in Clay Township which they renovated the following year. Emily’s three children attend Orchard Park Elementary and participate in Carmel Dad’s Club. Emily’s background is in Art Education. She enjoys the art and design elements Carmel has to offer.