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 – Judy Dunlap, SRTP, assists taxpayers and small businesses with taxes in Carmel and the surrounding area. She and her husband have been active members in Carmel and in the CCHS for many years.

Recording Secretary Christine Owens is the Reference Services Manager at Carmel Clay Public Library and is interested in local history and historic preservation.


CCHS Board Members

Lisamaria Burkhard moved to Carmel around 1968 as her father who was a builder, said Carmel was the next place for the building boom. My aunt and uncle have lived in Carmel since they were in their early 20s. She sold residential real estate in Carmel and previously served on the boards for Volunteers of America and also 7 Tepees, a non-profit program for youth in San Francisco.

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.

Judy Hagan is a former Carmel Clay Parks Board member and 2 term Clay Township Trustee.  She currently serves on the Carmel Clay Parks Foundation Board.  Judy previously served a term as CCHS Treasurer and currently serves on the Development Committee.  She is a past president of the Rotary Club of Carmel and has lived in the Carmel Clay community for 30 years.

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.

Nicole Phillips 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.

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.