CCHS Board Members

CCHS Executive Committee

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 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. 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.

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

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.

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.

Julie Kingston has lived in Carmel for 26 years. Her first project as a registered architect was to design the Carmel Educational Services Building on Main Street. She volunteers  for the Conner Prairie Alliance, CUMC Food Pantry, Interfaith Hospitality Network, and Woodland Christmas Club.

Brad Sexauer worked in healthcare management for 40 years, the majority of that time spent in senior management positions in hospitals. His past volunteer experience includes local United Way Board President and Campaign Chair, 28 years in Rotary, board member of a Chamber of Commerce, local cancer association, and an organization that provides services to the developmentally disabled, and a three year term on the Board of Visitors at DePauw. He currently serves on the Advisory Board of the MHA program at Xavier University in Cincinnati and is the Chapter Advisor to the Sigma Chi fraternity at DePauw.

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

Larry Lawhead is lifelong resident of Carmel and CHS graduate. Larry serves on the board of directors for the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Brass Choir, and the Center for the Performing Arts. His passion is music, and he plays in the Carmel Symphony Orchestra as well as several other musical groups around Indianapolis. Larry received his J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1981. Prior to his admission to the bar, he was a CPA with the accounting firm Price Waterhouse & Co.

Jennifer Hershberger is a CHS grad. She 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. She is a past president of CCHS.

Sharon Kibbe, past president, is an ex-officio member of the CCHS Board. She 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

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 Executive Director 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.