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Indiana Department of Natural Resources

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We have a professional staff of 20 members. Collectively, these staff members hold 40 degrees from 17 different institutes of higher learning from across the nation, and have more than 210 years of combined on-the-job experience.

Division Director

Mitch Zoll, Division Director, has been with the DHPA since 2013. He retired in 2007 from Ball State University where he was an Assistant Director in the Anthropology Departments Archaeological Resources Management Service. After Ball State, he served as the Vice-President of Operations at Pioneer Consulting Services, an archaeological and historical consulting firm. He has a M.A. degree in Anthropology from Ball State University and has authored or been the Principal Investigator of more than 2,200 Cultural Resource Management Reports. 

Susan Judy, Division Secretary, has been with the state since 2000.  

Preservation Services

Frank D. Hurdis, Jr., Assistant Director of Preservation Services, has been with the division since 1985. He graduated with a B.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia and an M.A. in Architectural History and Preservation Planning from Cornell University. He also did doctoral work at Northwestern University. Frank is adjunct faculty in the Historic Preservation program at Ball State University where he teaches Midwest Architecture and Planning.

Paul C. Diebold, Team Leader of Survey and Registration, 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 20th century domestic architecture, is an adjunct faculty member in the Historic Preservation program at Ball State University where he teaches Introduction to Historic Preservation.

Holly A. Tate, Architectural Historian, has been with the division since 2007. Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, 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.

Amy E. Borland, Architectural Historian, has been with the division since 2001. Amy graduated with a B.A. in American Studies from the University of Notre Dame and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.

Jeannie R. Regan-Dinius, Director of Special Initiatives, has been with the division since 2000. She graduated with a B.A. in Public History from Ball State University and a M.S. in both Urban Planning and Library Science Information Management from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis

Miriam L. Burkett, SHAARD Specialist, has been with the division since 2004. She graduated with a B.A. in History from Cardinal Stritch University (Milwaukee, WI) and also completed graduate coursework in Public History at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis and in Historic Preservation at Ball State University.

Environmental Reviews

Chad Slider, Assistant Director for Environmental Review, has been with the Division in 2007. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, MI) and an M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. He has also served on numerous boards, including the Mattawan (MI) Downtown Development Authority and the Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Commission. Before relocating to Indiana, Chad owned a furniture upholstery and restoration business for twelve years, and also restored windows.

Rachel Sharkey, Records Check Coordinator, has been with the division since 2011. She graduated with a B.S. in Archaeology and Anthropology and a M.S. in Human Biology from the University of Indianapolis.

Archaeology

James R. Jones III, Ph.D., State Archaeologist and Team Leader of Archaeology, has been with the division since 1987 and has served as State Archaeologist since 1991. Dr. Jones graduated with a B.A. in Anthropology and English from the University of New Mexico, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Indiana University. Dr. Jones has substantial experience in prehistoric and historical archaeology, and his research interests include historical cultures in Indiana.

Cathy L. Draeger-Williams, Archaeologist, has been with the division since 2003. 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.

Amy L. Johnson, Senior Archaeologist and Archaeology Outreach Coordinator, has been with the Division since 1991. She graduated with a B.S. and a M.A., both in Anthropology, from Ball State University. Amy's main research interests are prehistoric archaeology (specifically the Adena and Hopewell periods), historic cemeteries, and public education regarding archaeological resources and cultural resources laws. Amy is Indiana’s state network coordinator for the Public Education Committee of the Society for American Archaeology.

Wade T. Tharp, Archaeologist, has been with the Division since 2010. He graduated with a BA in Liberal Arts (Anthropology major, Classical Studies minor) from Indiana University (Indianapolis), and has completed the required coursework for a MA degree in Historical Archaeology at Illinois State University. His research interests include critical theory in historical archaeology, the archaeology of internal colonization, and French vernacular architecture.

Structures Review

John L. Carr, Team Leader of Structures Review and reviewer of projects funded by the Federal Highway Administration or the Indiana Department of Transportation, has been with the division since 1987. He graduated with a B.A. from Purdue University and a J.D. from Vanderbilt University and has taken graduate courses in public and U.S. history at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.

Kim Marie Padgett, Historic Structures Reviewer, has been with the Division since 2010. She graduated with a B.A. in Art History from Purdue University and completed graduate coursework in Historic Preservation at Ball State University.

Ashley D. Thomas, Historic Structures Reviewer, has been with the division since 2009. She graduated with a B.S. in Architecture and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University.

Administration, Financial Incentives and Planning

Steven D. Kennedy, Assistant Director of Administration, Financial Incentives and Planning has been with the division since 1996. Steve is a native of California and graduated with an undergraduate degree in History of Art from the University of California at Riverside and a M.S. in Historic Preservation from Ball State University. In addition to oversight of the Division's grant programs, he also serves as the State Coordinator of the Certified Local Government (CLG) program.

David B. Duvall, Historical Architect and Tax Credit Administrator, has been with the division since 1998. David is a graduate of University of Cincinnati - College of Design Architecture and Art and is a registered architect in the State of Indiana. In addition to architectural practice with a focus on historic preservation, he has also served as Director of the Historic Preservation Commission of South Bend & St. Joseph County.

Malia D. Vanaman, Associate Grants Manager, has been with the Division since 2000. She graduated with a B.A. in U.S. History from Boston University and a M.A. in Public History from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.