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Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission Staff


Member Title Phone E-Mail
David Baker Administrator (317) 327-4409

Meg Purnsley Principal Architectural Reviewer (317) 327-4408

Emily Jarzen Sr. Architectural Reviewer (317) 327-4460

Dean Kessler Architectural Reviewer (317) 327-4495

Christopher Myers

Preservation Planner (317) 327-4432
Lorie Finch
​​Office Manager ​(317) 327-4487

Staff Biographies

David Baker, Administrator
David received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and his Master of Community Planning and Area Development from the University of Rhode Island. He began his career as a neighborhood planner in Augusta, Georgia. He has also been a Senior Planner in Fort Wayne, Indiana where his work included neighborhood planning, urban design, community development, and historic preservation. David joined the IHPC staff in 1984, and has been its Administrator since 1988.
Meg Purnsley, Principal Architectural Reviewer
Meg received a Master of Fine Arts in Historic Preservation from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Southern Illinois University. Before accepting her current position as an Architectural Reviewer in September of 2000, Meg worked for two years with the Illinois Main Street Program as a Main Street Designer.
Emily Jarzen, Senior Architectural Reviewer
Emily Jarzen received her Master's Degree in Historic Preservation Planning from Cornell University, and her Bachelor's in History and English from Denison University. Prior to joining the IHPC staff, Emily spent nine years as the Historic Preservation Specialist for the City of Newport, Kentucky. A Columbus, Ohio native, Emily has lived in Indiana since 2002, and relocated to Indianapolis from Brookville in 2010.

Dean Kessler, Architectural Reviewer
Dean attended the Master of Science in Historic Preservation (2010) program and received his Bachelor of Arts in Public History (2008) from Ball State University. Prior to becoming an architectural reviewer for the IHPC, Dean was a residential building inspector from 2013 to 2017 with Indianapolis’ Department of Business and Neighborhood Services. He earned six International Code Council certifications while serving as a building inspector. Dean’s passion for historic preservation started at a young age, growing up in the modest Northwest Indiana town of Highland. He became an Indianapolis resident in 2010 after attending Ball State University.
Christopher Myers, Preservation Planner
Christopher received his Bachelor of Urban Planning and Development and his Master of Science in Historic Preservation degrees from Ball State University. Prior to accepting his current position as Preservation Planner in June of 2014, Christopher worked with the City of Muncie, Indiana as a coordinator on special projects. He comes from a military family background and is humbled by the opportunity to serve the City of Indianapolis in this capacity.
Lorie Finch, Office Manager
An Indianapolis native, Lorie received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communications from Herron School of Art, Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis and began her career with the City of Indianapolis in 1987. Lorie has worked in many departments within the City including public safety, public works, and the Mayor's Office. Growing up around Irvington, Lorie developed a passion for historic preservation at a young age and is excited to be a part of the staff at the Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission.