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Indianapolis Historic Preservation Commission Staff

 a Staff Member's Namefor Biographical Information)

Member Title Phone E-Mail
David Baker Administrator (317) 327-4409 david.baker@indy.gov
Meg Purnsley Sr. Architectural Reviewer (317) 327-4408 meg.purnsley@indy.gov
Emily Jarzen Sr. Architectural Reviewer (317) 327-4460 emily.jarzen@indy.gov
Christopher Myers Preservation Planner (317) 327-4432 chris.myers@indy.gov
Kerry Watson Office Manager ​(317) 327-4487 kerry.watson@indy.gov

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, Senior 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.
 
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.
 
Kerry Watson, Office Manager
Kerry is a native of Portsmouth, Ohio. She received a Human Resources and Deaf Communications degree from Ohio University. Prior to joining the IHPC staff, she spent 15 years as a corporate pharmacy manager.