Community Service

Deb recently joined a task force of Indianapolis architects working with City Officials and community members called Indy Rezone to modernize ordinances, enhance the livability of Indianapolis, and improve the community’s long-term vitality. The project is funded in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities.

In addition to her AIA involvement, Deb is actively involved with her alma mater, Ball State University, College of Architecture and Planning. In conjunction with her colleague, Sarah Hempstead, AIA, Deb recently conducted an interactive workshop on building leadership skills and accomplishing future career goals as part of their 2012 AIAS ENGAGE lecture series.

Deb engaged in a live student audience interview through the BSU College of Architecture CONVERSATIONS: Up Close and Personal Dialogs with Leaders. She also hosted three female AIAS students at the 2012 AIA Indianapoils golf outing working to improve their business “golf” skills, and ensuring they walked away with contacts and relationships with 10 local architectural firms — for future jobs! Additionally, she joined a group of five local firms supporting the attendance of eight AIAS students at the 2012 AIA IN/KY state convention. They sociallized with nationally recognized firms Archamania and Olson Kundig, and again connected with future employers! They also walked away with bragging rights as they conquered the university “design slam”!

Deb will be serving as the NAAB observer for the Ball State Architecture accreditation visit February 2013 and has also served on the Ball State College of Architecture and Planning Alumni Governing Board.

In serving her community, Deb has been active on the ACE Mentor Board, Horizons Student Enrichment, and Kaleidoscope Youth Center Board. She has served as a High School Common Goal Mentor, a Chamber of Commerce initiative to involved business people with students, and has participated with ReadUP, a reading program for urban youth.


Debra has fostered the greatest support for future architects through the creation of an internship program for the inner city youth of the Indianapolis Public Schools. Organized in conjunction with IPS’ $695 million Capital Improvements Program that Debra leads, the internship program has created jobs for more than 60 students, exposing them to design and construction opportunities.

Additionally, she was the Chairman of the United Way of Central Indiana Facilities Maintenance Fund Committee, a member of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series (Class XXIII), and board member for the Indiana Construction Roundtable.

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