Board of Directors

HEC Board of Directors for 2023

Board members attending the January 2023 meeting are, from left: Ed Stigall, Emeka Koren, Jan Vetrhus, Roland Newman, Camille Fife, Jaleesa Elliott, Erica Cline and Rob Barlow. Not pictured are Megan and Mark Balhke, Phyllis McLaughlin, Larry Stout, Sean Fitzgerald and David Hardin.


The Board of Directors is an all-volunteer group of individuals interested in preserving, restoring, and maintaining the three-story chapel and classroom building that once housed the Eleutherian College in Lancaster, Jefferson County, Indiana. The group includes educators, historic-preservation specialists, historians, neighbors of the college building, and descendants of those who established the Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Society and the Neil’s Creek Anti-Slavery Baptist Church. Board members for 2023 are:

Jan Vetrhus, President
Edward Stigall, Vice President
Phyllis McLaughlin, Secretary
Erica Cline, Treasurer
Camille Fife
Rob Barlow
Larry Stout
Megan and Mark Bahlke
Emeka Koren
Jaleesa Elliott
Roland Newman
David Harden
Dustin Bailey, Ph.D., consultant