Category Archives: Board of Directors

Meet the New Officers of the LUM Board


LUM Executive Council 2019


Best wishes and thanks to the outgoing 2018 LUM Board of Directors and Executive Council members. Congratulations to the incoming 2019 Executive Council members (pictured above L to R), who are as follows:

  • Chuck Anderson, FacilitiesSt. Thomas Aquinas – Catholic Center at Purdue
  • Rev. Kevin Bowers, PersonnelBethany Presbyterian Church
  • Cheryl Fowler, Vice PresidentUnitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County
  • Joan Low, PresidentThe Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Susie Riley, TreasurerTrinity United Methodist Church
  • Tangie Armstrong, SecretaryWord of Life Fellowship
  • Patty Useem, Program, Planning & EvaluationFederated Church
  • Joe Micon, Executive DirectorLafayette Urban Ministry

LUM is governed by a Board of Directors — made up of one representative from each member church plus a few appointed individuals from specific community groups. The LUM board meets each month, overseeing and directing policy decisions, fiscal matters, and programming issues, ensuring that LUM continues to fulfill its vital mission to the community. It is led by an eight member executive council. The individuals leading the Lafayette Urban Ministry are passionate, hard working and talented — it’s going to be another fruitful year!

Annual LUM Staff Appreciation Lunch



Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at The Bryant Food & Drink Co. (West Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2018, another great year.


Pictured L to R: Marlena Edmondson, Marilyn Zerbes, Louis Sausa, Kristi Hogue, Derrick Williams-Bacon, Joe Micon, Joshua Prokopy, Pablo Malavenda, Susan Brouillette, David Heckert, Gayle Koning, Linda Hicks, Eileen Weiss, Angela Weaver & Connie Decker.

Happy New Year to You & Your Family

Dear Friend,

Let’s take a moment this New Year to reflect and be THANKFUL — because there is so much to be thankful for.

At LUM, we’re thankful for YOU and each individual who contributed to the successes at LUM in 2018. May you have a blessed New Year full of family, success, friends, and service.

Gratefully yours,
LUM Board of Directors,
Joe Micon, LUM executive director, &
LUM staff members

It’s up to us, to be the change. And even though we all can still do more.
There’s so much to be thankful for.”


Thank You

  • For your generous financial support of the program & services of LUM

Thank You

Thank you for being a friend in 2018. LUM has impacted a significant number of children and families in our community this year because of YOU. What YOU do for LUM is so important for enabling us to accomplish our mission — and gives hope to families, encourages and educates children, and is a positive force in our community.
Thank you for choosing us as your community partner this year — there’s so much to be THANKFUL for!


THANKFUL

Somedays, we forget to look around us
Somedays, we can’t see the joy that surrounds us
So caught up inside ourselves
We take when we should give
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for

Look beyond ourselves
There’s so much sorrow
It’s way to late to say, I’ll cry tomorrow
Each of us must find our truth
It’s so long overdue
So for tonight we pray for
What we know can be
And everyday, we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change
And even though we all can still do more
There’s so much to be thankful for

Even with our differences
There is a place we’re all connected
Each of us can find each others light
So for tonight, we pray for
What we know can be
And on this day, we hope for
What we still can’t see

It’s up to us, to be the change, and
Even though this world needs so much more
There’s so much to be thankful for

~ David W Foster, Richard James Page &
Carole Bayer Sager

Purdue Room Dedicated to Jim & Anna Davidson


Friends, Family & Colleagues Gather to Celebrate

Recently the Purdue University Department of Sociology hosted the grand opening of the conference room named in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna.

In addition to their family, friends and colleagues, many LUM friends attended including Joe Micon, LUM executive director. It was a grand celebration of two wonderful community leaders and educators. {Pictured L to R are professor of Sociology & department head, Linda Renzulli, PhD; Jim Davidson; and Ellen Elly, wife of the first LUM executive director, the Rev. Ron Elly.}

Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

Room Dedication for Jim & Anna Davidson

You are invited to attend the Grand Opening of the Jim & Anna Davidson Conference Room. The Department of Sociology at Purdue University has named a conference room in honor of Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD and his wife, Anna. Grand Opening details are as follows:
  • Date – Friday, September 28
  • Time – 2:30 p.m. Greetings & Remarks;
    3 p.m. Grand Opening
  • Place – Room 303, Stone Hall, Purdue University
    – 700 W State Street, West Lafayette
  • RSVP by emailing sociology@purdue.edu
  • For more information, please email sociology@purdue.edu.
Professor Emeritus Jim Davidson, PhD has been active with LUM since the early 1970s. In 1976, Dr. Davidson published The Lafayette Urban Ministry: A Model for Urban Ministries and an Evaluation of LUM. His research, which was summarized in this report, used LUM as a model for urban ministries that engage local churches in social concerns and action, particularly of low income families. It included the model for urban ministries that was developed and proposed by the LUM Board of Directors in 1976. The Green Book, as it came to be known, has become legendary within Lafayette Urban Ministry and is still relevant and worth reading today.

LUM Staff Educate Board – Pizza & Perspectives


LUM Program Director Panel Discussion


As a part of the on-going training of the LUM Board of Directors, each quarter their meeting features a program called “Pizza & Perspectives.” At last week’s board meeting, the Pizza & Perspectives program included a panel discussion featuring four LUM program directors. The panel participants (pictured L to R) are as follows:

During this panel discussion board members learned how the LUM Mission is being executed on the “front lines.” The panelists gave brief summaries of their areas including current client needs, new initiatives, issues, and future opportunities. This was chance for board members to ask questions of the staff who work with clients & volunteers every day and are fully engaged in serving the families and children in our community.

Pizza & Perspectives was a lively and informative event leaving the LUM board members feeling better informed and energized.


To view more photos from the Pizza & Perspectives program, click HERE.

LUM Board & Staff Call for Reunion of Children & Parents


Calling for a Quick Reunion of
Children & Parents held in US Detention Centers

Lafayette Urban Ministry is committed to touching the future by helping children and their families in the here and now. That is why we join our voice with US and world faith leaders in opposition to the cruel separation of families and children seeking refuge along the US border with Mexico.

We reject the allegations that the children and adults seeking refuge from economic privation, violence, and political turmoil – seeking peace and a new home in our country – are criminals.

We reject the misuse of Romans 13 by Attorney General Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sanders to justify reprehensible actions.

Many more scripture passages insist on helping the immigrant, the sojourner, the poor, and those in need of aid. We rejoice that President Trump changed direction today and has reversed his destructive policy of separating asylum-seeking parents from their children.

We pray his administration will move quickly to reunite children held in detention centers with their families and establish a more humane and just system to assist those seeking asylum and refuge in our nation.


“And the King will answer them ‘Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.'”

Matt 25:40, NRSV



LUM Finances – Very Positive Report for 2017


Financial Report & Audit 2017 Available Online


At the June meeting of the LUM executive council, associates from Edward Opperman Certified Public Accountants presented an overview of the LUM Report on Audit of Financial Statements (Dec. 31, 2017 & 2016). Presenting were the two CPAs who prepared the report and most recent tax return, Edward Opperman & Thomas Faust (pictured far right). Opperman stated that

“LUM is financially strong. There is zero long-term debt — and a good balance between operating revenue and expenses managed by a very professional business office staff who keep clear records of fiscal transactions. Most encouraging is that LUM is spending money on programs & services that are in line with its mission statement and less on overhead.”

Opperman shared that

“LUM’s finances are in very good order and would be the envy of any non-profit organization.”

Thanks to the vision and leadership of the LUM Board of Directors, executive director and business office staff, as well as the generous support of LUM’s many financial donors, Lafayette Urban Ministry has established a history of having a strong & stable budget allowing its vital programs and services to adapt and grow with the needs of the children and families in our community.


If you wish to review the most recent LUM reports, click on the name of the report:

Former LUM Board Member – New Dean at Notre Dame


Dr. Sarah A. Mustillo, department chair and professor of sociology at the University of Notre Dame, has recently been appointed the Dean of the College of Arts and Letters at the University of Notre Dame. Read more.

Until her transition from Purdue to Notre Dame in 2014, Sarah was a long-time LUM Board Member and often offered her expertise as a sociologist to understanding and addressing the issues facing LUM.

She and her family were members of St. Thomas Aquinas and were strong advocates and supporters of the annual Hunger Hike fundraiser.

As dean, she will lead Notre Dame’s largest and oldest college, comprising 20 departments and more than 550 faculty members. Please join us in congratulating Sarah for her new appointment as dean at her alma mater, Notre Dame.

Congratulations, Dean Mustillo.

In Memoriam – Dale Bough & Joe Wippel


Valued LUM Board Leaders

In February, two valued leaders and long-time friends of Lafayette Urban Ministry passed away — Dale E. Bough & Joseph F. Wippel.


Dale Bough of West Lafayette was a valued leader and long-time volunteer with LUM, serving several years as a member of the LUM Board of Directors and as the president on the LUM Executive Council in 2009.

Dale was an active member of Federated Church, West Lafayette. Our thoughts & prayers are with his wife, Maxine, and his children — Jenifer, Paul & Sabine — and his entire family. View obiturary.


Joe Wipple of Lafayette was a valued leader and long-time volunteer with LUM, serving several years as a member of the LUM Board of Directors and serving as an officer on the LUM Executive Council from 2000 – 2005.

Joe was an active member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, Lafayette. Our thoughts & prayers are with his children — Cynthia, Teresa, Penny, Stellia, Heather, Jeffrey, Scott & Robert — and his entire family. View obituary.


Their leadership and service to the children, families, hungry & homeless at Lafayette Urban Ministry as well as to our entire community will not soon be forgotten.

Joe Micon, LUM executive director, shared that

“Dale lovingly built all the ‘cubbies’ used by the children in the LUM After School and 5th Quarter Programs. Dale and Joe were close friends spending many years together delivery bed sheets to the LUM shelter and food to the St. John’s/LUM Food Pantry. Surely, if there is a pick-up truck in Heaven, Joe and Dale are back together, hard at work!”


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