Meet the LUM Staff


The Staff of Lafayette Urban Ministry

Lafayette Urban Ministry depends on volunteers and donations from individuals like you to be successful. But behind the scenes of every great nonprofit is a small but dedicated team of staff who provide the day-to-day management and leadership to carry out the organization’s mission. LUM is fortunate to have an experienced, hard working team who believe strongly in the LUM mission while engaging and training volunteers.


Joe Micon is the Executive Director.

He started with LUM in 1990. Joe grew up in Niagara Falls, New York; graduated from LaSalle Senior High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Joe’s education includes:
  • Purdue University, BA, Applied Sociology
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work with concentration in the Administration of Not-for-Profit Organizations

With LUM, Joe has also served as Program Director for LUM Camp, Jubilee Christmas, Emergency Shelter, Social Justice Ministries, and Repairs on Wheels.


Amanda Bajzatt is the Youth Programs Director
She started with LUM in June 2017. Amanda grew up in West Lafayette; graduated from Harrison High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Amanda’s education includes:

  •  Ivy Tech Community College, AS, Human Services
  • Indiana University, BSW, Social Work
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work

With LUM, Amanda served as an intern in 2014 & 2017 and a volunteer with various programs including the After School Program.


Susan Brouillette is the Program Director for the Social Justice Ministry, including the Immigration Clinic & Campaign for Hoosier Families

She started with LUM in 2013. Susan grew up in Fowler, Indiana; graduated from Benton Central High School in Oxford; and currently lives in Lafayette. Susan’s education includes:

  • Hanover College, BA, Communication and Political Science
  • Christian Theological Seminary, Masters in Divinity

Susan also serves as a Chaplain at Franciscan Health.


Connie Decker is the Receptionist

She started with LUM in 2017. Connie grew up in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School. She currently lives in Lafayette and has been in the same house for over 40 years.

Connie took several classes at Ivy Tech Community College to gain skills in customer service, clerical & receptionist duties and professional writing.
With LUM, Connie was a volunteer receptionist from 2009 through 2017. She also was the Summer Receptionist in 2016 and has assisted with LUM Camp.


Nate Gick is the Maintenance Director & Custodian

He started with LUM in November 2016.Nate grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Benton Central High School, and currently lives in Oxford.

Nate also attended Ball State University.


David Heckert is the Emergency Shelter Director

He started with LUM in November 2017. David grew up in Dayton, Indiana and Honolulu, Hawaii; graduated from Jefferson High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette.

David’s education includes:

  • Ivy Tech Community College, AS, Human Services
  • Indiana University, BS, Social Work

Linda Hicks is the Good Samaritan Program Director & Office Manager

She started with LUM in 2005. Linda grew up in West Lafayette; graduated from Harrison High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Linda’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Early Childhood Education

With LUM, Linda also served as the assistant director of LUM Camp.


Gayle Koning is the Assistant Business Manager
She started with LUM in 2016. Gayle grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; graduated from Lawrenceville Catholic High School in Pittsburgh; and currently lives in Lafayette. Gayle’s education includes:

  • American Institute of Banking, Diploma
  • Radisson Hotels International, Revenue Manager certification & General Manager certification
  • The Ohio State University, Pool Operator certification

With LUM, she was a special needs counselor at LUM Camp and has assisted with LUM Follies, Hunger Hike, Port of Hope, Turkey Trot and Jubilee Christmas. Gayle is also a member of the choir at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception, Lafayette.


Pablo Malavenda is the Executive Assistant for Social Media; 2015-02-16 Website Launch Party 002 (3)Webmaster; and Program Director, LUM Follies, Hunger Hike & Jubilee Christmas.

He started with LUM in 2012. Pablo grew up in Meriden, CT; graduated from Platt High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Pablo’s education includes:

  • University of Connecticut, BA, Industrial Psychology
  • UConn, MA, Higher Education Administration, focus in Counseling

Ben Murphy is the Program Director for Tax Assistance Program

He started with LUM in 2016. Ben grew up in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; graduated from Anderson County High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Ben’s education includes:
  • Purdue University, BS, Computer Graphics Technology
  • Purdue University, BS, Management

With LUM, Ben served as the program director for the Turkey Trot 5K Run. He also coordinates the Financial Peace University classes at St. Thomas Aquinas Center and is a Financial Coach.


Kathy Parker is the Program Director for Community Thanksgiving Celebration
She started with LUM in October 2017. Kathy grew up in Storrs, Connecticut; graduated from E.O. Smith High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Kathy’s education includes:

  • Roanoke College, BA, History
  • University of Rhode Island, elementary teaching certificate

With LUM, Kathy also serves on the Hunger HikeFundraising Committee.


Josh Prokopy is the Program Director for the Turkey Trot 5K Run
He started with LUM in October 2017. Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts; graduated from Deerfield Academy; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Josh’s education includes:

  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, BA, Individual Concentration with a concentration in Development and Social Change
  • University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, MA, Sociology and MSW, Social Work

Tricia Sembroski is the Business Manager.tricia

She started with LUM in 2014. Tricia grew up in Allison Park, PA; graduated from Hampton High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Tricia’s education includes:

  • Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA), BA, Psychology, minors and certification in Elementary and Special Education
  • Midwest Montessori Training, Primary & Elementary Education
  • Purdue University, MSEd, Educational Leadership

With LUM, Tricia has also served as tax preparation volunteer and LUM Board of Directors’ treasurer.


Coming soon: “Meet the Shelter Staff” and “Meet the Youth Program Staff.”To read more about the LUM Spring Interns, click HERE.To view the entire LUM staff list, click HERE.


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