Category Archives: LUM Staff

Meet the LUM Summer Child Care Team

Introducing the 5th Quarter Summer Teachers

LUM is excited to introduce the dynamic and talented team of teachers for the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program, pictured above with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director.
During the LUM Summer of Service, please consider volunteering with the 5th Quarter team as a Teacher’s Aide. Teacher’s Aides are needed each weekday (7 a.m.-6 p.m.) to support the LUM director and teachers. Volunteers assist in teaching & tutoring, reading, recreational activities, meals & snacks and more. Teacher’s Aides must enjoy working with children and have experience helping children (K – 6th grade) achieve academically and socially. If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE — or email or call Kristi Hogue ( | 765-423-2691).

If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donationsponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at

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LUM is Hiring – Shelter Security Staff

Part-time | Potential Openings | Paid – $15 per Hour

LUM has a potential opening with the Security Staff with the LUM Emergency Shelter. Details are as follows:

Type: Part-time, paid
Hours: 11-20 hours per week
Shifts: 8 p.m. to midnight -or- midnight to 7 a.m.
Pay: $15.00 per hour

  • Maintains safety of guests, volunteers and premises, a team environment modeling mutual respect, and a professional and safe environment
  • Ensures compliance with Shelter Rules
  • Monitors arrival, departure, activity within shelter, activity outside within three blocks of the building
  • Disciplines guests who are noncompliant; refers guests to police when necessary
  • Submits written reports of daily activities and incidents

If interested — apply online HERE — or email a resume with cover letter to the LUM Emergency Shelter director ( | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

Congrats to Mady Kirts Lester, LUM Teacher

IU 2021 Graduate, Bachelor of Social Work

Mady Lester, right, with Carleigh Bennett, LUM teacher

The LUM staff members gathered last week to celebrate Mady Lester.

Mady just graduated from the Indiana University School of Social Work earning a bachelor of social work. Since Mady started at LUM in 2018 as an intern, she has earned an associates degree, gotten married, and earned a BSW. This fall, Mady will begin work on her Master of Social Work, also from IU.

LUM is thrilled to announce that Mady will continue to be a LUM teacher this summer with the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Mady’s experience, education and passion working with the students in the LUM Youth Programs. Please join us in congratulating her on her achievements and thanking her for her service to the children in our community through her work with LUM.

New Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator

Meet Terri Anderson – New LUM Team Member

Terri Anderson is the new office manager/volunteer coordinator. Terri grew up in Northbrook, IL, and now lives in West Lafayette with her husband, Jason, their two college-aged children and their rescue-pets: Scooby the dog & Bowtie the cat. Due to Jason’s career with the US Army, they have lived in five states and Germany but have returned to West Lafayette three times, in 2004, 2013 and 2019. Terri earned her Master’s degree in Speech Communication from Eastern Illinois University, where she met Jason, and has taught Communication Studies at local community colleges for 16 years. Terri’s children attended West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School. Her daughter is now in her first year at IU School of Medicine, and her son is currently taking classes at Ivy Tech Community College.  

Terri believes in the Golden Rule, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and is inspired by the quote, “Carpe diem,” but is most inspired by the life and work of Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her favorite quote from Mother Teresa is, “Faith in Action is Love – and Love in Action is Service.” Faith, family, love, friendship and service are important to Terri, and what led her to joining the LUM Team.

As a military family, Terri and her family have found opportunities to volunteer in the schools, at food pantries and with food drives, Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas programs. Terri shared that, “Over the years, I have seen how volunteering, especially along with my children, has taught us so much about our community and brought us closer together as a family. I am excited to give this same experience to others through the work at LUM.” In her free time, Terri enjoys spending time with her family, singing, sewing, crafting, baking, watching movies, playing board games, and doing small acts of kindness for others. 

Please join us in welcoming Terri Anderson as the new Office Manager/Volunteer Coordinator. LUM is lucky to have someone with her experience and passion joining the team.

LUM Tax Volunteers Celebrate 2021 Success

Volunteers Gather for Celebratory Picnic Lunch

The volunteers and staff who have been working with this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program met for a picnic lunch in Happy Hallow Park (West Lafayette) to celebrate another successful year. Some interesting statistics about this year’s LUM Tax Assistance Program are as follows:

  • 242 – Income Tax Returns filed
  • $338,856 – Federal Refunds
  • $34,320 – State Refunds
  • $373,176 – Total Refunds
  • $21,176 – Average Adjusted Gross Income
  • $68,016 – Federal – Earned Income Credit
  • $5,048 – State – Earned Income Credit
  • $73,064 – Total in Earned Income Credit

Join us in thanking the LUM Tax Assistance Program volunteers picture above as follows — Standing L to R: Joan Marshall, KG & Bharathi Raghothama, Barb Sharkey, Kathy Hicks, Carol Robicheaux, Rob Patrick, Josh Prokopy (director); Seated: Tricia Sembroski, Ann Pellegrino & Andrea Schmidt; Not pictured: James Brinkley, Connie Decker, Ai Ai Lau, Karen Marty, Nina Morgan, Patti O’Callaghan & Ron Smith.

If you wish to make a donation to the LUM Tax Assistance Program, click HERE.

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Meet Marlena – LUM Camp Director

Camper, Counselor & Director – 21 Years So Far

Marlena Edmondson is the director of LUM Camp 2021. She earned a BSW in Political Science & Social Work from IUPUI, and an MSW with a concentration in Child Welfare from Indiana University.

Marlena was a LUM Camper as a child for three years and LUM Camp volunteer camp counselor for 14 years, before become the LUM Camp director in 2018. During the rest of the year, she is the Student Services Coordinator at Mayflower Mill Elementary School with the Tippecanoe School Corporation. Marlena grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives on the north side of Lafayette with her two cats, Dudley & Zelly.

LUM is lucky to have someone with Marlena’s passion, talent and experience be a part of the LUM Camp program for the past 21 years.

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LUM Camp

Please note: LUM is working closely with the professional staff at Hanging Rock Assembly Camp, the long-time host site of LUM CampLUM Camp is being planned in compliance with and exceeding the guidelines developed by the American Camp Association and the YMCA of the USA. All donations to LUM Camp will be used entirely on the campers’ experience, hopefully this year, but if not, next.

Briton’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines

Homeless Services

“Winter in the Midwest is an exceptionally difficult time to experience homelessness, but there should not be a single individual who experiences a cold night on the street. On a particularly perilous night, ice storms made many roads impassable. To compound the situation, the night was bitterly cold. Our dedicated shelter staff slowly made their way to the Emergency Shelter and provided another night of warmth and safety for our guests. Similarly, the Winter Warming Station operated without fail, providing a safe place for our guests to escape the cold of winter. Because of the continuation of the pandemic, this winter was especially difficult for many of us; but the team of staff and volunteers at LUM continue to provide vital resources, warmth and compassion for our community throughout the cold months.”

Briton Weise, Director, Emergency Shelter

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LUM Winter Warming Station

Nina’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines

Food Pantries

“During the COVID19, the volunteers at the Protein Food Pantry set a goal of continuing to serve our clients with respect for the safety of all and maintaining personal interactions. They have worked hard to follow all of the precautions & protocol. I am proud to say that we have remained open each week and work to help relieve and reduce the stress our clients are experiencing by allowing them to have choices in the food selections when possible. The need is great, and our clients appreciate us staying open.”

Nina Morgan, Director, LUM Protein Food Pantry

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Food Pantry – LUM Protein Food Pantry

Josh’s Reflections On COVID-19 from the Frontlines

“After a great deal of planning to develop a safe and effective model, we enabled low income taxpayers to get their returns done for free. Many lack the technology or confidence to do their own taxes, and without the LUM tax program they might have been paying hundreds of dollars for this service. It’s taken extra work, but our 12 volunteers have been up to the challenge, and are working very hard under difficult conditions. It is clear that despite COVID-19 our program has been a success, on track to surpass 200 returns this season.”

Josh Prokopy, Director, LUM Tax Assistance Program

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