Category Archives: LUM Staff

Meet Marlena – 2019 LUM Camp Program Director

Marlena Edmondson is the program director of LUM Camp 2019. 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 13 years. During the school year, she is the Student Services Coordinator at Mayflower Mill Elementary School in Tippecanoe County. Marlena grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives on the north side of Lafayette with her sister, Aly (who is also a former LUM Camper & camp counselor) and her two cats, Dudley & Rawry.

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Meet the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Teachers

LUM is excited to introduce the teachers for the 5thQuarter Summer Learning Program. Pictured (from L to R) with Kristi Hogue, LUM youth programs director, the teachers are as follows:

  • Mady Kirts – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She graduated from Jefferson High School and recently earned her associates degree in Human Services program at Ivy Tech Community College. In the fall, Mady will begin her coursework at IUPUI toward a bachelor’s in social work. She plans to pursue an MSW and eventually working in social work and case management at a nonprofit.
  • Jaunice Williamson – Jaunice is from Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her four children, ages 4, 3, 2 & 9 months. Jaunice is currently enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at Ivy Tech Community College and anticipates graduating in December. After graduation, she plans to start a daycare business.
  • Alyssa Bella – Alyssa is from New Carlisle and currently lives in West Lafayette. She recently earned her bachelor’s in social work from IUPUI. In the fall, Alyssa will be attending New York University to pursue a Master in Social Work. She will be pursuing a career working with children.
  • Tabatha Volpi (not pictured) – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 5 & 7. She graduated from Jefferson High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Purdue University in 2013. During the school year, Tabby teaches special education in the Lafayette School Corporation through GLASS.

What a dynamic and talented team of teachers! If you wish to support the LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program — you may make a monetary donation, sponsor a field/study trip and/or donate snacks and supplies. For more information, click HERE or email Kristi Hogue at

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Micon Speaks at Stockwell United Methodist

Joe Micon Participates in Service & Mission Event

This past Sunday, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, participated in Worship Service & Mission event at the Stockwell United Methodist Church. It was a wonderful opportunity to educate and update the members of Stockwell on the programs at LUM and their impact and needs. It also gave Joe Micon a chance to reconnect with several current and former LUM board members and volunteers. LUM is grateful for the support that it receives all year-long from the members and leadership of Stockwell United Methodist Church.

{Pictured above L to R are Linda Morris, Joe Micon, the Rev. Mark Berg & Alan Kemper.}

Outreach is an important part of the mission of Lafayette Urban Ministry; and members of the LUM professional staff actively seek opportunities to engage with and educate people on a variety of issues. Directors of the various LUM programs are well-informed on social and economic issues and are passionate about helping raise awareness in the local community on critical issues affecting low-income families.For more information on LUM outreach, click HERE.

Thanks & Congrats to the LUM Spring Interns

LUM Staff Host Reception for LUM Spring Interns

Special THANK YOU to all of the LUM Interns for their valuable contributions this past Spring semester. Best wishes to all of our interns, especially Evie Griffin, Rob Krasa Angela Weaver, who are graduating. Evie & Rob will receive their MSW from IU, and Angela, her BA from Purdue, at ceremonies this weekend. John Schumann will continue his studies toward his MSW.

Interns allow LUM to serve our youth, clients and guests with increased efficiency and innovation. Thanks also to Purdue University, Ivy Tech Community College and the IU School of Social Work for trusting LUM with the education and supervision of their talented intern students.

{Pictured above L to R , are John Schumann, Evie Griffin, Rob Krasa, and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.}

LUM is Hiring – Shelter Security Staff

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

The LUM Emergency Shelter is seeking applications for the Security Staff. The positions are part-time, paid ($15 per hour).
More details are as follows:
Hours: Daily – 8 p.m. to midnight or midnight to 7 a.m.
  • 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—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to David Heckert, LUM Emergency Shelter Director ( | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

LUM Summer Program Needs Teacher

Full-time | Summer (May 28-Aug 2) | Paid

The LUM 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program is seeking applications for a Teacher.

The position is full-time, paid ($15 per hour). Teachers are needed from May 28 – August 2, Monday – Friday, daily 8-hour shifts (between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.). Bachelor’s degree in Education is required, and duties include supervising and teaching children, pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade (enrollment is 40-60).

Qualified candidates should Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter including a teaching philosophy to the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue (765-423-2691 | ).

Susan Brouillette Highlighted on Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, Catholic Legal Immigration Network highlighted the Rev. Susan Brouillette, LUM Immigration Clinic director. CLINIC wrote, “As an advocate, accredited representative and Presbyterian minister, Susan draws on her faith and commitment to justice to serve the local immigrant community. Susan goes above and beyond to assist her clients in obtaining citizenship, even traveling around the state to attend naturalization ceremonies.” Congratulations, Rev. Susan!

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LUM Shelter Staff Goes “Above & Beyond”

LUM Shelter Staff Thanked by LUM Board

At last night’s meeting, the LUM Board of Directors honored and thanked the LUM Emergency Shelter staff members for “going above & beyond the call of duty” in their service to LUM shelter guests the first week in February during the “Polar Vortex.”

Lafayette Urban Ministry has a shelter protocol for severely cold and snowy weather. During the Polar Vortex, the LUM shelter staff members provided bus transportation from the local day shelter to the LUM Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station, opened the Winter Warming Station three hours early, and provided bus transportation back to the local day shelter in the morning — in addition to their regular nightly duties. The LUM Board of Directors acknowledged that their work is sincerely appreciated and is saving lives. Pictured above L to R: David Heckert, shelter director; Connie Kepner Davis, shelter staff member; Joan Low, LUM board president; and Joe Micon, LUM executive director.

LUM Annual Staff Retreat – Productive Day

Focus on Diversity, Racism & Inclusion

Recently, the Lafayette Urban Ministry staff members participated in a daylong “retreat” at Hanging Rock Christian Assembly Camp, West Lebanon.

The main focus of this year’s retreat on diversity, racism & inclusion. Joe Micon, LUM executive director, led the retreat using White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo for the retreat curriculum (with permission from C-Span). The LUM staff members watched DiAngelo’s recent presentation on C-Span Books — and related it to their work at LUM. It was powerful retreat — everyone was open-minded, eager to learn and excited to grow. The staff also had an opportunity to learn more about each other — creating a stronger team. Everyone is now refreshed and motivated to improve their work with clients, guests, volunteers, children/students & families.

To view White Fragility – Video Online, click HERE.

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 Jubilee Christmas, Emergency Shelter, Social Justice Ministries, and Repairs on Wheels.

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

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 was ordained as a minister in the Presbyterian Church in 2018.

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.

Marlena Edmondson is the Assistant Program Director of LUM Camp

She started with LUM in 2018. Marlena grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives on the north side of Lafayette. Marlena’s education includes:

  • University of Indianapolis, BSW, Political Science and Social Work
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work with concentration in Child Welfare

With LUM, Marlena was also a LUM camper for three years and LUM Camp volunteer camp counselor for 13 years.

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 attended Ball State University and is currently enrolled int the HVAC Maintenance Technology Program at the AC/C Tech – Indianapolis.

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.

Kristi Hogue is the Youth Programs Director

She started with LUM in September of 2018. Kristi grew up in Logansport, graduated from Logansport High School, and currently lives in Lafayette. Kristi education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Child Development & Family Studies

She is also a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

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, Connecticut; 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

Victor Mite is the Assistant Program Director for Immigration Clinic

He started with LUM in September 2018. Victor grew up in Ancon, Panama, Republic of Panama and now lives in Lafayette. Victor’s education includes:

  • Graduated from the Pan American Institute
  • University of Panama, AS, Accounting

Kathy Parker is the Program Director for Greater Lafayette Interfaith 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 Hike Fundraising Committee.

Josh Prokopy is the Program Director for the Tax Assistance Program and 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

Eileen Weiss is the Business Manager

She returned to LUM in June of 2018. Eileen grew up in Lafayette, graduated from Central Catholic High School, and currently lives in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. Eileen’s education includes:

  • Ivy Tech Community College, Business Law
  • Chrysler Corporation, Automotive Accounting

With LUM, Eileen was the LUM Camp assistant, business manager for four years, project manager for 21 months, Jubilee Christmas program director, Tax Assistance Program director, Community Thanksgiving Celebration program director, Hunger Hike program director, and Good Samaritan Fund Follies assistant.

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