Category Archives: LUM Staff

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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LUM Director Pursues HVAC/EPA Certification

Nate Gick Enrolled in HVAC Maintenance Program

Nate Gick, the LUM Maintenance Director, was recently accepted into the HVAC Maintenance Technology Program at the AC/C Tech – Indianapolis. Starting next week, Nate will be taking classes at their satellite location in Williamsport in electric & gas furnace maintenance, EPA technician certification, AC & heat pump maintenance and electricity. He will complete 200 hours of training, 110 hours of online training, 40 hours of in-field training with an instructor, and 50 hours of on-the-job training. Nate will then be awarded a Technical Certificate in HVAC Maintenance Technology and EPA Technician Certification. This training will have an immediate positive impact at LUM as Nate continues to maintain & clean all of the LUM properties. LUM is proud of Nate for taking the initiative and getting accepted in this program and wish him luck as he begins his training.

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.

Position Opening — Shelter Security Staff — Paid, P/T

Security Staff Position – LUM Emergency Shelter

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LUM has immediate opening for Security Staff at the LUM Emergency Shelter. Please review the information below — and share with others. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Type: Part-time, paid; Pay: $15.00 per hour
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 non-compliant; 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 the LUM Shelter Director, David Heckert ( | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

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Josh Prokopy – LUM Tax Assistance Director

Josh J. Prokopy is the new program director for the LUM VITA tax assistance program. With LUM, Josh has served the past two years as the Turkey Trot 5K Run director.

Josh grew up in Conway, Massachusetts and now lives in West Lafayette with his wife, Linda, and their three children, Annabel, Margaret & David. Annabel & Margaret are both 14 years old and in 9th grade at West Lafayette Junior/Senior High School, and David (11) is in 6th grade at West Lafayette Intermediate School. They are members of Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County. Josh earned a bachelor’s in independent concentration from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Master’s in Sociology and Master’s in Social Work both from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Josh is active in his church.

Josh shares,“My priorities are to raise my family as best I can, to let loose children who care about the world and our future, to better understand the world around me, and to try and make a difference, at least in a small way, within my community.” He finds inspiration in his father, “who was extremely independent minded and hard working, and never cared a hoot for what anyone else thought of him. He lived his own life in his own way, but did so much to enrich the world around him.” Josh is excited about his role with LUM, and stated, “If we can do anything at all to give people a renewed sense of hope, than we’ve made a huge impact in their lives.”

Josh is an avid home-brewer of beer and has a 2nd degree black belt in Taekwondo. He enjoys being out in nature, and spending time with friends and family engaged in meaningful conversation, “preferably over a glass of excellent home-brewed beer.”

LUM is fortunate to have Josh Prokopy rejoin the LUM staff in this new role.

Hiring Program Aides – Immediate Openings

LUM has immediate openings for Program Aides with the LUM After School Program.  Please review the information below — and share with others. Applications will be reviewed as received.

position announcementsProgram Aide – After School Program

This is a part-time (20 hours per week), paid position ($15 per hour), which ends May 21, 2019. Program aides will support the youth programs director and supervise children and the program each weekday, including the transportation of the students to the LUM Youth Center. Successful candidates must complete all LUM and State required training and screenings, have experience working with children in a school setting, and have a valid driver’s license.

To view the position description, click HERE.

If interested—please Email, Mail or Drop-off a resume with cover letter to the LUM Youth Programs director, Kristi Hogue ( | 420 N 4th Street, Lafayette, IN 47901).

LUM Position – Immediate Opening – Program Director

LUM has an immediate opening for the Tax Assistance Program Director. Please review the information below — and share with others. Applications will be reviewed as received.

position announcementsProgram Director – Tax Assistance Program

This is a half-time (20 hours per week), paid ($1,429 per month), temporary position, which ends on April 30, 2019. The individual selected will direct the program that provides free federal and state tax preparation for lower wage earners. Successful candidates must pass the online IRS tax preparation certification.

To view the position description, click HERE.

Please email your resume and cover letter to by December 5, 2019.