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Cathy Potter Named Woman of Distinction

Last night, Cathy Potter was honored at the annual Salute to Women event. The Salute to Women program honors women who have excelled in their work, community and family. Honorees are leaders, role models and mentors who have had a tremendous positive impact on the lives of the citizens of our community.

Cathy Potter served on the Lafayette Urban Ministry Board of Directors for nine years from 2005 through 2013 representing St. Andrew United Methodist Church. She served in various leadership positions on the board and was elected President in 2013.

Cathy’s service at LUM was marked by collaboration, consensus building, a good listening ear and a great ability to bring people together to advance the Mission of LUM. This was no small task given the fact that the LUM board is comprised of 44 directors!

She was instrumental in the planning and development of the first-ever LUM Good Samaritan Fund Follies fundraising event and along with her many board responsibilities has a special love for LUM Jubilee Christmas and LUM Camp. Cathy’s presence is felt everyday at LUM and her spirit and vision are evident in many caring and compassionate ways LUM serves at-risk children and working families in our community.

Join us in congratulating Cathy Potter for this well deserved and prestigious honor.

  • To learn more about Cathy Potter, read the recent news article, click HERE.


Meet the LUM Executive Council – Tricia Sembroski

Treasurer: Tricia Sembroski



Tricia is an at-large member of the LUM Board currently serving as LUM’s treasurer, and a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Tricia is an administrative assistant at Trinity United Methodist Church and works part-time at St. Andrew United Methodist Church. She and her husband, Glenn, have a married daughter who has three children, and a son who lives in Indianapolis. Glenn works in the physics department at Purdue. Tricia enjoys dancing, singing, writing, painting, working with numbers, and even doing taxes!

She is active in Family Promise, the LUM Tax Assistance Program and looks forward to becoming even more involved through her service to LUM as treasurer.

Meet the LUM Executive Council – Kevin Bowers

Liaison for Program & Planning: Kevin Bowers

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Pastor Kevin Bowers has represented his church, Bethany Presbyterian Church, on the LUM Board since 2006; and has served in the past as president.

He and his wife Jennie and have a son, Andrew. Kevin finds enjoyment in model railroading, gardening, tinkering around with all kinds of things, and fishing. Outside of his service to LUM, Kevin is active as a Lafayette Police Department chaplain.

For a long time, Kevin has been impressed by the high-quality work LUM does and could not help but get involved several years ago. He looks forward to making more of an impact through his service on the LUM Executive Council as he spearheads program planning and evaluation.

Meet the LUM Executive Council – Robert Hall

Liaison for Facilities: Robert Hall

2013-02-20 LUM board meeting 030 (2)Robert , a 
Realtor in the area, represents St. Lawrence Church on the LUM Board.

He and his wife, Stacey, have two young children. Robert enjoys playing golf, reading, traveling, spending time with his wife, and playing with his kids. Outside of his service to LUM, Robert has volunteered with Faith Based Initiative, served as a big brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and has helped on local builds with Habitat for Humanity.

Robert is encouraged by the work of LUM and hopes to give back to the community that has been so important to him.

Meet the LUM Executive Council – Patty Useem

Secretary: Patty Useem

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Patty represents the Federated Church on the LUM Board and currently serves as the secretary.

In addition to her work with her church and LUM, Patty serves on the Board of the Learning Disabilities Association of Indiana. She is the owner of Educational Solutions Indiana which assists students with learning disabilities with school and educational issues.

She has a interest in helping students with disabilities transition to college.

Meet the LUM Executive Council – Joan Low

Vice President: Joan Low

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Joan Foord Low represents the 2nd Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, where she serves as the Public Affairs Representative for Community Relations.

Joan and her husband Phillip have several married children and are expecting their 13th grandchild in June. Joan enjoys gardening, music, and hiking.

Joan’s church called her forward to serve as the representative to LUM, something she is thankful for since she has always admired the organization.

She looks forward to continuing her service as the Vice-President.

Meet the LUM Executive Council – Cathy Potter

President: Cathy Potter

2013-02-20 LUM board meeting 011 (2)Cathy has represented her church, St. Andrew  United Methodist Church since 2000 and currently is the president of the LUM Board.

She is the mother of a daughter and two sons and has three grandchildren. Cathy enjoys reading, meeting new people, traveling, gardening, and any new experience. She is retired from Purdue University where she served as a development officer. In addition to her church and LUM, Cathy is active with the League of Women Voter of Greater Lafayette where she served as the president for two years.

She believes that LUM is a brilliant idea and plans on focusing on its ability to help others, engage in social justice, and continue to advocate for immigration reform.