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Meet the After School Program Team

Youth Programs Director & the Teachers

The LUM After School Program is staffed by professionally trained teachers and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements. This year, the After School Program team includes four teachers who assist the program director, Kristi Hogue. They are as follows (pictured L to R above):

  • Kristi Hogue – Kristi grew up in Logansport and currently lives in Lafayette with Jeff, her husband of 26 years, and their three children, Taelynn (20), Jaedren (13) and Maekenna (8). Jaedren & Maekenna have been enrolled in the LUM after school & summer programs for the past few years. Kristi graduated from Logansport High School, earned a BS in Child Development & Family Studies from Purdue University, and is a member of the National After School Association.  
  • Carleigh Bennett –  Carleigh grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She currently lives with her sister and newborn niece. She graduated from Jefferson High School, and plans to start school next fall at Ivy Tech Community College.
  • Shavonn Kimbrough – Shavonn grew up in Chicago and currently lives in Lafayette with her two children — Gregory & Zariyah (ages 8 and 7). She graduated from Carver Military Academy and is now enrolled at Indiana Tech pursuing a degree in accounting.
  • Mady Lester – Mady grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband. She graduated from Jefferson High School, earned her associates degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College, and is pursuing a bachelor’s in social work at IUPUI.
  • Tabatha Volpi – Tabby grew up and still lives in Lafayette with her husband, Matthew, and their two children, ages 6 & 8. 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 also works for the Lafayette School Corporation.

LUM is fortunate to have such a talented, experienced and dedicated team overseeing this year’s After School Program. See below for four ways that you can help the LUM After School Program today.

Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you. For more information on how to VOLUNTEER , click  HERE.


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Meet the After School Program Team

55 Students | K – 8th Grade | 3 Hours Per Day

The LUM After School Program  provides safe, fun and enriching childcare for up to 60 children in Kindergarten to 8th grade in Tippecanoe County. The children are transported by bus from school to the LUM Ray Ewry Youth Center. For up to three hours each school day, the students work on homework, have a nutritious snack, and participate in craft projects, music, and other fun recreational and educational activities — enabling their parents to finish their workday. The program is staffed by a professionally trained teacher’s aides, interns and volunteers, whose training exceeds State of Indiana requirements.

LUM is thrilled to introduce the  After School Program  team. What a talented and caring team! They are assisted each afternoon by volunteers. Pictured (L to R) are Ann Mobley, Ivy Tech intern; Shavonn Kimbrough, teacher; Mady Kirts, teacher; Kristi Hogue program director; and Michael Welk, Ivy Tech intern (not pictured: Tabatha Volpi, teacher). Please consider volunteering with the After School Program – LUM needs you. For more information on how to VOLUNTEER , click  HERE.


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Meet the After School Program Staff


The Director

Amanda Bajzatt.
Amanda Bajzatt is the Youth Programs Director responsible for the After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

Amanda grew up in West Lafayette, graduated from Harrison High School, and currently lives in Lafayette.

Amanda’s education includes:
Ivy Tech Community College, Associate degree in Human Services
Indiana University, Bachelor of Social Work
Indiana University, Master of Social Work

Amanda started with LUM in June 2017, and also served as a LUM intern in 2014 & 2017 as well as a LUM volunteer with various programs including the After School Program.


The Teacher’s Aides

This year, the After School Program staff includes three Teacher’s Aides who assist the program director.

The After School Program Teacher’s Aides are as follows (pictured L to R above):

Fanesta Williams.
Fanesta is from Maywood, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. She has a BA from Chicago State University in General Studies and is certified in first aid in both mental health & youth mental health.

Danny Pollitt.
Danny is from Peoria, Illinois and lives in Lafayette. He has a Bachelor’s from Purdue University in Social Studies Education with minors in History & Political Science.

Tiffany Finch-King.
Tiffany is from Gary and lives in Lafayette. She will complete her Associate degree in Human Services at Ivy Tech Community College in Fall 2019. She has already earned 52 credit hours from Ivy Tech & Indiana University Northwest.


The Interns

This Spring, the LUM After School Program also has three interns assisting the program director.

The Spring After School Program interns are as follows (pictured L to R above):

Kaitlyn Hettinger.
Kaitlyn grew up and still lives in Lafayette. She will earn an Associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College in December and will pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.

Emilee McCracken.
Emilee is from Roselawn and now lives in West Lafayette. She will earn an Associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech in May and will pursue a Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University in the Fall.

Saedie Spikes.
Saedie is from Fowler and lives in Lafayette. She earned an Associate degree in Human Services from Ivy Tech Community College, will earn a Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana University in May, and will pursue an advanced degree in Social Work.


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Meet the LUM Summer Intern—Samantha


Meet Samantha Habbinga — the second LUM Summer Intern.


S2016-06-07 Habbinga_Samantha 001 (2) (1280x895)he grew up in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School. Samantha now lives in New Richmond with her husband, Jeremey, and their 3-year-old daughter, Kodie.

She earned a BA in secondary English education and  a BS in psychology from Purdue University, West Lafayette. Samantha is currently working on her Master of Social Work at the Indiana University School of Social Work, Indianapolis — anticipated graduation this December.

At LUM, she will be working with a few different programs including the Good Samaritan Program, LUM Camp, Shelter Intake & the 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

After graduation, Samantha hopes to use her education & experience to be a licensed “play therapist” in private practice. LUM is fortunate to have her join our team this summer.