Monica Casanova, Immigration Clinic Asst. Director
Monica Casanova is the new Assistant Director of the LUM Immigration Clinic (reporting to the Immigration Clinic director).
She grew up and lives in Lafayette with Neal Starkey, her husband, and their two daughters, Ella and Violet. Monica graduated from Jefferson High School, earned a BA in Education from Purdue University and two Master’s degrees in Library Science & Public History from Indiana University/Purdue University – Indianapolis, and is the vice president of the Greater Lafayette Immigrant Allies.
As a longtime volunteer with the LUM Immigration Clinic, Monica is excited about her new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry. She shared that,
“becoming the assistant director gives me an opportunity to increase my impact on the families served by the Immigration Clinic.”
In her free time, Monica enjoys reading, watching movies & TV, listening to music — and most importantly spending time with her family and supporting her children in their activities. LUM is fortunate to have Monica join the LUM team.
Patti O’Callaghan returns as the new LUM Lobbyist (reporting to the Executive Director).
She has many years of experience advocating for Indiana families including serving as the LUM Social Justice director for more than 11 years, as well as being a founding board member of three agencies advocating for local children.
Patti grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and currently lives in West Lafayette with Mark Diekman, her husband of 42 years. They are members of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, West Lafayette. They have two grown sons, Casey & Brian, both professors, and five grandchildren, ages three, five, five, seven & eight. Patti graduated from St. Agnes Seminary High School and earned a BS in Biology from New York University and a Master’s from Colorado State in Reproductive Physiology. She served two terms on the West Lafayette City Council and two terms on the West Lafayette Community School Board of Trustees.
Patti is excited about her new role with Lafayette Urban Ministry because it gives her an opportunity to create lasting positive change for the families in Tippecanoe County and the entire State of Indiana. She shares that, she is
“looking forward to working with our state representatives and senators to give a voice to Indiana children and create a better future for Indiana families.”
In her free time, Patti enjoys playing Pickle-ball, sharing books with her book club friends, and most of all, spending time with her family. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Patti’s passion and talent re-join the LUM team.
Originally from Meriden, Connecticut, Pablo now lives in West Lafayette with Kristin, his wife of 23 years, and their children, Maximilian (21) and Zoe (19), both of whom are attending Purdue. They are members of St. Thomas Aquinas, West Lafayette. Pablo graduated from Platt High School, earned a bachelor’s degree in Organizational/ Industrial Psychology and a Master’s in Higher Education Administration, both from the University of Connecticut, and has more than 15 years of supervisory experience.
“I am excited to work with the talented team of LUM program directors. Over the years I have witnessed many great things but also know that together we can always do better and achieve more.“
In his free time, Pablo enjoys sharing books with Kristin, going to concerts with Max, being the best Dance Dad to Zoe, as well as cooking for and traveling with all three. LUM is fortunate to have someone with Pablo’s experience to join the management team at LUM.
Ever thought about volunteering to help people with their tax returns? Don’t know that much about taxes? Don’t worry — you’ll get specialized training or you can choose a volunteer role that doesn’t require tax law certification.
The LUM Tax Assistance Program offers flexible hours, the training is free and the time commitment is up to you. Volunteers are needed starting Tuesday, February 4. Choose your role – and get a chance to touch many lives.
If you’re interested or need more information, click HERE. If you need further information, please call or email Josh Prokopy (765-423-2691 | firstname.lastname@example.org.)
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Recently, Joe Micon, LUM executive director, was invited to give the keynote address at the Annual Meeting of the Daybreak Rotary Club.
Throughout the year, the members of Daybreak Rotary are very generous to LUM — providing meals at the LUM Emergency Shelter twice each month, supporting the LUM shelter financially, giving to Hunger Hike and providing a LUM Camp campership.
Pictured L to R are Lynn Beck, Daybreak Rotary president, Joe Micon & Carl Schwamberger, Rotary member & LUM Board member.
On December 23, the Purdue Women’s Basketball team hosted their annual Holiday Bash. Fans were invited to wear their ugly Christmas sweaters, meet Santa Claus, and participate in “Teddy Toss.”
During halftime of the game, Boilermaker fans threw hundreds of new stuffed animals onto the court. It was a fun holiday frenzy for a few minutes. All of the stuffed animals were then donated to LUM. Since then, the stuffed animals have either been distributed to the children of clients or incorporated into the LUM After School Program.
Last week, the dedicated staff members of Lafayette Urban Ministry gathered at BRU Burger Bar (Lafayette) for the annual LUM staff appreciation lunch to celebrate the wonderful accomplishment of 2019, another amazing year.
Pictured L to R: Pablo Malavenda, Gayle Koning, Kristi Hogue, Nina Morgan, the Rev. Susan Brouillette, Connie Davis, Anna Tatman, Nate Gick, Monica Casanova, Linda Hicks, Josh Prokopy, Mady Kirts, Shavonn Kimbrough, Joe Micon & Eileen Weiss.