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Learn More about the LUM Team


Business | Maintenance | Office Management

Lafayette Urban Ministry is proud to introduce the staff members, who work behind the scenes — the business office, maintenance & office management team. Much of the success of LUM may be attributed to these unsung heroes. As you will see in their bios, these staff members have the experience to make the LUM mission a reality. LUM is fortunate to have this talented, dedicated, passionate & hard working staff.


Business Office Team

Eileen Weiss is the Business Manager

She returned to LUM in June 2018. Eileen grew up and currently lives in Lafayette and graduated from Central Catholic High School. 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 entertainment director.


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; 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 FolliesHunger HikePort of HopeTurkey Trot 5K Run and Jubilee Christmas.


Nancy Emig is the Clerk in the Business Office working with the Good Samaritan Program

She started with LUM in 2020. Nancy grew up in Valparaiso, graduated from Valparaiso High School, and currently lives in West Lafayette. Her education includes:

  • Purdue University, BS, Supervision

With LUM, Nancy has volunteered as an afternoon receptionist and with the Good Samaritan ProgramJubilee Christmas, and LUM Follies. Nancy’s dog Bayley also is a regular “reading buddy” for the After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.


Office Management Team

Mónica Casanova is the Office Manager and Assistant Program Director for Immigration Clinic

She started with LUM in January 2020. Mónica grew up and lives in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School. Mónica’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Education
  • IUPUI, MLS, Library Science & MA, Public History

Mónica volunteered with the LUM Immigration Clinic prior to serving as the assistant director.


Connie Decker is the Receptionist

She started with LUM in 2017. Connie grew up and lives in Lafayette and graduated from Jefferson High School.

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.


Maintenance Team

Nate Gick is the Maintenance Director

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 completed the HVAC Maintenance Technology Program at the AC/C Tech – Indianapolis.


Kieron Denson is the Custodian

He started with LUM in June 2020. Kieron grew up and lives in Oxford and graduated from Benton Central High School.

With LUM, Kieron has served as a LUM Camp counselor and volunteered for more than four years with various programs and with the Maintenance director.


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Meet the LUM Program Directors


Talent | Dedication | Passion | Caring

Lafayette Urban Ministry is excited to introduce the staff members who are on the frontlines of providing services and programs to your neighbors in need. As you read their bios, you will see that this small but dedicated team has the experience, education and background to provide the day-to-day management and leadership to carry out the LUM mission. LUM is fortunate to have this talented, dedicated, passionate & hard working staff.


Wes Tillett is the Executive Director

He started with LUM in April 2020. Wes grew up in Rensselaer and currently lives in Battle Ground. Wes’s education includes:

  • Cedarville University (Ohio), BA, Biblical Education
  • Western Theological Seminary (Michigan), Master of Divinity

In 2005, Wes was the assistant to the program director of the LUM After School Program, who at the time was his wife, Rita. He assisted in program logistics, tutored, mentored and in the process became a self-proclaimed basketball champion & kickball legend. During this time he also served as a volunteer LUM Camp counselor.


Susan Brouillette is the Program Director for the  Immigration Clinic

She started with LUM in 2013. Susan grew up in Fowler, 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.


Linda Hicks is the Program Director for the Good Samaritan Program and ID Clinic

She started with LUM in 2005. Linda grew up and lives in West Lafayette and graduated from Harrison High School. Linda’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Early Childhood Education

With LUM, Linda also served as the Office Manager and assistant director of LUM Camp.


Kristi Hogue is the Program Director for  Youth Programs including the After School Program and 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program

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

  • Purdue University, BA, Child Development & Family Studies

She is a member of the National AfterSchool Association.


Pablo Malavenda is the Executive Program Director, Communications Director, and Program Director for Jubilee Christmas

He started with LUM in 2012. Pablo grew up in 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

With LUM, Pablo directed LUM Follies and coordinated Hunger Hike.


Nina Morgan is the volunteer Program Director for the Protein Food Pantry

Nina started with LUM in June 2019. She is originally from Bainbridge, Indiana; graduated from North Putnam High School; and currently lives in Lafayette.  Nina’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BS, Home Economics Education

With LUM, Nina serves on the LUM Board of Directors and volunteers as a LUM afternoon receptionist and with Jubilee Christmas.


Josh Prokopy is the Program Director for the Tax Assistance Program, Dream Team, Hunger Hike and Turkey Trot 5K Run

He started with LUM in October 2017. Josh grew up in 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

Briton Weise is the Program Director for Homeless Services including the Emergency Shelter and Winter Warming Station

He started with LUM in August 2020. Briton grew up in Otterbein, graduated from Otterbein High School, and currently lives in West Lafayette.

Briton’s education includes:

  • Taylor University (Upland), BA, Christian Education
  • Indiana Wesleyan University, MA, Organizational Leadership

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


Amanda Bajzatt is the Youth Programs Director
She started with LUM in June 2017. Amanda grew up in West Lafayette; graduated from Harrison High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Amanda’s education includes:

  •  Ivy Tech Community College, AS, Human Services
  • Indiana University, BSW, Social Work
  • Indiana University, MSW, Social Work

With LUM, Amanda served as an intern in 2014 & 2017 and a volunteer with various programs including the After School Program.


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

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 also serves as a Chaplain at Franciscan Health.


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.


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 also attended Ball State University.


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.


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, CT; 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

Ben Murphy is the Program Director for Tax Assistance Program

He started with LUM in 2016. Ben grew up in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky; graduated from Anderson County High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Ben’s education includes:
  • Purdue University, BS, Computer Graphics Technology
  • Purdue University, BS, Management

With LUM, Ben served as the program director for the Turkey Trot 5K Run. He also coordinates the Financial Peace University classes at St. Thomas Aquinas Center and is a Financial Coach.


Kathy Parker is the Program Director for 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 HikeFundraising Committee.


Josh Prokopy is the Program Director for the 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

Tricia Sembroski is the Business Manager.tricia

She started with LUM in 2014. Tricia grew up in Allison Park, PA; graduated from Hampton High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Tricia’s education includes:

  • Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA), BA, Psychology, minors and certification in Elementary and Special Education
  • Midwest Montessori Training, Primary & Elementary Education
  • Purdue University, MSEd, Educational Leadership

With LUM, Tricia has also served as tax preparation volunteer and LUM Board of Directors’ treasurer.


Coming soon: “Meet the Shelter Staff” and “Meet the Youth Program Staff.”To read more about the LUM Spring Interns, click HERE.To view the entire LUM staff list, click HERE.


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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.

It is with pride that we introduce you to our current LUM staff.


2015-01-23 Joe Micon 009 GoldJoe Micon is the Executive Director.

He started with LUM in 1990. Joe grew up in Niagara Falls, NY; graduated from LaSalle Senior High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Joe’s education includes:

  • Purdue University, BA, Applied Sociology
  • Indiana University, Master of Social Work, concentration in the Administration of Not-for-Profit Organizations

With LUM, Joe has also served as Program Director for LUM Camp, Jubilee Christmas, Emergency Shelter, Social Justice Ministries, and Repairs on Wheels.


Susan Brouillette is the Program Director, Immigration Clinic 2016-01-13 Staff Photos 003 (1280x1280)& Campaign for Hoosier Families.

She started with LUM in 2013. Susan grew up in Fowler; 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; Clinical Pastoral Education; Clown School

Rev. Clarinda Crawford is the Program Directo5673429760076 (2)r, Good Samaritan Program & ID Clinic.

She started with LUM in 2016. Clarinda grew up in Attica; graduated from Attica High School; and currently lives in Lafayette. Clarinda’s education includes:

  • DePauw University, BA, Political Science & Communications
  • Christian Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity, Theology & Pastoral Care/Counseling
  • Indiana University, MPA, Nonprofit Management & Public Management, anticipated graduation in 2017

Clarinda is also ordained and the pastor at Congress Street United Methodist Church, Lafayette. With LUM, She has served on the Board of Directors & Executive Council.


Rev. Cindy Haley is the Program Director, After School 2016-01-13 Staff Photos 009 (1280x1280)Program & 5th Quarter Summer Learning Program.

She started with LUM in 2007. Cindy grew up in Muncie; graduated from Burris Laboratory School; and currently lives in Fowler. Cindy’s education includes:

  • Scarritt College for Christian Workers, BA, Behavioral Science
  • Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Master of Divinity
  • Ordained clergy person United Methodist Church
  • Certified Teacher, STEP (Systematic Training for Effective Parenting) classes; Trained & re-certified Director/Teacher by FSSA (State of Indiana) to be in a Registered Ministry under the Child Care Development Fund; Completed Peer/Union Counselor Training Program; Licensed Insurance Agent

With LUM, Cindy has also served as Assistant Director of LUM Camp.


Linda Hicks is the Office Manager; and Assistant Director, LUM 2016-01-13 Staff Photos 005 (1280x1279)Camp.

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

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, CT; 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

Monique Parent is the Custodian.2016-06-01 Parent Monique 001 (2)

She started with LUM this summer. Monique grew up in West Lafayette; graduated from Central Catholic Senior High School in Lafayette; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Monique’s education includes:

  • University of Indianapolis, Professional Writing, anticipated graduation—December 2016

Tricia Sembroski is the Business Manager.tricia

She started with LUM in 2014. Tricia grew up in Allison Park, PA; graduated from Hampton High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Tricia’s education includes:

  • Carlow University (Pittsburgh, PA), BA, Psychology, minors and certification in Elementary and Special Education
  • Midwest Montessori Training, Primary & Elementary Education
  • Purdue University, MSEd, Educational Leadership

With LUM, Tricia has also served as tax preparation volunteer and LUM Board of Directors’ treasurer.


Rob Shook is the Director of Maintenance.2016-02-08 Shook Rob 004 (1280x1280)

He started with LUM in 2016. Rob grew up in West Lafayette; graduated from Harrison High School; and currently lives in West Lafayette. Rob’s education includes:

  • Purdue, BS, Organizational Leadership and Supervision

Gina Williams is the Program Director, Emergency Shelter.2016-01-13 Staff Photos 008 (1280x1278)

She started with LUM in 2015. Gina grew up in Indianapolis; graduated from Cascade High School, Clayton, IN; and currently lives in Lafayette. Gina’s education includes:

  • Purdue University (IUPUI), BS, Psychology
  • Indiana University School of Social Work, MSW, in progress

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