Administration, Operations and Quality Assurance
President and Chief Executive Officer
Alan brings over fifteen years of experience in nonprofit management to The Damien Center. Most recently, he served as the Executive Director for the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP) of Greater Indianapolis. Alan also has prior experience working with The Damien Center and in the field of HIV/AIDS. With a wealth of experience in HIV/AIDS, housing and nonprofit leadership, the board has great confidence in Alan’s ability to lead The Damien Center into the future.
Witchey’s previous work with The Damien Center started as a volunteer in the 1990s, and later became a full-time position. His first task will be to begin the strategic planning process to decide the future direction of the organization, and what improvements can be made to existing programs and services.
Director of Grant Management and Quality Improvement
Bachelor of Science in Applied Health Science - Indiana University
Master of Public Health - Indiana University
Veronica is a native Hoosier from Indianapolis and she brings extensive local experience working in the AIDS service industry. Most recently, she was a Data Analyst for Indiana University Health in the LifeCare Department. Veronica hopes her prior knowledge and experience working in the local AIDS service community will help enrich the abilities of The Damien Center to best serve individuals living with HIV. She is committed to identifying and implementing quality improvements throughout the organization; She is hopeful for a bright future ahead.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Directors of Human Resources and Operations
Education: Ball State University
B.S Organizational Leadership and Management
B.S Aquatic Sciences
After growing up in a small North Eastern Indiana town, Caleb's passion for community outreach, education, and prevention started as he served as a member of the first Student HIV/AIDS Peer Task Team in Indiana. From there, his passion for working with others grew into a career in Human Resources. With over ten years expereince in Human Resources and Management, The Damien Center is thrilled to welcome Caleb to our leadership team!
"I look forward to the advancements and strides yet to be made in the fight, prevention and spread of HIV and AIDS and the continued positive impact the Damien Center has made in our Indiana communities," says Caleb.
Outside of the office, he enjoys working on home improvement projects, watching movies and documentaries, and spending time with his friends, family, and two Olde English Bulldogges.
Senior Quality Assurance Specialist
Allyssa was born and raised in a small town and graduated from Ivy Tech in 2008 with an associate of applied science degree. She then joined The Damien Center in September of 2011. As a big sports fan, Allyssa enjoys watching the Indiana Pacers, the Indianapolis Colts, and the Chicago White Sox. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, traveling, spending time with her family and friends, and playing with her Olde English Bulldog, Zoey.
Teri was born and raised in Indianapolis and brings over twenty years’ experience in administrative assistance to The Damien Center. Most recently, she served as a Leadership Specialist for The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International. Teri also has prior experience working with The Central Indiana Community Foundation as a Development Associate.
In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, cardmaking, sewing, jewelry making, woodworking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Front Desk Coordinator
Lori started at the Damien Center as the evening receptionist. Since then, she has made the transition into The Damien Center permanent Front Desk Coordinator. She believes strongly in the Damien Centers mission and is proud to be part of it. She has lived on the east side in Irvington her entire life and loves her community. Lori has two children with her husband, Art, of 35 years. They love to go canoeing and kayaking whenever they can.
Integrated Care Program Manager
Bachelor of Social Work - Indiana University
Jaymes was born and raised in Indianapolis. While later living in Bloomington, IN, Jaymes became involved with the local AIDS Service Organization, Positive Link. Through volunteering with this organization, he found a passion for serving those affected by HIV. He returned to college and recently finished his Bachelor of Social Work at Indiana University School of Social Work - Indianapolis, where he is currently working on his Master of Social Work. Jaymes has a focus on the needs of those aging with HIV/AIDS and is involved with a support group at The Damien Center for this population. In his free time, Jaymes likes to spend time with his three teenaged children. His favorite quote is, "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see," - Neil Postman.
Care Coordinator Team Lead
Taylor graduated in the spring of 2014 from IUPUI with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from IU. After graduating, she began working at a home health agency as the Human Resources Manager. While there, she was able to learn much about HR and how a healthcare agency operates. After two years in home health, Taylor decided it was time to try something a little different. Taylor started working with our organization in March 2016 as the Administrative Assistant. In her free time, Taylor loves to paint, go camping, cheer on her Indianapolis Colts and hang out with her adorable puggles!
Originally from California, Erica has lived in Indianapolis since 1991. She is currently pursuing an MSW degree at the I.U. School of Social Work, and is focusing on mental health and substance use issues. Before joining the Damien team, she worked for several pharmaceutical companies, specializing in the therapeutic areas of cardiovascular disease, neuroscience, and pulmonology. She is dedicated to providing affirming and high-quality care coordination to all clients at The Damien Center. In her spare time, Erica volunteers with several non-profit organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community, and enjoys hiking, photography and spending time with her two children.
A native of Northern Indiana, Patricia has lived in Indianapolis since 2003 and recently joined The Damien Center as a Care Coordinator. Patricia is a graduate of IUPUI with a master’s degree in Social Work and certification in case management. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, watching black and white movies and spending time with her family. Patricia’s passion is to provide quality care, prevention, advocacy, and to help end HIV in Indiana.
Born and raised in East Central Indiana, Samantha graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2011 with her Bachelors in Criminal Justice and Bachelors in Sociology. She has been working in the human services field over the last several years and recently joined The Damien Center as a Care Coordinator. Samantha is passionate about ending the stigma that HIV positive individuals face and empowering them to live their best lives.
When she’s not working, Samantha enjoys spending time watching movies, reading books, and spending time with her cats.
Tara’s passion has always been to serve vulnerable populations. After receiving her degree she worked with children and families as a Family Case Manager with the Indiana Department of Child Services. Most recently, she worked at a community mental health center in the adult outpatient clinic. She now joins the Damien Center as a Care Coordinator and is excited to help clients live their best lives.
In her free time, Tara enjoys having fun with her son, Carter. She also likes to watch movies, read, and cuddle with her cat, Tiger.
Terri is a graduate of Ball State University and earned her graduate degree in Community Psychology after returning to Indianapolis. She has more than five years of experience in both social services and education. She began her career in social services working with at-risk youth, providing counseling services and community linkages. Prior to coming to The Damien Center she served as a counselor and taught a college course in human development. Terri has a passion for helping others and couldn't see herself working in any other field.
She spends her spare time enjoying the outdoors, traveling, and volunteering with youth organizations. Terri is excited to be a part of the Care Coordination staff here at the Damien Center. She hopes to make a lasting impact on the lives of those she comes in contact with.
Jeffrey M. Roth
Vice President and Chief Development Officer
Bachelor of Science in Arts Administration – Butler University
Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies – IUPUI
Jeffrey is happy to be back in Indianapolis, and back to The Damien Center, having worked for Damien from 2006-2008. His prior work experience was also with the Marion County Public Health Department, as well as numerous other community-based and advocacy organizations in Indianapolis and Chicago. He holds a bachelors from Butler University, and a masters from the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Out of the office, Jeffrey spends his time with his dog, Rocky, cheering for the Butler Bulldogs, and dreaming of winning the Great British Bake-Off.
Bachelor of Arts – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
A 2014 graduate of IUPUI, Tyler came to The Damien Center after working as a web and graphic designer. During their time at IUPUI, Tyler started volunteering for The Damien Center. Born in central Indiana, Tyler has called Indianapolis home for the last ten years. Tyler currently resides in the Indianapolis area with his husband and two cats. In his time off, Tyler enjoys binge watching Netflix, cooking, and gaming.
Bachelor of Arts – Valparaiso University
Zachary is passionate about developing relationships among people, utilizing creativity to solve problems, and serving others and the community. Before joining The Damien Center, he worked at CHIP - Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention and Butler University.
From central Indiana, Zachary has been living in Indianapolis for more than 3 years and is a proud homeowner in Little Flower. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his two dogs, Zeus and Zephyr; traveling to places he’s never been; and attending concerts and cultural events.
Born and raised in Union City, IN, on a large dairy farm, Jesse attended Indiana University and remains a big Hoosier basketball and football fan. He has lived in Indianapolis since 1976. He is a big sports fan, has Colts season tickets, and enjoy all outdoor activities: riding his bike, working in the yard, and just being outdoors. He has professionally shown and trained American Saddlebred Horses and Hackney Ponies and has more than 30 years experience with group health insurance. His favorite vacation spot is Key West. His family consists of his mother, niece, nephew and three great nieces (two of whom are twin toddlers) and three great-nephews.
Housing and Client Services
Long-Term Housing Case Manager
Bachelor of Social Work - Ball State University
A native of Indianapolis, Christopher served as one of The Damien Center's housing case managers, but is now completing his practicum for his Master's degree and is a part-time tester at The Damien Center. Christopher's experience includes working as a school guidance counselor for a low socio-economic status elementary school. Christopher managed individual and group counseling and tutoring, addressed behavioral issues, presented monthly character education plans, formulated Individual Education Plans (IEPs), tested for cognitive delays, and led after-school programing.
In Christopher's free time, he studies the harmful effects of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), international relations, and social activism. He enjoys camping in the Hoosier National Forest, sailing in Michigan, hiking in New Mexico, whitewater rafting in West Virginia, bicycling the Cultural and Monon Trails, reading non-fiction, supporting Indianapolis' community theaters, taking road-trips to nowhere in particular, and spending quality time with his large, sometimes-crazy family. He is currently attending Indiana University to obtain his Master of Social Work concentrating in leadership.
Long-Term Housing Case Manager
A Fort Wayne native, Tyne Parlett has been living in the Indy area for over a decade. Tyne has studied at IU and will graduate from IUPUI with a degree in Philosophy. Tyne began their education as a Fine Arts major and still enjoys art in all forms. Most of Tyne’s career concentration has been centered on Human Services and adults with disabilities. As the eldest child to a younger brother with Autism, this was a focus that became near and dear to Tyne at an early age.
Tyne has worked with the disabled population for over a decade and much of their background has been with those with advanced medical or psychiatric needs. During Tyne’s career in Human Services, Tyne was a certified trainer in CPR/First Aid, Universal Precautions, and the MANDT System (a program developed to increase meaningful relationships with clients as well as assist with conflict resolution and crisis prevention). Tyne’s career with Benchmark Human Services is where their love of case management and leadership thrived, making it possible to take these skills into the HIV and Housing sectors today.
Tyne’s humanitarian mission throughout work and volunteerism has always been to support with compassion and understanding. Their time spent in Indy as a volunteer has focused primarily on the Trans community. Tyne remains active on the planning and organizational committees for Trans Pride, TDOR (Trans Day of Remembrance), and various social media communities assisting our Indianapolis area. Most recently, Tyne was awarded the Indy Pride Volunteer of 2018 award for their efforts with Trans Glam.
In their spare time, you can catch Tyne at most of the local LGBTQ+ events spreading love and resources to those in need. Tyne also enjoys live music, painting, hiking, kayaking, and copious amounts of coffee and quality time with their family.
Short-Term Housing Case Manager
A native of Monticello, IN, Amanda has lived and served in Indianapolis since 2004. Amanda has served as a direct care provider for children with disabilities at DAMAR, Inc., helped Indiana residents to achieve financial & housing stability at ACORN Housing & MOMENTIVE CCCS, and helped many families experiencing homelessness to achieve stability at Wheeler Mission Ministries, CWC. Amanda found her passion to be among serving those with the greatest need in her community while working at a local homeless shelter and is happy to continue that service at the Damien Center.
Amanda has studied at Purdue University, IUPUI, and Crossroads Bible College. Amanda enjoys cooking, biking, and camping while spending time with her daughter. Interests include African studies, leadership development for women, and international relations.
Housing Support Specialist
A native of Upland, Indiana, Annie has worked and served those in Indianapolis since 2013. Prior to her work at The Damien Center, Annie worked at Wheeler Mission's CWC to help women break down their barriers in order for them to succeed. After working at Wheeler, she assisted with helping people reach career goals and educational goals through WorkOne. Annie has a passion for helping people and helping them to succeed. She hopes to be able to help them get past barriers and achieve the goals that they have set for themselves.
Housing Administrative Assistant
Sean Seager is a native of Indianapolis, Indiana. A graduate of Perry Township, he moved to Pittsburgh to begin his BA in Performance Art. Throughout the past decade, Sean has had the opportunity to travel the globe to perform, as well as help in volunteer opportunities.
Recently, coming back to Indiana, Sean began volunteering with The Damien Center in 2015. It is a thrill for him to assist the Housing Services Department at the Center. It has always been a hope that he could give back to his community for all the years he felt supported by them.
You can find Sean, running amuck around the city in various productions. He’s had the privilege of performing at Booth Tarkington Civic, Footlite, Theater on the Square, and will now begin a residency with Beef & Boards Dinner Theater.
In Sean’s little off time, he prefers to smooth sounds of Donny Osmond (Melissa Pohlman made me put that in), Starbucks on his porch, the Arts District, and the most sacred art of Karaoke.
Food Pantry Coordinator
Ashley is no stranger to The Damien Center. She completd her Internship program here and enjoyed it so much, it was a natural transition into an employee. She developed a passion for helping others and being involved in the community after obtaining her Associates Degree in Child and Personal Development. Ashley is now working towards finishing a degree in Socioloy with a minor in Religion.
Ashley was born and raised in Mississippi before moving to Indianapolis several years ago. She loves the city, but not the snowy winters. In her free time, Ashley enjoys reading, skating, and watching movies.
Food Pantry Assistant
Robert Kellman is an Indianapolis native who is passionate about helping those in his community affected by HIV and AIDS. He received his 200 hour yoga teacher certification from CITYOGA School of Yoga and Health in 2012 and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in Social Work at IUPUI in hopes of becoming an HIV counselor.
In his spare time, Robert enjoys running, yoga, and hanging out with friends on Mass. Ave.
Linkage to Care
Linkage to Care Program Manager
Bachelor of Social Work - Indiana University
Master of Social Work - Indiana University
David has been involved with The Damien Center since early 2010. In 2011, he became a full-time Care Coordinator, and in 2014, he took on the role of Medical Case Manager. David has both a Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Social Work from the Indiana University School of Social Work.
Linkage to Care Specialist
Anthony came on as a linkage to care specialist in May. As a certified recovery coach, he enjoys people identify and achieve their goals. A father of 4 boys, a younger sister, and a beautiful fiance Anthony enjoys spending time with his family. An avid runner and lover attending any and all sporting events he likes spending his free time outdoors.
Linkage to Care Specialist
Mike obtained his BA in Liberal Arts with an emphasis on History and Art from the University of Washington in his hometown of Seattle. With a plan for a career in education, Mike decided to take off ‘a year, maybe two’ for the opportunity to be a flight attendant. 24 years later, he finally took an early retirement.
“I always remember thinking how silly it seemed when some passengers would get incredibly upset that they couldn’t sit together or that we ran out of Pepsi. Those are what I came think of as “1st-world problems”. I knew first-hand that there were much bigger issues in life. After retiring from the airlines I decided I wanted my next career to involve helping people…as a peer…to navigate and conquer the more serious issues that plague our community and the lives of its people”.
“Joining the Damien Center has been an honor and has enabled me to not only help people in serious need, but to give back to my community”.
Mike enjoys photography/painting, gardening, the gym, cooking, hiking, travel and geology. Mike hates spaghetti.
Linkage To Care Specialist
Ruth has a passion for helping her community, specifically when it comes to identifying barriers and advocating and assisting with various resources.She first got involved with The Bethlehem House over seven years ago. As a former client, she recognized that this was a safe haven and began volunteering six months into the program. It was at The Bethlehem House that Ruth first began working with those affected by HIV/AIDS, substance abuse and behavior disorders.
Ruth graduated from IvyTech Community College with an Associates in Human Services and spent time volunteering at Brothers United. After realizing that substance abuse and high-risk behaviors are interwtwined, she wanted to get more involved in helping others. Ruth now has her Certified Addiction Peer Recovery Coach Certification. Ruth says, "I just want to help people who are living with HIV win, and particularly those who need assistance overcoming the most difficult barriers such as substance abuse, homelessness, and mental illness. Without these barriers clients will be able to thrive. I’m proud to be working with a team that goes hard for the clients in many ways."
Preferred Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Susy's training as an RN and her experiences in holistic wellness have helped her come to The Damien Center devoted to serving the needs of our patients. Susy is a person of high energy, great empathy, and playful curiosity, with strong, non-judgmental respect for others. At the heart of Susy's life experiences is the joy she finds in supporting others in their particular paths to greater well-being. Susy is married with two young adult children.
Clinic Office Team Lead
Emily was born in Indianapolis but raised in New Palestine which is where she currently resides. Before being hired at The Damien Center, Emily worked at Community Health Network, Infectious Disease for 5 years, where her job responsibilities included helping patients with insurance and medication assistance, billing and coding to have claims processed correctly for insurance companies, and she was heavily active as a patient advocate in getting Hepatitis C prescription drugs approved at the lowest possible cost for the patient.
Emily started working at The Damien Center in September 2015. She wanted to be a part of the Damien Center and all the wonderful work that happens at the center and to make a BIGGER impact for the patients and community.
She has one daughter, two dogs, and one cat. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family especially her two nephews and niece. She also enjoys backyard bonfires and relaxing and enjoying her life.
Clinic Office Coordinator
Keesha is a Chicago, IL native who has lived in Indianapolis for over ten years. She is a welcome adadition to the Damien Cares team and will serve as the Clinic Office Coordinator. She has a strong passion for HIV/STI awareness within our community. In her free time, Keesha enjoys spending quality time with her family and going to the movies.
Clinic Office Specialist
Angelica recently joined The Damien Center working as the Clinic Office Specialist after working in the health care field over ten years. Angelica has a bachelors degree in Health Science and she is a Certified Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Tech, and Medication Assisted Treatment Specialist. The majority of her experience is in addictions and medication assited treatment. Angelica says, "I've always felt in my heart that it was my duty to serve the community."
In her spare time, you can find Angelica spending time with her three girls, watching the Boston Bruins and helping others.
DaShawn brings experience in state aid and assistance, the ability to train others, and knowledge of navigating the sometimes-confusing world of insurance to The Damien center. Being a member of Team Damien provides her the opportunity to serve her community in a fulfilling way. She loves to read and she loves the sport of Track and Field. DaShawn is currently pursuing her BA in Healthcare Administration with a specialization in Public Administration.
Medical Case Manager
Born in raised in Central Indiana, Alexandra graduated from IUPUI in 2014. She has been working in the human services field over the last several years, most recently working as a Care Coordinator at a community mental health clinic. Her passion to advocate for underserved populations and empower individuals to gain autonomy makes her a great fit for The Damien Center.
When she's not working, Alexandra enjoys spending her time being active; she enjoys biking, camping, yoga and cycling classes at the gym.
Medical Case Manager
Ashley became interested in working with individuals with HIV during her junior year of undergrad when she interned with a Care Coordinator at Positive Link in Terre Haute. Ashley graduated with her BSW in 2017 from Indiana State University in Terre Haute. Ashley continued her education and received a MSW from Indiana University in 2018. Ashley is excited to work with Damien Cares and make an impact in people’s lives.
Medical Case Manager
Masters of Social Work – Indiana University ‘17
Cagney recently graduated with his MSW from Indiana University. He became interested in working with those impacted by HIV/AIDS shortly into his undergraduate career through his involvement with a local Mpowerment group and his internship at a HIV/AIDS resource center in Bloomington, IN. His passion for advocacy and working with disadvantage populations has only grown which led him to receiving both is bachelors and masters degrees in social work. Prior to coming to Damien Center, Cagney worked 6 years for a transitional home for homeless adolescents in addition to working at a community mental health center for two years. He us currently working towards his LSW.
In his free time, he loves learning to cook new foods, reading, watching The Golden Girls or Buffy the Vampire Slayer, traveling, and volunteering with local agencies. He is excited to be a part of the Damien Center team.
Medical Case Manager
During his time at IUPUI, he started volunteering for The Damien Center while taking an “AIDS & Society” course. This course help plant the seed that later blossomed into a passion for working to end HIV in Indiana. He is excited to combine his two passions and make an impact at The Damien Center, combined with background in public health with a concentration in community health, program planning, implementation and evaluation. John has worked for the school of public health as a research assistant where he did a variety of things ranging from data transfer between databases, one on one interviewing participants for a project on stable housing for that chronically homeless, helped develop a best practices guide for a local county jail for implementing HIV & HCV rapid testing upon entry, worked on school based health clinics in charter schools, and I also was able to be trained as a Mental Health First Aid through Adult and Child. Currently a masters student in sociology with a medical concentration focusing on queer health issues. John is also the IUPUI Volunteer Coordinator for The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis. John also volunteers for Team Friendly Indiana, another organization that educates on HIV stigma and how to combat it by having friendly conversations one person at time.
Medical Case Manager
Trudy, a licensed social worker, comes to The Damien Center with many years of experience working with a variety of populations. She worked with children from birth to age 20 as an Abuse and Neglect Investigator for Child Services and as a Social Worker at the Soldiers and Sailro's Children's Home. Trudy has also worked with young adults, adults, and the eldery as a Hospice Social worker and as a Medicaid Waiver Case Manager. Each position has given her an opportunity to learn about the human condition and life's many challenges, opportunities, and successes. Trudy loves that throughout her career, she has been able to make a tangible, long-lasting difference in people's lives. Trudy is both grateful and excited to work at The Damien Center and to have the opportunity to work with such a broad range of people who are successfully managing a chronic illness.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program Manager
Bachelor of Science, Political Science and History - Ball State University
Master of Arts, Psychotherapy and Faith - Christian Theological Seminary
Dylan joined The Damien Center's staff as a Mental Health & Substance Abuse Counselor in 2015, having most recently served as a therapist and program manager at The Hamilton Center. Dylan is a licensed therapist (LMHC), as well as a member of Indiana Society for Psychoanalytic Thought. He is also certified in Trauma-Focused CBT and Batterers Intervention Program.
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor
Bachelor of Arts, English Rhetoric and Composition - University of Southern Indiana
Master of Arts, Counseling Psychology - Denver Seminary
Nick joined The Damien Center in June of 2013. Nick discovered his passion for counseling while working in HIV Prevention at Matthew 25 in 2003. After completing his bachelor's degree at USI, he continued his education in Denver, CO, where he worked as a therapeutic case manager with juveniles in the correctional system. Immediately upon obtaining his license (LPC) in Colorado, Nick learned of the CRCS position at The Damien Center and migrated back to his home state.
Nick looks forward to many adventures while playing catch-up with his family and old friends, establishing himself in the mental health community, staying active, and exploring Indianapolis.
BA, Anthropology, IUPUI
Anne joined the Damien Center in 2014 after working for an agency assisting victim/survivors of intimate partner violence. Her critiques of patriarchal, sexist, racist society are strong and always evolving. Anne’s sessions encourage clients in finding a conscious balance between accepting personal responsibility regarding sexual health while also understanding greater sociological forces at work that impact our sex lives. In other words; Don’t spend time blaming yourself, but DO spend time PROTECTING yourself and being savvy for the 21st century, because it can be hard out here!
She enjoys providing culturally-competent presentations to audiences of all ages about STI prevention and HIV as a social justice issue.
Testing and Prevention
Prevention Program Manager
Bachelor Public Health Education, Mississippi University for Women
Graduating from Mississippi University for Women in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Science, Imani first came to The Damien Center as an AmeriCorps Member. Throughout her time at Mississippi University for Women, Imani spent a lot of time community/personal health, epidemiology, and chronic disease coursework. During her time as an AmeriCorps member, Imani’s primary focus was working with the community to provide awareness and preventative education in regards to HIV/AIDS. After completing her time with AmeriCorps, she has now transitioned into The Damien Centers Prevention Program Manager. A mother of one, Imani likes to spend her spare time with her family, attending concerts and other social events, and cheering on the Colts.
During his freshman year of college at Martin University, while learning the science behind HIV/AIDS, Jacob was inspired to work to put an end to HIV. Jacob transferred to IUPUI to complete a B.S. in Biology, before hoping to apply to medical school to become an infectious diesease physician or research for HIV/AIDS.
Jacob has volunteered at The Damien Center as a Dining Out For Life Ambassador and at our community partner, Brothers United, as a youth ambassador tester, GED tutoring, and lead support groups. In his free time, Jacob likes to play tennis, travel, enjoy amazing art, and work out.
The fight against HIV/AIDS for me has always carried an empathetic echo, which has always remained me and fueled my devotion to the cause due to being part of a special tight net group of nine friends first meeting in college. After being the only one left of the group (the others were taken from us too soon by the epidemic of HIV/AIDS they never got the chance to graduate from college) when I walked across that stage to accept a Masters degree in social work. It wasn’t just for me it was for all nine of us. I always knew what I wanted to do, where I wanted to be in life. Which is fighting for the cause. The journey was somewhat interrupted due to financial and economic reasons. After living and traveling in 13 different countries I’m back with a renewed devotion and commitment to the fight of HIV/AIDS. My past time was/is devoted to my 120 house plants and gardening which I love so very much it helps keeps me busy, focused and grounded.
During his time in college, Nick volunteered and worked in mental health with a growing passion towards providing aid and services to those in need. After a career in mental health services, Nick has joined The Damien Center to continue his passion to providing information and resources to individuals to improve livelihood and to better serve the local community. He is excited to better educate and share the benefits of HIV and STI prevention as the PrEP Navigator at The Damien Center.
Bachelors of Science – Indiana State University
Masters of Public Health– Indiana University – Bloomington
Cody has a diverse background in public health ranging from policy development, program implementation and evaluation. His area of expertise is in the realm of prevention and using theory based interventions to aid in developing positive and sustainable behavior changes. Before becoming part of The Damien Center, he primarily focused on working with Diabetic patients to develop positive behavioral changes to better cope with their condition. During graduate school, Cody had the opportunity to conduct a needs assessment of the 2015 Scott County HIV epidemic in which that event has led him to wanting to join the battle in HIV prevention.
In Cody’s spare time, he spends time with his animals and enjoys binge watching shows on Netflix and Hulu as well as playing sports and living an active lifestyle.