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Tom Bartenbach

Executive Director

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Tom joined The Damien Center as Interim Executive Director in 2009. He began his career as a bag boy at Preston Safeway in Indianapolis, eventually purchasing the store from its owners. He owned two Bartenbach's Food Emporium grocery stores in the area before joining Indiana Cares as Executive Director in 1993. Following his time with Indiana Cares, Tom moved to Seattle, where he owned and operated an internet café for eight years. After selling the café, he returned to Indianapolis, where he worked on marketing the "To Your Health" license plate, which benefits eight local health foundations, including the Indiana AIDS Fund.

Tom's personal mission is the same as that of The Damien Center: to empower those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS to move forward with dignity and to lead the fight against HIV. As Executive Director, he brings that mission to life in a client-focused, cost-effective way. "As we seek to be responsive to the ever-changing landscapes of HIV and AIDS, I firmly believe we can serve our clientele while increasing the services provided for by generous donations and service-oriented grants," Tom says. "Using a combination of creative outsourcing, staff realignment, and reestablishing our cooperative network with other helping agencies in the public and private sector, we can enhance the quality of care for all we seek to serve while spending fewer dollars."

In his spare time, Tom enjoys professional baseball, particularly the San Francisco Giants. He enjoys spending time with his family of five brothers and sisters, 20+ nieces and nephews, and many close friends. 

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Melissa Pohlman

Director of Operations

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Bachelor of Arts, Secondary Education - University of Evansville
Master of Science in Education, Higher Education - Indiana University 

Melissa joined The Damien Center as Director of Development and Communications in 2014 and at the end of 2015, she moved into the position of Director of Operations.  Before joining The Damien Center, Melissa worked 19 years in higher education administration. Her last position in higher education, was as the Director of Student Success for the School of Physical Education and Tourism Management at IUPUI. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Evansville and a Master's in Higher Education from Indiana University.

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Jerry Parsons

Director of Compliance and Quality Assurance

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Licensed Social Worker
Bachelor of Science, Public Health Administration - Indiana University, Bloomington
Master of Social Work - IUPUI
Master of Library and Information Science - IUPUI 

Jerry's work with The Damien Center began when he started an HIV support group, Generation HIVx, for men in their 20s and 30s. Shortly after, he joined The Damien Center full time to serve as a Care Coordinator. He left the Center to work on a CDC-funded HIV/AIDS research project at the Indiana State Department of Health, then entered the field of emergency and disaster planning and preparedness for Central Indiana hospitals. During this time, however, Jerry continued to serve in the field of HIV/AIDS by volunteering for local organizations, including The Damien Center.

Jerry is an avid wildlife enthusiast, and before he initially joined The Damien Center as a Care Coordinator, he co-founded a local chapter of Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS) to assist those infected with HIV/AIDS in caring for their pets.

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Allyssa Young

Senior Quality Assurance Specialist

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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. 

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Doug Mellinger

Compliance Specialist

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Doug joined The Damien Center in September 2012 as Front Desk Coordinator. He then transferred to working as part of the Compliance and Quality Assurance Team as a Quality Assurance Specialist and is now a Compliance Specialist. Doug is originally from Ohio, where received his degree in Applied Clinical Science as a Registered Veterinary Technician. He relocated to Indianapolis in 1990 to work at Eli Lilly in Animal Health, Regulatory Affairs Labeling, and Quality Control.

Doug is a former board member for Indy Pride and an active fundraiser for many local non-profit organizations including The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, Indiana AIDS Fund, The Damien Center, Step-up, Indiana Youth Group, IndyPride, Julian Center, Breast Cancer Foundation, and Mr. & Miss Gay Indiana. Doug shares his life with husband Chris and their mom, Donna, as well as five dogs and four cats. He enjoys fundraising for the community with “Asia LaBouche,”  spending time with friends and family in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina as often as possible, and crafting and costuming for special events. 

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Caleb Boggs

Quality Assurance Specialist

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A native of Frankfort and Lebanon, IN, Caleb has lived in Indianapolis since 2008 and recently joined The Damien Center as a Quality Assurance Specialist. In his free time, he enjoys working out, bike riding, and watching sports and is a big fan of the Indianapolis Colts and IU basketball. 

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Terri McConnell

Medical Practice Manger

Terri joined The Damien Center in February 2017 as our newly created position of  Medical Practice Manager.  A life-long Hoosier native,  Terri has spent her career in healthcare from trauma centers to private physician practices with a focus and passion on patient satisfaction and operations.  Away from work,  she loves spending time with her family, football and DIY projects.

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Taylor Smith

Administrative Assistant

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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! 

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Lori Blanchette

Front Desk Coordinator

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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 when ever they can.

Testing and Prevention

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Imani Nunley

Prevention Program Manager

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Bachelor of Science, 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.

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Anne Waxingmoon

HIV/STI Tester

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Bachelor of Arts, Cultural Anthropology - IUPUI 

Anne’s interest and passion for public heath, Queer liberation, and reproductive justice guide her work in our Testing Center. She does not have any ‘spare’ time but loves to enjoy our city and state parks systems any chance she gets

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Kate Taelman

HIV/STI Tester

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Originally from South Bend, IN, Kate is a part-time HIV/STI Tester in The Damien Center's Testing and Prevention Department. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Speech Pathology from Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, and will attend Indiana University again in the fall as a graduate student to begin her Master’s in Public Health focusing on Social, Behavioral, and Community Health. After she graduates, Kate hopes to continue to work in HIV care, prevention, and education.

 

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Jodi Archer

HIV/STI Tester

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The fight against HIV/AIDS for me has always carried an empathetic echo, which have 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 taken from us to 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 against 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.

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Kalob Gossett

Popular Opinion Leader

Bachelors of Science, Health Services Management – IUPUI

Masters of Health Administration Candidate (2018) – IUPUI

Kalob previously served The Damien Center as the Human Resources Intern in the summer of 2014, and has returned as our Popular Opinion Leader.  Before returning to The Damien Center, Kalob continued work with HIV/AIDS endeavors as the Senior Public Relations Intern of the Pocket Square Project. This organization provides a unique pairing of fashion and philanthropy, which raises awareness and funds for HIV care programs in Kenya. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Health Services Management from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), and is currently pursuing a Masters in Health Administration from IUPUI. He is set to receive his degree in May 2018.

Care Coordination

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Kristen Clem

Care Coordinator Program Manager

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Kristen graduated from IU School of Social Work with a BSW. Her senior practicum was working with homeless veterans in Indianapolis where she went on to be the first bachelor level social worker hired in that organization. Since that time, Kristen has worked as a Care Coordinator at both Midtown and Aspire Indiana working with individuals diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Kristen worked on the inpatient units at the St. Vincent Stress Center with individuals in crisis from mental illness and substance abuse. Most recently, Kristen came from Fairbanks Hospital where she was an Inquiry Case Manager working with individuals seeking help with substance abuse. Kristen will begin her graduate program for Social Work in August. She is excited to start a new path of her career at The Damien Center.

Kristen enjoys binge watching some Netflix, attending Itown Church, taking pictures, shopping for jewelry and purses, traveling any chance she gets, finding humor in life and spending time with her friends and family. 

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Jasmine Black

Care Coordinator

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Bachelor of Science, Public Health - IUPUI

Jasmine graduated from IUPUI in the Spring of 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. She spent her time as an undergraduate student studying community health and the effects of HIV on the African American Community. Jasmine has experience with working with at-risk girls in the Indianapolis area and also has a background working as an eligibility specialist for public assistance programs in Indiana. She enjoys educating the community about and is so excited to be here at The Damien Center.

In her spare time, Jasmine enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She also enjoys reading, shopping, traveling, and watching movies.

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Terri Young

Care Coordinator

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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. 

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Jeannie Csire

Care Coordinator

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Bachelors of Science, Psychology, Purdue University

Jeannie comes to us having worked in human services for over twenty years. The majority of her work has been with persons experiencing homelessness and having a diagnosis of mental illness. Her area of special interest has been affordable housing and she has worked in public housing and with the Shelter Plus Care program. She has experience with motivational interviewing, supported employment and geriatric issues including Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Jeannie has admired the Damien Center from afar for some time. A lithograph that she won at the Grand Masquerade silent auction at the Allison Mansion hangs in her living room. She attended church with Howard Warren and supported his efforts to bring the church into More Light. Several of her clients at other agencies have utilized the Damien Center’s services in the past and she is happy to see that many are still in care here.

Away from work some of her favorite things to do are to binge watch Netflix with her wife of many years, Kathy; to harass her 2 grown sons; and to play with her brave, strong granddaughters and niece.

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Brandon Heinbaugh

Care Coordinator

Bachelor of Science, Public Health – Indiana University, Bloomington

Brandon graduated from IU-Bloomington in the Spring of 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health. He spent the majority of his undergraduate education focusing on community-based health education and program implementation. Brandon has a strong passion for sexual health and has spent much of his time during his undergraduate career doing health outreach programs and more recently gained experience providing education and prevention services to combat HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases with youth ages 13-24 years old.

 In his spare time, Brandon enjoys spending time with his family and friends. Brandon also loves cooking, spending time outdoors, and getting to travel around the world to experience as much cultural diversity as possible. Brandon is excited to be a part of the Care Coordination staff here at The Damien Center and hopes to make a long-lasting impact on the lives of those he comes in contact with.

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Julia Dembroski

Care Coordinator

I have had a desire to work in the social services sector for as long as I can remember. It became very clear that after my first sociology course at Franklin College I knew that working with at-risk communities and diverse groups of people was the perfect fit. I received my degree in Sociology from Franklin College in the spring of 2016. I have worked with homeless youth within the Johnson County area and knew that my passion was working with at-risk populations. I found that I am rather interested in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector as a whole, and I am excited to learn more from working with the Damien Center. I feel as though my values in life align with everything that the Damien Center values, and I am excited and honored to be part of the team that creates such a positive and safe environment for those affected and infected with HIV/AIDS.

In my spare time, I am most likely watching one of the Harry Potter movies or baking something sweet. One of my favorite quotes of all time is, naturally, from Albus Dumbledore: “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” 

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Megan McCarthy

Clinical Care Coordinator

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Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - Purdue University

Meghan graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and worked with Purdue University as a technician in a behavioral neuroscience lab from 2008-2009. She then spent a season working at Glacier National Park in Montana, and after an extensive application process, was accepted into the Peace Corps from 2012-2014 to work as a Teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Her primary goal was to introduce new teaching methodologies to teachers in the country of Kyrgyzstan. While there she was active in other secondary projects, such as building a green house in her village and biking more than 400 km around the largest saline lake in Kyrgyzstan giving health lessons. She is tremendously excited to join the Damien center team!

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Jermaine Couch

Clinical Care Coordinator

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Bachelor of Arts, Business Merchandising and Retail - Kentucky State University 

A native of Grand Rapids, MI with more than 12 years of human services and case management experience, Jermaine started his human services career in 2002 assisting the homeless population at Salvation Army Harbor Light Center, where he gained a strong interest in providing resources and services to individuals in need. Prior to joining the staff of The Damien Center, Jermaine also provided emergency services to clients while working with the Pike Township Trustee. There, he developed a strong sense for public service and the idea of making a difference through overcoming barriers. Jermaine says working at The Damien Center has since allowed him to not only make a difference in individuals' lives, but also advocate and educate in the field of HIV/AIDS.

Outside of work, Jermaine is a fun-loving, caring, sharing, and funny husband to his wife and father to his children. As an avid sports fan, Jermaine also serves others by coaching young mens basketball at the AAU level and participating in whatever sports he can. He also enjoys spending time with my family and friends, working out, playing ball, and coaching, while also being an active member of Emerson Ave. Church of Christ. 

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Nicole Garner

Clinical Care Coordinator

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Associate’s, Business Marketing/Management | Bachelor’s, Medical Sociology

A current Sociology grad student, Nikki’s fondness of the great people of Indianapolis has brought her to the Damien Center. Her research areas of focus are the arenas of women’s health, homelessness, and the transgender population.

With any moments of free time Nikki has, she is either volunteering or spending time with her family. Her hobbies include reading, painting ceramics, crafting, and golf cart racing. 

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Eric Copeland

Client Services Assessment Specialist

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Masters' of Arts, Applied Sociology, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN

Eric has a great wealth of experience in dealing with diverse groups of people due to his service in the United States' Army. He enlisted in 2003 straight out of high school. Eric served in various locations throughout the world. When his service came to an end in 2008; he saw a need to improve lives of individuals, but Eric did not know how.

Eric then took the time to receive an education in Applied Sociology.  During his studies at the University of Indianapolis, Eric saw that many groups of people were isolated from each other due to one label or another.  His professional goal is to one day bring the separation of people to a minimum due to the label they have acquired. Eric began to work at the Damien Center in June of 2016.

Eric is a proud husband and father to three daughters. In his personal time, Eric enjoys a wide range of activities from watching cartoons with his daughters to target shooting.

Medical Services

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Jamie Broderick

Director of Medical Services

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Bachelor of Arts, History - University of Denver
Bachelor of Arts, Women's Studies - University of Denver
Master of Science, Public Health - Walden University

Jamie joined The Damien Center staff in March 2010. Jamie started her career after college at Denver Health and Authority working on a CDC-funded HIV prevention counseling study called Project Respect 2, which compared different forms of HIV testing and risk reduction counseling in clients at STD clinics throughout the United States. From Denver, Jamie moved to New Jersey and took a position as a Ryan White Title II case manager, assisting clients with their day-to-day needs including housing, transportation, and medical. Building on her case management experience, she was fortunate enough to accept a position at the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP) as a treatment educator in all five boroughs of New York City. NATAP is a leader in up-to-the-minute HIV treatment information covering the latest in drug development and research. Before moving back home to Indiana, Jamie was promoted to Director of Programs at the New Jersey Women and AIDS Network in New Brunswick, NJ, where she helped to implement the SISTA Project.

After arriving in Indiana, Jamie worked in tobacco control for the Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Agency. She was the Director of Programs for the Central West region and is also currently the coordinator for the Boone County Tobacco Free Coalition. Jamie started OUT Against Tobacco, a small group of tobacco control advocates that assists the LGBT community in fighting back against the tobacco industry. In her free time, Jamie likes to read, officiate women's basketball, and spend time with her three kids.

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Susy Murphy

Medical Case Management Program Manager

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Susy's training as an RN and her experiences in wholistic 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.

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David Green

Medical Case Manager

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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.

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Jay Young

Medical Case Manager

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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. 

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Emily Bumps

Medical Office Assistant

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Emily was born in Indianapolis, but raised in New Palestinem 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.

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Ryesha Jackson

Clinic Office Receptionist

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Ryesha was born and raised in Warsaw, IN and has lived in West Lafayette since she relocated for college. She received her Bachelor of Science in Public Health Promotion and three minors in Liberal Arts at Purdue University, where she focused her studies primarily on stress management, minority women's health, sex worker's rights, and food insecurity in the state of Indiana. 

During the summer of 2016 she studied LGBT+ Health and Equality in the UK and Ireland and became the Clinic Office Receptionist at Damien Cares in September 2016. In her spare time she enjoys reading, running, or shopping at upcycle stores in the Indianapolis area. Ryesha is excited to be living in Indianapolis as a new member of the Damien Cares Team! 

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program

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Dylan Stanton

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Program Manager

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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. 

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Nick Brown

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor

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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 therapuetic 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.

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Dana Bernacchi

Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor

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Dana joined the Damien Center as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Counselor in January of 2017. Dana is a recent graduate of the Indiana University Graduate School of Social Work with her concentration being in Mental Health and Addictions. Her most recent experience has been with Fairbanks long-term care facility, The La Verna Lodge, as a Counselor Intern working with substance use disorders and other co-occurring disorders. Dana’s areas of focus include substance use disorders, co-occurring disorders, and eating disorders. Dana is the author of Bulimia Nervosa: A Comprehensive Analysis of Treatment, Policy, and Social Work Ethics published by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) in their peer-reviewed journal.

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Dexter Etter

Linkage to Care & PrEP Education Specialist

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Dexter is an IUPUI student working on his bachelor's degree in social work. After taking a medical sociology course on HIV, it quickly became his area of interest. He is very excited to be working for The Damien Center and hopes to stay with the Center after he graduates with his BSW.

Housing and Client Services

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Traci Johnson

Housing Program Manager

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Masters of Public Service- University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

A 2011 graduate from the University of Southern Indiana, Traci first joined The Damien Center in the fall of 2011 as an AmeriCorps service member serving in the food pantry and as the volunteer coordinator. After AmeriCorps, Traci began working at the center as the Volunteer Coordinator and an Administrative Assistant. In 2013, Traci left the center in order to attend the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, AR and begin working on a Masters in Public Service where she focused on working with people involved in the criminal justice system. Following the completion of her degree, Traci was presented the opportunity of returning to The Damien Center and was eager to accept. Traci is so happy to be back in Indianapolis and serving the community. Traci enjoys traveling, watching movies, and finding the best coffee around!

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Haley Spencer

Employment Specialist

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Chris Holtz

Long-Term Housing Case Manager

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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 Masters 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.

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Amanda Wilkerson

Housing Support Specialist

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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. 

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Tamarah Kilroy

Food Pantry Assistant

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Sean Seager

Housing Administrative Assistant

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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. 

Linkage to Care

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Janice Cade

Linkage to Care Specialist through partnership with Women in Motion

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Janice is a Linkage to Care Specialist. Janice is a mother of three and grandmother of 15, all of whom she loves to spend quality family time with. In her spare time, Janice likes to shop, travel, listen to music, and laugh with friends. She enjoys helping people and making a difference in their lives. As a graduate of the education system in Indiana, Janice looks forward to furthering her education. 

Development and Communications

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Jeremy Turner

Director of Development & Communication

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Jeremy came to The Damien Center from other AIDS service organizations in Southern Indiana (AIDS Resource Group) and Western Kentucky (Matthew 25 AIDS Services.) Jeremy is a former prevention program coordinator, Red Cross HIV 101 instructor, certified Indiana HIV testing counselor, "Street Smart" certified program facilitator, "Many Men, Many Voices" certified program facilitator, and a recipient of community awards and accolades relating to his youth-based HIV and substance abuse prevention programs. In addition to prevention efforts, Jeremy has experience in grant writing, event planning, fundraising, and agency food pantry operations.

Having relocated to Indianapolis from Evansville, Jeremy looks forward to using his background to help enhance Damien Center clients' overall experience at the agency. In his free time, Jeremy enjoys jogging, playing the piano, and performing.

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Tami Ramaker

Development Manager

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Bachelor of Arts - Purdue University

Tami grew up in Indianapolis and earned her degree from Purdue. She returned to Indianapolis recently following years in nonprofit arts marketing, development and administration and is pleased to be working for a nonprofit with such a critically important mission as The Damien Center's.

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Fern Amado

Marketing & Volunteer Coordinator

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Bachelor of Arts, Communication and Photography - Saint Mary’s College of Notre Dame

A 2014 graduate of Saint Mary's College, Fern came to The Damien Center after working as event and outreach coordinator at Bridges Out of Poverty in South Bend, IN. Born in Porto Alegre, Brazil, Fern was raised in Syracuse, IN, and is a self-proclaimed cat and YouTube fanatic. In her down time, Fern enjoys discovering new music, restaurants, and artists, and spending time with her rescue cat, Mancha.

 

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Jesse Sickels

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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.