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 Finance
Michelle joined the Damien Center in January of 2020, bringing more than 25 years of experience in business and nonprofit accounting. She is a lifelong Hoosier and received her Bachelor of Science in both Business and Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University in Marion, IN. She began her career at Indiana Cooperative Library Services Authority and most recently served for seven years as the Director of Finance at the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention (CHIP). Michelle is excited to be part of the Damien team and bring her experience and skills to the organization.
In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, attending her daughter's soccer games at IUPUI, reading, running, and snuggling with her cat, Dipstick (named for the white tip on his tail).
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 experience providing services for individuals living with HIV. 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 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
Director 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.
Quality Assurance Specialist
Nickolas is an analytical healthcare administrator and dedicated public health graduate, recently receiving a Bachelor of Science in Health Services Management from IU Fairbanks School of Public Health. During their undergraduate education at IUPUI, Nickolas took special interest in sexual and mental health services, Opioid Use Disorder, medication-assisted treatment, and health policy. They hopes to use their education and passion for marginalized communities to further the mission of Damien Center in empowering communities and persons affected by HIV in Indiana. Through continued education and professional development, Nickolas seeks to promote and enact progressive health legislation in order to ensure positive and equitable health outcomes for the communities and populations that they serves.
In addition to their professional endeavors, Nickolas enjoys dance, photography, painting, and drawing, as well as spending time in nature!
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.
Donor Relations, Marketing, and Communication
Chief Donor Relations Officer
Stephen comes to the Damien Center after working at Indianapolis Children’s Choir for 11 years. In his previous role, he served as the Senior Director of Marketing, Development, and Alumni Relations. As the Chief Donor Relations Officer for Damien Center, Stephen will lead the organization on a new path forward with comprehensive fundraising and communication strategies needed achieve Damien’s goals and mission. He is excited to combine his passion of working to better the community and his love of fundraising to ensure a better Damien Center experience.
Charrie comes to the Damien Center with 18 years of nonprofit fundraising and business development experience. Over the years, she has served organizations such as Wishard Hospital (now Eskenazi Health), Second Helpings, IUPUI, Downtown Indy, Inc., Girls, Inc. National Resource Center, Planned Parenthood of Indiana & Kentucky, the Indiana State Dept. of Health (ISDH), and The Indiana Transgender Wellness Alliance (ITWA). From Federal/private foundation grant writing and donor engagement to event coordination/sponsorships and marketing/communications, Charrie's day-to-day work has always been driven by her passion to serve the underserved. She earned a Master of Public Health from Indiana University School of Medicine and a bachelor degree from Purdue School of Science. She enjoys spending time with her family singing loudly in the car, Netflixing on the couch, and playing any and all sports.
Donors Relations Manager
Emily joined the Damien Center team in the fall of 2019, bringing more than 10 years of experience in fundraising and donor relations. As Donor Relations Manager, she coordinates Dining Out for Life, annual appeals, and a range of donor-centered programs and events. Emily began her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps member and has subsequently worked at Pasadena Museum of History, Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and the Indianapolis Art Center. She feels privileged and inspired every day by being a part of the Damien Center community. Emily has an MA in Studio Art and is currently working toward a PhD at IUPUI, where she is studying the impact of the arts on communities and individuals in Indianapolis and Central Indiana.
Marketing and Design Manager
Bachelor of Arts – Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
A 2014 graduate of IUPUI, Tyler came to The Damien Center after working with multiple organizations as a web and graphic designer. While at IUPUI, Tyler started volunteering for The Damien Center while taking an "AIDS & Society" course. Things came full circle when Tyler joined The Damien Center's team in 2017.
Born in central Indiana, Tyler has called Indianapolis home for the last ten years. In their time off, Tyler enjoys binge watching Netflix, cooking, and gaming.
Community Engagement 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.
Damien Cares Medical Clinic
Dr. Markian Bochan
Toskhan Cooper, MD, MBA, MS
Dr. Toshkan Cooper is pleased to serve as the Physician for the Damien Cares medical clinic. With a focus on high quality care, Dr. Cooper looks forward to helping ensure patients lead long, health, and productive lives. When he learned of The Damien Center’s comprehensive, one-stop-shop approach to HIV Care and Prevention, Dr. Cooper felt drawn to the mission. Dr. Cooper looks forward educating others and advocating for the cause.
Kelly Hamm, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Kelly comes to Damien Center with a wealth of clinical experience and a passion for women’s health, HIV care, and PrEP. She desires for all patients to live their best lives. She feels strongly that excellent medical care requires a patient-centered focus with supportive services available for all needs.
Jeff Kim, MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Nurse Practitioner, Medical Prevention Manager
Jeff Kim is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a Family Nurse Practitioner and is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Nursing at IUPUI and his Masters of Science in Nursing at the University of Indianapolis. He began his nursing career as a registered nurse in the Medical Intensive Care Unit at University Hospital in Indianapolis. He later worked in the Pre-Operative, Post-Operative, and Post-Anesthesia Care Unit at Ortho Indy Hospital. Jeff’s experience as a Nurse Practitioner is predominately in Primary Care and HIV/STD prevention and treatment. His professional interests are caring for gay, bisexual, and same-gender-loving men and HIV/STD prevention and treatment.
In Jeff’s spare time, he enjoys maintaining a physically active lifestyle, cooking, and spending time with his friends, family, and his Italian Greyhound, Mia.
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Nita brings a touch of southern Indiana with her to Damien Center as she was raised in New Albany, Indiana and has resided in Columbus, Indiana for over 25 years.
Nita's model of mental health care puts Patients in the middle. First and foremost she believes in listening to the patient. She says "So much can be learned by listening, watching and truly hearing what a patient tells me is happening with them and their body." Nita conducts psychiatric assessments and makes recommendations for treatment which often includes psychiatric medications and brief solution-focused therapy.
She evaluates the whole person, not just their current symptoms, and collaborates with patients to develop a treatment plan which places their values and needs at the heart of the work they do together. She prescribes using evidence-based practice guidelines and is very happy to collaborate with other members of a patients care team.
She received her undergraduate degree at Indiana University and Masters of Science in Nursing with ANCC certification of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Indiana University. She enjoys free time with her 2-year-old twin grandchildren, Aidan and Nadia (palindromes), and working with those in substance abuse and recovery through forensics in the criminal justice field.
Leah graduated from Medtech College in 2015 and began working in Occupational Health/Urgent Care Clinics for the next five years. She considers herself very outgoing and active outside of work.
Morgan graduated from MedTech College in the spring of 2013 with an Associate Degree in Applied Science for Medical Assisting. She is certified through the AAMA. Immediately after graduation, Morgan began working for an occupational health center. She joined the Damien Cares team in early 2018 and hopes to increase knowledge and facts about HIV/STIs in the community. Erasing the stigma that is associated with infectious diseases is one of her top priorities. In her free time, she likes to paint, bake, and spend time with her family.
Tyson has worked in different facets of healthcare for 20 years. He has worked in a variety of medical clinics/hospitals including family medicine, internal medicine and pediatrics. He was General Manager of an ABA center for children with autism and was principal of a Montessori school for ages 4-16. He has also worked in higher education and was a faculty member for Harrison College, formerly Indiana Business College, and Medtech Institute/Radians College in Washington, D.C. He was also Director of Medical Programs and Regional Training and Development Leader for JTC Education. He has reviewed textbooks for a variety of publishers and was a test bank writer for McGraw-Hill. He earned his Medical Assistant degree from Professional Careers Institute and his Bachelors in Healthcare Management from National American University. Tyson is certified by the American Association of Medical Assistants, American Medical Technologists, and the National Healthcareer Association.
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 Project Specialist
Master of Science – Marian University
Master of Public Health – Indiana University
Bachelor of Science – The University of Akron
Joshua joined Damien Center to improve the health and well-being of his fellow Hoosiers. His training and research in epidemiology and basic science provides a unique perspective to both understand and improve health outcomes among populations most at-risk for HIV.
He is originally from Cleveland, OH. In his spare time, he enjoys lifting, hiking, grilling, and nurturing his growing family of succulents.
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.
Housing and Client Services
Housing Program 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.
Intensive Housing Coordinator
Maxine has been a passionate advocate for ending homelessness and HIV in Central Indiana and abroad. During her time at Ball State University, she volunteered at A Better Way women's shelter in Muncie where she tutored children and provided services to clients. Soon after, Maxine interned at Saving Orphans through Healthcare and Outreach helping coordinate HIV prevention programs for the country of eSwatini (formally known as Swaziland), Africa. Equipped with a certification and experience as a health coach, Maxine is excited to bring her unique expertise to the Housing and Services team at The Damien Center.
In her spare time, Maxine enjoys taking pictures, road tripping, and experimenting in the kitchen.
Long Term Housing Coordinator
Jaime has recently joined the housing team at The Damien Center. A long time Indianapolis resident, Jaime studied social work at IUPUI. She has worked with survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual assault, and with youth experiencing food insecurity.
Jaime is active in the LGBTQ community as part of a team creating inclusive all ages and adult events in the city. She lives with her wife of seven years and their daughter. In her free time she enjoys travel, cooking, and hanging out with her dog Moosey.
Rapid Rehousing Case Manager
A lifelong Indianapolis native, Lo is an alumnus of Pike High School and completed their Bachelor of Social Work at IUPUI in 2018. Lo spent three of their four years in college co-organizing student led conversations around social justice and current political climate through the IUPUI Sam H. Jones community service scholarship. This experience is where Lo realized how important it was to provide a platform for people to share their stories, to learn how to really listen to others, and to work together to make changes that affect marginalized communities.
During their undergraduate senior practicum, Lo spent a semester working in inpatient psychiatry at Eskenazi, where they discovered a passion for working with people who have mental illness and history of substance use. Lo continued to work in inpatient psych as a support specialist while working as a case manager at a day shelter. Quickly finding a niche, Lo found that pursuing their interest in working with marginalized groups, clients with dual diagnoses, and social justice makes working at Damien Center a wonderful fit to grow as a new practitioner and feel supported by a great team of staff.
In the future, Lo would like to return to school to get their Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in mental health and addictions.
Lo is passionate about working with the LGBTQ population, client advocacy, and trauma-informed approaches. Outside of work, you can find them exploring the city on their bike, planning the next road trip, hammocking in a park with a great book, or listening to Ani DiFranco and drawing at a coffee shop.
Housing Services Quality Assurance Specialist
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
As a current undergraduate at IUPUI in Medical Sociology and Religious Studies, Bear is thrilled to be completing his internship program here at the Damien Center. After volunteering for the class “AIDS in Society”, Bear found that his true calling was in the study of sociology, particularly in helping underserved populations however he can. Bear is an active member of the LGBTQ+ community at IUPUI, working to help new and incoming LGBTQ+ identified students find their way. He is hoping to enter a Master’s program for Social Work in the future.
As a former Navy brat, Bear has had the opportunity to live in multiple states and meet many different folks in his travels. He has made Indiana his home for the past 7 years, and enjoys making art, music, reading, relaxing outdoors, and spending time with close friends.
Food Pantry Assistant
Jeff transitioned from a volunteer to Food Pantry Assistant in the fall of 2019. He has been a client of the Damien Center for over 18 years. He taught ballroom dance for twelve years and competed professionally. He is a father and grandfather of three. He enjoys gardening, his dogs and volunteering. Jeff is honored to be apart of the Damien center staff.
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."
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.
Ross Dorsey, MSW, LSW
Ross completed his undergraduate degree at Hanover College with a major in Sociology and minor in Psychology. After graduating from Hanover, Ross began working with a non-profit organization in child-welfare where he was first exposed to the impact substance abuse and co-occurring mental health diagnoses can have on individuals and families. Ross worked with adults and children involved in the child welfare system for six years in multiple roles including Regional Coordinator of Treatment Services as well as an individual and family therapist. Wanting to do more to help his community, Ross completed his master’s degree in Social Work through the Indiana University School of Social Work in 2016 with a focus in mental health and addictions. In 2017, Ross took a position as the Clinical Manager for a private residential treatment program, focusing on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illness amongst adults. Ross joins Damien Center with hopes to bring his experience in substance abuse treatment and program development to further serve the needs of those diagnosed with HIV and substance use disorders in the Indianapolis community.
Ross is a resident of the near eastside, and loves the opportunity to work and serve in the community where he lives. Ross enjoys staying active in his free time; he enjoys riding his bike around the city, playing softball and tennis, and can often be found exploring local restaurants and businesses with his friends and family.
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.
Integrated Care Team Senior Program Manager
Masters of Social Work - Indiana University School of Social Work - Indianapolis
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 peer advocacy, he found a passion for serving those also affected by HIV. He returned to college and now holds a Master’s of Social Work at Indiana University School of Social Work – Indianapolis. Jaymes has a focus on the needs of those aging with HIV/AIDS. Jaymes began his time at Damien as a student intern and was a Care Coordinator and then a Medical Case Manager for several years. He is now the Integrative Care Team Program Manager overseeing Non-Medical and Medical Case Management.
In his free time, Jaymes likes to spend time with family, read, and relentlessly follow politics. His favorite quote is, "Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see," - Neil Postman.
Care Coordination Program 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.
Care Coordination Program Manager
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.
Lane has been working in social services for the LGBTQ+ community for over 5 years, ever since moving back to Indianapolis, their hometown. With a background as a public school teacher, Lane developed the education program at IYG (Indiana Youth Group) before moving towards health care working for the Eskenazi Transgender Health and Wellness Program. Lane still enjoys being an educator, and does many trainings and presentations at various organizations and conferences on LGBTQ+ cultural competency, best practices for serving the transgender community, and other related topics.
Lane is very involved in the local transgender community. They facilitate a weekly trans support group, Trans Talk Tuesdays, hosted by Gender Nexus. They also help organize community events such as monthly SAGE table meals, TransGlam, Trans Day of Remembrance, and others. Lane especially enjoys working with children, and provides childcare for GEKCO (Gender Expansive Kids and Company), a local support group for families with young trans children.
While they love their community work, their family comes first. Lane is a foster parent and is always on the go making sure their kids have everything they need to thrive. They don’t have much free time, but when they can get some they like to get lost in a good book or go hiking with their dog, Oscar.
Maria started her career at Clarian Health as a Medical Interpreter and Financial Specialist for several years. Maria then transitioned to Marion County Public Health Department's HIV Outreach Program as a Street Outreach Worker, HIV Counsel, and Tester. With many years of experience in the HIV field and several years of Human Resources experience, Maria is a valuable addition to The Damien Center.
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.
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.
Medical Case Manager Program 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.
Medical Case Manager
Masters of Social Work - Indiana University
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
Bachelor of Social Work- Middle Tennessee State University
Master of Social Work- University of Washington
Carrie began her career working with individuals living with HIV/AIDS in 2015 at Pierce County AIDS Foundation in Washington. Carrie recently relocated to Indianapolis and is excited to be able to continue working in the field as a case manager at Damien Center.
When not at work, Carrie enjoys spending time exploring her new city with her husband and daughter.
Medical Case Manager
Masters of Social Work – Indiana University
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.
Insurance Enrollment Specialist
Emma is a graduate of Indiana University Bloomington where she completed degrees in Spanish, International Studies, and Public Management. She has been working with insurance since 2017 and started at Eskenazi as an Inpatient Financial Advocate, moved to IU Health as the Gender Affirmation Surgery Coordinator, then to Damien Center as an Insurance Enrollment Specialist. She has been working with the LGBTQ+ community and other vulnerable populations since 2010 and enjoys educating others, particularly concerning insurance, HIV/AIDS, and the LGBTQ+ and Spanish-speaking communities.
Outside of work, Emma likes to read, paint, and travel. She lived in Spain where she was able to learn and practice Spanish, and tries to visit when she can.
Testing and Prevention
HIV/STD Testing Program Manager, Clear Counselor
Anne has been with the center since 2014 and has held many roles. She currently manages the Testing center and CLEAR counseling program. Anne knows that racism, sexism and patriarchy are still-powerful factors that inhibit a quick end of the HIV epidemic. Anne’s counseling perspective focuses on helping clients in continually creating/sustaining a balance of self-awareness with structural awareness. She particularly enjoys assisting and encouraging community members in determining, planning and achieving their life goals. Among many other things, Anne enjoys learning about medical anthropology, feminist philosophy, sustainable living, female condoms, partnership models of relationships, and becoming an ever-better person in the world.
M.S. Purdue University
M.P.H. Indiana University
Angel is a near-east side native of Indianapolis and is excited to be working with the neighborhoods and communities he grew up around. He completed a bachelor’s and Master of Science at Purdue University where he conducted research on sexual wellbeing and reproductive health. He continued his education at Indiana University to pursue a Master of Public Health and completed research through the Center for Sexual Health Promotion. Being a queer person of color has provided him with similar experiences many others in our communities’ encounter. Having these similarities provides the public health lens necessary in delivering adequate and inclusive preventative health care for those most impacted by HIV and other STI’s.
Christina brings over 15 years’ experience working in the HIV/STD field. She began her career in 1998 beginning at the Marion County Health Department's Bell Flower clinic for two years, eight years at Planned Parenthood, and three years at Damien Center before making a hard decision to leave the world she knew and loved to concentrate on her family and during this time worked at the VA Hospital as a contract worker in the lab for eight years.Most recently, Christina has joined the Damien Center team and is excited to return to her roots.
Christina is from the Indianapolis area. She is married and has a teenage daughter. She enjoys traveling, spending time with her family, and loves dogs and cats. In the spring and fall you will find her at the softball field watching her daughter play softball and cheering her on for that next homerun.
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.
BS Nursing (BSN, RN)
Sherry comes to the Damien Center as a part-time HIV Tester/Counselor. In 2018 she took retirement from Eli Lilly after 29 years of service within various facets of pharmaceutical development (medical, law, training, Phase 1 research, and regulatory affairs domestic and international). She holds a BS in Biology and Nursing (BSN, RN) and previously practiced in critical care. Sherry is also an active certified Crisis and Suicide Specialist.
She is interested in the identification, counseling, education, and treatment of those directly affected by HIV/AIDS, STI, and infectious disease within our communities. She especially values and is interested in working with those individuals, specifically within in their environments and wherever they are in their journey.
“I am honored and very excited to be a part of the Damien Center. I look forward to serving our clients to the best of my ability and supporting the work and values of the Center. I will use my previous work experiences and my passion/devotion for this important work every day, for each individual.”
Prevention Program Manager
With a history of working in mental health services, Nick's role at Damien Center allows him to continue providing aid and services to those who need it most. He has a passion for working directly with undeserved communities. After serving as a PrEP Navigator at Damien Center, Nick now looks forward to furthering the benefits of HIV prevention services and education as the Prevention Team Lead.
HIV Prevention Specialist
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.