Our People

Our people—staff, board members, coaches and volunteers—are dedicated to ensuring a positive experience for every participant and family. Learn more about the individuals who bring our mission and vision to life.

Our Staff

Jill Schlueter-Kim

Executive Director

Jacqueline Weber

Development Director

Jodi Aurand

Program Director

Amanda Burleson

Program Manager

Dragana Djuric

Communications Manager

Laura Duarte

Program Coordinator

Erica Gomez

Operations Manager

Laura Demmon

LaPorte/Starke/Pulaski County Mentor

Bill Ferry

Lake County- Hammond Mentor

Lisa Rudy

Lake County- Munster Mentor

Allison Wirtes

South Lake/South County Mentor

Work With Us

Do you share a passion for our mission and want to join the team? Learn more about open staff and board positions.

Work With Us

Our Board

Steph Madison

Board Chair

Gina Fezler

Vice Chair

Becky Yatsko


Kelly Blieden

Board Member

Andrea Bowman

Board Member

Stacy Friedericks

Board Member

Katie Bryan

Board Member

Laura Lane-Garavaglia

Board Member

Sharon Koch

Board Member

Anna Kenney

Board Member

Lisa Kuehl

Board Member

Rochella Neely

Board Member

Jennifer Prough

Board Member

Our Culture

Our mission, vision and core values are at the heart of everything we do. Learn more about our organization, our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity and access, and how you can join our team.