Elizabeth Allen grew up in Valparaiso and is the 10 Year Plan Coordinator for the Porter County Coalition for Affordable Housing. Before moving back to Valparaiso in 2012, Elizabeth worked in Chicago for 14 years in large corporate commercial banking at J.P. Morgan and Northern Trust. Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s in Cello Performance from Roosevelt University and her MBA from Southern Methodist University.
Terri Gingerich has been a lifelong resident of Porter County and has spent over 30 years in healthcare. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Valparaiso University and her Masters in Healthcare Administration from St. Joseph’s College of Maine. Her experience in nursing includes critical care, cardiovascular medicine, quality improvement and administration. Currently she is the Service Line Director for the Center of Cardiovascular Medicine at Porter Regional Hospital. She is married to Keith Gingerich MD who is a Family Practice physician in Valparaiso. Together they have five children and two grandchildren. Terri believes that all women and children should have the opportunity to live their lives free from domestic abuse and violence. Serving on the Board of The Caring Place and giving back to her community is an honor.
Carolyn Hartley, Vice President, resides in Valparaiso and is the Director Human Resources at Indiana University Northwest. She received her Masters of Business Administration in 1980, and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1978, with a concentration in Human Resources from Indiana University Northwest. Among her certifications include Senior Professional Human Resource, Society of Human Resource Management, and Certificate Public Management. Carolyn enjoys theater, opera, traveling and reading. Prior to joining The Caring Place Board of Directors, Carolyn’s civic activities included serving on the Valparaiso Economic Development Commission, Northwest Indiana Health Alliance, and the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. In addition to serving on The Caring Place Board of Directors, Carolyn is a Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Hospice Volunteer.
Kristy Joseph has lived in Valparaiso since 2005. She is a Branch Manager at Woodforest National Bank where she has worked since 2007. Kristy has been active in teaching financial education in the community for over 3 years and started volunteering at The Caring Place in 2013. Kristy's experience with The Caring Place started as a client in late 2011. Understanding the program from the client's standpoint, Kristy has become passionate about spreading awareness on Domestic Violence and breaking the cycle of abuse. No person should live their life in fear of their loved one.
David R. Kenis lives in Valparaiso and is a Clinical Psychologist at Porter Starke Services, where he has worked for more than 8 years. He specializes in mental health counseling for individuals of all ages. David is a member of the Indiana State Board of Examiners in Psychology and the Health Service Provider in Psychology. Prior to joining Porter Starke, David was an Adjunct Associate Professor at Valparaiso University. David received his Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Knox College and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.
Victoria Evans-Peasley is a Ministry Director at Calvary Church of Valparaiso. She develops and leads Children's and Women's Ministry initiatives to serve the Calvary Church community and the local community. A former teacher and business executive, Victoria holds a BA in Education and Psychology from the University of South Florida, an MA in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University, and is currently pursuing an MS in Non-Profit Management with an emphasis in Ministry Studies from Grace Seminary. Victoria has a passion for helping women break free from the chains of suffering, and considers it a privilege to use her gifts and talents to serve in ministry and non-profit organizations.
Dan Tunacik is married with four children and has resided in Valparaiso for over 40 years. He is the past President of the Indiana Society of Professional Engineers (Dunes Chapter), as well as the Institute of Industrial Engineers (Calumet Chapter). Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from West Virginia University and is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Indiana. He currently works as the General Manager of ArcelorMittal Long Carbon Indiana Harbor Bar Products. Dan was an active volunteer at The Caring Place before becoming a member of the Board of Directors.
Michael Tym has resided in Valparaiso since 1998 with his wife, Shae, and their 4 children. Mike is a graduate of Miami University with a degree in Finance, and spent 15 years in the futures trading industry before joining Ponder & Co. as a financial advisor in the healthcare industry. He was drawn to serving on the Board of Directors because The Caring Place provided an opportunity to help those in our community with serious need through the leadership and fundraising activities of the Board.
Dr. Nicky Ali Jackson, Ph.D. is Coordinator and Associate Professor of Criminal Justice at Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, Indiana. She earned her doctorate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She currently also serves on the advisory board at the Indiana State Prison and Westville Correctional Center. Her area of specialty is domestic violence, particularly dating violence, same-sex domestic violence, and elder abuse. She has published 3 books and has written chapters for several domestic violence textbooks and presented at numerous conferences. Her groundbreaking book, The Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence, has been sold worldwide. It encompasses all facets of domestic violence research.
Dr. Jackson has served as keynote speaker at a variety of domestic violence forums. She has brought attention to a variety of special population victims who have typically been ignored by researchers. Her hope is that domestic violence victims, regardless of race, age, socioeconomic status, and sexual orientation receive equitable assistance by law enforcement, prosecutors, judges, and social service agencies.
Dr. Jackson lives in Chesterton Indiana with her husband, Dr. Ralph Jackson, an emergency room physician in Chicago, and their children, Rhys and Bryn.
Mary Ann Shacklett, Secretary/Treasurer, has been a resident of Lake County her entire life; she currently lives in Munster. She has been employed with Community Healthcare System for 30 years and is Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for the Community Foundation of Northwest Indiana, Inc. (CFNI). CFNI is the parent company of the three hospitals of Community Healthcare System: Community Hospital in Munster, St. Catherine Hospital in East Chicago and St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.
As the healthcare system’s primary financial executive, Mary Ann has been involved in the formation and development of several key projects that have helped to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Indiana including a surgery center, cardiology center, continuing care retirement community and a medically-based fitness center.
Mary Ann has also been engaged in many of the healthcare system’s bond issues. Under her financial leadership the system’s Standard & Poor rating has been upgraded three times within the past six years, with a current rating of A-.
Mary Ann earned a bachelor of science degree in Management (Accounting) and a master’s with a concentration in Finance. She is also a C.P.A. She serves on the Indiana Hospital Association Council on Finance and the Indiana Northwest Business and Economics Advisory Board.
Joanne Urschel, President. Joanne is a native of Valparaiso. Her degrees are a B.A. from Valparaiso University, M.A. from Roosevelt University and Ph. D. from Indiana State University. Her degrees are in psychology. Joanne's doctorate internship was at Danville Veteran Administration Hospital in Danville, Illinois. She was a mental health counselor at Valparaiso University. Joanne taught psychology and gender studies at Purdue University North Central and Indiana University North West.
Joanne serves as President of the Board of The Caring Place. She is a member of Impact Porter County serving as Chair of the Grant Committee. Joanne also donates time to Prevent Child Abuse Porter County. She recently became a volunteer curator at the Porter County Museum (The Old Jail Museum).
Joanne spends her time gardening, reading, traveling, chasing her two dachshunds and visiting her grandchildren.