About Us

The SCHC Story

The Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County was founded in 1985 when a group of Hamilton County residents identified a need in our community to make resources available for our seniors 55 and older. To help facilitate this mission, our first volunteers and advocates chartered our organization under the national Shepherd’s Center of America umbrella which has 55 affiliate organizations. Through the years, SCHC role in the community and scope of services has grown exponentially; however, our core mission remains the same, to provide programs and services to allow seniors to safely age in place for as long as possible.

In 2015, Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County Board of Directors recognized the need for additional programs to help our expanding senior population and adopted a new strategic plan to facilitate this growth. Toward this end, the Board hired Executive Director, Lauren Guynn, JD/LCSW.

Under Lauren’s leadership, the organization has grown from two programs, our signature Together Today Program, and our Community Caring Program to five programs that serve over one thousand seniors each year.

Our Board of Directors

Mona Euler

Duane Kamminga

Jennifer Templeton

Patty Turner

Melanie Fauth

Annie Lacy

Angie Light

Liz Tate

Heather Perdue

Anne Poindexter

Kristy Murphy

Mike Lee

Meet our staff

LAUREN GUYNN // Executive Director

Lauren began her career in non-profit program management and development in 2007 with the National MS Society. While pursuing her law degree, she worked at the Indiana Bar Foundation and Indiana Pro Bono Commission. With a Master’s degree in social work and law degree, she joined SCHC in 2015 to merge her education and professional experiences.

Lisa Albano

LISA ALBANO // Programs Director

Lisa is a new resident to Hamilton County, but has a strong passion for helping the aging community. Lisa has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has worked in several roles in customer service, including an assisted living facility. Lisa brings great organizational skills with innovative program ideas.

Vicki Burdick // Director of Development and Communications

Vicki Burdick is a life-long resident of Carmel, Indiana. She is a graduate of Butler University with a bachelor’s degree in Public and Corporate Communications and has spent her entire career in the marketing field. Vicki also has experience with senior service organizations as she is the former marketing director for Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana. Vicki is excited to bring her marketing communication skills, and passion for helping seniors, to the Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County.

Angie Anderson // Programs Manager

Angie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with her Master’s Degree in Social Work from IUPUI. Throughout her career, Angie has provided individual, group, and family counseling in both outpatient and inpatient settings. Angie spent the last several years providing supervision and guidance to therapists and case managers while they pursue their degrees and licensure. Angie enjoys seeing the growth and development of new professionals as they grow in their skills to help those in need.

CATRINA WELCH // Programs Manager

Catrina is a Graduate of Cincinnati State Community College with 28 years of experience in geriatric care in Occupational Therapy. Catrina has lived in Hamilton County for the last six years and is a long-time Indiana resident. She has previous non-profit experience working in Program Management in the Indianapolis area. Catrina is passionate about helping the 55 and older community achieve their highest potential and age in place with dignity and respect.

Nate Canillas // Guardianship Manager

Nate joined the Shepherd Center of Hamilton in September of 2022 after having served in case management roles at CICOA and the Marion County Health Department. He was born and raised in California. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Social Work program at Indiana University, Indianapolis.

In his role, Nate will be responsible for the day-to-day case management of clients in the Guardianship program. His approach is always person centered and is passionate about serving seniors in our community.

Outside of the office, Nate enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, exploring local parks and cooking Filipino food! 

HEATHER LULJAK // Marketing and Special Events Manager

Heather Luljak is a Hoosier State native. She is a graduate of IUPUI with a Bachelor of Science from the Kelly School of Business. She brings over 15 years of marketing and 13 years of non-profit volunteering experience to our organization. Heather is excited to combine her experiences in this role and help seniors age gracefully; and as they wish.

Carolyn Omori

CAROLYN OMORI // Reaching Resources Lead Coordinator

Carolyn has a deep-rooted professional background in ministry and has worked for several local churches like White River Christian Church, Northview Church, and Genesis Church. Carolyn has an Associate’s degree from IUPUI and enjoys helping people in their second half of life realize their full potential. Carolyn enjoys connecting older adults with resources to improve their lives.

Nicola Schafer

NICOLA SCHAFER LCSW// Lead Counselor

Nicola is a Licensed Social Worker with her Master’s degree in Social Work from Saint Louis University. While her background has been working with families, her personal experience in advocating for her own family and aging parents has created a desire to focus her professional career on helping those in the second half of life. Nicola has great case management practice skills, as well as extensive advocacy skills.

Diane Schopp

DIANE SCHOPP // Reaching Resources Coordinator

Diane experienced the challenges of finding help for seniors firsthand as a teen when her own parents needed help. After graduating with a BA emphasizing recreation and social work, she has spent her career helping people ages 6-96, whether as a teachers’ aide with special needs children and troubled teens, or as a resource for seniors. She has previously worked with seniors in a nursing home and non-profit organizations connecting them to resources in their community. Simply put, Diane just likes to help people.

Lulu Sianez

Lulu Sianez // Reaching Resources Coordinator

Lulu joined Shepherd’s Center in October of 2020.

She grew up with her grandmother and has a strong passion for helping those in need and our aging community.

She has her Bachelor’s degree in Social work and will be returning to IU this fall to obtain her Master of Social Work.

Madelyn Kalna // MSW/Counselor

Madelyn graduated with her Master of Social Work from Indiana University and is a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Indiana. Madelyn is currently pursuing her clinical licensure and is passionate about mental healthcare. As a counselor, Madelyn is excited to contribute to more accessible mental healthcare and create a safe space for seniors to share their problems and life experiences. Madelyn uses a strengths-based and client-centered approach to help seniors in Hamilton County to reach their goals. 

Yesenia Boyer // Reaching Resources Case Manager

Yesenia relocated from Aurora, Colorado in December 2023. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from University of Colorado. With 10 years of public service case management and program management experience, Yesenia is thrilled to be part of Shepherd’s Center mission in serving seniors in Hamilton County.

Sarah Christopher // Guardianship Case Manager

Sarah is passionate about serving others and making a positive impact in my community. Sarah graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a degree in Human Services, where she honed her skills in problem solving and helping others. With a deep commitment to making a difference, Sarah strives to approach every challenge with creativity and empathy.

NeCosia Olorunfemi // Guardianship Case Manager

NeCosia has over 20 years of experience in the government sector and has a strong background in customer service. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Tennessee State University. In her free time, NeCosia enjoys traveling with her family.

MILES CLUTTER // Guardianship Coordinator

Miles is a recent college graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science and Spanish from Wabash College. Prior to joining the Shepherd’s Center, Miles taught high school ESL classes in Almeria, Spain. Miles worked as a summer intern for SCHC during his time in college and is excited to return to a more active role in public service and advocacy with Shepherd’s Center.

DENISE WALTERS// Guardianship Bookkeeper

Denise Walters is a numbers person by trade and is passionate about combining her love of accounting and desire to help others in the community. Denise has more than 20 years of experience in the accounting/bookkeeping world and has worked for notable companies like Levi Strauss & Co., Monaco Coach Corp, and John Deere. Outside of work, you’ll find Denise spending time with her 7 grandchildren whom she adores, knitting or vacationing at Disney World.

2021 Annual Report

To find out more about what Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County is doing for older adults, please check out our 2021 Annual Report. If you have any questions about our Annual Report, please contact Lauren Guynn.