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

Connie Chesney

Mona Euler

Brian Derrer

Duane Kamminga

Tonya Harvey

Melanie Fauth

Charity Inglis

Annie Lacy

Valerie Bruemmer, MD

Angie Light

Shelley O’Connell

Heather Perdue

Anne Poindexter

Jeff Hunt

Kristy Murphy

Meet our staff

Lauren Guynn

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.

Jennifer Miller

JENNIFER MILLER // Director of Operations

Jennifer comes to Shepherd’s Center with 3 years of nonprofit experience and a decade of management experience. She has most recently worked with HAND, Inc. and the City of Westfield. Jennifer is excited to get to work as the new Director of Operations and looks forward to working with Hamilton County’s seniors.

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 Marketing and Events

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.

Savannah Meiss

Savannah Meiss // Programs Manager

Savannah has been a resident of Hamilton County her whole life. She recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Sociology. She has experience working with non profit organizations as well as customer service roles. Savannah has a passion for helping others and looks forward to being part of such a great organization.

Carolyn Omori

CAROLYN OMORI // Reaching Resources Manager

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// Counseling Program Manager

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 // Reaching Resources Coordinator

Madelyn joined the Shepherd's Center in January of 2022 as an intern and began her job as a Reaching Resources Coordinator in May. She graduated from IU with bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Hispanic Literature and is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work at IUPUI.

Madelyn has a passion for helping people and is excited to help seniors in Hamilton County reach their goals.

SALLY BAUER // Guardianship Program Case Manager

Sally Bauer is a Columbus, Ohio, transplant who relocated to Hamilton County in 2006. Sally is a people person and enjoys helping people of all ages. After spending time in the hospice industry, Sally recognized the need to advocate for seniors. Her job as Guardianship Program Case Manager allows her to help seniors stay healthy and independent.

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.