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
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.
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 // 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 Coordinator
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 // 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 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 // 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 // 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.
AIREON OWSLEY // Reaching Resources Case Manager
Aireon is a graduate of Indiana State University with a degree in Social Work. Prior to joining Shepherd’s Center, Aireon worked with seniors in a hospital setting, and she is excited to continue her work with seniors in Hamilton County. She enjoys being able to help those in need regardless of age. Aireon’s future plans include graduate school.
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.
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.
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.