Staff

Jackie Dermody

Chief Executive Officer

Maggie Fritzen

Deputy Officer

I started working at Family Advocates in June 2014 after getting my Bachelor’s Degree from Purdue University North Central in Marketing. Family Advocates is the perfect fit for me because it allows me to do work I love for people who need it.

April Greetham

CASA Director

In 2006, I graduated from Purdue University Calumet with a B.A. in Sociology. After graduation, I worked as a case manager at Madison Center, working with children and joined the Army National Guard from 2009 to 2012. My husband and I had our first and only son in 2011 and I made the decision to become a stay at home mother. After 4 ½ years, I returned to social work, working with the elderly and disabled community. I grew strong bonds within this community but my passion lies in bettering the lives of children, the reason I went into social services in the very beginning. With my new role within Family Advocates, I will be able to advocate and fight for the best interest of the children we serve, helping to create a better community.

Jennifer Childress

CASA Staff GAL

Brenda Stellema

CYA Program Director

My passion to make a difference in the community led me to Family Advocates in 2013 as a member of the agency’s Board of Directors. An opportunity to develop a mentoring/advocacy program arose shortly after so I accepted that role to deepen my impact. During my tenure as Program Director, the Court Youth Advocate (CYA) Program has expanded to help not only youth involved in delinquency court but also assist those involved in alternative education plans as well as community-based programming. Recognized for impacting community youth, I was one of Ivy Tech’s 2019 Distinguished Alumnus. Working together with community partners is one of my greatest joys to empower our youth to find their own path to success. I have a BSW from Indiana University with a Child & Youth Care (CY-C) Credential and I’m a member of the Indiana Youth Services Association. I am part of the 2019 Executive Journey Fellowship strengthening my collaboration with other youth working professionals throughout Indiana.
Self-care in the social work profession is important so in my free time, I love to go boating, enjoying the sun and sand as well as spend time with my family & friends who provide so much love and support!

Jennifer Lambert

Youth Wellness Court Coordinator

Cheryl Highsmith

Harmony House Program Director

I started working with Harmony House/CASA in February 2005. I first began working as a visit supervisor, then was promoted to Harmony House Program Coordinator in September 2005, and most recently to my current position as Harmony House Program Director. I love working with families and watching their interaction. Before coming to Harmony House I worked at Christian Haven, Inc. working with at-risk youth for eleven years.

Jan Kiger

Director of Volunteer Services

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For questions or concerns regarding a supervised visit, contact chighsmith@lpfamilyadvocates.com