Kendee began her service to youth and families over 30 years ago and spent 26 years with the YMCA. She joined the Reach For Youth team in 2015 and believes in the powerful mission - Providing youth second chances through prevention, intervention and counseling. She has previous experience in both annual and capital fundraising, operations, developing board and staff teams and programming. Kendee is a graduate of Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; Bachelor of Science in Child Development and Family Studies.
Melissa joined the Reach For Youth family in 2018 as our Director of Operations and in July of 2022 changed to the role of Marketing and Fundraising. She has over 15 years’ experience in fundraising, recruitment, and annual planning with both organizations – Boy Scouts of America and the American Cancer Society. She believes that fundraising is event planning with a purpose.
Melissa graduated from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN; with a Bachelor of Arts in Photography and Art History.
"In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun."
Denise Senter serves as Director of Mental Health and Clinical Services in support of Reach For Youth’s programs and operations. Denise joined Reach For Youth In December, 2013.
Denise is a licensed clinician trained in Marriage and Family Therapy with nearly 30 years of extensive experience serving families and children in private practice.
Some areas of specialization include mood disorders; behavioral problems in home and/or school; trauma, including domestic violence, sexual abuse, and physical abuse; attachment difficulties in children and adults, and cultural awareness and cross-cultural competency. Denise has served as a trainer and consultant to several organizations throughout Indiana, as well as to professional athletes.
Denise is a published author dealing with mental health and currently serves on the Board of Directors with Infancy Onward (formerly, Indiana Association of Infant and Toddler Mental Health).
"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
- Og Mandino
Martie Lipman is a therapist working at our Greenwood and Central Office locations. Martie was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to Florida when she was about 3 or 4 years old. Since 2015, Martie has resided in Indianapolis where she attended University of Indianapolis and received her MA in Mental Health & Addictions Counseling.
Martie first realized she wanted to work with trauma and systems when she volunteered at a crisis center during her time as an undergraduate student. While working with persons who experienced trauma, during her graduate program her passion grew to working with adolescents when working at the St Vincent Anderson Center Residential Program for Adolescents. In addition to these, Martie has worked at Volunteers of America with mothers struggling with substance use addiction, as well as the PARC Program with Eskenazi Health with individuals in the early stages of psychosis. These experiences demonstrated not just the prevalence of trauma, but also the multitude of ways trauma can impact families and individuals. There is no 'one size fits all' when it comes to the kind of impact that experiencing trauma may have.
Martie is bilingual and works with many of our Hispanic or Latino families. She loves and appreciates the immigrant population and experiences, and having immigrated to the USA as a child herself she feels it is important for her to be an ally for the families at Reach for Youth. Martie states she wants to ensure she takes part in building a healthy and supportive community.
Shanae Kelley graduated from Butler University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology/Sociology, a combined major. She continued her education at IUPUI, completing her Master's degree in Social Work, and has worked in the field of social work since 2007.
Shanae has worked with children and families in various capacities since 2004. She also served the Indianapolis community by organizing community events.
At Reach For Youth, she continues her passion in working with youth and families, particularly the Alternative to Expulsion program. "I feel it is an honor to be able to work with families, even in their most difficult times."
"Never quit trying."
Lindsey Southwick graduated from the University of Illinois with her Masters in Social Work and with a dual specialization in Mental Health and School Counseling. She attended Marian University for a Masters in Special Education and received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at Indiana State University.
Lindsey has worked in mental health serving residential, outpatient, home base, and international populations since 2002. She is a proficient clinician who has worked with behavioral issues and all mental health diagnoses. Lindsey Southwick has 14 years of experience with trauma victims from sexual abuse to war or gang ridden countries with adults and children. At Reach For Youth, Lindsey continues her interests in working with immigrant families on trauma and other mental health needs. Lindsey works with families with a systemic approach from policy, community, family, and the individual.
Lindsey is engaged in important and influential work such as developing policy for human rights and environmental needs among Indiana legislators. She is on the Sierra Club Indiana State board and the Heartland Sierra Club and acts as lobbyist for social issues, environmental issues on behalf of the Sierra Club. Lindsey is currently on the Excom committee and chair of the conservation committee.
Lindsey has experience working at refugee resettlements and other agencies providing mental health care and case management for Latino, African, CHIN, Burmese, and Bosnia countries.
"The Earth is her Country. Humankind her people."
- Baha'u'llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas
Cindikaye Johnson graduated from IUPUI, with a Bachelor of Science in Public Health, and worked for both Marion County and Hendricks County Health Departments, with a focus on inspection and community education. As family time allowed, Cindikaye went back to school and obtained her Master's in Mental Health Counseling through Capella University.
Cindikaye is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor with experience helping those with both mental health and substance abuse issues. She has worked with children, adolescents, and adults in individual, family, and group settings since 2011, providing treatment in both in-patient and out-patient settings.
Cindikaye began her work with Reach for Youth in 2021, with a commitment to serve the community one family at a time.
"A child whose behavior pushes you away is a child who needs connection before anything else"
- Kelly Bartlett, Encouraging Words for Kids
Lindsey graduated from IUPUI with her Bachelors of Social Work in 2018 and her Masters in Social Work in 2021.
Lindsey started as an intern at Reach For Youth during her senior year of her Bachelors program and was hired on after graduating in 2018. She has served in multiple positions at Reach For Youth including the Teen Court Coordinator and an Administration Coordinator. Before Reach For youth, Lindsey had previous experience working with youth at the Johnson County Juvenile Justice Center. Her previous experience working with youth in the criminal justice system encouraged her to seek restorative justice practices.
In her new position of Administrative Assistant, she will be utilizing her 6 years of experience working in banking to help clients with their billing needs.
Akua Miller Gaylor earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a concentration in clinical rehabilitation through Purdue University. Akua then followed through with her education by obtaining her Masters of Social Work through Indiana University with a focus on working in schools.
She is a compassionate, culturally competent leader backed by over ten years of professional experience with integrated skills that include group counseling, case management, program development, family engagement, and special education in diverse settings, such as schools, skilled nursing facilities, substance abuse centers, and mental health clinics. She is very passionate about improving outcomes for youth, their families, and the surrounding community by building working relationships to encourage personal growth and development.
"I am not what happened to me. I am what I chose to become."
- Carl Jung
Chris graduated from Manchester University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Criminal Justice.
After gaining experience working with youth and families at Youth Connections as the Program Assistant, he joined the Reach For Youth team in 2003.
As the Teen Court Director, he also facilitates workshops on topics including shoplifting, conflict resolution, peer pressure and teen dating violence. The Teen Court program allows him to combine his passion for working with youth and supporting them in turning mistakes into opportunities for growth and personal development, while helping youth avoid the negative consequences of being an adjudicated delinquent in an official juvenile court.