MEET OUR STAFF
PRESIDENT, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
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.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
DIRECTOR OF ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES
CLINICAL STAFF TEAM
Dr. Dianne Martin
LMHC DIRECTOR OF MENTAL HEALTH AND CLINICAL SERVICES
Denise Senter, MFT, LMHC
Denise Senter serves as Clinical Supervisor 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 extensiveexperience 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 the Indiana Association of Infant and Toddler Mental Health.
“Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later.”
Shanae Kelley, MSW LSW
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."
John Polstra, LCSW, CSAYC
Ashlyn Douthitt, LMFT
Ashlyn is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who collaborates with clients and their families to identify and lift constraints that are keeping them stuck in unhealthy ways of being. She is passionate about and has extensive training working with children, adolescents and their families particularly in the areas of trauma, non-suicidal self injury, parent-child relational issues, anxiety, depression, and self-esteem. Her educational background includes a BA in Psychology and BS in Family Studies from Miami University and a MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Northwestern University.
Ms. Douthitt utilizes a systemic perspective and training in Family Systems Theory, CBT, DBT, and Trauma-focused CBT to tailor therapy services to meet each client’s unique needs. She is a compassionate professional that creates a safe space for clients to explore and heal from their past while building their resiliency and hope for their future.
“You may not be responsible for the open wound, but you are responsible for your healing”
Lindsey Southwick, MSW
Audra Richert, LCSW
TEEN COURT TEAM
DIRECTOR OF PREVENTION SERVICES
With over 5 years of experience working with youth and families, Aaron received his Bachelors of Social Work degree from Ball State University.
Aaron began his work with youth and families as a Case Manager in the Indiana Department of Child Services, and continued this work as Peace Corp Volunteer in the Philippines. Aaron is a graduate of Leadership United through United Way of Central Indiana. Aaron gives back to the community through his Board involvement with Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center. Aaron is currently completing his Masters of Public Affairs degree requirements through the IUPUI School of Environmental and Public Affairs.
Aaron's focus is carrying out the mission of Reach For Youth by constantly seeking new and innovative ways to increase capacity and serve more families.
TEEN COURT DIRECTOR
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.
TEEN COURT COORDINATOR
Lindsey graduated from IUPUI with a Bachelors of Social Work. She is currently enrolled for the Masters of Social Work program at IUPUI.
Starting as an intern at Reach For Youth in her senior year, she was hired on after graduating in May of 2018. She also has previous experience working with youth at the Juvenile Justice Center. Her previous experience working with youth in the criminal justice system encouraged her to seek restorative justice practices.
While working as the Teen Court Coordinator, her focus is devoted to all volunteer efforts in the Teen Court program. She also sees to our community outreach to local schools and probation offices to educate them on social justice and prevention efforts.