Give Now
About Us > Staff

Indiana Youth Group Staff

Each staff member was asked how their background influences their present position and why they work at IYG.

 

Chris Paulsen (She/Her/Hers)

Executive Director

cpaulsen@indianayouthgroup.org

Ext.101

I am thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated team of people that are passionate about helping the underserved LBGTQ+ youth of Indiana. I spent 23 years moving up in the corporate world. I learned that my work in that area did not fill my passion. Beginning in 2015, I moved to the LGBTQ+ political advocacy arena. I found job in my work in helping and advocating for LGBTQ+ people. I look forward to helping our youth feel like they are fully valued, seen and respected.

 

 

H.R. Jung (He/Him/His)

Engagement and Marketing Director

hrjung@indianayouthgroup.org

Ext.104

I am thrilled to be working with the Indiana Youth Group. As an active member of the LGBTQ+ community I see the need for IYG and am excited to use my fundraising skills to further the mission of this organization. I have spent my career mainly inside the nonprofit word, from working for the Indiana Repertory Theatre, The Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis, to teaching band and orchestra for several years. I have served on many nonprofit boards and have been deeply involved with the greater Indianapolis LGBTQ community. 
I look forward to the opportunities that working for the Indiana Youth Group provides.

 

 

Graham Brinklow (He/Him/His)

Manager of Training

gbrinklow@indianayouthgroup.org 

I have been an Educational Presenter since 1991 for organizations like Indianapolis Civic Theatre's Kid Connection, Farm Bureau Insurance Project XL, and The Children's Museum of Indianapolis. In all of these programs, I've worked to teach youth tolerance of different types of people, and to learn from one another.

I get the privilege to educate professionals and community members on the best ways to work with and support the future generations of LGBTQ+ youth and their straight allies. This is is not just my current job; it's my life ambition and professional passion. I truly believe that working for IYG is sincerely a blessing.

 

Erica Pahud (She/Her/Hers)

Administrative Assistant

epahud@indianayouthgroup.org 

In February 2014, as I was searching for a job through IUPUI's Work Study program, I was delighted to find that Indiana Youth Group was hiring. I was studying non-profit management with the goal to impact society and felt I was very lucky to find a cause as worthy as IYG's. My responsibilities include social media management, creating weekly volunteer newsletters, managing NAP credits donations, managing our donor database and many other projects. Though my contact with the youth is limited due to working behind-the-scenes in the admin office, I always find any interaction rewarding. I couldn't be more pleased to assist such an incredible organization and work with such amazing people. 

 

 

 

Jamie Roberts (She/Her/Hers)

Manager of SBCM and Family Support

jroberts@indianayouthgroup.org 

 

 

 

 

 

Jasmine Clark (She/Her/Hers)

Case Manager

jclark@indianayouthgroup.org 

Hi, my name is Jasmine and I'm one of the case managers here at IYG. I help the youth with goal setting, conflict resolution, job searching and a host of other things. I really enjoy working with marginalized youth and I'm open to listen and help with uncomfortable and particularly trying circumstances.

I graduated from I.U.P.U.I with a Bachelors degree in General Studies and a minor in sociology. After graduation, I entered into an apprenticeship with Americorp called Public Allies. During that process, I strengthened my awareness on capacity building and cultural diversity. Since then, I've been a youth worker which recently led me to IYG.

When I'm not at IYG, I am working at Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, doing photography, and spending time with my family and friends. I hope that my passion for youth and genuine character will help continue to provide a safe space.

 

 

Bea Melnarowicz (She/Her/Hers)

Accountant

accounting@indianayouthgroup.org

I have worked in accounting and various office management positions for close to two decades. My passion lies in human rights, and especially those of immigrants, people of color, and LGBTQA+ persons. I focus on detail, and try to apply my knowledge and abilities to make all those around me empowered to stand up for their rights. In my free time I spend as much time as possible outdoors, exercising, traveling and indulging in music, Japanese pro-wrestling, and in the company of my family and friends.

 

Kaylee Sink, BSW (They/them/theirs or She/her/hers)

Youth Development Specialist

ksink@indianayouthgroup.org

Hello! I am a Youth Development Specialist at IYG. I started as a social work intern at IYG in 2016 and I have been inspired by the passion and determination of our youth each and every day since. I work predominantly in group facilitation and program design. I facilitate our monthly group Queer in the Mirror and our bi-monthly group, Gender Verse. Additionally, I participate in one-on-one Strengths Based Case Management with youth to provide mentorship and assistance in accomplishing goal-based activities.

It is my utmost passion to work with youth in an effort to promote social justice, self-determination, and self-advocacy. I firmly believe in the impact of art in fighting marginalization, and I attempt to incorporate various art forms in all of my work at IYG. We use poetry, music, and multi-media art as ways to express ourselves and our passions, and find our voices.

I graduated from IUPUI in May of 2017 with a Bachelors of Social Work, and I am currently pursuing my Masters of Social Work at IUPUI. When I'm not at IYG, I enjoy reading, writing, performing spoken word poetry, and I love all things related to animals and the outdoors.

 

Kyle Casteel (He/Him/His)

Community Resource Coordinator

kcasteel@indianayouthgroup.org

I'm primarily responsible for managing IYG's Volunteer Program, as well as working to grow and maintain IYG's presence across the communities we serve. I don't work directly with the youth themselves, but I do help bridge the gap between IYG and the wider community to make sure our youth are provided with the resources they need.

I have worked and volunteered in many community-focused roles for most of my career, from starting a GSA at my rural high school and even being on IYG's Youth Council as a young adult. Most recently I worked with Freedom Indiana to help protect LGBTQ Hoosiers from hate crimes and discrimination. IYG is important to me because I was a youth there myself not long ago, so I know firsthand how vital the programs and resources we provide are to the health, happiness, and future success of Indiana's LGBTQ community.

Please feel free to reach out if you want more information about volunteering, or are interested in connecting your own project/organization with IYG!

 

Maxximillion Pyron (He/Him/His)

Americorp Public Ally

mpyron@indianayouthgroup.org

I am an AmeriCorps Public Ally assigned to serve here at IYG. I'm a case worker, as well as a point of contact for parents and organizations looking to partner with IYG. I'm still fairly new to the non-profit sector, but so far the fit is perfect. Serving marginalized youth is a dream come true. I care deeply about the work I'm doing and the LGBTQ+ youths that we can help. I hope to further my education and stay in non-profits after my 10 month term with AmeriCorps. I see potential, passion, and positivity in every person, place, and situation. I hope to use my passion for social justice to continue growing safe, healing spaces for marginalized youths!

When I'm not at IYG I'm creating art, playing instruments and singing, doing anything involving animals, baking, exploring the outdoors, writing, reading comics, or building stuff. I also love coffee and organizing! My obsession is rats. They're my favorite animal and I collect all sorts of rat-related things! Talk to me about animals and you'll hold my attention for hours!

 

Kealin Dugan (She/Her/ Hers)

BSW Intern, school year 2017-2018

kdugan@indianayouthgroup.org

 

Maria Cheeseman (She/Her/ Hers)

Public Ally

mcheeseman@indianayouthgroup.org

 

Carla Hutchinson

chutchinson@indianayouthgroup.org

 

James Capps (He/Him/His)

Education Coordinator

jcapps@indianayouthgroup.org

I couldn't be more excited to have the opportunity to serve IYG's Education Coordinator! Before joining the staff,I was lucky enough to serve as a volunteer youth mentor. I graduated from IUPUI's Urban Education program, and I am currently pursuing my master's degree in Urban Education as well.

As a former IYG youth, I am fully aware of the impact that we make here. As an educator, it is my goal to empower the youth to be creators of knowledge, critical thinkers, and agents of change in their communities. Much of my graduate research has focused on increasing student self-efficacy and agency in schools to deconstruct the heteronormative practices and ideologies that are all too common in curricula and school culture. I am eagerly anticipating making this a reality through collaboration with the youth and amazing team at IYG!

 

Mary Roberts (She/Her/Hers)

Education and Relationships Coordinator

mroberts@indianayouthgroup.org

I am a long time educator who has worked with students of all ages. I served as a teacher and administrator in Wayne Township Schools. My goal as an educator was and continues to be helping youth build skills academically and socially which will help them lead happy and healthy lives

I earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education at IU Bloomington and a Master's degree in School Counseling at Butler University. I also earned a second Master's degree from Butler in School Supervision and Administration. I also completed the licensure program for Director of Exceptional Learners at IU Bloomington.

My role at IYG will focus on helping youth develop and use Restorative Justice practices and encouraging them to pursue post high school education. I will also assist with supporting students to stay in, or return to school to complete their education.

In my spare time I work with social justice initiative such as Indiana Congregational Action Network and am very involved in the ministry of All Saints Episcopal Church. I enjoy reading, cooking and going to the theater.

 

Kimberly Ewing (She/Her/Hers)

Program Manager

kewing@indianayouthgroup.org

I'm so excited to be a part of this amazing team and I just love making a difference in the lives of youth and their families. Overall, I'm responsible for designing and implementing the programs and services provided at IYG to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning youth and their families, along with establishing and maintaining positive relationships with schools, other social services and the community. Previously, I served as the Director of Multicultural Services at Vincennes University and I'm the founder of KDE Motivates.

I'm a Certified Diversity Professional (CDP), a Certified Olweus Bullying Prevention Trainer and Leadership Trainer. I graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications and from Indiana State University with a Master of Science Degree in Students Affairs and Higher Education. Also I'm proud to serve on the Unity Project Committee at the Jewish Community Center. For fun, I love to travel, write quotes, take pictures, swim, take long walks and spend quality time with family and friends.