A graduate of IUPUI, Eric founded Outreach in 1996 when he began delivering food, bottled water, and basic first aid to homeless he found living under bridges in Indianapolis. He explains, “God had done something radical in my life and I wanted to make that known. The best way I knew to do that was to go out to those who didn’t know him.”
Eric is the father of three wonderful kids and husband to an absolutely amazing wife. He enjoys coffee, reading, participating in CrossFit, and tire flipping.
VP OF OPERATIONS
Kristin has been on staff with Outreach, Inc. since 2009. Before coming to Outreach, Inc., Kristin worked with Latino immigrants in inner city Los Angeles and with a local HIV/AIDS non-profit. She received a BA in theology from Wheaton College in 2004. Kristin loves photography, gardening and a good book.
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING AND ENGAGEMENT
The newest member of the Outreach team, Simona has resided in Indianapolis for the past seven years with her husband, and has quickly learned to call Indianapolis home. Originally from Canada, she is raising her son and daughter with a love for hockey, poutine and snow! Graduating from the University of Michigan with her Master’s in Social Work, she has obtained her LCSW and looks forward to walking alongside the youth at Outreach with a social justice lens. Her favorite part of working at Outreach is being able to incorporate her Catholic faith into her work and speaking with the youth and other staff about the similarities and differences between their faith backgrounds.
STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS MANAGER
Beth was born and raised in the Chicago-land suburbs, and has spent the past 10 years in Indy. Graduating from IUPUI with her Master’s degree in Social Work, Beth had the opportunity to intern at United Way of Central Indiana and Hawthorne Community Center. Prior to coming to Outreach, Beth worked as a consultant and developed strategies to support non-profit organizations. She hopes to use her passion for supporting homeless youth, and professional background to build strong community partnerships. Outside of work, Beth enjoys traveling to unique places, checking out local coffee shops, and devouring Chicago deep dish pizza.
Anthony joined the Outreach team in April 2013 as the Drop-In Center Coordinator. A lifelong resident of Indianapolis, Anthony lives with his wife Sonna and six children on the city’s Eastside. Prior to coming to Outreach, Anthony worked as a Behavior Adjustment Facilitator for Indianapolis Public Schools and then as a Correctional Counselor at the Marion County Jail. As the Drop-In Center Coordinator, Anthony assists youth with basic needs—food, clothing, identification, insurance—while also showing them how Outreach can “assist them in their journey towards healing and wholeness . . . showing God’s love and grace along the way.” When not at Outreach, Anthony enjoys playing golf, tennis, and basketball with his kids.
G.O.A.L CASE MANAGER
Originally from the Chicago area, Jenna graduated from Augustana College in 2014. After graduation she went on a year-long missions trip called the World Race. This missions trip brought her to 11 third-world countries in Central America, Southeast Asia, and Southern Africa. It was during that year God broke her heart for the poverty-stricken and the hopeless. After the World Race, she attended a discipleship school called G42 Leadership Academy in Mijas, Spain for 6 months before moving to Indianapolis in April 2016. She is incredibly excited about pouring into the high school students and seeing long term transformation in their lives.
G.O.A.L. OUTREACH WORKER
Jincy joined the Outreach team in July 2016 as the Female G.O.A.L Outreach Worker. Jincy was born in Columbus, Indiana and attended Ball State University from 2006-2010. After graduation with a teaching degree in 2010, she spent two months in Kazakhstan serving at an orphanage and teaching English to high school students. Upton returning to the states, Jincy accepted a job at Noblesville High School working students at-risk of not graduating from high school. Jincy enjoys building relationships with Outreach youth and staff and is looking forward to a great school year.
Colleen was born and raised in Indianapolis. Before coming to Outreach Colleen worked with families and youth in Indy as a program coordinator and has recently returned to Indianapolis from working as a service and youth development program director on both the Pine Ridge and Cheyenne River Reservations in South Dakota. Colleen loves the Boston Red Sox, coffee and baking pastries.
Carla born and raised in Monterrey Mexico and has spent the past ten years in in the hospitality industry as a professional chef in and outside of Indiana and most recently as a restaurant entrepreneur on the east side of Indianapolis. She quickly became part of various organizations that seek to develop and nurture the area. She finally found a home for her fierce love for community and faith as a ladies night volunteer leading her into a full time position in the Outreach staff as the female group facilitator. Carla enjoys music, karaoke, grilling and foreign films as well as Barbara Streisand’s movies and vinyl.
Katie joined Outreach in October 2016 as the Female Street Outreach Worker. She has lived in the Indianapolis area since sixth grade, and attended Indiana University where she studied Nonprofit Management. After graduating, she bounced from one thing to the next, biking across the country for affordable housing, living a year of intentional community in Columbus, OH and serving delicious coffee drinks to Starbucks customers in both Indianapolis and Florida. Wanting to take all she has learned and bring it home, she moved back in October and has since loved getting to be a part of the Kingdom work taking place at Outreach. She is excited to discover the gifts and talents of those she works with, and walk alongside them as they discover it for themselves.
VP OF ADMINISTRATION
Jay Nordgaard has been making his home on the west side of Indianapolis since 2009, after almost 50 years on the West Coast. A 17-year career with Albertsons, a national grocery store chain in Washington and Idaho, followed by 11 years as the Executive Director of Redwood Glen Christian Camp, south of San Francisco, set the stage for his current post as Outreach’s Chief of Operations. As a second-generation Canadian, Jay has a passion for ice hockey and enjoys officiating basketball and slow-pitch adult softball. Jay and his wife Rev. Joan Friesen worship at Church of the Master where they seek ways to impact their neighborhood and community for God. Jay loves the gas mileage of his 2012 Prius-C hybrid and hanging with his cats, Reno and Kona.
DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT
Mike was born in Canada, raised in Australia, and now resides in Indianapolis. A graduate of Hillsong Bible College in Sydney, Australia, Mike worked as a senior high school pastor at Shirelive Church. After moving to Canada in 2009, Mike worked as the community and family services coordinator for the Salvation Army in Peterborough, Ontario. In 2011, Mike relocated to Indianapolis… for a girl. Mike is married to the lovely Kirsten and is the proud father of Leo. Mike loves playing and watching any sport (except figure skating and Nascar).
He says: “I believe we are all made in the image of God and I spend my life trying to discover His image in those around me and myself.”
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT COORDINATOR
Born and raised in Lexington, KY, Lydia moved to Indianapolis in 2015 to pursue her MPA in Nonprofit Management. As a former high school mathematics teachers and camp counselor, youth development has always been close to her heart. This passion brought her to Outreach as a volunteer in January of 2016 where she instantly fell in love with the organization. Lydia may refuse to self-identify as a Hoosier, but Indiana life is growing on her. She loves hiking, camping, and exploring and is always looking for new outdoor adventures!
COMMUNICATION AND EVENTS MANAGER
Kara joined the Outreach team in September 2015 as the Drop in Center Coordinator and now as the communication and events manager. She was born and raised in Normal, Illinois then graduated from Anderson University. She moved to Indianapolis after marrying her high school sweetheart in 2014. She enjoys playing ultimate frisbee, riding motorcycles, and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.
Felecia has worn a lot of hats: songwriter, keyboardist, ordained teacher, mother of three, radio announcer, and IPS parent liaison. Since coming to Outreach at the beginning of 2012, she has worn the hat of G.O.A.L. Case Manager. Beyond her role at Outreach, her creativity comes out through clothing and jewelry design. Her love for adventure and missions takes her to places like Togo, West Africa. And her joy of life exudes through her most noticeable feature, a hearty laugh.
G.O.A.L. CASE MANAGER
Kyle is the new Male G.O.A.L. Case Manager. He was born and raised near Lansing, MI and moved to Marion, Indiana to attend Indiana Wesleyan University. A 2013 graduate, Kyle has since pursued ministry as an assistant pastor and also as a chaplain candidate in the Army Reserves. While in Marion, Kyle engaged in ministry with families in poverty and especially young men without stable homes. God did something in Kyle’s heart during this time and his faith has been radically formed because of these experiences. He is happily married to Liz and they just celebrated their 4th anniversary. Kyle and Liz moved to Indianapolis one year ago and God has been faithful in all aspects of their move including his hiring here at Outreach. “I am so grateful to be employed by a company that shares my passion for ministry to the homeless and those in need. I hope to be a valuable asset to Outreach, to grow in my awareness of God’s work in Indy and to inspire our homeless youth with the same love and grace that Jesus inspires and pursues me with every day.” If you enjoy playing and watching basketball, rap music, theology, reading or dogs, then you have found a friend. Peace.
G.O.A.L. OUTREACH WORKER
Daniel has been a lifelong resident of Indianapolis, and joined the Outreach team in 2016 as the Male G.O.A.L. Outreach worker. Ever since graduating from the University of Illinois in 2011, Daniel has discovered a passion for encouraging, teaching and walking with youth as a sports coach, mentor and instructional assistant. Outside of Outreach, he enjoys competitive running and photography as hobbies, and is excited to be in a position to offer spiritual and emotional encouragement combined with meeting the practical and long term needs of the youth in our city.
Devin is a Criminal Justice Major from Harrison College. He has always had a passion for helping those in need. Devin worked as Case Manager at Wheeler Mission Shelter for Men for 5 years. He was a member of PBSO where he was able to reach out to the homeless community in camps around the Indianapolis area. Devin says that his big heart and passion for helping those in need has been his life force. He enjoying spending time with his wife and four boys. Devin also enjoys planning outreach efforts with his church Cornerstone Family Worship Center.
Anthony Baker graduated from Martin University with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, with a double minor in Psychology and Christian Ministry. He grew up here in Indy and always had a passion to help people. He recently worked as a Case Manager at Wheeler Mission for four years. Tony believes change starts in one person at a time. “I believe I can change the world through my love of Jesus Christ and helping others.”
Ryan joined the Outreach team in November 2015 as the Male Street Outreach Worker. Originally from the Chicagoland area (AKA The Region), Ryan came to Indianapolis in 2007 after finishing college and graduate school at Valparaiso University. Ryan has a diverse array of experience professionally, and voluntarily, serving youth and individuals experiencing homelessness. Also, he has experience serving those struggling with addictions and legal issues. He says “I’m thrilled to be part of the Outreach family after a number of years volunteering and am incredibly excited to get to take part in what God will do in the lives of the youth here.”