Our Staff

The CIS site coordinator is responsible for executing the CIS School Support Plan and meeting the needs of the student population, aligning with the priorities of school leadership. The site coordinator works inside the school with principals, teachers and other student support personnel to forge community partnerships that bring resources into the school to help remove barriers to learning.

Site Coordinators & Staff

The Communities In Schools site coordinator works with volunteers, partners and the local community to provide students with the supports they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Jalaina King

Jalaina King

Site Coordinator, Blue Academy (MSD Decatur Township Schools)

Email: jking@msddecatur.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-856-4100

 

Hello! My name is Jalaina King, and I am excited to start a new school year as the Site Coordinator at Blue Academy. I have worked with Communities In Schools of Indiana and Decatur Township Schools since January of 2017. My post-secondary education includes degrees in Counseling, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. Following graduation, I taught Pre-K for one year in Philadelphia, worked in Juvenile Probation for 10 years prior to becoming a Site Coordinator. I volunteer at various activities in MSD Decatur Township at the elementary and high school level. I love antiquing and revitalizing antiques to their natural look!

Matt Ernst

Matt Ernst

Site Coordinator Stephen Decatur Elementary School (MSD Decatur Township Schools)

Email: mernst@msddecatur.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-241-0183

 

Hello! My name is Matt Ernst. I’m 24 years old and an Indianapolis native. I recently graduated from IUPUI with my Masters in Social Work. I am thankful for this opportunity to make a positive impact in Decatur Township.

Peg Bickel

Peg Bickel

Site Coordinator Liberty Early Elementary School (MSD Decatur Township Schools)

Email: mbickel@msddecatur.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-243-7559

 

Hello, my name is Peg Bickel and I am so excited to be a part of the Decatur Township and CIS family! I will be the new Site Coordinator at Liberty Elementary School. I can’t wait to see all my new students. It’s going to be a great school year!

I have been a Juvenile Probation Officer for the past 16 years and I continue to look forward to working with the children and families in our community.

Laverna Tracy

Laverna Tracy

Site Coordinator Stephen Decatur Elementary School (MSD Decatur Township Schools)

Email: ltracy@msddecatur.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-241-0183

 

Wife and mother of four handsome young men. Over 20 years of experience working in our community including jail, prison, and youth organizations.

Karen O’Gara-Hartnett

Karen O’Gara-Hartnett

Site Coordinator Gold Academy (MSD Decatur Township Schools)

Email: khartnett@msddecatur.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-856-0400

 

I’ve been married for 27 years and have 3 grown children. I have been in education for 26 years. This is my second year with CIS of Indiana at Gold Academy in MSD Decatur Township. Last year I made a lot of connections with families and supported with improving attendance, academics, as well as connecting families with community services.

Denee Lecher

Denee Lecher

Site Coordinator West Newton Elementary (MSD Decatur Township Schools)

Email: dlecher@msddecatur.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-856-5237

 

I have been working in Decatur Township (at West Newton Elementary School) the past few years through Cummins Behavioral Health Inc., and am excited to be joining West Newton again! I recently had a beautiful baby girl and took time to stay at home with her. I’ve always loved helping kiddos and families and am looking forward to starting the new school year.

Finda Fallah

Finda Fallah

Resource Liaison Brook Park Elementary (MSD of Lawrence Township)

Email: findafallah@msdlt.k12.in.us

Phone: 317-964-6800

 

My name is Finda Fallah. I have a M. S. Ed from Southern Illinois University. I am a firm believer that education is an investment in oneself. I have a rich experience working in outreach education in K-12 learning environments. My experiences also include engaging community, local and state institutions to partner with schools to provide supplemental programs that support student achievement.

Shelia Richardson

Shelia Richardson

Resource Liaison Winding Ridge Elementary (MSD of Lawrence Township)

Email:sheliarichardson@msdlt.k12.in.us

Phone: 317-964-6800

 

I have been a Community Liaison since 1999 in schools. I love the concept and have seen this work in many lives in the home, school, and community. I’m proud to be a member of the Lawrence Township community and Communities In Schools model and plan to be an intricate part of the solutions and progress.

Kiersti Binette

Kiersti Binette

Site Coordinator at Valley Mills Elementary (MSD of Decatur Township)

Email:  kbinette@decaturproud.org

Phone: 317-856-6363

 

Hello! My name is Kiersti and I am very excited to join the CIS Indiana team! I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences along with a certificate in Rehabilitation and Disability. I have a background in working with children with autism for four years prior to becoming a site coordinator. I am looking forward to building positive relationships with students and setting them up for success!

Scott Evans

Scott Evans

Site Coordinator Templeton Elementary (Bloomington)

Email: scotte@cisindiana.org
Phone: 812-330-7735

 

I have worked in education for over twenty years, 15 of which were spent with children and families at Harmony School in Bloomington, IN. I will complete my Masters in Special Education in the summer of 2017. I am the proud father of three children and lucky to be married to my best friend and spouse, Allyson. In my free time, I enjoy Birding, Nature Photography and playing music.

Maci Webster

Maci Webster

Site Coordinator Thomas Miller Elementary (Lafayette)

Email: maciw@cisindiana.org
Phone: 765-476-2930 x 2970

 

Hi! My name is Maci Webster. I am an IUPUI graduate with a Bachelors in Social Work. This is my fifth school year at Miller Elementary. I spent my previous four years as a Wabash Valley Alliance case manager. Having been a consistent presence in the building, I have developed many positive relationships with the students and the families at the school. I’m excited to join the CIS Indiana team so that I can continue to build on all of these positive relationships and provide additional supports to the children and families I already care so much about.

Jeana Jefferson

Jeana Jefferson

Site Coordinator, Decatur Middle School (MSD of Decatur Township Schools)

Email: jjefferson@decaturproud.org
Phone: 317-856-5274 ext 8004

 

I am the mother of 3 young men.  This is my 3rd year working at DMS & my first year as the CIS Site Coordinator.  I have a bachelor’s degree from UIndy in Org Leadership and many years of volunteering, mentoring & as a board member with Jameson Camp Inc & Concord Community Center.   Working with children and in the community is my passion. 

Mattie Harville

Mattie Harville

Site Coordinator, Decatur Central High School (MSD of Decatur Township Schools)

Email: mharville@decaturproud.org
Phone: 317-856-5288

 

Hey, my name is Mattie Harville. I’m a Decatur Alumni and happy to partner with CSI to serve Decatur Township. I attend Unversity of Indianapolis, where I graduated with my bachelors in psychology. I’ve worked in both the behavioral and social work world. I’m excited to have an opportunity to build upon my strengths and serve a community that I love!

Jimmanee Gomez-Spears

Jimmanee Gomez-Spears

Site Coordinator, Decatur Central High School (MSD of Decatur Township Schools)

Email: jgomezspears@decaturproud.org
Phone: 317-856-5288

 

Hello! My name is Jimmanee Gomez-Spears and I am delighted to be working at DCHS as a Site Coordinator for CIS. I earned my bachelor’s degree from IU (Go Big Red!) in Gender Studies and Political Science. Before hiring on with CIS, I have spent the last few years doing home-based case management for the Children’s Bureau with the NACS Program in Marion County. Previous to that, I worked as a Bilingual/ESL Assistant for IPS on the Westside of Indianapolis.  I am grateful for the opportunity to bring knowledge and skills from both of those positions back to my own community and Alma Mater! I have two fantastic kids who keep me busy with travel soccer and scouting. I am Decatur Proud!

Robert Morgan

Robert Morgan

Family and Community Engagement Coordinator at Fairview Elementary Monroe County Community School Corporation

Email: rmorgan@mccsc.edu
Phone: 812-330-7732

“I went to school for Criminal Justice but later found out education was my passion. I have worked with students and families since 2013 and will be completing my M.S. in Elementary Ed soon.

I love the people. The staff and the families. Everyone here has the desire for children and families to be happy, healthy, and self-sufficient. There are some incredible people within the community. Each year I get to be a special person to many children and their parents. I love working with the staff because, for the most part, we all have the same purpose.

In my spare time, I like to spend time with my family, road trips, cookouts, and just enjoying life. “

 

Darlene Vaughn

Darlene Vaughn

Interim Executive Director

darlenev@cisindiana.org

phone: 317-423-7583

Darlene Vaughn comes to Communities in Schools of Indiana with a wealth of experience. Darlene began her career as a reading teacher at John Marshall Middle School at Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). She then received a Master’s degree in Higher Education Student Affairs from Indiana University. As a Program Coordinator for a grant-funded college readiness program, Darlene ensured students were fully functional and prepared for the college setting. She then received her second Master’s degree in Public Administration with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Along the way, she has also served as a Program Director for a Boys & Girls Club as well as a Parent Involvement Educator in IPS. Most recently, Darlene served as a Research Associate for United Way of Central Indiana. Darlene enjoys participating in fitness activities, attending a wide array of events around town, and chasing after her toddler.

Bernadette Monk

Bernadette Monk

Director of Data and Evaluation

Email: bernadettemonk@msdlt.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-964-4500

Bernadette Monk holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership. Bernadette’s experience includes a previous position as a data specialist as well as a Director of Operations at SENSE Charter School. She also speaks Spanish fluently. In her free time, Mrs. Monk enjoys going to the movies and shopping at Target.

Keith Beatty

Keith Beatty

Resource Liaison Indian Creek Elementary School (Lawrence Township)

Email: keithbeatty@msdlt.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-964-4400

As a former public school teacher, Keith Beatty holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University. He is also an alumnus of Lawrence Central High School. Mr. Beatty enjoys music and plays guitar in a band.

Antonio Jefferson

Antonio Jefferson

Resource Liaison Oaklandon Elementary School (Lawrence Township)

Email: Antoniojefferson@msdlt.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-964-4800

Antonio Jefferson has served the Lawrence Township community for several years before joining Communities in Schools. He has also held a position as a program coordinator and a foster care case manager. Mr. Jefferson also received his Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice. Also, he is a middle school football and wrestling coach.

Neal Gore

Neal Gore

Resource Liaison Harrison Hill Elementary School (Lawrence Township)

Email: nealgore@msdlt.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-964-4300

Neal Gore comes to Communities in Schools with a deep passion and commitment to the Communities in Schools model. As part of a grant at his local school, Neal built partnerships with local organizations and coordinated resources aiding in student achievement. Mr. Gore holds a Master’s degree and has held a previous position with Big Brothers Big Sisters. In his free time, he also enjoys being outside.

LaKeitha Patterson

LaKeitha Patterson

Resource Liaison Belzer Middle School (Lawrence Township)

Email: lakeithapatterson@msdlt.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-964-6200

LaKeitha Patterson has served in Lawrence Township several years before joining Communities in Schools. Mrs. Patterson holds a  Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Indianapolis and a Master’s in Social Work from IUPUI. She has also held positions in social work focusing on adults and children as well as a role in Imagine Indiana Life Sciences Academy East. Mrs. Patterson enjoys collecting angels, cooking, and taking part in retail therapy.

Carmisha Leary

Carmisha Leary

Resource Liaison Belzer Middle School (Lawrence Township)

Email: carmishaleary@msdlt.k12.in.us
Phone: 317-964-6600

Carmisha Leary holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern Indiana. She has served as a Center Director for Kindercare Learning Center, a teacher at the Early Learning Center at Mary Castle Elementary School, and a mentor at the Early Learning Center at Amy Beverland Elementary School. In her spare time, Ms. Leary coaches cheerleading for youth (some as young as four years old)!

Helena Drumm

Helena Drumm

Director of Student Supports

Email: helenad@cisindiana.org
Phone: 317-856-5265

 

My name is Helena Drumm, and I am honored to be the new Program Director for Communities In Schools of Indiana. I look forward to the new opportunities as I transition into a leadership role. I believe my post-secondary education (Bachelor of Social Work from Indiana State University and Masters of Social Work from IUPUI) and previous work experiences of partnering and providing direct services to our great state’s youth are all assets that will help me in leading the dream team!

In my spare time, I enjoy playing sand volleyball, hiking and spending time with my family and two cats

Vivian Ashmawi

Vivian Ashmawi

Executive Director

Email: viviana@cisindiana.org
Phone: 765-967-1198

 

Vivian Ashmawi has served as the CIS Indiana State Director since the official launch of our State Office in April 2016. Previously Vivian served as the Executive Director of Communities In Schools of Wayne County since its inception in 2001. Vivian holds a Bachelor Degree in Elementary Education from Indiana University East, and an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Development from Ivy Tech Richmond. Vivian enjoys bike riding and spending time with family, especially grandson Tucker.

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