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Staff

Claudia Houchen

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Learning Network of Clinton County Director

Certifications include:

  • Notary Public for the State of Indiana
  • ServSafe Instructor & Test Proctor (English & Spanish)
  • Prime For Life Trainer (Substance Abuse)
  • Community Health Worker Trainer (Promotoras de Salud)
  • Navigator Trainer (Healthcare Insurance)
  • Bridging the Gap Trainer (Medical Interpreter Training), 2006 & 2015
  • Baby and Me Tobacco Free Facilitator (Tobacco Cessation)
  • Bienvenido Instructor (Mental Health for the Immigrant)
  • BAFA-BAFA Instructor (Cultural Competency)
  • Mental Health First Aid USA Instructor
  • Tomando Control de Su Salud Instructor (Diabetes Class for Spanish Speakers)
  • Operation Fit Kids Instructor
  • CITI Certified

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Nancy Elsea

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Learning to Lead

B.S. in Education, Tarkio College, 1972
M.S. in School Counseling, Purdue University, 2000

As the Learning to Lead Coordinator, Nancy sets up the program day for the Learning to Lead students. Nancy makes arrangements for guest speakers and transportation on the program days. Nancy is also in charge of arranging TATU( Teens Against Tobacco Use) presentations at the four county schools with the Learning to Lead students.

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Pam Nichols

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Afterschool Tutoring Program Director

BA Theater and Communication Arts, Indiana University, BloomingtonBA
Education – English Secondary license grades 5 –12, IUPUI, Indianapolis
IUPUI Indianapolis 15 hours Graduate credit (School of Public & Environmental Affairs)

Certifications include:

  • Licensed teacher of English for grades 5-12
  • Myers/Briggs instructional trainer for youth and adults
  • Faculty Point Person for the State of Indiana’s School Improvement Program
  • Mentor Teacher Academy Certification
  • SPEA’s 15 hr. Public Administration Program
  • Mnemonic Learning Instruction Certification
  • Certificate of Merit from the Academic All Stars (as the teacher to most influence a student’s academic career—won the award twice)
  • Team Leader – Frankfort Middle School

Pamela Nichols is the Director of the After School Enrichment program serving the Community Schools Frankfort elementary schools – Blue Ridge; Green Meadows and Suncrest. The enrichment programming focuses on STEM learning: Reader’s Theater, Kidz Math, myOn Reading (computer-based program), and Lego math construction activities. She facilitates the tutoring program at the Learning Network serving students ranging from Kindergarten through college level students. Additionally, she teaches adult learners with English acquisition and US civics.

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Adriana Sanches-Contreras

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Office Manager

B.S in Health Science: Health Promotion, Indiana University of Kokomo, 2015.
Minors in Nutrition and Spanish

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Monica Morey

Grant Manager/Program Coordinator

Monica Morey is the Grant Manager/Program Coordinator of Youth_RISE! for the Learning Network/ Purdue Extension of Clinton County. We provide a positive pro-active approach with the backing of evidence based programing and trainings on Teen Pregnancy Prevention. Our Curriculum has been culturally, linguistically and medically reviewed by the Office of Adolescent Health OAH.

We provide education and raise awareness, provide presentations, bring health education opportunities, trainings and outreach efforts in the community with the collaboration of our partners and buy-in from the community to inform individuals and agencies on the current national teen pregnancy rate in Clinton County.

Support for this project is provided by Health Care Education and Training, Inc. (HCET) through the Office of Adolescents Health/DHHS Grant #TP1AH000115 Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program CFDA 93.927

  • Certifications include:
  • Tomando Control de Tu Salud Instructor (Diabetes Class)
  • D.E.E.P Instructor (Diabetes Class)
  • BAFA-BAFA Instructor (Cultural Competency)
  • Operation Fit Kids Instructor
  • Chronic Diseases Self- Management Master Trainer
  • Family Support Worker Specialist
  • Prevention Baby Shaken Syndrome Facilitator
  • Mental Health First Aid USA Facilitator
  • Bridging the Gap Certified
  • Families Talking Together Certified
  • SHIP Counselor State Health Indiana Program
  • Family Development Outreach Worker
  • State and Federal Navigator (2013-2015)
  • Board/ Community/ Coalition/ Council member: Cass County Community Health Center Board,
  • Housing Authority Board, Cass County Headstart, Indianan Minority Health, Covering Kids and
  • Families, Cass County Resource Network, Obesity Task Force, Pregnancy Prevention Task Force,
  • Cass County Diversity Club, and the Tobacco Coalition.

Phone: 765-659-6380 Ext 1825

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Maria F. Tineo

English Literacy-Civics Program Grant Manager

M.S. in Human Development and Families Studies, College of Health and Human Sciences, Purdue University, 2011
B.A in Psychology, Hunter College-CUNY, 2008

Certifications include:

  • CITI-Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative
  • Purdue Extension’s Community Leadership Program

Maria F. Tineo is the Grant Manager of the English Literacy-Civics Program also known as EL-Civics, a state grant awarded by the Indiana Department of Workforce Development to provide Adult English Language Learners with the opportunity to acquire English language and literacy skills as well as Civics Education programming.

Phone: 765-659-6380 ext.1822

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Learning Network of Clinton County Board of Directors

Learning Network Board Members

President, Hans Vargas
Vice President, Marielou Clouse
Secretary, Tania Sotelo
Treasurer, Clark Beard
Parliamentarian, Miguel Garza

Members at-large:

  • Jay Hawley
  • Don Anderson
  • Scott Shoemaker
  • Carolyn Mosson
  • David Whitsett