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Board of Directors

Amy Nieman - President

Board Member since August 2014.

I have been on the board for almost 3 years having been a CASA many years ago for 7 years and then was able to be Harmony House's program coordinator for about 2 years [I think?].

I was motivated to serve because I care deeply about children and families in my community and believe very much in the mission of Family Advocates. Since my work does not allow me to be a CASA or CAYA at this time I believe that working on the board is meaningful for me.

One of the most meaningful moments of my service is and continues to be working alongside the staff of FA, from the visit supervisors, to interns, to program coordinators, every person to a person is dedicated and is fully invested in the work and the well-being of the clients. It is amazing.

I would like the community to know that FA is an organization that serves many children and families and helps them in ways that no one else does. It helps families learn skills to be more successful and while this is important to these is important to ALL of us. Successful families create successful citizens.

Nate Loucks - Vice President

Board Member since April 2016


Shaw Friedman - Secretary/Treasurer

Board Member since January 1998.

Shaw Friedman was one of the co-founders of Harmony House which began in 1999. He is the Board President of Swanson Center, the county's community mental health center which is a strong supporter of our program and has provided its former outpatient facility at 1005 Michigan Avenue as our permanent home. Working with Executive Director Karen Biernacki and former CASA Board President Betty Daniel-Lanie, Friedman helped create the concept of Harmony House. A practicing attorney in La Porte since 1984 with the law firm of Friedman & Associates, PC he is very committed to non-profit programs such as Harmony House/CASA Program and says some of his most "satisfying work is seeing programs like this one grow and thrive and provide much needed services for our community."


Matt Presley

Board Member since January 2008.

Matt is an English teacher at La Porte High School. He obtained his Bachelor degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 2004 and is currently pursuing a Masters in English at Indiana University South Bend. Matt also coaches tennis at La Porte High School.


Erika Stallworth - President

Board Member since January 2009.

Erika currently serves on the Executive Committee of the National Juvenile Justice Network and is a founding board member of the Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana (CPLI) Erika is the Executive Director of the La Porte County Juvenile Services Center. She obtained her Bachelors degree from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan and her Juris Doctorate degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She is a 1996 graduate of La Porte High School.


Craig Menne

Board Member since January 2014.

Craig is President/CEO of General Insurance Services, Inc. He attended DePauw University where received his degree in Economics and graduated as a Management Fellow. Craig also received his Juris Doctor degree from the Valparaiso University School of Law and he is currently working on his Masters of Business Administration at the University of Notre Dame. Craig has served on the Board of The Portage Economic Development Corporation and The Shirley Heinze Land Trust. He is presently a Board Member of IU Health La Porte Hospital, the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce and the Northern Indiana Human Resource Management Association.


Douglas Waters

Board Member since September 2006.

Douglas is a resident of Michigan City, IN, and a graduate of Indiana University School of Business. He has been active in the real estate business for many years with Long Beach Realty, and serves on La Porte County Convention & Visitors Bureau Board of Directors and MCNEAT in Michigan City.

Kim Sauers

Board Member since December 2014

Guy DiMartino

Board Member since April 2016

I have been involved with the Board of Family Advocates a little over a year.

I wanted to serve to the Family Advocates Board of Directors because the work that Family Advocates does for children in need of services.

The most meaningful experiences during my service has been learning about the high number of children and families that need services and the opiate epidemic in LaPorte County and surrounding communities.

I would like the community to know that Family Advocates fills a need that is not covered by the State or County. The need is much bigger than we can handle so we need the community to put their time, energy and resources into FA because our future depends on our youth.

Sean Fitzpatrick

Board Member since May 2017

Robin Miller

Board Member since May 2017