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Who We Are

Many children in Dubois County lack a "naturally occurring" mentor in their life.

That’s where Mentors for Youth comes in! We seek to match youth between the ages of 6 and 14 with caring adults (16 years or older) who wish to spend two hours every other week for one year together (although most matches last an average of 2.5 years!).

And we’ve been doing just that for 35 years!

MISSION

Dedicated to facilitating mutually beneficial relationships between youth and adults for the purpose of enhancing individual lives in Dubois County

VISION

To be the difference, the change and the good in the lives of Dubois County children facing adversity

    OUR STAFF

 

Erin Kidwell, Executive Director

Erin Kidwell was born and raised in Jasper, IN and graduated from Jasper High School in 2016. She received her Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of Evansville in 2020 and a Master’s in Social Work from The University of Southern Indiana in May of 2022. 

 

Erin began her relationship with Mentors for Youth as a summer intern in 2021 under Kaiva, our case manager. It didn’t take long for her to fall in love with the mission of Mentors for Youth, as the impact on the community was evident. In general, she found a passion for nonprofit work and is incredibly honored to be starting her career at an organization that means so much to her. 

 

Erin’s background education in psychology and social work, as well as her own life experiences, have taught her that a robust support system is essential for thriving in life. Mentors for Youth aids in strengthening the support system of local youth. She believes that Mentors for Youth changes the lives of not only the children in the program, but their families, their mentors, their mentors’ families, and countless others in their community. 

 

In her free time, Erin enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and dog, Charlie, traveling, going to concerts, cooking and baking, painting, and embroidery.

 

 

 

Kaiva Hurt, Case Manager

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Our Board of Directors

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KELSEY MENKE
President

Kelsey grew up in Huntingburg and is a graduate of the University of Southern Indiana. She works as a dental hygienist at Schwenk Family Dentistry.


After living in South Carolina for 5 years, Kelsey and her husband, Cory, moved back home to start their family. They now have three boys, Wyatt, Will, and Luke. In her spare time, she enjoys her kids’ activities, running, and cooking

As a member of the Mentors for Youth board, she has enjoyed working with fellow board members and staff to help strengthen the organization and its efforts to help enhance the lives of youth in our community. 

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ELIZABETH MEHRINGER
Vice President

Elizabeth grew up in Huntingburg but moved in high school and graduated from Pike Central in 2002.

 

Elizabeth joined the Army and served for 4 years as a medic. She was deployed to Afghanistan in Operation Enduring Freedom from '08 to '09. She received her Associates Degree in Interior Design from Vincennes University, but most recently she has joined RE/MAX Local as a real estate agent.

 

Elizabeth volunteers with the Holy Trinity's PTA. She enjoys spending time with her family, shopping, and baking with her kids.

Elizabeth joined Mentors for Youth because she knows what a big impact it can have on our community

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AMANDA MCCARTHY
Treasurer
Amanda joined the Mentors for Youth Board in June of 2022.
 
Amanda graduated with a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in accounting in 2020 and works as Controller for a local manufacturing company. Her favorite pastimes include baking, hiking, being outdoors, and auto racing… feeding her competitive nature and need for speed.
 
Having grown up in a small town, Amanda knows how important it is to invest in the community’s youth and provide mentorship. She is excited to make a positive impact and serve the Mentors for Youth mission.     

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EMILY SCHITTER
Secretary 

Emily grew up in Jasper, Indiana and graduated from Jasper High School in 2014. She then went on to Indiana University and graduated with an elementary and special education degree in 2018. Go Hoosiers!

 

After college she moved back to Jasper and has been with Holy Trinity Catholic School for the past three years. She is currently teaching Pre-K.

 

In her free time, she loves to walk her dog Maggie, travel, hike, go boating and spend time with family and friends.

 

Emily is currently a mentor through the Mentors for Youth program and has witnessed what a great impact the program has on our youth. Emily joined the board because she believes it is an outstanding program and wants to continue to watch it grow.

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KRISTIN BRAUN

 

Kristin joined the Mentors for Youth Board in 2016.

Kristin is a pediatric ICU nurse by trade, but now works part-time as school nurse. Kristin enjoys spending time with family and friends. She loves to cook, bake and do outdoor activities. She loves volunteering in the community and is also a member of Tri Kappa Sorority, the HOSA board, and serves as Jasper Elementary School’s PTO secretary as well as a classroom volunteer.

 

Kristin wants to see Dubois County thrive and the youth prosper. She enjoys the friendships she has made on by serving on the Mentors for Youth board and hopes to guide the organization in a positive direction for many years.

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BRENT PFISTER
 

A native of Dubois County, Brent is a 2001 graduate of Indiana University.
 

After twelve years in the Indianapolis area, he joined German American Insurance as a Commercial Lines Account Executive/Agent and relocated to Jasper with his wife, Heather, and two children, Calvin and Colleen.
 

He is on the Board of Directors for Ireland Youth Sports, is an active member of Precious Blood Church and volunteers as a coach for youth sports. He enjoys playing golf, being outdoors, watching sports, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.
 

The part Brent enjoys the most about being a board member with Mentors For Youth is hearing about the impact that the mentors and mentees have on each other’s lives.

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RACHEL MILLER

 

Rachel grew up in Ferdinand and graduated from Forest Park High School in 2013.  She then went to the University Of Southern Indiana and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Finance in 2016. 

 

Rachel has been with Springs Valley Bank and Trust for three years, currently working as a Credit Analyst. 

 

Rachel enjoys baking, painting, walking her dog Paisley, and spending time with her husband Calvin.  She also enjoys new adventures with her mentee Cara and volunteering at the Humane Society. 

 

Rachel joined the board because she has really enjoyed the program as a mentor and hopes to get others involved. She believes the program is a great opportunity to get involved in our small community for many ages. She hopes to support and grow the program even more as a board member.

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CALVIN MILLER

 

Calvin grew up in Huntingburg and graduated from Southridge High School in 2011.  He then went to the University of Evansville and graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Legal Studies in 2015.  Calvin then went to Valparaiso University School of Law, and graduated with a Juris Doctorate Degree in 2018.  He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 2019.

Calvin has owned and operated his own law practice, Miller Law Office, LLC, in Huntingburg since 2021.

Calvin enjoys cooking, playing with his dog, Paisley, spending time with his wife, Rachel, spending time with his family, and watching baseball.

Calvin joined the board because he believes in the program and wants to see the program thrive for Dubois County.  He hopes to get others involved in the program and enjoys being a mentor in the program.  He sees Mentors for Youth as a great way to get involved with the community, and also as a way to give back to the community where he grew up. He hopes to support and grow the program even more as a board member.

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TRISH NICHOLSON

 

Trish was born and raised in rural Jasper.  She is a graduate of Oakland City College.  She is married and has 3 children. 

 

Trish recently retired from Kimball International after 34+ years.

In her free time, Trish enjoys baking, traveling, playing cards, doing puzzles, and going on Jeep runs.  She has volunteered with many community, church, and school organizations over the years. 

Trish recently became a mentor through the Mentors for Youth program and has witnessed the difference it can make in children’s lives. She joined the board to help increase awareness of this great organization and help it grow and thrive in our county.

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JENNIFER STEPHENSON

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JOHN SIEBERT
Advisor
John  joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board in 1987 and was a founding board member. He joined Mentors for Youth as an advisor in November of 2022 and primarily supports the Board Development Committee.
 
John is a Consultant with Siebert consulting and has been consulting nonprofit clients for over 15 years. He enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also likes gardening and outdoor activities. John and his wife Lisa or legal guardians for 2 young adults living in group homes.
 
In his free time he likes helping nonprofit organizations build capacity to serve more youth in our communities. It is John's wish to see Mentors for Youth thrive in our community and serve many more youth.

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MAX VERKAMP
Advisor
Max joined the Mentors for Youth as an advisor to the Finance Committee in November 2022.

 

Max has a long history with Mentors for Youth, and it’s predecessor, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Dubois County.  He served on the board for a total of 11 years, including time as President, Vice-President, and Secretary.  Max was also a mentor for 6 years and has continued to stay in touch with his mentee.  Max is very passionate about the organization and the value it provides children in the community.  He has continued to support the organization even when he hasn’t had a formal position on the board. 

 

Max lives in Jasper and is currently the CEO of Indiana Furniture.  He enjoys spending time and travelling with his wife and three children.  Max also holds leadership positions with Friends of the Arts, the Jasper Partnership Commission, and the JHS Band Finance Committee. 

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DR. NANCY OTTE
Advisor
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BEN KRAPF
Advisor
Ben is a former mentor and past treasurer of the board. Ben joined the advisory board in November 2022 to provide support to both the Treasurer and Finance Committee. He works as a certified public accountant for Nonte & Company LLC in Jasper. 

Ben is also a member of the Jasper Knights of Columbus, where he serves as Financial Secretary. 

In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, going on long walks, and spending time with his children and adoptive dog Bella.