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Meet our 2018 Youth Summit Presenters:

Pride at Work

Lucas Muson is 20 years old and studying Elementary Education at Ball State University. He has been involved in He has been involved in queer activism since his first days at IYG-almost two years ago-which he has now continued to Ball State's campus. Lucas is currently the Secretary of BSU's Spectrum-a group for LGBT+ people and allies. As he continues into his career in education, he aspires to educate every day, not only in school, but also outside of the classroom.

Amy Wright has been an HR leader for 20 years in a variety of businesses including grocery retail, staffing management, manufacturing and construction. She is an active member of the HR community in Indianapolis, serving on the boards of IndySHRM and HR Indiana SHRM. She is the proud Mom of four sons, ages 12-28, and an assortment of fur kids. When they aren't working, she and her husband spend their time at Camp Wright, enjoying the great outdoors.


Jennifer Lange, SHRM-CP, PHR
Jennifer Lange is a graduate of DePauw University and has been in HR for almost 18 years. She obtained her Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification in 2003 and the Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP) credential in 2015. Jen joined Old National Bank in December 2005 and is an Employee Relations Manager - prior to joining Old National, Jen worked at AUL/OneAmerica as a Senior Employment Representative and at Precision Machine as their HR Manager (after starting in the HR Assistant role). She currently is the Director of Certification for HR Indiana/Indiana State Council of SHRM, is IndySHRM's Treasurer (she previously has held Director of Certification roles with IndySHRM too), and is the Secretary for Outside the Box - an organization in Indy which supports more than 250 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (via three lines of service: curriculum based day program, a creative arts experience of Studio OTB, or customized Employment Services).

Sean Ingram, SHRM-SCP, SPHR
Sean Ingram is a graduate of Ball State University majoring in Business Management. After college, I worked in retail management and a banking management for a couple of years. In 1997, I joined Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance as an Auto and Home Underwriter. I moved on from that position to a training position in the Underwriting unit. In 2001, I joined the Human Resources department working on the recruitment team as a Recruitment Administrator. From there, I moved onto Employment Coordinator and coordinated all recruitment activities. In 2012, I was promoted to the Employee Relations Coordinator. In this position I coordinated all employee relations and leave of absence processes and administration. In 2014, I promoted to the Team Leader, Talent Acquisition/Employee Relations. I oversaw and managed all recruitment, employee relations, leave of absence and performance evaluation processes. In 2016, I promoted to Manager, Employee Relations where I currently still am. In this position, I manage all employee engagement, employee relations, leave of absence and performance management efforts. I hold my SPHR from HRCI and my SCP with SHRM.

Cars with Chad Quakenbush

Chad is a young adult originally from the Indianapolis area and currently works downtown while residing in Fishers. He's devoted to making connections with other people and making positive changes in their lives through his job as a technology specialist.

Queer in the Mirror

Kaylee Sink, BSW, Youth Development Specialist: Thrive Facilitator
Pronouns: any with respect
Kaylee is a Youth Development Specialist at Indiana Youth Group. They facilitate Thrive: Dare to Be Powerful (a community building and coping skills education group), Gender Verse (an identity group for trans and gender-nonconforming youth ages 12-20), and Queer in the Mirror (a self-esteem and body image group). Kaylee's background is in social work, and they love incorporating art and music into their work at IYG. Kaylee's favorite forms of self-care include petting their dog named Petunia, drinking coffee, reading and writing, hiking and camping, Epsom salt baths, and going to local concerts.

Lisa J. Pyron, Kiwanis International

Lisa Pyron is a Club Development Manager for Kiwanis International's K-12 Youth Service Leadership Programs, K-Kids (elementary), Builders Cub (middle school) and Key Club International (high school). She also serves as the Project Happiness Program Ambassador to Key Club International sharing ways youth can strengthen their social and emotional skill set and improve overall well-being by using strategies based on neuroscience, positive psychology and mindfulness. She's a graduate of Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindful Based Stress Reduction program and is certified to teach Mindful Awareness to youth through Mindful Schools. Lisa's background is in journalism, marketing, and psychology. She's passionate about teaching youth how to re-wire the brain for happiness, calm and better connection to self and others. Her favorite forms of self-care include: practicing mindfulness, exercising, walking her Great Dane Booker, watching Korean dramas, and playing ukulele. She also enjoys spending time with her husband Dennis and their adult children Kelsey and Maxx.

Startup, Service, & Skill - College Alternatives

Meet our panelists:
Lauren Hersha I have my own photography business and also work at Kroger. I'm also a full time high school student and also applying to go to IUPUI. I'm also on the youth council for IYG and also help with the media for IYG.

Christopher McAleavey is a 21 year old professional working in the wonderful city of Indianapolis. His current job consists of handling unemployment claims for the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. Christopher's past includes working serving with the AmeriCorps Public Allies program, serving children as a camp counselor, and being a professional burrito roller for Chipotle Mexican Grill. Chris is currently taking time to get to know his community, expand his knowledge in the art of drag, and spending time with his cat Mango and boyfriend raising a wonderful family.

Courtney Drake is the State Eligibility Manager for the State of Indiana FSSA.

Comparing Tests: SAT vs. ACT & AP Classes

Alicia LaMagdeleine, Assistant Head of School
Ms. LaMagdeleine is an assistant head of school, the director of diversity, and an English teacher at University High School.

Storytelling

James Lecesne wrote the short film TREVOR, which won an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short and inspired the founding of The Trevor Project, the only nationwide 24-hour suicide prevention and crisis intervention Lifeline for LGBT and Questioning youth. He has written three novels for young adults, and created The Letter Q, a collection of letters by Queer writers written to their younger selves. Lecesne was the executive producer of After The Storm, a documentary film that tells the story of 12 young people living in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. And his Off Broadway solo show (The Absolute Brightness of Leonard Pelkey) continues to tour the country.

Ryan Amador is a singer, songwriter, and theater-maker who has released two full length albums and five EP's of original music. He is best known for his queer-related music videos "Define Me" & "Spectrum", as well as his hit song "Instead" with over 2 million listens on Spotify. Most recently, Ryan directed premieres of live theatrical work in Cincinnati and New Orleans, and is currently in development on a small of forthcoming music and theater projects.
 

Picking the Best Fit for College

Kathy Pivonka Director of Counseling, College Counselor 

Ms. Pivonka is the Director of Counseling at Cathedral High School. She received her BS in Psychology and MS in Counseling from Indiana State University.

How to be an Activist

Alec Dean

I am an 18 year old trans male and I'm the youngest member of the TEAP (Transgender Education and Advocacy Program) which is run by the ACLU. I was an intern at Freedom Indiana during the summer of 2016. Soon after my internship I started working closely with my local democratic party. I am now the leader of the Diversity Club at Kokomo High School as well as preparing to go to IUPUI for college to study social work and gender psychology.