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Shirley Caylor is the co-founder of the Crisis Center, and its current executive director.
Caylor is a graduate of St. Mary of the Lakes College.  She is a member of the Lake Area United Way Agency Execs; the Porter County United Way Agency Executives. She is the chairperson of the Consortium of Residential Providers; a member of the Indiana Youth Services Association; the National Network of Youth Services; The Times Editorial Advisory Board; Former President of Gary Rotary.
Caylor was inducted into the Society of Innovators, and honored at Northwest Indiana Times Women of Merit (2005).

Contact:  219-938-7070 Ext. 2727


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Barbara Wisdom directs the agency's financial activities, in addition to being the Associate Director.
She has a post graduate certificate in accounting from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science degree in community psychology from Purdue University Calumet. She started her career at the Crisis Center by working part-time as a college student. Barbara annually attends the AICPA conference for non-profit organizations' financial executives.
She is a founding member of a national focus group for non-profit finance and management executives, and also belongs to the National Association for Female Executives and the American Association of University Women.

Contact:  219-938-7070 Ext. 2710.

Trevaughn Davis-Neal is the program coordinator for the Crisis Center’s emergency shelter, Alternative House. Trevaughn holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Governors State University, Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois and has been certified by the state of Illinois in evidenced based mental health practice with children.  In April 2014, she became a Licensed Clicnical Social Worker (LCSW).  Trevaughn has a passion for and brings much experience in working with at risk youth to our organization. Prior to working at The Center, she has served as a case manager, adolescent therapist, program coordinator and mentor among other roles. Trevaughn continues to mentor youth and is invited several times a year to serve as a guest speaker or panelist to discuss topics relating to women, children and adolescents. Trevaughn is also active with her sorority which through public service, provides education, financial support and encouragement to children and other marginalized populations.

Contact: 219-938-7070 Ext. 2755


Gavin Mariano is the Coordinator for our Safe Place program, as well for our Teen Court program in Hammond.  He also serves as our Public Relations & Outreach Specialist, and our I.T support.  Gavin earned a B.A. from Indiana University Bloomington in 2001 with a major in Political Science and Spanish. He is currently earning an M.S.W from Indiana University. Mariano is a former Board member for Southshore GRANTS Center; current advisory committee member for Indiana Department of Corrections; and serves on the executive committee of the Indiana University Northwest Board of Advisors. Mariano was the keynote speaker at the 2002 National Safe Place conference, the 2004 Drug-free rally, and 2004 21st-century scholars banquet. Mariano was honored by the NWI Times as one of the "20 under 40" professionals in Northwest Indiana in 2008. He was also recognized as one of the "Who's Who in Indiana" by Building Indiana magazine for 2011.  He has served as a mentor for many year via several community agencies.

Contact: 219-938-7070 Ext. 2707


Kathleen Marenick is the Counseling Services Coordinator and is a Licensed Social Worker. She previously served as the Program Coordinator for Alternative House for 20 years.  Kate joined the staff in 1988 serving as the Safe Place Coordinator and as the Alternative House Coordinator before taking on her current duties. She holds a BS from Ball State University in POLS and Sociology and A Master’s degree from IUN in Public Administration specializing in Human Service Management. Prior to joining the Crisis Center’s team she taught for the Hanover and Merrillville school districts and coordinated programs for the American lung Association in seven counties.

Contact: 219-938-7070 Ext. 3030

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Sandra Porter Phillips, Teen Court Coordinator, has supervised the program since its inception in 1989. Mrs. Phillips has a Master’s degree in Science Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Indiana State University. Porter-Phillips is the chairperson of the Tobacco Coalition whose goal is to increase community’s awareness and award mini-grants. She is also a member of the Partnership for a Drug Free Lake County, on the Prevention sub-committee. Mrs. Porter-Phillips is a member of COFFY (Community Organization for Families and Youth) a coalition of Gary-based services that meets to respond to the needs of Gary citizens. She is also on the board of the National Association of Teen Courts. Board of Director for the Le County Substance Abuse Council –secretary/Treasurer

Contact: 219-938-7070 Ext. 2741




Willie Perry is the Crisis Contact Program Coordinator. She started her career at the Crisis Center in 1973. She quickly became staff, serving as secretary and Rap Line volunteer. She attended IUN and received her SSD Certificate from IUPUI in Social Services. She served as social worker in server all local health care facilities.
Willie is an ASIST trainer (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training); a member of the on-line emotional support task force; the Indiana Suicide Coalition Committee; NNORC (Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Community); Faith in Action; and committee member of L.A.R.R.I (Lakeshore Area Regional Recovery of Indiana).

Contact:  219-938-7070 Ext. 2708.

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