Yvette Markey, Indianapolis, IN Yvette is happiest when she's able to uplift and encourage others to strive to become their best self. She is active in her community, providing Advocacy, Mental Health Wellness trainings and tutorials, as well as Empowerment workshops and providing Resources and referrals access to individuals and families. Yvette feels strongly that when one commits to changing their thought process and keeping them stayed on positivity, the result is access to a better, changed life. "Change your mind, you change your life", is her philosophy. She believes that all communities can be transformed for the better when individuals and organizations come together for the moral, common good of one another's best wishes for better. She serves also as Board President of MRCI Inc, is a Team Lead of the faith based Outreach organization, We Care Network both entities focus also on the holistic well being of people in the Communities she serves. Yvette pursued her Education in the Human Services field with special emphasis on Behavioral Health protocol and Mental Health Psychology becoming a Direct Support Professional from Indiana Wesleyan University and Ivy Tech Community College. She is active and practicing as a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Practitioner. (CBP). She also holds certifications as a Public Safety Citizens Advocate (PSCA)receiving this credential via (Indy Public Safety Foundation), Disaster Relief Volunteer Lead (DRV, American Red Cross Central Indiana), as well as an ongoing Bridges to Baccalaureate recipient for Public Health policy and research(IUPUI). Yvette is also founder of the Outreach organizations InTouch Outreach Resource Center and Intouch Outreach Managed Resources.
Leslie Kelly, MSW, OWDS Leslie’s interest in mental health emerged in high school when she joined an Explorer Post focused on mental health careers and began volunteering at the former Central State Hospital in Indianapolis. Those early experiences, combined with her passion for social justice issues, led Leslie to Ball State University where she earned a Bachelor in Social Work (BSW) degree in 1982. After a decade of working with low income youth and families Leslie completed her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree at Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis in 1997. In 2015, she was certified as an Offender Workforce Development Specialist through the National Institute of Justice. Leslie’s career has included direct service and program management positions with at-risk populations in a variety of non-profit agencies in Indianapolis. Practice areas have included youth mentoring, child welfare, reentry, and homelessness. Immediately prior to joining the Horizon House staff, Leslie managed a program that provided employment and housing services to sex offenders re-entering the community on parole. Since 2008, Leslie has served as the Director of Programs for Horizon House, a nonprofit, secular day center offering comprehensive day services to individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Leslie was drawn to Horizon House by the agency’s core value of extending hospitality to every client, and treating each person with dignity and respect. In addition to basic day services, street outreach, case management, employment and housing services, Horizon House hosts an onsite health center offering integrated medical and mental health care provided by Eskenazi Health/Midtown. Leslie is responsible for oversight and strategic direction of programming at Horizon House. Under her leadership, Horizon House programs have reached their highest level of service, professionalism and outcomes, including implementation of one of the largest Homeless Prevention Rapid Rehousing grants in Indianapolis, leadership in the coordination of city-wide street outreach services and the launch of a new housing support project in collaboration with the City of Indianapolis and the Indianapolis Housing Agency (IHA).