Our Team

Erica Stephen

Executive Director

Erica Stephen grew up in Crown Point, Indiana and has a degree in Christian Business Management from Liberty University. Throughout her life and career path, God has used Erica to steward her gifts for the care of others. Erica wants to offer relief and support to caregivers and elderly neighbors in Tippecanoe County.
She understands the need for every person to use their God-given gifts for God’s work to flourish. There is no way we can do this alone. Erica’s aspiration is to be the hands and feet of Christ and to bring joy and love to the lives of others.

“As you walk into someone’s home and hear their stories and learn from them, it really is the person serving who receives the gift. The appreciation and joy of just a moment of being present with another person can mean so much, even though it is simple,” Erica shares.
Erica desires to use her experiences, management skills, and training to serve God and people as Executive Director for Caregiver Companion. She would love to meet you! She can best be reached at the office when you call (765) 423-1879 or by e-mail at director@caregivercompanion.org.


Caitlin Conrad

Associate Director

Caitlin Manning is a Purdue University graduate with a degree in Human Services. After college, she worked for a campus ministry where she served college students and partnered with them in their faith. As her time ended in ministry, she felt called back into what she studied and remained passionate about: elder care. Caitlin has always had a heart for the elderly. Growing up down the street from her grandparents and completing several internships in elder care, she saw the sadness of isolation through the process of aging. Her hope is to raise others’ awareness that aging does not have to be isolating and hidden from our community but can happen within a group of caring individuals. Through Christ, we can joyfully walk through life alongside each other––no matter the age.

Lauren Frecker

Communications ManagerLauren Weldy

Lauren Frecker is the Communications Manager of Caregiver Companion. She graduated from Purdue University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Before coming to Caregiver Companion, she held both staff and volunteer positions within Christian ministries and customer service. Her past experiences of working in a ministerial setting and working with people of various backgrounds have given Lauren the ability to connect well with volunteers, families, and spread the word about this caring agency.  As a pastor’s child, Lauren often visited nursing homes with her Father and observed and listened to the struggles of being an elderly individual in society. Lauren is humbled to be part of the mission to ease the burden of caregivers and provide comfort to the lonely and frail in the community. Lauren says, “Seeing the joy that a volunteer can bring to a person in need is a miracle that I’m able to witness every day. I’m so blessed that God is using me to help carry out this much-needed ministry in our community.”

Lauren lives in Rossville with her husband Kevin and her son, Leo. She is an active member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. She loves singing at church, reading a good book, and spending time with her husband who also volunteers at Caregiver Companion.

Ramona Kuhns 

Transportation CoordinatorRamona in front of book case

Ramona was a community volunteer for many years before coming to Caregiver Companion. She still enjoys volunteering for us when she gets the opportunity! Ramona lives in West Lafayette and is married to Kevin Kuhns and is the mother of four adult children.



Shannon Spencer

Development Manager             

Shannon graduated from Indiana University with a master’s degree in Public Administration and Health Care. She brings with her over 20 years of fundraising and volunteering experience for several nonprofit organizations, from her hometown of Kokomo, IN.  Her past involvement as a board member and volunteer for Samaritan Caregivers, allowed her to see the need of giving help and hope to the elderly. As a servant leader she seeks to achieve a vision by providing strong support and encouragement for our organization and supporters.

Shannon lives in Kokomo with her husband Josh and their son LeLand. They also have two daughters Kayla (husband Matt, their son Maddox) and Karlie (her daughter, Juniper).  Her husband is a Firefighter at the Kokomo Fire Department. She enjoys running 5K’s, full and half marathons and volunteering at their local parish, Patrick Church. 



Governing Board Members

Robert Novak | Chairperson
President & CEO of  WIIN Property Group, LLC & International Business Brokers, Inc.

Chris Irons | Vice-Chairperson
President and Owner of Home Instead Senior Care

Jan Blau | Secretary 
Retired Social Worker

Andrea Walker | Treasurer 
Portfolio Manager – Member Business Services for Purdue Federal Credit Union

Alexander H. Burns
Associate Attorney at Withered, Burns, & Williams 

Jeffrey W. Love
Account Vice President for Purdue Federal Credit Union

Maile Quinton
Assistant Director at Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School for Purdue University

Beth Segal
Operations Manager, RN at Franciscan Healthy Living Center                                                                         

Bob Shockey
Account Manager (Horticultural Printing & Packaging) for MPS/Westrock