“Being Stephen’s mom was a privilege and an honor. Stephen was unable to speak, still in diapers, and mostly bottle-fed when he died of a seizure just a couple of months shy of his seventh birthday. He taught me so much during his short life on this earth. I understand how hard it is to be a caregiver and all the difficulties of that responsibility.” says Diana Salazar, Executive Director, for Caregiver Companion.
Diana states, “God allowed my son, Stephen, to teach me important lessons on humility, compassion, trust, and hope for a future that is honorable and meaningful. I learned how to be honest about my need for help and trust that God will supply as He promises to do in His Word. My life changed when I began to accept the much-needed help. I did not function well before I finally allowed people to come into our home and give us the respite and guidance we so badly needed to cope with all the challenges of being a caregiver for our son. I am able to use this experience and skills in compassionate service. I realize it is an honor to be able to come alongside others.”
Like the volunteers, Diana wants to make a difference in the life of caregivers and those who are vulnerable who need a helping hand from people they can trust to assist them through a difficult time. Diana states, “I have learned that it is meaningful and important to live as a community and help others using our unique experiences, gifts, and talents God gave us. It brings abundant joy into my life to now serve those who are often most vulnerable and know that they see the love of God coming into their own lives through our caring volunteers. This wonderful non-profit helps unite our community as people of faith work together to help their neighbors.”
Diana desires to use her experiences, management skills, and training to serve God and His 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 email@example.com.
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 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 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.
Tim Bobillo has a heart and passion for ministry and family. Following retirement from Purdue and twenty years of development. Tim wanted to use his gifts by serving the community. He came across Caregiver Companion and believed in its caring mission to love one another. In his spare time he greatly enjoys spending quality time it with his wife, children, and his beloved grandchildren.
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
Trustee for Fairfield Township
Jeffrey W. Love
Account Vice President for Purdue Federal Credit Union
Associate Teacher at Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School for Purdue University
Account Manager (Horticultural Printing & Packaging) for MPS/Westrock