Taylor Ellison, MA, CCC-SLP

Taylor Ellison, MA, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Therapist

As my junior year of high school began, I was stressed about college applications and wondering what career path I should choose. I had always enjoyed working with children, having spent summers babysitting and working as a camp counselor, but I wasn’t sure how to incorporate those into a career.

Kathleen Yohe

Kathleen Yohe

Administrative Assistant

I taught 5th grade at St Joan of Arc for four years and then as a 3rd grade teacher and elementary Math specialist for five years at The Orchard School. Upon the birth of our middle of three children, Paige, I was thrust into a new world of medical needs, therapies, advocating, and a desire to learn more about health and wellness. Paige was born with Down syndrome. I believe in her wholeheartedly, just as I did my students when I was teaching. With the right supports in place, any child, any person can be successful. I am happy to be a part of Mini Minds working to serve families in finding supports to aid in their growth.

Christina Huffines

Christina Huffines

Office Manager

I began my career as a Medical Assistant, but the longer I spent in the field the more I developed a passion for working with medical billing! For 15 years, I have worked in a few different medical offices ranging from family chiropractors to geriatric specialists. I am very excited to now find myself at Mini Minds… where insurance policy numbers and diagnosis codes are matched with tiny smiles and huge hearts! Whenever I need a break from the computer, I relax on a couch in our gym area watching everyone play and learn together. I have raised three children of my own and I am now blessed with three grandchildren, so I am no stranger to the ruckus and romping around we see here! Next to my children and grandchildren, my greatest accomplishment is founding a non-profit called Dotted Line Divas. We are a personal care/ hygiene pantry that uses extreme couponing to purchase items for our families!

Kennedy Conner, MC, LMHCA, ATR-P

Kennedy Conner, MC, LMHCA, ATR-P

Mental Health & Art Therapist

Initially, I earned my Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Ball State University and then entered directly into the Master of Fine Art program at Herron School of Art and Design. While at Herron I was able to teach classes and mentor undergraduate students, which allowed me to see that art is a uniform vehicle for communication, allowing those with different backgrounds, ideas, and beliefs to share a common language. I am the oldest of five, my mom is a therapist, and I spent my summers in college nannying or being a camp counselor. All of this and my experience at Herron cemented my decision to pursue my second Master of Art in mental health counseling and art therapy from the University of Indianapolis; the perfect way to combine my passion of helping and supporting others and the expressive arts.

Victoria Vance, LMHC candidate

Victoria Vance, LMHC candidate

Mental Health Graduate Intern

As long as I can remember I have always wanted to be in a career field where I can help others. It wasn’t until I went into my sophomore year at Indiana University (go Hoosiers!) that I knew psychology was the route for me, therefore lead me to studying clinical mental health counseling in graduate school at Marian University. I was/still am the friend that everyone comes to when they need to be heard or given support. So, when I decided to be a mental health therapist it wasn’t much of a surprise to everyone!

Grace Lucchese, MSW Candidate

Grace Lucchese, MSW Candidate

Mental Health Graduate Intern

I like to think of myself as a professional helper! For as long as I can remember I have always been the kind of person who others come to for help, advice, or just for a listening ear. It’s not a surprise to me that I ended up in this profession as social workers essentially are professional helpers.

Shelbi Gabbard, LMHCA, ATR-P

Shelbi Gabbard, LMHCA, ATR-P

Mental Health & Art Therapist

When I was young, volunteering at various local organizations fueled my passion to go into a profession where I could connect with those I work with and help those around me! This inspired me to go to Butler to pursue an education in psychology, neuroscience and art. While completing my degree at Butler I discovered how art can be therapeutic to others, which made me interested in looking into becoming a Certified Art Therapist. I found when researching how it resonated with me fitting all of my passions into one and I knew that was going to be my next step. During my time at Butler, I worked at an ABA center and learned so many skills while working with amazing families. Working here and helping families navigate their world was such an honor, and solidified the field I wanted to go into. I pursued my Master’s at the University of Indianapolis allowing me to apply to become a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and a Certified Art Therapist upon graduation. During my time at the University of Indianapolis, I interned with adults and children specifically in navigating cancer and other complex medical diagnoses.