Executive Director


Joshua Abel graduated from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2005. After graduating from law school, he joined the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic as a staff attorney, where his practice was mainly focused on family law and bankruptcy. He spent 2008 serving as the Clinic's Managing Attorney, and as of September 2009, Josh has been the Clinic's Executive Director.

Josh received his undergraduate degree from Butler University, and prior to attending law school, he spent one year as a staff member with Campus Crusade for Christ. Josh lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Laurie, and their children Maggie and Henry.

Staff Attorneys & Counselors

  Veronique Briscoe Beuoy 
LITC Staff Attorney/ESL Outreach Director
Brian Dunkel  Staff Attorney
  Matthew Gaudin  Staff Attorney 
  Dee Dee Gowan  LITC Director/Staff Attorney 
  Chase Haller  Staff Attorney 
  Aimee Heitz  Staff Attorney 
  Charles Michael Hendrix  Certified Housing Counselor 
  Isaac Hougland  Certified Housing Counselor 
  Jill Knight  Certified Housing Counselor 
  Desiree Koger-Gustafson  Director, Fort Wayne Office 
  Carlton L. Martin  Project GRACE Staff Attorney 
  Barbara E. Molargik-Fitch  Fort Wayne Staff Attorney 
  Christopher Purnell  Managing Attorney 
  Kelsey J. Raves  Staff Attorney 
  Roger Rayburn  Director of Housing Initiatives 
  Michael St. André  Certified Housing Counselor 
  Deetta Steinmetz  Director, Project PEACE
  Patrick W. Thomas  Staff Attorney, ABA Section of Taxation Public Service Fellow 
  Rachel Van Tyle  Staff Attorney 

Administrative Staff

  Daniel Aguilar  EARN Indiana Intern, Indianapolis Office 
  Helene Campos-Espinoza   Bilingual Housing Assistant 
  Ashley Caveda  Housing: Intake Specialist 
  Peter Claassen 

BIA Accredited Representative

Jessica Cooney 
Project GRACE Program Manager
  Jon Dawes  Project GRACE Public Ally 
  Noemí Gallegos  Bilingual Paralegal 
  Victoria Hodges  Paralegal 
  Erin Hougland  Volunteer Coordinator 
  Molly Howes  Housing Paralegal 
  Gabrielle Jones  Receptionist 
  Patti Le Sesne  Victim Justice Program Manager 
  Maria Martinez  Immigrant Justice Program Manager
  Jodie McClain  Director of Operations
  Noel McClain  Communications & Outreach Coordinator
  Matthew Meier  Development Assistant 
  Julie Mennel  Paralegal
  Lillie Ramos  Housing Assistant 
  Cassandra Sanborn  Grants Coordinator 

Angie Simmons 
Housing Education & Outreach Coordinator 
  Kim Smith  LITC Paralegal 
  Catherine Warney  Fort Wayne Paralegal & Volunteer Coordinator 


Board of Directors

Name Position Company

James J. Ammeen, Jr., Esq

Development Committee Ammeen & Associates

Matthew Barr

Jenifer Brown

Executive Committee
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Ice Miller LLP
Russell L. Brown   Development Committee  Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP 
Timothy Dooley

Kristin Garn
Finance Committee Republic Airways

Indiana Attorney General's Office
Miltina Gavia, J.D.    Martin University 

John Hoard, Esq. Treasurer

Finance Committee Rubin & Levin
Herb Jensen, Esq. Finance Committee Jensen & Associates, P.C.
Fatima Johnson    The Law Firm of Fatima Johnson

Abigail Lawlis Kuzma

Executive Committee Development Committee Indiana Attorney General's Office

Heather Moore

Development Committee Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
Ann Preston   Development Committee   Easter Seals Crossroads 
Roger Reece    Associated Churches of Fort Wayne & Allen County 
Jason R. Reese
Development Committee  Wagner Reese, LLP 
Janet Stephenson Development Committee Fort Wayne Community Volunteer



Partnership is critical to the success of our programs. Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic would like to express our appreciation to the following partners.

Program Partners:

  • The Clinic is grateful for the multi-service centers that house four of our intake and preventive law education sites: Vida Nueva Centro Familiar, St. Vincent Primary Care Center, La Plaza and Shepherd Community Center.
  • The Clinic is blessed by the homeless and domestic violence shelters we serve, including: Julian Center, Salvation Army, and HVAF of Indiana (Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation).
  • We are so grateful for all of the churches that support us, house our intake sites and/or send volunteers for our programs: St. Paul's Episcopal, Trinity Church, Oasis of Hope Baptist Church, Grace Community Church, Trinity Episcopal, Tabernacle Presbyterian, Centro Cristiano de Celebración, First Presbyterian Church of Noblesville, College Park Church, Faith Missionary Church, John Knox Presbyterian Church, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, Southeastern Church of Christ, First Presbyterian Church of Lebanon, Zionsville Presbyterian Church, Chin Baptist Church, and more.
  • The Clinic thanks the more than 25 different non-profit and government agencies as well as private attorneys that present information at our preventive law workshops, including: Marion Co. Prosecutor's Office, Department of Housing and Urban Development, the IRS, and a host of private attorneys. Each of the presenters volunteers his or her time to this preventive law program.
  • The Clinic thanks the many collaborations that make service to our clients more effective and holistic. Indianapolis Bar Association and Heartland Pro Bono Council for their partnership in providing Continuing Legal Education seminars for our volunteer attorneys; the Julian Center and the other partners in the Central Indiana Coalition Against Human Trafficking; the Domestic Violence Network; United Way of Central Indiana, the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention; the IRS, the City of Indianapolis, AARP, and the other partners of the Asset Building Campaign; Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, Apprisen, IHCDA and the other partners of the Indiana Foreclosure Prevention Network.



Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic  3333 N Meridian Street, Suite 201, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208  phone 317.429.4131  fax 317.429.4130       


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