Board of Directors

NAMI West Central Indiana Board of Directors

Suzanne Ahlersmeyer has worked at Purdue University for the past 34 years as an instructor, instructional designer and IT specialist.  Her interest in education has led her toward promoting and assisting with NAMI’s local educational programs. Suzanne has volunteered for NAMI-WCI in several capacities over the years.

Mary Ajuwon joined the board in June 2013. She is a Clinical Nurse Specialist and a Nursing Faculty at Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette. Her background is in teaching and caring for patients with diverse medical/ surgical and psychiatric conditions.

Toni Bluemke (Treasurer) is the Director of Psychiatric Services at Franciscan Health in Lafayette.  She has been a provider of mental health care for more than 25 years. NAMI allows her to be a part of the advocacy for those suffering from the effects of mental illness.

Bill Lapcheska is a CPA for a local firm. He has volunteered with many organizations and joined NAMI-WCI in 2011.  He and his wife have 2 adult children.

Dick Moore is retired after a career in the U.S.D.A. working with crop insurance. He and his wife, Grace, trained to become NAMI Family-to-Family teachers in 2007. They have been volunteering since then, offering classes and a support group in Frankfort. He joined the board in January 2015.

Tom Newett joined the board in June 2013. He is the retired owner/manager of Aquazone in Lafayette. He currently volunteers as an In Our Own Voice presenter for NAMI-WCI and is a community navigator with the Criminal Justice Advocacy Committee. He previously operated a T-shirt business in Ohio and is a Vietnam veteran.

Nichole Ramirez (President) is a graduate student in the Purdue University School of Engineering Education. She joined the NAMI-WCI board in January 2015. The former president of NAMI on Campus Purdue, she received the 2016 Dean Betty Nelson Service Award from Mortar Board.

Carol Santos (Vice President) is a Community Liaison for Sycamore Springs, working in Carroll, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton and Tippecanoe Counties.  Her work involves marketing as well as education, outreach and support to referral sources who have questions or concerns. She has worked as a Rehabilitation Counselor for the State of Indiana and provided case management support to people receiving services, including people with mental health challenges and barriers to employment. Her volunteer work has included chairing the Homelessness Prevention Intervention Network and working on senior activities at the Indiana Veterans’ Home.

John Schumann owns and operates Schumann Custom Building and Landscaping.  After joining the board, he was elected treasurer in 2012 and now serves as vice president.

Dr. Jayati Singh is a Psychiatrist at Alpine Health Services, Lafayette. She joined the NAMI-WCI Board of Directors in 2012.

Marlaya Wyncott (Secretary) joined the board in June 2013. After 25 years of full-time work at Purdue (the last 15 years spent as the administrator responsible for academic excellence in the College of Agriculture), Marlaya now enjoys part-time work at Purdue’s Birck Boilermaker Golf Complex. During the non-golf season, she reviews applications for international students who are applying to Purdue as undergraduates.