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Tyra Walker received a Master of Social Work degree at Indiana University in 2005 and her undergraduate degree from Illinois State University in 1991. She is an experienced therapist with intensive practice in working with children, adolescents, adults, and their families in educational, psychiatric, community mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice settings. She is also a certified parent instructor of the Redirecting Children’s Behavior Parenting Program, and has a positive approach to using strength based interventions.
Tyra is active in the community as a Commissioner for the Michigan City Human Rights Department, Mentor, and a committee member for Purdue North Central Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. annual celebration. Tyra is married with a blended family of four, and a long-time resident of Michigan City.
Amanda earned her B.A. in Sociology in 2006, and her MSW in 2001. Currently, she has her LSW and is working toward obtaining her LCSW. Amanda began her career working at an emergency shelter and residential setting for teenagers in Porter County. After graduating with her MSW, Amanda was promoted to Clinical Social Worker at Swanson Center, where she facilitated the IOT morning program and Adolescent Substance Abuse Group. In 2013, she was promoted again and currently serves as the Children’s Casework Services Coordinator. She directly supervises child and adolescent case managers, serves as the liaison between Swanson Center the Department of Child’s Services, and continues to provide some home-based therapy as well as therapy in the office. Amanda has been a member of Drug Free Partnership for 4 years and has served on the board for the last year.
Sandy Gleim has worn many hats for the Drug Free Partnership since 2001. She is the treasurer of the board, heads up the Marketing Committee, and assists as the part-time contracted Program Director for our federal Drug Free Communities grant. In the past she served terms as vice president and president of the board, and also as our coalition’s coordinator. Her “day job” is vice president for Unity Foundation – the community foundation benefiting La Porte County through grants, scholarships and leadership for special projects and causes. Sandy’s background includes writing, editing, marketing and nonprofit management / project coordination.
Virginia has resided in Michigan City since 1961. She has her B.A. in literature from Purdue, her Masters in General Studies with a concentration in English Literature from Valparaiso University, and a Juris Doctor Degree from Valparaiso University. She has loaned her expertise to various agencies on their board throughout the years and is currently on the Michigan City Housing Authority Board, the Michigan City Housing Development Board, the Michigan City Cemetery Board of Trustees and the Michigan City Board of Works and Safety, and now most recently is filling an At Large position with the La Porte County Drug Free Partnership. She has four sons three of whom are physicians and one who is a senior computer engineer. Virginia served as a Deputy Prosecutor in La Porte Superior Court 4 and had general practice of law for almost 25 years. She specialized in domestic relations, criminal defense, adoptions, probate, wills and real estate matters. She was the attorney for the Michigan City Police Commission for about 10 years and the attorney for St. Anthony / Memorial Mental Health Commitment proceedings for about 10 years.