Care to Change is a professional counseling community of licensed, experienced, highly trained counselors and therapists whose approach to helping people has been built upon a solid foundation of Biblical truth. Care to Change is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors. Each of our professionals brings unique experiences and approaches to our community. We’ve included brief biographies to help you get to know them.

Meet April Bordeau

For more than two decades, April Bordeau has focused on helping children and families overcome challenges in their lives. While April was earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Child Development from Purdue University she worked at a community center mentoring at-risk youth and as a Child Protective Services Intern at the Department of Child Services. In 1997, she earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Michigan and began working as a clinical in-patient therapist in a Detroit psychiatric hospital helping suicidal youth who had histories of complex trauma and abuse. After moving to Indianapolis, April worked as a wrap-around therapist and later became the manager at a residential treatment facility for youth. During that time, she provided oversight to direct care staff, case managers and therapists who served in a locked unit, a young children’s unit and an adolescent girls’ unit. In 2001, April became the executive director of a shelter that served women and children whose lives were shattered by domestic violence. April has also guided a variety of nonprofits across the U.S. through leadership transitions, board development, and funding programs. She has also served children at several orphanages in China and has worked with America World Adoption Agency completing home studies and providing pre/post-adoptive support to families. Throughout this time, April has continued to help clients, complete parenting assessments, and provide one-on-one counseling support for families in need. April is licensed as a clinical social worker. She is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner, a Prepare-Enrich & SYMBIS pre-marriage and marriage facilitator, trained in Crisis Intervention Teams, is trained in Theraplay and is an approved Focus on the Family Counselor, too.

April and her husband, Randy, have been married for nearly twenty years. The couple and their two children are active members of Kingsway Christian Church.

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Meet Jean Crane

jeancrane-2For the past 15 years, Jean Crane has worked to improve the well-being of people from all walks of life, finding great joy in helping her clients better understand Biblical truth and how to put God’s plan into practice in their daily lives.

Jean earned an undergraduate degree in Communications from Wheaton College and went on receive an M.A. in Counseling/Psychology from Trinity International University in 2001. During graduate school, she served internships at an inpatient hospital for adults and in the counseling center at a university. Her first professional position was as a counselor in a residential treatment facility in Denver, where she helped teenage girls who were struggling with depression, grief and loss issues, anxiety, attachment problems, attention deficit concerns, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

In 2002, Jean married her husband, John, and moved with him to the Indianapolis area to start their family, which now includes four children. Before joining the Care to Change team, she used cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve the lives of clients as an outpatient clinician for St. Francis Hospital.

Jean is certified in EMDR, a treatment for trauma victims. She specializes in perinatal mood disorders, has been a longtime facilitator of a post-partum adjustment group, and has provided both premarital counseling and help for troubled marriages, as well as assistance with anger and behavior management for families. She has also facilitated groups to help adults and children cope with issues related to self-esteem, family substance abuse, healthy relationships, depression, anxiety, and stress. Jean assists with the special counseling needs of missionaries, pastors, and their families, and regularly deepens her professional knowledge by attending American Association of Christian Counseling conferences.

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Meet Tracy Teipen

tracyteipen-2Physical well-being is an important component of emotional health, and for nearly two decades, Registered Nurse and Certified Personal Trainer Tracy Teipen has been devoted to helping people live healthier lives by promoting wholeness and strength in body, mind, and spirit.

Tracy earned a B.S. in Nursing from Indiana University in 1998 and became a Pediatric nurse at Methodist Hospital. She also served as a preceptor for the IU School of Nursing Capstone Program, and helped people with eating disorders by leading a support group through ANAD, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders. Tracy became part of the IU Health Pharmacy Team at University Hospital in 2007, working with an interdisciplinary team to provide medication reconciliation and education to acute and chronically ill patients.

In 2012, she decided to focus her career on fitness, becoming a Certified Personal Trainer with a focus on weight management. She has helped people implement fitness plans, and provided instruction in nutrition and weight loss to help individual clients address their needs and meet their goals. In addition to her own practice, Tracy joined the staff at Hendricks Regional Health YMCA as a personal trainer, small group training leader, and a healthy heart ambassador. She volunteers with several organizations including Hope Healthcare ServicesMentor Connect, and with the Hendricks County Medical Reserve Corps.

Tracy, her husband, and their four children reside in Avon.

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Meet John Money

johnmoney-2For more than 20 years, John Money has sought to fulfill his personal purpose statement of “Inspiring Faith and Fullness” by serving others in a variety of settings.

While earning his Master’s in Christian Theology from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, John served as a youth pastor intern and graduate assistant in School of World Missions. Since completing studies at Trinity, he has served as a church planter, teaching pastor, lead pastor, and pastor/chaplain at a domestic violence shelter.

Through each of these pastoral roles, John has helped and ministered to couples struggling in their marriages, families struggling with adoption issues, teens struggling with identity and behavior, and individuals seeking emotional and spiritual healing. John is also a Prepare-Enrich marriage facilitator.

John and his wife, Kerra, have been married for more than 20 years and have one son. They live in Avon and lead the Emotionally Healthy Spirituality ministry at Life Church – Indianapolis campus.

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Meet Jeff Houvener

jeff-houvener-2In 1996, Jeff Houvener and his wife Julie were “living the American Dream” when their lives (debt) caught up with them. With a house payment, car payments, more than $30,000 in credit-card debt and what seemed like a hopeless situation, Jeff and Julie started learning how to get out of the huge hole they found themselves in. Jeff says “getting into debt was easy, getting out took time and a lot of hard work.” By learning sound financial principles and digging out of debt, Jeff and Julie have continued to live debt-free.

For the past five years, Jeff has worked to bring hope back into the lives of his clients. He has made it his mission to teach others the life-changing financial principles he and his wife continue to use today.

While running a successful promotional marketing business, Jeff graduated from Dave Ramsey’s Counselor Training Program in 2012. In 2015, Jeff continued his education with the Ramsey organization and completed the Pro Coaching Program. Jeff is passionate about finances and has the heart of a teacher. Jeff also enjoys teaching the Foundations of Personal Finance course to Avon and Brownsburg High School students.

Jeff and Julie have been married for 25 years and have three children. They live in Brownsburg and lead the Financial Ministry at Connection Pointe Christian Church.

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Meet Jeremy Echerd

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Jeremy always thought he would retire after a lengthy Army career. He enlisted in early 1992 after a halfhearted attempt at college and found success easy. He attended Basic Training, Airborne School, and Air Assault School, where he received numerous awards and accolades, but felt that he could better serve as a leader. An R.O.T.C. scholarship brought him to the University of Dayton. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Cognitive Psychology in 1998, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant, sent to training, and deployed
to Germany.

As an officer, Jeremy served two combat tours in Iraq, the first in Baghdad and the second in Mosul, earning a Bronze Star for his service.

After his second tour, Jeremy and his family settled in Avon. He went on to earn his Master’s in Health Care Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University and is in the final stages of earning his Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.

Jeremy’s focus is supporting military families as they deal with issues related to suicide prevention, addictions and combat trauma.

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Meet Jennifer Bigelow, MSW, LCSW

Jenn-Bigelow-2Jennifer has a particular gift for serving as an advocate and educator to families who are pursing international adoption. She supports them by providing intensive wraparound services, including medical management for special care needs, family counseling, educational advocacy, behavior consulting, and preparation and education. Jennifer finds great joy in helping children find and transition into their forever families.

She received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Indiana University in Bloomington and a Master of Social Work degree from IUPUI. Before joining Care to Change, Jennifer worked with children and families through Riley Children’s Hospital, where she was part of a developmental team supporting children with Autism, ADHD, and other pervasive developmental disorders; and with IU Medical Group/Wishard Health Services, where she provided individual counseling, marriage and family therapy, grief support, and other services.

Jennifer and her husband, Erik, have been married for 17 years and reside in Plainfield with their two sons, and are active members of Plainfield United Methodist Church.

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Meet Danielle Huff 

When you walk into Care to Change, you’ll quickly sense that you’re welcomed, cared for, and most of all, loved. It’s an attitude that flows through our entire team, and Danielle sets the tone. Her role is to concentrate on the many details of operating a counseling center so our counselors can focus entirely on serving you and our other clients. Throughout her career, Danielle has been dedicated to serving others, and she’s happy to support our efforts to help individuals and families find the fulfillment God intended for them.

After earning a degree in Sociology (with an emphasis on Social Work) from Franklin College, Danielle wanted to find a position where she could have a direct impact on the lives of children and their families. She became a mentor at Sheltering Wings, where she handled crisis calls from abuse victims and provided support to the shelter’s residents.

Danielle then moved into a role as the shelter’s Volunteer Services Coordinator and Office Manager, overseeing the valuable asssitance of more than 150 volunteers who provided child care, transportation, and assistance to support the work of Sheltering Wings. She has also worked with Art Craft, a marketing and promotions company.

Danielle and her husband, Todd, have been married for more than 11 years. The couple homeschools their three children and are active members of Grace Church in Mooresville.

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