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 our Director, April Bordeau

For more than two decades, April Bordeau has focused on helping 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 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.

April is licensed as a clinical social worker. She is trained in EMDR and is a Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) practitioner and certified educator. April is also a Prepare-Enrich and SYMBIS pre-marriage and marriage facilitator. She is trained in Crisis Intervention Teams and NOVA crisis interventionTheraplay, and the Suicide PAIR program.  April is a QPR Instructor, is an approved Focus on the Family Counselor and she leads the Hendricks County Mental Health and Wellness Coalition. April is available to train groups on a variety of topics including QPR (suicide prevention), trauma informed care, parenting, compassion fatigue, communication/conflict resolution, and marriage preparation/enrichment. Other topics can be found on our workshops page.

April and her husband, Randy, have been married for over twenty years.   Email April

Meet our Team of Counselors

Jean Crane

For 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. Connect with Jean.

Tracy Teipen

Physical well-being is an important component of emotional health, and for over two decades, 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 spent much of her career at IU Health working in Pediatrics. During that time she served as a preceptor for the IU School of Nursing Capstone Program, as well as mentoring and leading various eating disorder support groups.

In 2012, Tracy decided to focus her career on fitness and nutrition, 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.

Tracy is a certified Christian Counselor, focusing her work at Care to Change with teens and adults who struggle with food and body image issues. She also helps clients develop a healthy eating plan that will support their emotional needs and goals.Tracy has a passion for educating and helping others develop a healthy relationship with food and their body and will soon be a facilitator for the Body Project.  Tracy 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. Email Tracy

John Money

For 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 the 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. Connect with John.

Jeff Houvener

In 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. Connect with Jeff.

Jeremy Echerd

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. Connect with Jeremy.

Bill Overpeck

Across nearly four decades of service to others, Bill has demonstrated an abundance of compassion to those facing significant challenges, as well as a knack for developing practical, successful programs that impart his knowledge to reach many more in need.

Along the way, Bill has worked in a variety of settings, providing marriage and family therapy, counseling troubled children and teens, and conducting workshops for both parents and his fellow mental health professionals. He has also performed home studies to find the right family environments for private adoptions.

He received his Bachelor’s degree and Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University. Bill began his career in a community mental health center in Terre Haute, focusing on the needs of children and adolescents. In addition to individual therapy, he worked with local alternative schools and developed a peer counseling program that was adopted by all of the area’s secondary schools. He also spent several years in private practice, and served as an inaugural board member for the Vigo County Crisis Pregnancy Center, and is a Prepare/Enrich marriage facilitator.

Bill and his wife, Jean, have been married for 45 years, and have three children and six grandchildren. The couple are active members of Life Church’s Brownsburg campus, where they served on the steering committee for more than six years. Connect with Bill.

Michael Spencer

Since the mid-1980s, Mike has combined ministry with counseling for families, couples, and individuals of all ages, using his own life experiences to inform the guidance he provides. For example, having experienced the changes and challenges a marriage endures across decades, he is able to walk couples through the changes needed to remain faithful in a culture that tends to overvalue relational intimacy and undervalue marriage.

While he has worked with families, couples, and individuals of all ages, Mike has a particular interest in helping people who have experienced complex developmental trauma, such as adoptive families and those who are currently in foster care. He also enjoys working with men who grapple with addictive thinking and behaviors, anxiety, and depression, as well as younger men who struggle to reconcile their life experiences with their faith. Mike also enjoys counseling church leaders.

He received his Bachelor’s degree from Anderson University and went on to receive Master’s degrees in Counseling and Divinity from Biblical Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Mike worked with a group of churches to open a counseling center, helping with communications challenges, depression, anger, anxiety, parenting skills, addiction, and OCD. In 2013, after adopting two children, Mike received training from Texas Christian University in Trust Based Relational Intervention. He is a certified TBRI Practitioner and Educator and a Prepare/Enrich marriage facilitator. More recently, Mike has been trained in brainspotting, a type of therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain.

Mike and his wife, Kathy, were college sweethearts who married in 1984. They have five children. The couple helped to plant a church in the Irvington area of Indianapolis, where Mike serves as an elder and works with the men’s ministry and the advocate team for community care groups. Connect with Michael.

Brittany Smith

For more than a decade, Brittany has helped young children and teens who have faced challenges in their young lives find the guidance and support they need to grow into healthy adults. She brings experience from a variety of settings to Care to Change, including three years of working closely with children and families at a domestic violence shelter.

Brittany received a Bachelor’s in Social Work from Indiana State University in 2015 and went on to earn a Master’s in Social Work from the University of Louisville in 2016. She is also a certified Trust Based Relational Intervention Practitioner and Educator who has been involved in training about trauma, anxiety, creating trauma-informed classrooms, and helping children overcome the inherent challenges of their families of origin.

Adoption is particularly important to Brittany, who has provided care to orphans in China. She has also worked with adoptive families, providing support both before and after their adoptions.

Most recently, she has provided therapy and social skills support in a school setting to elementary-age students, enhancing their opportunities for success in the classroom and helping them build healthy and positive relationships with their peers. She has also actively supported children of all ages in youth ministry, including working with those who have special needs. She mentors high school girls at Cornerstone Christian Church, helps with the church’s youth praise band, and serves on the worship team. Brittany also serves on Get Real Inc’s Board of Directors.

At this time Brittany is not accepting new clients.

Connect with Brittany.

Jennifer Strege

Jennifer’s journey to Care to Change began with helping others plan their own journeys as a travel agent. When she became a mother, she returned to school to become certified in early-childhood education. After losing her husband, she began to attend a grief support group, where she met Mark, a widowed father. They married and blended their families in 2006.

As Jennifer’s children entered adulthood, she felt a call to minister to God’s children and began to pursue a career in counseling. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Theology and Pastoral Counseling from Johnson University and is currently completing a master’s in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University.

Her specialties include marriage and family counseling (with a particular focus on issues associated with blended families), as well as working with teens and women. She’s a certified pre-marriage and marriage Prepare/Enrich and SYMBIS facilitator, has been certified in the Suicide PAIR program, and has facilitated GriefShare groups. Jennifer has also created and taught Christ-centered workshops for adolescent boys and girls.

She appreciates the support, encouragement, and accountability available at Care to Change, particularly the meetings, workshops, and retreats that have been designed to keep each counselor growing in his or her strengths, spiritual life, and personal well-being. Jennifer and Mark call Brownsburg home and are active members of Traders Point Christian Church.

Connect with Jennifer.

Ginger Boyce

Ginger’s path to teaching people yoga to help with mental health challenges took her through traditional science and one of the nation’s largest pharmaceutical manufacturers. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Health Science from Anderson University, Ginger spent a decade in clinical trial research for Eli Lilly & Co.

Her entrepreneurial spirit moved her into opening Blue Sage studio and Laynee’s boutique and helping her husband who owns a real estate business, until she sought something more personally and professionally meaningful. Ginger’s experience led her to become a registered yoga instructor (RYT-200) and to pursue training in trauma sensitive yoga.  She has been teaching children, adults, and groups for the past couple of years and is now using her experience in support of Care to Change’s efforts to help people overcome trauma, lower anxiety, and improve self regulation and overall mental health. She trains first responders in mobility and mindful breathing so they are even more effective in their work. Ginger’s specialty also adds to our wellness services available for businesses and is offered on an individual and group basis.

Ginger and her husband, James, have been married for nearly two decades and are active members of Kingsway Christian Church. The couple and their four children (one of whom is adopted) have called Avon home since 2000.

More information about how Care to Change is protecting our faith based mission through using the science of mindful movement and intentional breathwork through this work can be found here.

Connect with Ginger.

Jared Jones

Volunteering as a crisis intervention specialist during college fueled a passion in Jared for counseling adolescents and young adults through suicidal ideation and other crises.

Jared earned his undergraduate degree in brain and behavioral sciences at Purdue University and went on to obtain a master’s in mental health counseling from the University of Indianapolis. Jared worked with college students at the student counseling center until he joined our team this fall.

He combines the use of cognitive and behavioral strategies and a deep faith in God’s healing power to help empower young people who struggle with anxiety, mood disorders, suicidal ideations and addictions. Jared also enjoys opportunities to share God’s healing by serving the community and educating others about mental health.

Connect with Jared.

Brittany Gipson

For more than a decade, Brittany has helped individuals cope with and overcome mental health and addiction-related illnesses. She sees her calling as helping people overcome barriers to achieve goals and become their best selves.

Brittany earned her bachelor’s in psychology with a concentration in clinical psychology and psychobiology of addiction, as well as a minor in medical sociology, from Purdue University. After earning a master’s in social work with a concentration in mental health and addiction from Indiana University, Brittany worked in an inpatient facility helping adults stabilize from severe mental illnesses, such as depression, post-suicide attempt/ideation, psychosis, and detoxing. She then moved to an outpatient setting where she counseled children, adolescents, and adults.

She has extensive training in acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), motivational interviewing (MI), cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Brittany has attended professional development trainings at The Beck Institute, specializing in CBT for depression and suicidal ideation, and has been published in the Journal of Nursingabout understanding the challenges and needs of primary caregivers of adolescents with disruptive behavior disorders.

Brittany and her husband have been married for six years and have three children. She is currently a member and small-group leader at Connection Pointe Christian Church.

Connect with Brittany. 

Meet our Administrative Team

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 assistance 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 12 years. The couple homeschools their three children and are active members of Grace Church in Mooresville. Email Danielle if you are interested in joining our team at Care to Change.

Debra Kulchar

Throughout her adult life, our Executive Assistant has been devoted to serving others, especially when it comes to bringing God’s word into their lives. Debra’s husband, Dave, is an Anglican priest, and the couple moved to Brownsburg from Michigan in 2017 so Dave could plant a new church on the west side of Indianapolis.

Debra earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Kent State University in Ohio. While living in Michigan, she was the office administrator for a small chiropractic practice. She has also served as a member and administrator for Bible Study Fellowship for many years, giving her the opportunity to share her love for Scripture with others.

Over the years, she’s played an active role in Dave’s pastoral work, helping him with youth ministry, premarital counseling, hospitality ministries, and small groups.

The couple has been married since 1980, has four adult children, and three grandchildren. When Debra isn’t working, you’ll find her reading, out walking, or playing the flute.

When you call Care to Change, chances are, you’ll hear Debra answering the phone, and scheduling your appointments. Email Debra if you have questions about our services or would like to schedule an appointment with one of our team members.

 Kerra Money

Our night office manager, Kerra is passionate about finding beauty in people and loving them. She values listening and hearing the hearts of people and meeting them right where they are, in the middle of their brokenness. With her husband, John, she has started two churches, counseled married couples, and led addiction recovery and emotional health classes.

She has been trained in inner healing prayer through Elijah House and has seen amazing breakthroughs for those who are hurting from past trauma. Kerra believes there is no greater joy then to see people released into freedom from past guilt and shame and walking in their true, God-given identity.

Kerra earned a degree in Organizational Communication from Indiana University. She is a Certified Life Coach and is pursuing a Master’s in Counseling. She and John have one adult son, live in Avon, and enjoy reading, hiking, being still, and traveling to Colorado. The couple have been married almost 25 years. Email Kerra to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors.

Kristy Bumgardner

Care to Change’s accounting manager was born in Danville, but life took her all over central Indiana before she returned to Hendricks County. Kristy attended High School in Seymour and then went to Indiana State University.

After graduating from ISU with a double major in Management Information Systems and Accounting, she began her career at a CPA firm. It didn’t take her long to realize that public accounting wasn’t quite her calling, and she moved on to accounting roles with a large furniture store and a catalog sales company. Kristy’s responsibilities expanded into budgets and projections before she chose to focus full-time on motherhood.

She began to volunteer at Kingsway Christian Church, and was eventually asked to become Kingsway’s staff accountant, a position that provided the flexibility she needed. Now she’s brought her skills to the Care to Change team.

Kristy and her husband, Jason, have been married for fifteen years and have three children. The family lives in Danville, and Kristy and Jason are active at Kingsway, where she helps in the nursery and has led a small group. While she enjoys running, working out, organizing, taking vacations, and spending time with family, these days, most of the couple’s spare time is spent cheering on their kids at a host of sporting events.

Meet the Chairman of the Board,

Dave Blanford

Our co-founder brought both invaluable business expertise and a solid commitment to Biblical principles to guide the birth of Care to Change and oversee the prudent approach to growth that has allowed us to serve more individuals and families with each year.

A graduate of the Indiana University School of Business, Dave was the co-founder and chairman of ClaimAid, a company that helped uninsured and underinsured individuals better understand the healthcare market, while helping hospitals and other providers serve patients more effectively. Before serving in that role, he owned the Molloy Companies, four businesses that administered group health insurance and wellness plans out of offices in Indianapolis, Philadelphia, Des Moines, and Orlando.

Throughout his career, Dave lent his business expertise to a long list of organizations serving the community and those in need. He was one of the founding directors of the board of Sheltering Wings, has been a Trustee of Cincinnati Bible University, has served the Alexander Christian Foundation as a board member, and has also been on the board of the Christianville Haiti Christian Mission.

A longtime teacher of an adult Sunday School class, Dave has also been an elder and trustee for his church. Dave and his wife Lucy have been married for more than 50 years.