Meet our board
A long-time community social worker committed to equity, Donyel was named the social worker of the year in 2018 by the National Association of Social Workers, Indiana Chapter. Her current professional work includes teaching as an Associate Faculty with the IU School of Social Work. Previously, Donyel provided supportive services to children and families who had been involved with child protection services, school social work, assisting people in the community with enrollment in health coverage, and advocating for equity in education, health care, and affordable housing.
A former associate professor of Computational Linguistics at Indiana University and current director of the Jubilee College Ministry (First United Methodist Church), Markus has been volunteering in the jail since 2010 and on the board since 2015. Also active with Thriving Connections, Markus focuses his time with NL-NL on external communications and in engaging the larger community.
A retired associate professor of Computer Science at Indiana University, Chris has been a NLNL board member since 2017, Treasurer since 2019, and a NLNL jail volunteer since 2010. He is a Lay Minister for Prison Ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, a Bureau of Prisons Minister of Record, and offers instruction in meditation and breathing practices. He has served on the Boards of the UU Church and Bloomingfoods, and as a CASA and Big Brother.
Nordia is an outpatient therapist at Meadows. She was the VP for the board of directors for South Central Indiana Housing Opportunity (SCIHO), a member of the Anti-Oppression Education Committee in the school of social work and a member of the United Methodist Outreach Committee.
As the Nonprofit Central Specialist at the Monroe County Public Library, Bobby works with nonprofits of all types and sizes. This has given her a special understanding and deep appreciation for the work nonprofits do in our community. Working as the jail librarian, she saw firsthand how programs like NLNL help individuals stay connected to their family and the community as a whole.