Young Professional Group

JOIN Our CENtRAL INDIANA young professionals group, ETC!

College Mentors, EtC is a committee of dedicated professionals in the Indianapolis area who believe in the power of mentoring. EtC members:

  • volunteer with local chapters and provide professional development support for current college student volunteers.
  • participate in fundraising efforts for the benefit of College Mentors for Kids
  • host an annual event to raise awareness and support for College Mentors
  • volunteer time to assist with a variety of projects for the College Mentors national office.



Meet the members:

Alex Blubaugh

  • Team Leader – Materials Management, Eli Lilly and Company
  • BS, Purdue University ’14 (chapter president, general manager, and pr/marketing director)
  • EtC member since 2014; past Chair

“I support College Mentors for Kids because mentoring has the power to break negative cultural cycles. I believe that mentoring is the key to children and everyone fulfilling their potential. I enjoy serving on EtC because the committee is passionate and engaged in furthering the organization’s reach into the Indianapolis community and helping to mentor college students.”

Lauren Brown

  • Financial Advisor, Valeo Financial Advisors, LLC
  • BA, Indiana Univeristy ’06
  • EtC Member since 2014; past Chair

“What really moves me is the program’s ripple effect on society as a whole. The program impacts at-risk youth in our communities and their families, as well as their elementary schools, teachers, and peers; it reaches college students at an ideal time in their lives when they can internalize their social responsibility to give back and carry this mentality into their adult lives; it inspires people who never even participated in the program (like me) to understand the importance of and promote the concept of mentoring within their communities.  The ripple effect is profound and one I am so pleased to be associated with through my involvement with EtC.”

Katie Brownlee

  • Chief Development Officer, Indiana State Museum
  • BA, Indiana University ’09; MPA, Indiana Univeristy ’15 (IU chapter president, vice president, and mentor)
  • EtC Fundraising Chair; member since 2017

“College Mentors for Kids shaped my college experience and was the most rewarding aspect of my college career. I gained invaluable leadership skills that prepared me for my career in nonprofit management.”


Jimmy Cox

  • Director, Student-Alumni Programs for Purdue Alumni Association
  • BA, Purdue ’09; MS, IU ’13 (Purdue chapter mentor)
  • EtC College Student Engagement Chair; member since 2017

“College Mentors had such a profound impact on me, if only for one semester. The work they do with young kids and college student is simple and it works. I support College Mentors because of the inspiration it gives to kids and the leadership preparation it gives young men and women in college.”

Chintan Desai

  • Financial Advisor, Valeo Financial Advisors LLC
  • BS, University of Cincinnati ’11; JD, Michigan State University College of Law ’14
  • EtC member since 2014; past Fundraising Chair

“I support College Mentors because it develops in kids a passion for learning, which they can harness to shape the world of tomorrow.”

Tara Driscoll

  • Clinical Pharmacy Specialist – Ambulatory Care, Pulmonary Hypertension, Indiana University Health
  • Doctor of Pharmacy, Purdue University ’14 (chapter VP, activities director, and mentor)
  • EtC member since 2015

“I fell in love with College Mentors for Kids during my involvement at Purdue after seeing and feeling the positive impact this organization has on not only the mentors and mentees, but the local community as well. College Mentors builds relationships between big buddies and little buddies that develop a passion for education, community service, and culture and diversity, while having fun along the way. I believe the impact College Mentors has on the community inspires current and future generations to make our society a better place through education and positive mentoring relationships.”

Emily Gregory

  • Accounting Coordinator, Lauth Group
  • BA, Ball State University ’11; Event Management Certificate, IUPUI ’15 (Ball State chapter mentor and general manager)
  • EtC Events Co-Chair; member since 2016

“I love serving on EtC because it is encouraging to see how children’s lives are greatly impacted in various ways through their mentors.”


Jami LaFord

  • MSW candidate, Indiana University School of Social Work
  • BSW, Ball State University ’17 (chapter president, treasurer, and mentor)
  • EtC member since 2017

“I fell in love with College Mentors for Kids during my first year as a mentor. Seeing the relationship built between mentors and buddies was absolutely incredible, and I felt called to do more.  Serving as president was amazing, and I knew I would be involved after graduation. Being on EtC was just what I needed, and I am honored to continue to make a difference within College Mentors for Kids.”

Dylan Pittman

  • Associate, Barnes & Thornburg LLP
  • BA, Indiana University ’11; JD, Robert H. McKinney School of Law ’15
  • EtC member since 2017

“College Mentors’ mission is to enable young adults to pay their wisdom and experience forward to the next generation. I am excited to be a part of that very worthwhile effort.”

Alex Zawodni

  • Referral Coordinator, OurHealth
  • BS, Purdue University ’14 (chapter vice president of programming, general manager, and mentor)
  • EtC Chair, member since 2015

“I love supporting College Mentors because the program has given me so much more than I have given to it. I learned invaluable lessons during my time as a mentor and student leader on campus–not only from my peers, but from the little buddies our program served every week. I have become a better listener and collaborator, and strive to be a better leader thanks to the impact College Mentors had on me during my time on campus. Serving on EtC has allowed me to continue helping the program grow and succeed while spreading knowledge about mentoring and College Mentors in the Indianapolis community.”