About Us

Promoting health and well being in our community

Focusing on youth and senior programming, Hanna Center strives to create a safe and healthy space for all in our community! Our mission is to provide quality services, programs, and community interactions for the surrounding neighborhood and beyond. We seek to celebrate traditions throughout the Greater Lafayette area while preserving the culture, heritage and history of African Americans and minority groups within Tippecanoe County. 

Our Story

The Hanna Community Center traces its beginnings to the old Lincoln Center, an institution built to serve the welfare and social needs of the black community and other minority groups, where resources are limited. Occupying the Lincoln School in 1923, the Center began as a recreational center for Lafayette's black youth. Our goal is to continue Hanna's commitment and to continue its tradition of ensuring that services are provided for all who make up the diverse population of the greater Lafayette Community. 

The Hanna Community Center, Inc. is a non-profit, multi-service agency which provides programs and services for the surrounding community and minority residents of Tippecanoe County. The mission of Hanna Center is to provide and facilitate the development of surrounding neighborhoods, programs, and services which will enhance personal and community resources. 

We thrive with the support and sponsorship from many local business, persons and grants and the continued commitment of our staff and volunteers. 

Meet The Team

STAFF

TRACY
FULLER

Executive Director

IMHC - Coalition Director for the Health Initiative Program

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                               Tracy Fuller is a graduate of Indiana                                            State University where she earned her Master of                     Science in Recreation and Sports Management and        her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Media Arts and Animation from the Illinois Institute of Art in Schaumburg. This is just the start of her never-ending continuation of education through various certificate programs. 
 
The only thing that was truly missing was the true focus of community involvement and making tomorrow a better place. When she is not trying to impress upon her resume, she focuses her time on being active through community involvement through pageantry. Advocacy, fundraising, donation collection is just among a few things that she has currently done. You can also catch her reading a thriller series when time allows. Tracy is a Chicago native, and now resides with her son, Hunter in West Lafayette, Indiana. 

TAYLOR
SCHMIDT

Program Coordinator

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                                    Taylor is an English major who has               
                                dedicated her life to serving youth in her
                              local communities. As a young child she 
                    volunteered as a teacher in her local Sunday school classroom. Her journey teaching youth has seen her travel as far as China in high school as a part of a mission trip. Here at Hanna she works as the interim program coordinator with the ambition of making continuous improvements to programming. 

HUNTER
MERRIMAN

Administrative Assistant/

Program Specialist

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                                       Hunter lives in Brookston with her                                            husband of 8 years and her three children.                                    Hunter graduated with her Associates in                                    Business Administration in July of 2021. She has a passion for people and enhancing their quality of life in any way she can. Hunter has experience working with seniors and youth through past jobs and volunteer experience. She enjoys going on adventures with her family, volunteering at church or outreach ministries, and renovating her house.

JOSEPH STRINGFELLOW 

After School Counselor

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                                   Joseph is a college student who is studying
                                addiction studies in an effort to further his
                           career working with youth. This is his first year
                      at Hanna where he works in the Magic Room as
       the youth counsellor in charge of the room. Joseph helps the children in Magic room with after school studies such as homework and improving math and reading skills. 

BRYANNA
ALVAREZ

Administrative Assistant/

Program Support Specialist

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                                  Bryanna Alvarez is currently a Youth

                                Counselor and Administrative Assistant at

                              Hanna Community Center. During the

                       spring of 2020, Bryanna graduated from McCutcheon High School with academic honors and plans to go back to college and major in business administration. Her plans for the future are to travel, graduate college, and receive her real estate license. She enjoys helping her community as much as she can and started to volunteer at Hanna at the age of fourteen. Bryanna has also been involved in McCutcheon High School’s Mentors Club, Student Council, Good Decision Makers Club, and National Honor Society. Bryanna is excited to be part of Hanna Center to help others and herself grow. 

ABBY
CARLYLE

Social Media Coordinator

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                                   Abby Carlyle is a local photographer,                                            owning Beyond The Pines Photography for                               the last 4 years. She attended Savannah                                       College of Art and Design and finished her                                  degree at Indiana University. Abby has worked in communications since graduating college including volunteering for veterans organizations and working for Purdue University. This past year, Abby has expanded into marking, media and website design. She loves working with Hanna Center and knowing that she is helping a program that is far reaching has has been a pillar in the community for over 70 years. 

DIRECTORS
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HON. ERIC GROSSMAN

Board President

                              Eric Grossman lives in West Lafayette,                                         Indiana and has a passion for property               
                valuation. He began real estate investing at 21, and     
   really came to know the community. Eric first got into commercial property development in 2010 with the purchase of the old Sportsman’s Bar on Main Street in downtown Lafayette. As a contractor, he has been honored to help build and restore properties throughout Greater Lafayette, from medical offices and classroom space to retail and restaurant. Eric began working at the Assessors office in 2008 and found that his business and academic experience enabled him to utilize his technical skills and knowledge of real estate to excel in an administrative capacity.

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SHELANDA MCGILL-HALL

Vice President

                                 Shelanda McGill-Hall was born and raised                                  in Lafayette, Indiana. She grew up playing,                          hanging out and being involved in Hanna         Community Center as a youth. Shelanda went to college at Florida A & M University, a Historical Black College in Tallahassee, Florida. Shelanda currently works for Simon Property Group where she has held several positions. Shelanda and her husband Derrick have two sons Derrick and Daylen. Derrick Jr.  
 
Shelanda is a proud member of the Board of Directors at Hanna Community Center where she currently serves as Vice President. "I am honored to serve. It is my opportunity to help serve and support the very community center that helped to support me during my youth and shaped who I am today." 

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REV. KEVIN BOWERS

Treasurer

                            The Rev. Kevin A. Bowers was ordained                                         as a Minister of Word and Sacrament in                             the Presbyterian Church (USA) in November of 2001 and has served as the pastor of Bethany Presbyterian Church in Lafayette’s North End since July of 2004. Kevin and his wife Jennie have found Lafayette to be a wonderful and vibrant community in which to make their home and raise their three children. 

Kevin is honored to have a part in fulfilling the Hanna mission of promoting health and wellbeing in our community. 

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SCOTT GALLOWAY

Director

                             Scott Galloway came to the community in                               1994 as a Purdue Undergrad.  Scott was                                     hired by the Lafayette Police Department in 1998.  Scott currently serves as the Captain of Patrol.  Scott has been a member of the Hanna board since 2016 and has provided several outreach events and services to the Hanna seniors and youth programs.  
 
Scott values building relationships and connecting to the needs of the Hanna community. 

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SPENCER BUCHANAN

Director

                             Spencer works at ARCONIC. He is the         
                         President of the United Steelworkers Local 115 
              and is a member of Indiana Work Force Development Board. Spencer attached Purdue University and currently lives in Lafayette. 

 

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BEN
NELLIS

Director

                                 Ben has been a resident of the Greater                                      Lafayette Community for the past 25 years.                         He is happily married to my wonderful wife, and   have five kids that keep me on my toes. Throughout his life here, he has met many wonderful people and networked with many companies in the community.  Ben is passionate about mental health, and focus much of my work on providing services and resources to those in need. He is very honored to be part of the Hanna Community Center Board of Directors, and is eager to help contribute to this wonderful organization.

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KELLY
HAMPTON

Director

                                 Kelly Hampton is a lifelong resident of                                   Tippecanoe County and is engaged to her                                partner Karlee. Together, they have an 11-year-old son and two dogs. Kelly currently serves as the Director of Empowerment Services at YWCA Greater Lafayette including Dress for Success Greater Lafayette and STRIVE, a workforce development program delivered through the lens of racial, social, and economic justice. Kelly has provided educational outreach and workforce development training to more than 17,000 individuals during her time with YWCA Greater Lafayette. She has utilized her degrees in Criminal Justice. Law & Society, Special Education, and Applied Behavior Analysis to support clients from underrepresented communities as they work to break cycles of poverty and violence and to advocate for systemic change at the individual, relational, community, and societal levels.

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PHILIP
BRANDT

Director

                           Philip grew up outside of Chicago and                                         attended Purdue University. Over the last 10                    years he has lived in Chicago, Seattle and Salem, MA. Before moving to Salem in 2019, Philip and his wife traveled and visited family in Croatia for 4 months. They moved to West Lafayette last year to settle down and start a family. Philip has worked in both public and industry accounting roles. He is currently the Director of Accounting Operations at Inari Agriculture based in West Lafayette. His hobbies include playing tennis, making cocktails and cooking!

Philip joined Hanna because it connected strongly with his values. He believes organizations like Hanna Center that provides programming to underserved populations are vital to communities. 

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EBONY 
BARRETT-KENNEDY

Subcommittee Member- Diversity and Inclusion/Programming

                             Ebony Barrett-Kennedy is the Diversity and                                     Inclusion Consultant for the West Central Region of                   IU Health Arnett. She graduated from Purdue                            University with a degree in communication. Prior to accepting this position, she served as Director of Marketing and Engagement at Greater Lafayette United Way. She is a member of the steering committee for the Diversity Round Table of Greater Lafayette and the United Way of Greater Lafayette Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee. She’s also a BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of color) business owner mentor through the Spark Program at Matchbox Coworking Studio and was selected as a 2020 Top 10 Under 40 by Tippy Connect Young Professionals.

Ebony is an avid supporter of live local music and is the front person for the band Ebony & Ruckus which is a soul, funk, reggae, rock and blues band. She’s also a Boilermaker fan of all sports and a lover of the arts. She’s on the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette board of directors and coaches seventh and eighth grade cheer at Tecumseh Junior High School in Lafayette.

 

She is a soccer mom of three boys ranging in age from 12 to 20. In her spare time, she enjoys completing mud runs, 5Ks and traveling with her partner, Tyler Crum, who is a counselor at Jefferson High School in Lafayette

SPONSORS + DONORS

Dr. Sandy San Miguel
Frank with the LPD