Greater Lafayette, Indiana

Meet The Board

Hannah Davis

Board President

Hannah Davis has called the Greater Lafayette community home since she was 8 years old. She attended Purdue University where she received her Doctorate of Pharmacy degree.  Hannah has worked in the healthcare industry for 20 years and is passionate about addressing the needs of under-served populations, which lead her to serve on the board at Tippecanoe Senior Services. Hannah lives in West Lafayette with her husband and their 5 children.

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Ben Blankenship

Board Vice President

Ben Blankenship has spent more than 20 years serving area seniors. He joined Westminster Village in 2013 as the Health Facility Administrator. While in this role, he led the Health Center to a five-star Medicare rating for four years and achieved a deficiency-free health inspection. In May 2017, Ben was promoted to Associate Executive Director where he led multiple departments as well as special projects. In February 2019, the Board of Directors selected Ben to lead the Village as the next Executive Director. Ben earned his bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College in Kentucky and earned his MBA in Healthcare Management from Indiana Wesleyan. Ben is a licensed Health Facility Administrator (HFA) in Indiana, certified as an HFA preceptor and is white-belt certified in Lean Six Sigma. In addition to his duties at the Village, Ben is an adjunct faculty member at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, serves as the President of the Maverick Club and is a board member of Tippecanoe Senior Services. Ben also volunteers within the Greater Lafayette community serving various non-profit organizations. Ben is married to Amy and they have three daughters. In his spare time, Ben enjoys spending time with his family, landscaping and traveling.

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Joel Kinsey

Board Treasurer

Joel joined the board of directors in December of 2021 and is the current treasurer of the organization.  He grew up in Fishers and moved to the area to attend Purdue University where he studied Business Management.  It was there that he met his wife, Molly, a Lafayette native and Jefferson High School alum.  It was through her, that he developed a deep love for the city.  After all, Joel’s wife is one of the original designers of our Lafayette City Flag adopted in 2007.  Joel works for both First Merchants Bank as a Banking Center Manager and City of God Church as a Worship Pastor and enjoys spending time with his 4 children.

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Emily Jones

Board Secretary

As a Greater Lafayette native and Purdue alumna, Emily is proud to be establishing roots in this community. Currently, she serves as a Communication Specialist with Purdue University’s Student Success Programs, volunteers with our Meals on Wheels program, and is working toward her Master’s in Business Administration. Outside of these responsibilities, she enjoys walking her dog, Winston, and spending time with family and friends.

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David Teter

Board Member

David, a local small business owner, is deeply passionate about enhancing the lives of seniors in the community. His primary focus is to promote independence, well-being, and social engagement among older adults. Serving on the board of Tippecanoe Senior Services is a great honor for him as it allows him to contribute towards achieving these goals for local seniors.
Advocating for the needs of seniors lies at the heart of David’s commitment. He actively collaborates with community partners, government agencies, and fellow board members to establish valuable partnerships and develop innovative solutions. By doing so, David aims to address the evolving needs of the aging population and ensure their well-being.
Being part of Tippecanoe Senior Services, a long-standing fixture in the community, is both a privilege and a responsibility for David. He understands the organization’s significance and the positive impact it has on seniors’ lives. By serving on the board, David actively participates in shaping the organization’s programs and initiatives, striving to make a meaningful difference.
Through his collaboration and dedication, David aims to create a supportive environment for seniors, enabling them to thrive and enjoy a fulfilling life. His contributions, alongside the efforts of his fellow board members, contribute to the continued success of Tippecanoe Senior Services in its mission to empower and support local seniors.

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Jon Wright

Board Member

Jon Wright works as a Lecturer in the Brian Lamb School of Communication at Purdue University as well as with the Wabash Heartland Innovation Network (WHIN). Previously he worked in several IT project management roles at Purdue. Jon and his wife Casey have one son. He enjoys Purdue Convocations as well as taking a Purdue course or two for personal enrichment.

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Meet our staff

Laurie Earnst

Executive Director | Tippecanoe Senior Services

Laurie is the current Executive Director of Tippecanoe Senior Services and has served in that role since 2020.  Laurie has a history of leadership in the non-profit sector and has been involved with social services locally for the past 14 years. Her passion is helping others and serving the community.

She has served as the chair of the local Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Council and is the current chair of the Director’s Association of United Way Greater Lafayette.  She is also a member of the United Way Board of Directors.

Laurie has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership from Indiana University.

Laurie is originally from Elkhart, Indiana and has lived in the Lafayette area for 15 years.  She is married and has 5 adult children, and 2 granddaughters.

Laurie enjoys outdoor activities, college basketball, traveling, fitness, and spending time with her family.

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Wayne Howe

Operations Manager | Tippecanoe Senior Services

Wayne has been serving the Greater Lafayette community via Meals on Wheels for over 10 years. He began as a kitchen aide/delivery driver while he was attending college, and the mission of Meals on Wheels instantly grabbed his heart. He quickly worked his way up to becoming the Program Coordinator. Upon graduating, Wayne chose to continue running the Meals on Wheels program rather than pursue a career with his Computer Information Technology Degree. In December 2015, Meals on Wheels of Tippecanoe County dissolved as an agency, and Tippecanoe Senior Services picked up Meals on Wheels as a program, bringing in Wayne to continue as Program Coordinator for Meals On Wheels of Greater Lafayette. Wayne continues to be involved in Meals on Wheels as Operations Manager for Tippecanoe Senior Services. In his spare time, he enjoys PC gaming, fishing, gardening, hunting, and spending time with his family.

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