Meet our passionate management team:
Irene Paxia, MBA grew up in Venice, Italy. She has a master’s degree from the University of Bologna, Italy, in International studies and an MBA from IPFW. Irene held the position of Community Development Specialist in the Office of Housing & Neighborhood Services for the city of Fort Wayne. While working as the Community Development Specialist, she was responsible for public relations and coordination of federally funded projects, coordination of outreach activities, research, and administration of federal housing and community development programs. Irene also directed the Multicultural Information Exchange, where she oversaw quality of Red Cross international services, translation, and interpreting. She managed the budget, implemented and wrote grants, developed a new client and volunteer database, and launched the Disaster Plan for Immigrants/Refugees and Interpreter Training. Irene also is the co-founder of the Public Safety Committee of the Multicultural Council and oversaw the four editions in three languages of “International Guide to Greater Fort Wayne.” Irene has also completed multiple leadership training, is certified as First Aid Rescuer and in Disaster Relief and International Humanitarian Law, and is a certified interpreter. Irene is fluent in Italian, French, and Spanish. She has traveled extensively in United States, Europe and sub-Saharan Africa and has experience teaching medical interpreting and cultural awareness programs.
Program Manager, Community Support
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Susan very much enjoys working and learning as a team with immigrant and refugee families from around the world. Susan joined Amani Family Services in 2015 as a therapist in the Community Support Program (CSP). She helps to provide counseling support services for individuals, couples, and families and assists with substance abuse education and support groups as the CSP Manager.
Susan attended Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne (IPFW) and Ivy Tech Community College as a returning adult student. During that time, she also worked to support individuals and families at community organizations like Park Center, Inc. and Parkview Behavioral Health. Susan completed counselor training in the Chemical Dependency Intensive Outpatient Program at St. Joseph Behavioral Health and a master’s degree while working as a graduate teaching/research assistant in the IPFW Department of Psychology. As an IPFW College of Arts and Sciences Advisor, Susan worked toward licensure in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Jordan Crouch, BSW, graduated from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Jordan was elected in recognition of merit and accomplishment by Who’s Who Among Students In American Universities & Colleges, received a certificate of honor for Academic Achievement in Social Work, and was recognized as an Advocate for Social Justice for her work and planning of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week 2013. She has experience from mentoring juvenile delinquents at Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, volunteering with SOCAP (Status Offender Court Alternative Program), and her current position as Outreach & Prevention Coordinator at Amani. Jordan has also helped coordinate and lead the local One Billion Rising movement, generating awareness of violence and abuse towards women. She is an active member in the community and is a part of many local task forces/community groups including the Multicultural Council and was a previous member of the Community Advisory Board at NIPR. She is active in and facilitates the Anti Trafficking Network in Northern Indiana. Jordan was named one of the “Twenty Millennials Making a Difference” by Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly and received the Hope Award from the YWCA in recognition of her contribution in the area of racial justice. Her free time is spent exploring her city and traveling.
At Amani, Jordan supervises the Network for Safe Families Program, coordinates outreach opportunities, and provides direct service to families.
Naomi Allgayer, B.S. moved to Fort Wayne in 1998 as a refugee from Bosnia and Herzegovina (former Yugoslavia). Her experience as a refugee started at age 13 when she moved to Germany. As a result Naomi speaks Bosnian (Serbo-Croatian) and German languages. She started her college education in the USA at Indiana Wesleyan University, attended IPFW and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business from the International Business College. Naomi has experience as an interpreter/translator which she gained through working with International Bureau of Translations, Red Cross of NE Indiana (MIX Program), the Reclamation Project, Fort Wayne Community Schools and various other agencies. She also gained knowledge about the various immigration processes through personal experience and while working at Lockheed Martin in Indianapolis. Her path with Amani started in November 2014 when she started working as a contractor interpreter and then became a staff of Amani in February 2015 working as an Immigrant/Refugee Victim Advocate for the Victim Care Program. Naomi enjoys working with people, reaching out and being an advocate for the immigrant and refugee communities. Her mission is to provide assistance and services that will lead to empowerment.
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Amy Saleik, BS, has worked in marketing, communications and project management for the past 15 years and brings her skills and expertise to Amani to direct our human resources needs. She serves as our liaison to the many contractors we use and also manages our IT needs and contract compliance. Amy's work includes partnering with the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to manage and coordinate an interpreter training class several times a year to train community interpreters on best practices in medical interpreting. A native of Fort Wayne, she obtained her bachelor's degree from Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvania, and her work has focused on serving the education, religion and non-profit sectors in a variety of capacities. She is passionate about family and its role in society.
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Mandeep Kaur, CPA, born in India, and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. She began her career working for the big four public accounting firms, Deloitte & Touche, LLP in Detroit, Michigan after earning her BA in Economics from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her Masters in Accountancy from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. She also completed the Summer Institute Program at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business in Stanford, California. Since then, she has been working for local public accounting firms for over 7 years. She recently moved to a fort wayne home, where she resides with her husband and her 5 year-old daughter. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, dancing and doing yoga.
Additional Staff Member information can be found on our staff directory page.