Our Staff

Rachel Niemi, Psy.D, Director
Rachel Niemi received her doctorate in clinical psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Dr. Niemi completed her internship at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center working with veterans. She also completed two years of training in Valparaiso at the Porter County Family Counseling Center. She has spent the past three years dedicating part of her time to treating men and women who struggle with homelessness. Dr. Niemi is motivated to use the most effective evidenced based practices to help empower and motivate her clients. Her goal as the Director for Dayspring Women’s Center is to develop a program grounded in research and evidenced based treatment that helps women on their journey to achieving stability and satisfaction.

Katy Gordon, BLS, Case Manager 

Katy began working for Dayspring as a volunteer in November of 2012. She assumed a full time position at the first of the year in 2013. Katy brought six years of prior experience in the field of case management with her. The time spent at Valparaiso organizations such as Opportunity Enterprises as a direct care staff member and a Qualified Developmentally Disabled Professional (QDDP) at Help at Home brings an incredible asset to Dayspring. Through her knowledge of the resources in and around Porter County, Katy is able to help her clients achieve their goals. Her passion for helping women in the community in need of assistance began with her Liberal Arts degree where she focused on psychology and sociology. Aside from doing different tasks every day, learning new things, and constantly having different challenges, Katy feels rewarded as a case manager because it allows her to provide her clients with the knowledge and the resources they need to achieve personal success.

Dayspring Board Members
Kristin Lewis
Jan Jones
Helen Gabriel
Harriet Fagan
Myra Carden
Jasmine Nwabara
Joanne Kashani
Phyllis Schroeder
John Santoro