Kris LaEace

I was born and raised on the northwest side of Indianapolis as a member of St. Michael’s parish where I attended grade school and graduated from Ritter high school.  My BA and MBA degrees are from Indiana University.  I live with my fur babies Brutus, Frankie and Fiero, my big dog and two cats.  I have two younger sisters who live in in Clinton and Chicago, Illinois, respectively, and four nieces. (My sister who lives in Clinton is married with four girls.) My parents are still active members at St. Michael’s.  

Professionally, I have worked in the public and non-profit sectors my entire career with an emphasis on community development and human services.  Currently, I am CEO of the Indiana Association of Area Agencies on Aging, forwarding the home and community-based service interests of older adults and people with disabilities, and the Area Agencies that serve them.   I’ve been involved with public policy advocacy for a long time with a focus on human services, currently serving as Treasurer of the Indiana Coalition for Human Services. A life-long learner, I’m embarking on an MS in Data Science program at IU. We’ll see what that new adventure brings!

Personally, my favorite vacations are to national parks and areas with a lot of outdoor opportunities. I like to hike and paddle when I can, ride my bike and walk with my dog.  I read a lot and prefer historical fiction and/or fiction set in other cultures. My favorite subscription is to Smithsonian Magazine, and I would subscribe to the Economist if I could afford it.  I like film festivals, museums, the performing arts and taking art classes periodically.   

I have been part of St. Monica since 1989.  My most visible ministry role has been as a cantor, but I have been involved in our spiritual life ministries as well, including Small Church Communities, CRHP teams and continuation committee, and as an RCIA sponsor.  I’ve recently served on the parish council and on planning teams here and there for special events, recently joining reflection writing team in 2015. My spirituality tends to the abstract rather than literal and is influenced by Eastern traditions; I tend to feel boxed in by dogma. I appreciate that I can grow spiritually with my family, friends and fellow parishioners within a diverse and welcoming community.