Megan is the Founder and Executive Director of Lark's Song. She has been coaching for 10 years, and has been studying and contributing to the fields of leadership and positive psychology for over a decade.
She holds her bachelor's degrees in psychology and leadership, and master's degree in addictions counseling from Indiana Wesleyan University. Megan has written, trained, consulted, and presented extensively on the topics of life purpose, leadership, coaching, addictions, and human development.
In addition to holding three certifications in coaching, both nationally and internationally, Megan is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and an ordained minister. After leaving her 9-5 job in higher education, Megan started her own coaching practice and desired the collaboration, care, and dynamic effectiveness that can be experienced by working with a team that shares a common vision. She formed Lark’s Song in September 2013 and began bringing on partners soon thereafter with a commitment to courageously co-creating a world that purposefully choses life and aliveness.
There are a few things that Megan knows to be true. Having tea is best realized as an experience and not as a beverage, Maggiano’s has the best lemon cookies on the planet, everything is better with caramel, assorted colors of pens in your possession at any time makes life more memorable, engaging in a dance party solo or with a child at least once a day is essential to any exercise plan, and playing life small does not serve anyone.
Elizabeth Taylor’s advice to “Pour yourself a drink, put on some lipstick and pull yourself together” has saved her life multiple times.
LSCC Community Coach
Emily has a passion for seeing the Kingdom of God come in unexpected and oft-forgotten places, especially through the beauty of community and in the unpredictable messiness of life. She believes fiercely in the power of grounded hope that chooses to see the reality of brokenness and to see beyond to the life that is emerging.
Emily holds her Bachelors of Science in Nursing, and Masters of Student Development Counseling & Administration, from Indiana Wesleyan University. It was through the Counseling program, and participating in a Life Coaching course taught by Megan, that she discovered and embraced a love of coaching as a life skill and vocation. During her time in graduate school, Emily lived in an intentional living-learning community in downtown Marion and sought to learn and grow through honoring relationships and valuing people's stories in her home and in the neighborhood. The emerging themes in her life, and some of her favorite topics to coach around, include imagination and creativity, abundance, courage, and above all - hope. Emily now runs her own coaching practice with a focus on coaching individuals and small communities, and leading group workshops around the topics of purpose, strengths, vision, and developing imagination.
Her favorite flower is a Dandelion because of its simple beauty that springs up in the most unexpected and foreboding places, and from time to time she still likes to play with Legos to refresh her imagination.
Little Larks Well-Being Coach
Erica Eyer has been serving, encouraging, and mentoring people throughout her life. Erica is a Licensed Practical Nurse of 16 years. She is an Ordained Children's Minister of 2 years in addition to her 13 years as a volunteer in Children's Ministry. She has homeschooled her children for 9 years and has been a homeschool consultant to other families. Erica believes that everyone is unique and is called for a purpose, they just need someone to tell them. Known as Mrs. Erica to the children in her community, she has touched the lives of many. Some even call her Mom. Erica sees the good in people and inspires them to live a life of joy, love and laughter, spreading sunshine wherever she goes.
Leadership Development Coach
Levi Huffman has over 10 years of experience working within collegiate administration. These areas include residence life, career development, adult education, study abroad curriculum, judicial affairs, academic advising, admissions, and outdoor experiential learning. He received his Doctorate of Education and Master of Arts degree in College Student Affairs from Azusa Pacific University and his Bachelor of Arts degree from Malone University in Canton, Ohio.
His research includes the long-term impact of student leadership positions post-college, as well as student motivation, servant leadership, and identity development -- which is what drew him to the Lark’s Song Academy. He currently teaches Student Development Administration and Life Coaching courses in the Graduate Counseling department at Indiana Wesleyan University. Prior to teaching, he conducted research at Wake Forest University on holistic student thriving.
Levi’s calling to student development and life coaching began to emerge post-college while he was living and working in London. Since then, he has led many cross-cultural, educational, and humanitarian relief efforts to several areas around the world including Swaziland, Nicaragua, Alaska, Zambia, and Sri Lanka. When he’s not running marathons, eating sour patch kids, volunteering in Marion, or reading in his hammock, Levi is an avid backpacker who enjoys exploring trails and canoeing rivers throughout Indiana, Appalachia, and the wild west.
MA, NCC, M.Div. LMFTA, EAP/L
Amy brings over twenty years of ministry experience as a pastor’s wife, youth leader, and teacher. Amy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Romance Language Education from Olivet Nazarene University. She also has a Master of Divinity degree from Wesley Biblical Seminary with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling. In 2012 she graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a master's degree in counseling. Amy also worked as a Life Coach for Indiana Wesleyan University.
Amy presently works as a therapist using Family Systems in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, and is a therapist at Wabash Friends Counseling Clinic. Amy is known for her enthusiasm and ability to connect with people from all walks of life. Amy enjoys listening to the hearts of the people in her life and helping them discover unique and incredible things about themselves. She believes that redemption and healing are possible, no matter what has happened in the past. She know that the journey can be difficult…but worth every growing moment.
Amy and her husband of almost 20 years reside in Marion, IN where they are raising their two children and serving a local church. Amy has two dogs, four cats, a bearded dragon and a turtle in her menagerie, but keeps begging for a horse. Amy also enjoys canning and believes that a garden is a great way to entertain her children during the summer months.
Bethany has had the privilege of assisting a variety of professionals, from educators to contractors. Working with a multitude of different personality styles from different fields has always been exciting and given her the tools and experience to be able to fulfill her supportive role at Lark's Song.
She has been pleased to watch Lark's Song grow and is even more pleased to be a part of it. Freedom and hope are values that she can not only encourage and wish for, but witness first-hand at Lark's Song.
Being a musician and artist makes creating a necessary part of life. Because of that, any time not being used for Lark's Song is being used to learn about unconventional living and practice her baritone ukulele. She lives by the philosophy of the old Irish proverb that, "A good laugh and long sleep are the two best cures for anything."
Financial Affairs Coordinator
Kelly has an AS degree in business administration and over twenty years of professional experience both in the manufacturing sector as well as higher education. She has served at Indiana Wesleyan University for the past eight years managing the Life Calling office where she first met Megan Gilmore. She is passionate about supporting people who's programs help others develop their lives and utilize their strengths which brings overall good not only to their professional lives but also their personal lives. She is thrilled to be a part of the Lark's Song team and enjoys working with clients, external contributors, and sponsors.
MJ has held several roles in the past that developed the practical skills he has now. From working on a landscaping crew in his youth, to being entrusted with the care of a large wooded estate, he understands the steps needed to help natural and controlled growth of land. He makes it a regular habit to consult with experts in the field to gain an even more detailed understanding of the beauty in the land that's being treated.
Having spent several years living on ranches and as an assistant farrier, MJ traveled up and down the west coast, educating owners on how to better care for their animals. A mutual respect and lack of fear are core beliefs he carries when dealing with horses and their needs.
Another creative dynamic that MJ brings is his background as a professional photographer. Knowing how to capture the beauty and the reality of a space or subject has always been a rewarding challenge for him. He has enjoyed teaching classes with IPS (the Institute of Photographic Studies), which took him to different locations around the globe, as he taught aspiring photographers the elements of light and composition.
Lead Training Assistant and Co-Lab Coach
Rachel is a recent graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a bachelor’s of science degree in leadership studies. She is currently working toward her master’s in counseling and student development from the same university.
After experiencing transformation as a coaching client, Rachel became interested in pursuing professional coaching as a means to live out her passions. Rachel is passionate about empowering individuals to understand and utilize their strengths in order to find purpose and fulfillment, as well as empowering individuals to live in right relationship with one another. A friend who knew these passions introduced Rachel to Megan. After a couple of coffee meetings with Megan, Rachel officially pursued Lark’s Song by applying for the creative intern position. She is thrilled to be working with the company, and is excited about the opportunities for growth and learning that continually arise.
Rachel believes that life is most exciting when approached with a new book and a cup of coffee. Other truths that she holds to is that long walks are good for the soul, grass is meant to be walked through barefooted, and sometimes all you need to get through a stressful day is some playtime with a puppy.
Ruth has a Bachelor of Science in Management & Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University. She has 20 years of experience providing accounting services to many different types of Grant County businesses. When organizations go through times of transition and growth or their current staff is stretched beyond their capacity, she seeks to meet their needs through training, setting up systems and procedures, strategic problem solving, or collaborating on projects and ideas.
Ruth is crazy in love with her husband, Kris, and loves his entire family like her own. She has been blessed with two amazing daughters, Katie & Taylor. In her spare time, she loves everything to do with growing, cooking, and eating food. Her current project is growing herbs and finding ways to use them. Ruth is also actively involved in her church, God's House, and takes special joy in teaching a preschool class.
With an extensive background in technology, AV, and multimedia consulting and support, Evan has worked with studios, corporations, schools and universities across the country to design and support environments for production, live events, meeting spaces, and sound reinforcement. In addition to his professional experience in these areas, Evan's educational background encompasses both technical design and business operations, having studied music business at Anderson University, as well as post-graduate certification and credentialing in related fields.
He is passionate in his belief that everyone is given a unique set of strengths and abilities; Evan enjoys working with individuals and groups around this topic. This often leads to developing a working knowledge of their strengths and how to maximize their unique skill set to achieve their personal and professional goals. Being married to Megan, the founder and executive director of Lark's Song, he has gained a valuable perspective on the areas of individual and group empowerment, and overcoming limiting beliefs that impede progress both individually and collectively. The two of them have worked as a team to lead personal and professional development workshops as well as team and corporate training.
Evan is a firm believer in the values of curiosity, diversity, and always being willing to try something new. His two children, Elliot and Isabella, constantly prove to be his greatest teachers of love, patience, and the idea that we are all capable of achieving that which is beyond our wildest dreams.
Financial Affairs Coordinator
Katara McCarty is founder and CEO of Fierce Red Lipstick, a cosmetic company that uses its resources to empower women. Katara is also Director of Culture at TCC, the nation's largest Verizon authorized retailer and Co-Founder of God’s House, a diverse church, in Marion, Indiana. She also Co-Founded the Center for Success, a community center for at risk children and the IFWE Project that provides clean water, a school, and a church in Zambia, Africa. She has been married for eighteen years and has two beautiful daughters, Bria and Brenna.
Katara’s life started off with the odds stacked against her. After giving birth, Katara’s biological mother abandoned her at the hospital. She was put into foster care and was later adopted. Katara was raised in a single parent home absent of a father as her adoptive mother worked 3 jobs to provide for their family. At age nineteen she became pregnant, lived with a drug dealer, experienced physical and emotional abuse, and became desperate for hope and fulfillment. That desperation led her to a relationship with God.
Learning to trust and heal has been a journey she has been on for many years. One statement Katara lives by is “No one is hopeless, they are just without hope.” Katara’s desire is to inspire and give hope to others so that they too can learn to trust and find healing.
As Co-Founder of Culture of Good, Former Director of Customer and Employee Relations for TCC, Founding Pastor at God’s House, motivational speaker, author, and human rights activist, Ryan McCarty is known as a “rockstar of good”. With an extensive work history in directing employees toward their life purpose, he founded and launched the Culture of Good, a corporate CSR movement in over 30 states. His accomplishments include planting a successful church in Marion, Indiana (God’s House), starting an after school program (Center for Success), and building a church and school in Zambia, Africa. Ryan serves on the board of Lark’s Song to assist in its current business ventures and future vision. He joined the Lark’s Song board to keep it true to its mission to educate and empower lives to create positive transformative change in our world.
He calls Marion, Indiana home and is dad to two girls. He is married to Katara McCarty who keeps him in check, reminds him of his humanity, and proves if you can win an awesome woman’s heart you can win at anything.
Jill’s professional and personal life’s work have always been focused on embracing the positive, understanding personal uniqueness, living life with intentionality, and motivating others to give their best to the world around them. She has spent the past 15 years working in the field of positive psychology, envisioning and creating programs targeted at helping college students and professional teams identify and live out their life purpose. She has held positions at a number of private universities including Greenville College (IL), Azusa Pacific University (CA), and Indiana Wesleyan University ranging from career coach and faculty member to Executive Director of the Center for Life Calling & Leadership. In each of her university positions she has led grant writing and grant administration initiatives, securing a total of over $3.5 million for meaningful programming. Jill now provides strategic consultation for individuals interested in understanding and applying strengths to meaningful pursuits, as well as for organizations wanting to pursue grant funding for purpose-focused programming.
It was during her time at Indiana Wesleyan University that Jill crossed paths with Megan, working closely with her for 5 years. She heard about Megan’s dream to create an organization focused on wholeness and aliveness and saw as Megan put her plan to action. She and Megan share similar passions while possessing different strengths and skill sets, so serving on the Board for Lark’s Song was a natural fit and an opportunity she could not turn down.
Life purpose has taken on a whole new meaning as Jill navigates motherhood with two young children. She embraces the values of curiosity, ingenuity, bravery, and persistence when living and learning with her family and strives to “hold fast to dreams” while navigating life with laughter and creativity.
A graduate of Manchester University with a bachelor’s degree in Finance. Justin has worked for Ford Meter Box Co. Inc. for the past ten years, holding the position of Manufacturing Accountant for the last six. He specializes in cost review and pricing related to production and sales.
His other work experiences include dairy farming, construction, bussing tables, wrangling for a dude ranch, machining, tow motor operator, and hospitality. His work-related travels have allowed him to visit several parts of the country, mostly the western states and West coast.
Volunteer work is also an active part of Justin's life. His most recent associations have been with the Lagro Tourism board, Wabash River Defenders, Chili for Charity, Relay for Life, and the Wabash River Trail, serving in any capacity ranging from Team Lead, to Vice President, and President. If there is a group that he believes has a worthwhile cause, he will support it in the best way he can.
James O. Fuller is Professor of Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University. He grew up in South Georgia, attended college at Asbury (KY) majoring in Psychology, got his M.Div. at Asbury Theological Seminary (also KY), and his Ph.D. in Counseling and Counselor Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). He taught Counseling at UNCG for 4 years before moving to Indiana to teach at Indiana Wesleyan University (IWU). He was the Dean of the College of Graduate Studies (later the Graduate School) for 12 years during his time at IWU.
Jim’s interests over the years have revolved around helping people make significant transitions in their lives. He has been (and still is) involved with individuals and families who have lived in cultures away from their home culture in making the transition to and from their host culture. More recently he has been helping to create a program (the Sincera Project) to assist individuals in their adjustment to the third-third of life.
Jim has been married to Mary Pat for almost 40 years, has two grown children and four grandchildren whose ages range from 4 months to 13 years. Jim loves to read, be outside, and ride his motorcycle. He has taken numerous motorcycle trips, including in his college day when he spent two summers working with the United Methodist Board of Evangelism. During each of these trips, he and a friend rode approximately 20,000 miles doing programs, retreats, youth group meetings, and worship services.
Dan is a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and Associate Professor of Leadership Studies whose diverse academic and professional background has brought him to Lark's Song and the Coaching Collective. His 34 years of professional and academic experience has had at least one overriding theme – that of helping others realize their purpose and potential. Since 2003, Dan has been a life coach and has recently expanded his practice to include relationship coaching and organizational/team development.
Most notable is Dan’s ability to create a safe and trusting environment that enables his clients to discover and transform their lives and relationships. Through the lens of Family Systems Theory, he brings a sophisticated understanding of how complex dynamic relationships in organizations can be enhanced resulting in improved individual and team performance and collegiality. Dan is the President of Relational Synergistics LLC. Dan’s earned his undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy (1980) and master’s degree in human development (1987) from The Ohio State University, and a doctorate in family science from Purdue University.
Jenna first experienced the incredible power of life coaching when she started college at Indiana Wesleyan University in both a classroom setting as well as individual coaching sessions. She was intrigued by the positive and celebratory atmosphere that was created in the coaching relationship, and has since then decided to pursue a career in the coaching field. Jenna is passionate about making others feel welcome in who they are created to be and in encouraging them to live authentically by growing confident in their own strengths. Jenna is currently working toward a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology at Indiana Wesleyan University and plans to pursue her coaching certification at Lark’s Song sometime in the near future.
Jenna is a big believer in the power of a good breakfast, and she has a questionably large number of maroon colored items in her closet. She embraces celebrating the small things and subscribes to the truth that on days that are less than wonderful, all you really need is a latte and to sing your heart out to a good ballad.
When not doing homework for her classes, you can usually find her laughing with friends or curled up with a good book.