"Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase"
Nick’s story begins as a child growing up in Kentucky’s child welfare system along with his four siblings. By the grace of the Lord, Nick was able to make it out as a success story thanks to two wonderful sets of foster parents. Nick is the definition of “it takes a village to raise a child” and wants to put the passion and drive those foster parents instilled in him back into this community. Nick believes a good-paying job, well-funded schools, and safe neighborhoods are critical to our state’s long-term success.
Throughout middle and high school, Nick lived with a foster family in a small Western Kentucky town. This family had a dream of owning a 40 acre farm, and Nick was fortunate enough to see the dream come true. He worked alongside his foster family by preparing this land, tending for it and the animals before and after school. Nick learned from his foster Dad that hard work is key to achieving your dreams. His foster mother taught him that grace, gentleness, and kindness should be extended to everyone.
Nick eventually went to live with a new foster family in Louisville, Kentucky. This was a big change for Nick, who had grown up in small towns his whole life. He saw the opportunities that could come from being in a bigger city but was unsure when he first arrived if any of them would present themselves. With the support of two loving and determined foster families, Nick graduated high school, and was accepted into The University of Louisville. Nick would shortly become the first member of his family to graduate from college.
Nick feels fortunate that this foster family understood the importance of education and instilled in him the drive to excel. His new foster father served in the United States military, and taught Nick the importance of loving his country, while his new foster mother taught him the importance of second chances in life. Like many states, Indiana’s foster care system is broken. Social workers are underpaid and overworked, and foster parents are not provided with adequate resources. Hoosier children are falling through the cracks, and Nick believes we can do better.
Nick, along with his wife, Melonie, are proud parents to their son Sebastian and daughter Evelyn. Nick and Melonie have decided to plant their family's roots in Jeffersonville. This is home and where they will raise a family. In addition to his full-time job at Republic Bank, Nick has spent his time serving in a variety of local non-profits and volunteer service opportunities such as The Nativity Academy at St. Boniface, The Coalition Supporting Young Adults, WLKY’s Wednesday’s Child, Home of the Innocents, and Utica’s community Food Bank.
Nick is on a pathway to purpose through building a community, gathering and providing resources, and seeking advocacy for all Hoosiers.