Staff Members

Our present case managers bring more than 350 combined years of experience to our clients. Individuals can expect respect/dignity, awareness of consumer direction & the ability to reach their case manager. Case Managers are located throughout the state, ensuring that a case manager is available in geographic proximity to individuals who receive waiver services.

SUPERVISORS


Marcie Brabender
Territory: Elkhart, St Joseph

Marcie Brabender is a case manager and case manager supervisor. She has been a case manager since 2005. Marcie was a QMRP for three years prior to becoming a case manager. She has an Associate Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor Degree in Human Services. Marcie enjoys using her skills and abilities to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Marcie enjoys spending time with her husband and children. They are often seen at local sporting events. Her husband is a high school coach and the kids are active in various sports as well. She and her family are also very active in their church.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 18
Email: marcie.brabender@advocacy-links.com


Sean Chaffee
Territory: Adams, Allen, Blackford, DeKalb, Delaware, Grant, Huntington, Jay, Madison, Noble, Randolph, Steuben, Wells, Whitley

Sean has been a Case Manager since 2009, and has had additional 2 years of direct care experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the Fort Wayne and Bloomington areas. He has chosen to work in this field because he has always been compelled to assist individuals in need and help others to maximize their potential. Sean has degrees in Psychology and Communication from Indiana University. One of his goals is to assist individuals in successfully living in their communities.Health and fitness are very important to Sean. He tries to go to the gym 5 days per week where he lifts weights and runs on the treadmill. He is also a huge tennis fan, and weather permitting, tries to get on the tennis courts to play matches several times per week. These activites not only help him stay fit and active, but they help to keep him positive and act as natural stress reliever. Having an active interest in physical fitness allows him to maintain his overall health and well-being.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 20
Email: sean.chaffee@advocacy-links.com


Joy Greeney

Joy Greeney is the managing member of ADVOCACY LINKS, LLC and has over 20 years of experience working in this field in a variety of positions. Joy has been a Case Manager & Case Manager Supervisor since 1998. Joy holds a Bachelor Degree in Psychology and Associate Degree in Social Science from Bethel College. In November 2003, Joy was presented with the “Case Manager of the Year” Award from the National Association of Case Management.

Adults who live at home with their parents, but require waiver supports are a group of people in which Joy specializes. Joy has assisted the state in helping transition numerous individuals from various group homes and nursing homes to waiver services. Joy has been a part of the JESSE transition council, providing input on streamlining processes to help students moving from educational services to adult life.

Joy lives in Elkhart with her husband.  She volunteers in her community and her local church.  She enjoys vacationing in Mexico where she can zip-line through the jungle, parasail over the ocean, and just relax by the pool.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 1
Email: joy.greeney@advocacy-links.com


Michelle Jones
Travel Territory:
 North West Indiana

Michelle has been working in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities since 1994. She has held positions such as camp counselor, vocational workshop staff, Qualified Developmental Disability Professional, Community Staff Support, and Case Manager. 

Michelle holds an Associates Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Vincennes University and a Bachelors Degree in Social and Behavioral Sciences from Indiana University.

In her free time, Michelle volunteers with Special Olympics, helps in the Special Needs Classroom at her daughter's school and acts as an ICAN Service Dog-Furlough Family. Michelle runs triathlons and likes to spend time with her husband and two girls. They have a goal to visit all the National Parks and have already been to 5.

Phone: 888-537-5733, ext 11
Email: michelle.jones@advocacy-links.com


KARA KIMES
Travel Territory:
 Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, Wabash, Whitley

Kara Kimes is a case manager and case manager supervisor for Advocacy Links, LLC. Kara has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for 8 years. She has held a variety of positions, including direct care, QMRP, day services, group homes, OBRA, supported living sites, and most recently case manager for 4 years. Kara enjoys being an advocate for people with disabilities and encourages them to advocate for themselves as much as possible.  Kara also has experience working with victims of domestic abuse. Kara has a degree in Education and German, with a minor in Russian, from Grace College.

Kara enjoys spending time with her husband and son. As a family, they go to local festivals and community activities. In her spare time, Kara enjoys knitting and crafts. As part of her education, she lived in Russia for 4 months and Germany for 7 months. Kara has enjoyed traveling overseas. Kara and her husband were married on a pier on the Caribbean ocean in Jamaica.

Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext.# 6
Email: Kara.kimes@advocacy-links.com

Case Managers


CHRISTY ALT
Travel Territory:  Allen and surrounding counties

Christy began her career as a direct support staff and was promoted to other positions including Supported Living Manager, Program Coordinator and QIDP.

Christy has a Bachelors degree in Human Services from Indiana Wesleyan University. She chose to work in this field because she is dedicated to supporting individuals with specific needs to help them reach their goals and aspirations.

Christy notes she is a hardworking individual, but she makes sure to take the time out of her busy schedule to pursue her hobbies and continue to do the things she loves, which include art, kayaking and traveling. 

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 92
Email: christy.alt@advocacy-links.com


DAWN ALVARADO
Travel Territory:  Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter

Dawn has over 20 years experience working in the field of developmental disabillities. She started working direct care with individuals and then moved to coordinating activities, QIDP Support and QIDP supervision. Further experience includes working as an Individual Service Coordinator providing assessment and case management for a state contracted agency.

Dawn had a family member who had a disability which led her to apply for her first job out of college to work in this field.

Dawn enjoys coordinating snacks for others. Dawn has 3 children ranging in age from 25 years to 17 months.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 89
Email: dawn.alvarado@advocacy-links.com


STACY BANKS
Travel Territory:  Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter, Pulaski, Starke

Stacy has worked with people of all ages who have physical and developmental disabilities for over 10 years. Stacy has worked as a case manager for the Aged and Disabled waiver, as a nursing facility social worker, and as a QIDP and Program Coordinator under the CIH Waiver. Stacy has a Bachelors Degree in Sociology with a minor in psychology from Indiana University of South Bend.

Stacy enjoys advocating for her clients and assisting them with all aspects of life. She has a passion for assisting individuals and families with finding all resources available to them. Stacy's strengths include working with a wide range of individuals and families. She also enjoys the ability to improve the lives of individuals one step at a time.

Stacy was raised on a farm and still lives in her small hometown. She enjoys spending time with her family and spends her free time attending her children's sporting events and activities. She enjoys cooking and has begun trying her hand at gardening.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 75
Email: stacy.banks@advocacy-links.com


 

JOHN BIRKENBEUL
Travel Territory: Allen, DeKalb, Noble, LaGrange, Steuben

John's experiences working with those who have special/different needs began hen he started working as a group home trainer in 2012.

Overall, John considers his experiences in this field rewarding. He made great relationships with the consumers who get to trust him.

John has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from IPFW.  Teaching has helped to give John skills that allow him to prioritize and manage his time well.

 

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 94
Email:  john.birkenbeul@advocacy-links.com

 

VALERIE CASSITY
Travel Territory:  Elkhart, St Joseph

 Valerie has worked in the field of Intellectual and Development Disabilities since 1989, and has been a case manager since 2001.  She holds a Bachelor's degree in Sociology with a minor in Criminal Justice. She has worked in various positions such as direct care, group home manager, QMRP, and case manager.  She has often felt that she did not choose to support individuals with developmental disabilities, they have chosen her to support them.

Her strengths include being able to navigate through technological systems, time management, and conflict resolution. Areas that she has developed special interest and experience include Alzheimer's, Autism and Dual Diagnonis.
Valerie is raising her daughter; they have three dogs and have previously fostered dogs for a local rescue.  Valerie has been a leader for Girl Scouts for the last 4 years;  She is an active member of the PTO where her daughter goes to school and enjoys playing trivia games.

Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext.# 16
Email: valerie.cassity@advocacy-links.com


ERIN CHARITON
Travel Territory:  Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter 

Erin has worked with adults and children with Developmental Disabilities for over 10 years. Erin has worked as a Developmental Specialist, Qualified Developmental Disability Professional, Case Manager and most recently, Erin has been working as a paraprofessional in the school system. Erin has a Bachelor's Degree from Ball State University.

While she enjoyed the opportunity to step back and be a stay at home mom for her young children, Erin is eager to return to the Case Management field, where she previously spent 7 years as a Medicaid Waiver Case Manager.

Erin enjoys spending time with her husband, son and daughter. They love to go camping and to sporting events.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 69
Email: erin.chariton@advocacy-links.com


Christina Chowrimootoo
Travel Territory:
 Elkhart, St Joseph

Christina Chowrimootoo has a bachelor’s degree in education from the UK. She has eight years teaching experience, specializing in teaching children with special educational needs and music. She is a dedicated and passionate individual whose loves working with others, meeting new people and has a love of learning. In her spare time, she directs and sings in a church choir. She is creative in the kitchen and loves to cook vegetarian meals. She enjoys going on adventures with her husband and two sons.

Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext# 82
Email:  christina.chowrimootoo@advocacy-links.com


Roy Contreraz
Travel Territory: Elkhart,St Joseph

Roy's experience with persons with disabilities began as a Direct Support Professional nearly 20 years ago. He has advanced through several jobs including Supported Living Manager, and Children's Autism Center of Ft Wayne. Roy has helped clients by ensuring their positive growth in whichever direction they needed assistance, whether it was school work, at home tasks, or public displays and behaviors.  

Roy enjoys the challenge of tackling new and ongoing tasks and responsibilities by being flexible and being able to adapt.
An interesting fact about Roy is that he grew up in Germany as a military child and has traveled all over the world 

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 98

KATIE DEAR
Travel Territory:  Adams, Allen, Huntington, Wells, Whitley

Katie comes to her position with over 6 years working in the disability field. In addition to serving as a direct support staff, manager of day program, and community supports coordinator; she also was a teacher in the public school system. 

Katie has 3 passions in her life: family, career, and music.  The importance of her career heavily leans on advocating for people she supports in the best way she can. They are her purpose in what she does. Katie completely supports the client-centered processing for find the best services and programs for them in which they will succeed - focusing on their abilities.

Family always comes first for Katie and is a big priority in her life.  Music has been a part of her life since she can remember and is what keeps her sane at times. 

 Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext.# 80
 Email: katie.dear@advocacy-links.com


SHELLEY DELEE
Travel Territory:  Marshall, St Joseph

Shelly has worked in the field of Intellectual and Development Disabilities since 1999.  She has extensive experience working with children and families through the First Steps program.  Shelley holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Management from Indiana University.  In her free time, Shelley and her family enjoy camping and attending swim meets.

 Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext.# 10
 Email: shelley.delee@advocacy-links.com


AMY FISHER
Territory: 
Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Porter, Newton

Amy earned a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University in Psychology and Criminal Justice.  She has worked with various populations of Individuals with Mental Illness and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities for almost 3 years.  Amy has held a Case Management position in a Residential facility, and a Site Supervisor position managing three 24 hour care homes.  Amy enjoys working in the Human Services field because of the potential to improve the lives of others, and the ability to protect the rights of others.

Amy enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and walking her dog.  She likes to hike, bike, ski and do yoga.  In the future, Amy is interested in continuing to improve the overall emotional and physical health of others through maintaining healthy habits, choices, aspirations and values.

Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext.# 31
Email: amy.fisher@advocacy-links.com


Melissa Fisher
Territory:
 Allen, DeKalb, Huntington

Melissa has worked with people with developmental disabilities since 2004. She has held positions such as direct care staff, site supervisor, program coordinator, and Medicaid Waiver Case Manager. She has a Masters Degree in Divinity from United Theological Seminary, a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science and Human Services with a minor in psychology and a certificate in public advocacy. Melissa enjoys working in the human services field because it serves others and she wants to continue to help others through advocating for their needs.   

Melissa finds helping others rewarding. She would like to work in an urban ministry, and dreams of opening an outreach program in the future. She loves to travel, and learn about different cultures. She is extremely passionate about race relations and the African American culture. Having been raised in a diverse community of people, she plans to continue the journey.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 21
Email: melissa.fisher@advocacy-links.com


SHERRIE BUCHHOLZ FLOYD
Travel Territory: 
Allen

Sherrie has experience with case management, supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1990.  She is very knowledgeable about Medicaid Waiver and has good working relationships with area providers.

It's also important to know that she is the mother of a child with an intellectual disability, so she understands how these services work from the point of view of both a parent and a case manager.  Sherrie has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Indiana-Purdue Ft Wayne. She is a Licensed Social Workerr and a Partners in Policy Making graduate.

Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext.# 22
Email: sherrie.floyd@advocacy-links.com


MJ FREY
Travel Territory:  Elkhart, St Joseph 

MJ began working with persons with disabilities in a group home setting as a weekend house parent. Most recently, she spent the last 5 years working for a local Medicaid provider. MJ enjoys watching everyone reach their full potential. As a Case Manager for Advocacy Links, she hopes to help link resources and opportunities to reach that full potential for all individuals.

MJ graduated from Bluffton University in Ohio. She has a special desire to assist people with obtaining meaningful employment to be successful.

Outside of her work role, MJ enjoys doing crafts such as crocheting, knitting, tatting and making jewelry. She also enjoys nature photography and spending time with family and friends.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 74
Email: mj.frey@advocacy-links.com


SARA FRY
Travel Territory: 
Carroll, Cass, Clinton, Howard, Miami, Tippecanoe, Wabash, White

Sara began working with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental illness in 2008. She has worked as direct support, intake specialist, behavioral clinician and in residential settings as a QDDP, supervisor, and director. Sara graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and from Ivy Tech with an Associate of Applied Science in Human Services with certificates in mental health. She is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Sara enjoys helping others and being a part of their progression. Seeing others achieve their goals makes a difference in the lives of everyone that surrounds the individuals she has worked with. Sara and her fiancé live in the small community of Galveston. They have six children and two dogs. They enjoy spending time with their children and attending their various activities.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 43
Email: sara.fry@advocacy-links.com


Denise Fulton
Territory: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Warren, Wells, Whitley

Denise fell in love with music as a seventh grader and honestly thought after college she would be singing Mozart on the stages of the Met in New York.  Midway through college, she realized how much she loves helping people. Denise became philanthropy chair of her sorority and activity director of the student council, and switched her major for vocal performance to business and music. She decided to join a non-governmental organization and do her part to make a difference in the world. After college, Denise joined that Peace Corps and served in South America for almost 3 years. When she returned home, she initially entered this field as a means of paying bills, but has stayed because she enjoys the work we do with people with disabilities.

Denise has learned that advocating for people doesn’t always equate to what she thinks is best for them.  Advocating is all about listening and being able to find a balance of the wants and needs of the person, guardian, team and the company. She has learned that the initial goals that she may have in mind for others are not always what they want for themselves and she needs to listen and ask questions in order to break hopes and dreams down into achievable goals.

Denise has sincerely loved and enjoyed helping people with disabilities over the past five years.  She enjoys using her skills to see people achieve goals and to ‘work herself out of job’. 

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 99
Email:
denise.fulton@advocacy-links.com


Karen Greer
Territory: Elkhart, St Joseph

Karen has been working with people with developmental disabilities since 2009. She has held the role of Direct Support Staff, Direct Support Manager, Program Coordinator, and Service Coordinator.

Karen has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Bethel College in Mishawaka.

Karen enjoys advocating for all people and helping them reach their goals and their highest potential. She values honesty and integrity and puts 100% into all she does.

She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family.  

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 90
Email: karen.ulis@advocacy-links.com

 


CHAUNDA HALL
Travel Territory:  Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Wells, Whitley

Chaunda has a bachelor's degree in Human Services with a minor in sociology and psychology, with 10 years experience in her field. She has previous Case Management experience working with Domestic Violence and HIV. In addition, she has worked as a Program Manager in a residential waiver home for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Chaunda has a passion for this field because she strives to promote fairness and equality, in addition to the reward of helping others reach their goals and aspirations.

Chaunda and her husband have a son and daughter, who bring much joy to their lives. Chaunda is a troop leader for her daughter's Girl Scouts Daisy Troop. Chaunda also serves as a mentor through a program with Ivy Tech College to assist young women in overcoming adversity. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, bowling, skating, cooking and donating her time to help others

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 64
Email: chaunda.hall@advocacy-links.com


PATRICK HAAS

Travel Territory: Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall

Patrick has over 7 years experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities.  After spending 4 years working direct care, Patrick became a QMRP and a Manager of a Residential site.  

Patrick has a bachelor's degree in Business Management from Grace College.

Patrick has spent most of his life in North Central Indiana.  He spends his time away from work with his wife and two teenage children.  Between choir concerts and competitions, soccer games and wrestling matches, Patrick finds most of his free time spoken for.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 95
Email:  patrick.haas@advocacy-links.com


Britney Hofman
Travel Territory:  Adams, Allen, Huntington, Wells, Whitley

Throughout the past 4 years, Britney has had the opportunity and pleasure to work with individuals with specific needs as a Behavior Rehabilitation Specialist. This experience has taught her to be a more focused and active listener. She has more compassion, patience, empathy and understanding due to her experience in the field. She has also learned how to become a great advocate and discovered new resources that are available in the community and how to best utilize them. The most rewarding and valuable experience in working with the individuals that she serves is giving them the opportunity to consistently voice their thoughts, feelings and desires. This, in turn, has given her more clarity and insight concerning maintaining and improving their quality of life.

In her free time, Britney enjoys being outside, bike riding, walking, hiking or working in the garden. Working out has become a regular part of her life in addition to incorporating healthy eating habits into her daily routine. Spending time with family is extremely important to her and she is so blessed to be a mother to three daughters.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 81
Email: britney.hofman@advocacy-links.com


Carey Kafatia
Travel Territory: Elkhart, St. Joseph

Carey Kafatia began working as a case manager in 2011. Prior to case management, she worked direct care with individuals with developmental disabilities, and then as a QMRP for 3 years.

Carey graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. She shpent her last semester abroad in Russia teaching English. She also spent a summer in Mexico working as a missionary intern learning Spanish and learning about the culture.

Carey enjoys spending time with her husband and daughters. They enjoy going on walks to local parks and the zoo. She also enjoys traveling and learning about other cultures.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 45
Email: carey.kafatia@advocacy-links.com


Nancy Lee
Travel Territory:
St Joseph

Nancy has worked with people with Developmental Disabilities and Mental Illness since moving to Indiana in 2005. Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy.  Nancy graduated Cum Laude from Smith College and is a member of Psi Chi Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Nancy is very knowledgeable in the field of Mental Illness, Developmental Disabilities, Medically Fragile and Autism.  Nancy is a strong advocate for Consumers with all federal, state and local agencies. She is a great team player and enjoys challenging experiences. She has excellent communication with all individuals, families and outside agencies with promotes strong collaboration and open channels of communication. Nancy is very dedicated to individuals and their families. She really enjoys helping others acquire services that help individuals achieve their dreams.

Nancy loves to travel to different states and abroad to experience local cultures.  Nancy's favorite part of traveling is learning local recipes and sharing those recipes from her travels with family and friends.  Nancy has two daughters and five grandchildren.  Nancy's family and friends are very important to her. She spends her free time with family and friends, reading, gardening and entertaining at home.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 27
Email: nancy.lee@advocacy-links.com


Annie Logan
Travel Territory:  
Elkhart, St Joseph

Annie graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts and Science, with a concentration in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She obtained a Child Development Associates through the State of Indiana in 2005 while teaching preschool in an integrated classroom. She has experience as direct care staff and lead person for adults with developmental disabilities.  She plans to continue her education in the Human Services and Psychology fields. 

Annie has always enjoyed forming bonds and friendships with people she has worked for and making a positive impact in their lives.  Annie was raised in Mishawaka and currently resides there with her miniature daschund, Tinkerbell. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends (especially her nieces and nephews), visiting Disney World, cheering on Chicago Bears, volunteering in the local community and reading bookings about behavior and the brain.

Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext# 54
Email:  annie.logan@advocacy-links.com


Miranda Matthews
Travel Territory: 
Elkhart, LaPorte, St Joseph

Through her previous work experiences, Miranda has had the opportunity to work with children and adults with many special abilities. She has appreciated every experience as an opportunity to learn and support members of the community. Her skills in networking and relationship building will be an aid to creating high functioning, supportive teams for helping them to achieve their goals. Her hope is to help consumers build teams that will allow them to always have someone who knows the answer to a question at least one phone call away. This ability to delegate and defer to experts in each field has been the key for her to manage multiple cases.

Miranada and her husband have lived in the Michiana area most of their lives, and met each other in grade school. They love to spend time with their family playing board games and just having fun! They love to travel, are fans of a variety of music, and love attending concerts when they get a chance.

Phone:  888-537-5733 Ext#51
Email:  miranda.matthews@advocacy-links.com


JEANNE McENTARFER

Travel Territory: Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Whitley

Jeanne has worked with people with developmental diabilities since 2004. She has been a direct support professional in a group home, the director of an adult day program, a qualified individual disabilities professional, and a branch manager of a residential provider. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Management from Trine University.

Jeanne thrives in an environment that provides her the ability to make a difference in someone's life, and at the end of the day knows that she has done everything with her power and ability to make this a reality. As a strong advocate, she works hard to provide a wide range of services to assist consumers and families in the most effective way possible to achieve their dreams, and enhance their total quality of life. 

Jeanne enjoys spending time with her family, traveling and volunteering. Both Jeanne and her husband hold extra amateur class radio licenses, and assist their community as members of the local emergency management team, and trained weather spotters.  It is her hope to be of benefit, in the event of any emergency, to anyone in need. 

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 77
Email: jeanne.mcentarfer@advocacy-links.com


Erin Milliken
Travel Territory:
 Elkhart, LaPorte, St Joseph counties

Erin has a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology from Indiana University. She loves learning and plans to further her studies in Human Services. Erin has an incredible amount of experience caring for people who have developmental disabilities. Having been raised in a family with an older brother who has developmental disabilities and working as a direct care staff for four years, Erin possess great compassion for individuals who need assistance and advocacy. She is devoted to activism and volunteers frequently. She has strong communciation skills and enjoys building and maintaining healthy, long-lasting relationships with those around her.

Erin values her family very much. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and husband, playing outside when the weather permits and snuggling while watching movies. Often, Erin can be found spending time with her immediate family, creating family traditions and memories. Maintaining a strong connection to her family is an important priority to her. Erin loves to travel, listen to music, cook and laugh with her friends.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext#59
Email: erin.milliken@advocacy-links.com


TAMANTHA MURPHY
Travel Territory: 

Tamantha began working with the DD/ID population in 2009 and enjoys working with a diverse group of people. She believes it is important to help individuals and families learn how to advocate, and find the tools to be successful in their communities. 

She started as a direct support professional, then as a QDDP, and Service Administrator. Tamantha earned her Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice in 2012. 

In her spare time, Tamantha can be found at the football field, basketball court, or baseball diamond, as her three boys keep her involved in all sporting activities. She also enjoys sitting at home with a good book and cup of coffee or spending time with family and friends.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 78
Email: tamantha.murphy@advocacy-links.com


Megan Myers
Travel Territory:
Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Wells, Noble

Megan has 14 years of experience in a variety of positions including a provider agency, in a day program, as a case manager as well as a Service Coordinator in First Steps and the Director of the academic and recreational skills program. Megan has had the opportunity to work for the State of Indiana to move individuals living at the Fort Wayne State Develeopmental Center into Supported Living or other community settings. For the last 6 years she has been a Quality Surveyor on behalf of Bureau of Quality of Improvement Services and Division of Aging to monitor services for Medicaid Waiver Services. During this time, she has been able to work with providers and individuals to help improve the quality of services being delivered.

Megan chose to work in the Intellectual Disabilities field because she has a sister with Intellectual Disability. She has enjoyed working with her and learning that she can do so much more than anyone expects. It is awesome to know that she can help others achieve their goals. Megan enjoys scrapbooking, reading and spending time with her family and especially her son.

Phone: (888) 537-5733 Ext # 58
Email:  megan.myers@advocacy-links.com


Kirstyn Niebbia
Travel Territory:     

Kirstyn's experience with individuals with disabilities came about by working with them at the YMCA teaching fitness classes.  Seeing them work with their DSP's drove her interest in becoming a case manager.  Kirstyn's education in Spanish Translation and Education are beneficial as she serves the Spanish Speaking community and bridges the gap to meet the needs of the individuals.  Translating for Kosciusko Community Hospital for the past 17 years has given Kirstyn a great understanding of medical terminology and treatment plans.

Kirstyn has 5 children and enjoys spending time with them outdoors and at their various sport and music events.   She enjoys quilting  and teaches classes periodically and works at the local quilt shop part-time!  Kirstyn has also been teaching Zumba for 10 years and loves to see others explore fitness and find activities that they enjoy as much as she enjoys Zumba!

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 100
Email: kirstyn.niebbia@advocacy-links.com


Danny Pace
Travel Territory: Jasper, Lake, LaPorte, Newton, Porter 

Danny has been working with individual's with intellectual disabilities professionally since 2011. While serving in the Army National Guard and completing his Bachelor's degree from Indiana Wesleyan University's online program he began working part-time as a direct services worker with individual's with intellectual disabilities to earn extra money for his family. While working in direct support, he quickly realized this field of work was more than a job, it was his career choice.

Since he began working direct support in a residential setting he has experience working with individual's with disabilities in an educational setting as well as supported living QDDP. Danny is happily married with four children, with one who has been diagnosed with ADHD and Autism spectrum disorder. Danny lives to serve others and to do everything he can to make a positive difference in other people's lives.

Phone: 888.837.5733  Ext 57
Email: danny.pace@advocacy-links.com 


TREVOR PEASLEE
Travel Territory:  Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Wells, Whitley 

When he was approximately ten years old, Trevor's sister purchased an adult foster care home that housed thirteen individuals on the Medicaid Waiver. The clientele were diagnosed with a variety of disabilities including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and epilepsy as well as other medical and mental health concerns.

By choice, he spent many weekends with these individuals at their home and ultimately gained a better understanding of disabilities and a strong desire to work n eservice field. When Trevor was in high school and college, he began working in that home. Trevor had always been drawn to this field, but this specific experience solidified his desire to pursue a professional career where he could serve this population.

Out of college, he accepted a position at a community behavioral treatment facility, through which he learned valuable lessons about himself and the field.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 70
Email: trevor.peaslee@advocacy-links.com


Renee Pennington-Roy
Travel Territory: Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben 

Renee began working in the field of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities in 2001. It was quite by accident that she stumbled upon this wonderful career. Having majored in Psychology, she always though she would 'hang her shingle' after graduation. Since she was new to Indiana, she decided she needed to find part-time employment in order to mee people. She began working at a community mental health center since this was in her field of interest. This was the first she had ever worked in this field and immediately fell in love. She worked at the community mental health center for 9 years until she was contacted by a disability service provider to begin working as a QIDP with them. In 2009 Renee began working for a case management company and has loved being an advocate for those who cannot always speak for themselves. It is Renee's deep love of advocating which has brought her to Advocacy-Links.

Renee is also a fierce advocate for the homeless. She began an organization called JustUs, through which she collects items for those who are homeless. Once a month she delivers these items. She has been doing this since November 2014.

Renee is a HUGE New Orleans Saints fan and is the luckiest person on Earth to have two wonderful 4 year olds who call her YaYa (grandmother)

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 88
Email: renee.pennington-roy@advocacy-links.com


CARI PORTER
Travel Territory: 
 Elkhart, LaPorte, St Joseph 

Cari Porter has worked with people with intellectual disabilities for over 14 years as a QIDP. Cari is a strong advocate for people and enjoys seeing individuals reach their highest potential.

Cari has Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Alma College and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons. Cari enjoys camping and the beach and loves to be adventurous and try new things. Cari is a person with high integrity who always puts 100% into all that she does.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 65
Email:cari.porter@advocacy-links.com


Angela Price
Travel Territory: Fulton, Kosciusko,Marshall,Wabash

Angela's experience with persons with disabilities began through fitness classes she taught at the YMCA. One of the students who began attending a Zumba class would come with her caregiver. We developed a relationship and she and her caregiver began coming to my weight lifting classes as well. This weight lifting class is smaller and more individually focused so it enabled the student to use coaching to acquire new skills and accomplish her goals better. These experiences over the last several months increased my desire to protect and advocate for people who cannot fully do so by themselves. 

Although Angela started her college experience at Purdue University in the field of Pharmacy, once I began taking classes, I realized that I was in the wrong field and switched to Social Studies Education. She married a Warsaw native, whom she met on a blind date. Now married almost 14 years, they have 3 elementary aged children. Angela has a love of fitness and have been a runner for most of my life. She also teach several Zumba classes and a weight lifting class at the Warsaw YMCA, and loves to stamp and create cards for my loved ones. 

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 48

Amy Rectanus
Travel Territory:
Adams, Allen, Huntington, Wells

Amy graduated from Indiana University. She started working in social services in 1994 and has been working with Medicaid waivers since 2008. Assisting people with disabilities to live their lives to the fullest while they live as independently as possible is important to Amy.

Not only does Amy have extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities, she is also a parent to a son with disabilities. He is receiving waiver services, which has helped Amy gain a unique perspective in that she can see both side of the waiver. Being a strong advocate for those she works for is extremely important to Amy. Advocacy, empathy, and caring are traits Amy brings to the table for the individuals whom she serves.

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, crafting and cooking.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 19
Email: amy.rectanus@advocacy-links.com


Diane Reece
Travel Territory:
Marshall, St Joseph

Diane graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelors Degree in Psychology as well as a Master's Degree in Applied Psychology. She has been working in the field of intellectual/developmental disabilities since 1998. She has held positions such as 

camp counselor, residential Qualified Developmental Disability Professional, Mental Health Professional and Case Manager. Diane has a special interest in working with people who have mental health and dual diagnosis.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 29
Email: diane.reece@advocacy-links.com


Shannon Rutkowski
Travel Territory: Allen, DeKalb, LaGrange, Nobel, Stueben

Shannon  has over 20 years of experence working with and assisting individuals with disabilities.  She holds a Bachelors degree in General Studies with a concentration in Special Education from Indiana University.

Shannon has been in the field of Case Management since 2010. She has held various positions throughout her career such as, Family Support Worker, Director/Supervisor, Teacher, Special Education Teacher Assistant , and Respite Provider.

Shannon and her family have been involved with multiple disability organizations, and support groups, due to her brother having been diagnosed with Autism at an early age. She has a passion for advocating and supporting families and individuals in the waiver field. She also helps to identify resource, and volunteers in her community. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. She also enjoys shoe shopping and traveling.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 44
Email: shannon.rutkowski@advocacy-links.com


SAMANTHA SANDERS
Travel Territory:  Allen, DeKalb, Elkhart, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Whitley

Samantha began working with the ID/DD population when she was 15. At her high school it was required to complete 40 hrs of community service to graduate. Her mom was a nurse for United Cerebral Palsy and thought working at the day program would be a perfect way to complete the time. Samantha started out by assisting with arts and crafts and loved it so much that when the 40hrs were up she continued volunteering. Over the next two years, Samantha assisted with the Special Olympics and ran a water therapy class. After high school, she still had a passion for working with the ID/DD and decided it was a career she wanted to have.

After having her son and moving to Indiana Samantha began working with a residential company. She started out as direct care staff and over the past 12 years has held various positions including; site supervisor, program coordinator and clinical supervisor. Over the years working in the field she was always drawn to the case management position and decided to return to school to complete her degree.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 67
Email: samantha.sanders@advocacy-links.com


KATELYN SHORT 
Travel Territory:   Elkhart, St Joseph

Katelyn started working with people who have disabilities while she was in college. She tutored students who received Special Education.  Katelyn graduated Cum Laude from Western Michigan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Health and a minor in speech and hearing processes.  Since completing college, she has also worked with a residential provider as a QIDP overseeing the care for several people living in supported living sites.

As an only child, Katelyn’s friends are a big part of her life and daily activities.  She enjoys spending time with her family as well as her dogs.  Going to the lake during the summers in Michigan is one of her favorite things to do. Traveling and learning new things have always been things about which she is passionate.

Phone:  888-537-5733  Ext.# 83
Email: katelyn.short@advocacy-links.com


BRITTANY SIMCOX
Travel Territory:  Jasper, Lake,Newton & Porter

Brittany has a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Valporaiso University. She has worked with both children and adults with developmental disabilities for over 7 years. During this time, she has held a variety of positions from field staff to Branch Director.

While recently taking time to stay home with her two small children, she is excited to get back in the field as a case manager. After previously working for provider agencies, she is excited to have the opportunity to advocate for consumers as a case manager. 

Brittany enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 young her children. As a family, they enjoy fishing, watching sports and being outdoors.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 76
Email: brittany.simcox@advocacy-links.com


Julia Simpson
Travel Territory:
Cass, Fulton, Kosciusko, Miami, Wabash

Julia comes to case management with over 20 years experience serving those who have disabilities and 7 years with elderly in long term care. Julia holds a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Ball State University. Julia has a strong desire to assist others and enjoys assisting others in accessing community resources or providing a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.

Julia is married and has two children as well as two grandchildren. She resides in Wabash County. In her spare time, Julia enjoys spending time with family, reading and bowling with friends on a league.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 42
Email: julia.simpson@advocacy-links.com


Julie Sluss
Travel Territory: Fulton, Kosciusko, Wabash

With 16 years experience in this field, Julie has worked in direct care and professional positions in group homes, day services, and  residential settings. Julie has also held professional positions in nursing homes. She began working in case management in 2008.

Julie enjoys working in case management because it gives her the opportunity to work with more individuals and providers. She enjoys working with individuals and families connecting them with community resources. Julie graduated from Manchester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work. Julie is married and has 2 children. Her family enjoys bowling together and in individual leagues. Julie and her family enjoy traveling together through the United States.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 8
Email: julie.sluss@advocacy-links.com


Selena Stankovic
Travel Territory:
Allen, Dekalb Noble, Whitley

Selena has worked with individuals with intellectual diabilities for 13 years. She graduated from Ball State University with  Bachelor of Social Work. Prior to becoming a case manager,Selena worked 6 years directly with individuals with intellectul disabilities. She has also worked for 5 years as a Social Service Consultant and QMRP in Long Tern care facilities throughout the Midwest. This gave her invaluable experience as she is more knowledgeable on the many medical needs of others. Selena has been a case manager since 2011. She enjoys being a case manager, as she likes linking individuals with the services and resources they need. advocating for theri needs and assisting individuals and their families navigate the waiver system.

Selena enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters. They enjoy traveling together watching football riding bicycles, attending local festivals and sporting events. In the summer, they enjoy any event that will allow them to ride in their Jeep Wrangler. Selena enjoys snow skining and sewing her spare time.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext#41
Email: selena.stankovic@advocacy-links.com


 

Jerilyn Steele-Koroncevicius
Travel Territory:
Allen, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Whitley

Jerilyn has worked with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities since 1997. She has worked in direct support and management, and has been a Case Manager since 2009. Jerilyn graduated from Manchester College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Jerilyn is very interested in helping every person she can reach their full potential to be a happy, healthy and contributing member of their community.  She has worked with several different agencies in Indiana and spent almost two years in New Jersey running a Supported Living Program.

Jerilyn lives in Fort Wayne with her dog, Caesar.  She enjoys spending time with her family.  She spends her free time reading as much as possible. She also enjoys a great scary movie.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 28
Email: jerilyn.steele@advocacy-links.com


Susan Styers
Travel Territory:
Elkhart, LaPorte, Marshall, St. Joseph

Susan comes to Advocacy Links LLC with a background in education and a passion for those who have mental and autistic backgrounds. She has a degree in Management from Purdue University at West Lafayette. She tries to provide a way to assist in finding solutions to problems in order to have an individual gain a fruitful and meaningful life.

Susan and her husband have three children who are very involved with sports. Besides sports, Susan is involved with the community by serving others and helping out others in need. She enjoys running, dancing, teaching Pilates and yoga.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 35
Email: susan.styers@advocacy-links.com


Julie Sweetser
Travel Territory:
Elkhart, Kosciusko, St. Joseph

Julie has worked in the case management field since 2004, and has additional experience working with people who have developmental disabilities in a direct support capacity. She enjoys working with individuals and their families to help navigate what can be a confusing world of services. Julie really enjoys connecting people with services that are going to make their lives easier, better and perhaps more enjoyable.

Julie lives in Goshen with her husband, two kids, two dogs and 10 rabbits! She enjoys going to her kids activities and volunteering for the PTO.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 17
Email: julie.sweetser@advocacy-links.com


Claudia Thomas
Travel Territory:
Fulton, LaPorte, Marshall, Kosciusko, Pulaski

Claudia has twelve years of experience working with individuals with disabilities, four as a Marketing Engineer at a Sheltered workshop and eight as a Waiver Case Manager. She holds degrees of Bachelor’s in Business Administration and an Associate’s in Criminal Justice.

Claudia has served Waiver age groups from six to eighty-six in several different communities, rural to large cities. Living in the small rural community of Ora, Indiana (population approximately 225), Claudia and her husband have four children and nine grandchildren. Her favorite pastime is spending time with her family on the weekends and holidays.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 5
Email: claudia.thomas@advocacy-links.com


Kayla Thornton
Territory: Elkhart, St Joseph

Kayla started working as a direct support professional in 2012 and was promoted to a Qualified Developmental Disabilities Professional in 2015, where she worked for over a year. Kayla has a passion for assisting and promoting independence and growth within her consumers. 

Kayla graduated n 2015 from the Indiana University of South Bend with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and a minor in Business. Kayla has a vasat amount of experience with individuals with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. 

Kayla enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends. Kayla loves working out and eating healthy to maintain a positive and well rounded lifestyle.

She enjoys having Notre Dame functions and exploring different nature parks. Kayla is also avid animal lover who enjoys new adventures and possibilities!

She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family.  

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 91
Email: kayla.thornton@advocacy-links.com


Karen Greer
Territory: Elkhart, St Joseph

Karen has been working with people with developmental disabilities since 2009. She has held the role of Direct Support Staff, Direct Support Manager, Program Coordinator, and Service Coordinator.

Karen has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Bethel College in Mishawaka.

Karen enjoys advocating for all people and helping them reach their goals and their highest potential. She values honesty and integrity and puts 100% into all she does.

She enjoys camping, hiking, cooking, and spending time with family.  

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 90
Email: karen.ulis@advocacy-links.com


Amanda Vandergriff
Travel Territory:
Cass, Miami, Howard & Tipton

Amanda has been working in the case management field for about 10 years. She has  worked as an intake specialist, case manager, service coordinator for a prevocational workshop, and a QMRP in inpatient care on a forensic psychiatry unit.  Amanda graduated from Indiana University, Kokomo with a degree in Elementary Education. Amanda, her husband, and three kids enjoy vacationing in Michigan, boating and fishing, spending time with a variety of church projects, being involved with the kid’s sports activities, watching movies, and enjoying the unconditional love of their two Golden Retrievers.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 4
Email: amanda.vandergriff@advocacy-links.com


Kristy Vodde
Travel Territory:
Fulton, Huntington, Kosciusko, Marshall, Wabash, Whitley

Kristy graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University. She has worked in the field of intellectual developmental disabilities since 1991. She has held positions such as direct care, Qualified Developmental Disability Professional, Community Support Staff and Case Manager and enjoys advocating for others and helping people obtain the lives they want to live.
During her leisure time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters with outdoor activities, traveling and sporting events.

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 26
Email: kristy.vodde@advocacy-links.com


MELISSA WALKOWIAK
Travel Territory: Fulton, Kosciusko & Marshall

Melissa has worked in the field of Human Services for over 12 years. She has experience working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and adults with serious mental health issues.

Melissa holds a Master's degree in Social Work from Indiana University with an emphasis on mental health and addictions. Melissa enjoys working in Human Services because you meet incredible people and have the opportunity to help them overcome the various obstacles set before them.

Melissa enjoys traveling to Canada to visit family and spending time with her pets and children.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 71
Email: melissa.walkowiak@advocacy-links.com


MARCIA WEAVER
Travel Territory:  Elkhart, St Joseph 

Marcia comes to Advocacy Links having worked for provider services for the past 3 years. As a Case Manager, she hopes to continue to support individuals and families with services and resources that provide personal success and happiness.

Marcia holds a degree in psychology and has a special interest in helping individuals on the autism spectrum. Previously, she worked with children with special needs in the public school system. She also taught many years in a Montessori classroom which included several children with developmental disabilities.

In her free time, Marcia enjoys cooking, gardening, reading, and spending time with her family and church congregation.

Phone: 888-537-5733 Ext# 72
Email: marcia.weaver@advocacy-links.com


 
Tishie White

Travel Territory:  Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Noble, Wells, Whitley 

Tishie White has worked with people with developmental disabilities since 2005. She began her career as a Direct Support Professional and has been promoted over the years to a Teacher, Supportive Living Manager, and Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Organization Leadership and an Associate's Degree in Business Administration from Indiana Tech.

Tishie's passion is working in the human service field because she believes that advocacy is the way to provide the most outstanding services for the people she serves. She has done daily planning,supervising, and actively advocates for people with disabilities. She has been responsible for several 24 hour houses and hourly consumers. She has a wide background of responsibilities in association with intellectuals with disabilities.

As a client advocate, she hopes to ensure others are satisfied with the services they are receiving with Advocacy Links. She is always available to help with any issues or crissis that may occur. She looks forward to assisting with all your needs and helping her caseload achieve all of their goals.

Phone: 888-537-5733, ext 61
Email: tishie.white@advocacy-links.com 


Heather Young
Territory: Benton, Carroll, Clinton, Fountain, Howard, Montgomery, Tipton, Tippecanoe, Warren, White

Heather comes to the Case Manager position with experience working with older adults as well as children. 

She received her Bachelor's degree from Indiana University Kokomo. Heather enjoys talking to people to put a smile on their face and brighten their day..

Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and kids.  They love being outdoors. They like to go camping, swimming, and kayaking.  

Phone: 888-537-5733  Ext.# 93
Email: heather.young@advocacy-links.com