• Advocating for people who need help
• Connecting people to fiscally responsible resources
• Respecting everyone in the process
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.
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.
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.
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.