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