Elkhart Coverage Area
Cari has worked directly with Medicaid Waiver services for over 15 years and has been a case manager for over 3 years. Cari has extensive experience working with residential programs, day programs and as a supervisor. Cari is a strong advocate and proactive communicator. Cari enjoys nature and spending time with her friends and family. Cari puts 100% effort into everything that she does.
Specialized Case Manager – Resource
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.
Specialized Case Manager – Mentor
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.
Specialized Case Manager – Child-adolescent
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.
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.
Susan has worked in the case management field since 2013, as well as eight plus years experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the educational field.
Susan has a degree in Management from Purdue University at West Lafayette. She has a background working with individuals/teachers/advocates in schools.
Susan has helped assist with intakes for waiver services for over four years and is able to facilitate questions regarding the complexities of waiver services in Indiana.
Susan is involved in Advocacy Link’s Safety Committee as well as Child and Adolescent Committee, and is a member of the TAC committee (liaison between services and schools), go hand in hand with her focused interest in assisting the disabled and the quality of life for those that she serves.