Kosciusko 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.
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.
Specialized Case Manager – Transitional
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.
Prior to working in case management, Julie worked for 8 years for a provider of group home and wavier services, 4 years in a nursing home, and 1 year with a mental health provider.
Julie graduated from Manchester University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Social Work and began working in case management in 2008.
She enjoys spending time with her family and traveling. Julie is also involved with the Older Adult/Dementia Group and the Medically Fragile Group.
Specialized Case Manager – Older adult
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.