Marshall Coverage Area
Cari has worked directly with Medicaid Waiver services for over 15 years and has been as a Case Manager since 2015. Cari has extensive experience working with residential programs, day programs, and as a supervisor. Cari is a strong advocate and a proactive communicator.
Cari enjoys nature and spending time with her friends and family. Cari puts 100% effort into everything that she does.
Kara has been in case management for over 10 years and been a supervisor for over 1/2 of that time. She has lived in Indiana since graduating from Grace College. She enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, cooking, and traveling.
Kara has worked in the field of Disability Services for over 14 years and has worked in various capacities including direct service. Kara is a CARF surveyor and is excited to learn and share her knowledge and experience with other organizations across the country. Kara serves on our Medically Fragile Committee and the Quality Review Committee.
Specialized Case Manager – Transitional
Stacy is a graduate of Indiana University South Bend with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, she has spent more than 13 years working in social services with elderly, physically disabled and people with intellectual disabilities. With over 11 years working directly with all aspects of the Indiana Medicaid Waiver program, she is able to commit herself to improving the lives of her clients and families.
Stacy is involved with the Cultural Competency Committee. Born and raised in the same small town she currently raises her large family, she is devoted to bettering her community. She is a member of her town park board and a member of her local Tri Kappa group.
Specialized Case Manager – Child-adolescent
Shelley has been a Medicaid Waiver Case Manager for over 8 years. Before that she was a case manager in the First Steps program as well as at Madison Center. Shelley graduated from Indiana University South Bend. Shelley loves to help others and will answer any questions promptly. Shelley is involved in the Technology Committee and the Transition Advisory Council.
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.
Patrick has over 7 years of experience serving individuals with developmental disabilities. After spending 4 years working direct care Patrick became a QIDP 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.
Through her previous work experiences, Kirstyn has had the opportunity to work with children and adults with many special abilities. Her education in Spanish Translation and Secondary Education are beneficial as she serves the Spanish speaking community and bridges the gap to meet the needs of individuals. Translating for the local hospital for the past 20 years has given Kirstyn a great understanding of medical terminology and treatment plans.
Her skills in networking and relationship building will be an aid to creating 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 know the answer to questions and is just one phone call away. Kirstyn has enjoyed teaching fitness and quilting classes in her community over the last 10 years.
Angela graduated from Purdue University and comes from an educational background, teaching for several years before joining Advocacy Links.
She has been in Case Management for more than 4 years and is also involved with the Cultural Competency Committee.
Angela volunteers with the local Cub Scouts organization, enjoys running road races and teaching various Zumba classes at the local YMCA.
Susan Styers has worked in the case management field since 2013. Prior to that, she worked over 8 years 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 the Safety Committee as well as Child and Adolescent Committee. Susan is also a member of the Transition Advisory Council (liaison between services and schools).
Melaine Turner has over 4 years of experience as a Case Manager serving people with ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and those who also have a dual diagnosis for mental health. She has chosen to work in this field because she has a passion and calling for helping people.
Melaine obtained her degree from Harrison College. She has personal experience with individuals who live with Downs Syndrome and Autism. Melaine enjoys spending time with her children and grandchild as well as making crafts and antiquing.