Whitley Coverage Area
Sean has been a Case Manager since 2009, and has had additional 2 years of direct care experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities in the Fort Wayne and Bloomington areas. He has chosen to work in this field because he has always been compelled to assist individuals in need and help others to maximize their potential.
Sean has degrees in Psychology and Communication from Indiana University. One of his goals is to assist individuals in successfully living in their communities. Health and fitness are very important to Sean.
Specialized Case Manager – Transitional
Specialized Case Manager – Resource
Samantha began working with the ID/DD population when she was 15 as a volunteer leading arts and crafts at a day program, helping with Special Olympics events, and running a water therapy class.
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. Samantha has a degree in Psychology from Trine University. She has been working as a Case Manager since February 2015.
Specialized Case Manager – Child-adolescent
John has been working as a case manager with Advocacy Links since January of 2017. Prior to that he taught 5th grade for Fort Wayne Community Schools for two years. John is still a licensed K-6 teacher with the state of Indiana and holds a bachelor degree in education from Indiana University. Working with families, and especially children, is a passion of John's and something that he hopes to continue to do into the foreseeable future. John is married and has four children, including a set of twins. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling with his wife.
First and foremost, Kimberly Berkley is a wife and mother. Secondly she is an artist and educator. Kimberly has a Bachelor’s degree from Ball State University with an emphasis in dance and business management. For over 14 years she has worked as a dance instructor and educator. Her purpose has always been to empower children and young adults to be confident and to strive to be the best individual that they can be. In her free time Kimberly enjoys spending time with her family, reading, watching movies, and camping.
Michael's most recent experience working in the field was as Program Manager for 30 individuals at Bethesda Luthern Services and earlier as a Foster Care Case Manager. He also has experience working with children and adolescents through DCS, has been invovled in IEP development, has experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, dual-diagnoses, medically fragile, cerebral palsy, mobility issues, etc. He chose to work in this field because he has a desire to help others that may not have the ability to help themselves. Michael has a passion about helping others make impact in their lives and can use his knowledge of resources and services in the surrounding area. Michael frequently networks by attending external events that give him opportunity to meet with other providers and gather resources.
A graduate of Grace College, Ericka Fugate has degrees in Psychology and Criminal Justice. Prior to becoming a Case Manager, she worked for First Steps serving children from ages 0-3 with developmental delays ranging from speech delays to cerebral palsy or autism.
Ericka likes to be active and helping others. She would rather be doing something instead of sitting at home. She feels that her time can be better spent out in the world building relationships and supporting friends rather than keeping to herself.
Hope Hardt comes to the Case Manager position with a degree from Western Michigan University. She has experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities on both a personal and professional level. These experiences have taught her not only about the fragility but the diligence of the human condition. She has learned just as much about herself as she has anything else through these interactions. Personally, Hope enjoys volunteer work. She is a tutor, mother and friend. She strives to be a part of the changes in the world that she would like to see for her children and the future. She enjoys physical fitness, gardening, canning, hiking, camping, and travel.
Andrea Hilton has a Human Services degree from Indiana Tech. She is fluent in both Spanish and English and has held various positions using her bi-lingual skills. Andrea has worked with diverse populations to connect people with needed resources. She wants to work in this field to help others overcome any barriers or obstacles they may have in other to achieve and maintain a normal standard of life as an individual who does not have a disability. She enjoys cooking, dancing, traveling, and attending her child’s sporting events.
Britney has had the opportunity and pleasure to work with individuals with specific needs as a Behavior Rehabilitation Specialist.
This experience has taught her to be a more focused and active listener.
She has more compassion, patience, empathy and understanding due to her experience in the field.
She has also learned how to become a great advocate and discovered new resources that are available in the community and how to best utilize them.
The most rewarding and valuable experience in working with the individuals that she serves is giving them the opportunity to consistently voice their thoughts, feelings and desires.
This, in turn, has given her more clarity and insight concerning maintaining and improving their quality of life.
In her free time, Britney enjoys being outside, bike riding, walking, hiking or working in the garden.
Working out has become a regular part of her life in addition to incorporating healthy eating habits into her daily routine.
Spending time with family is extremely important to her and she is so blessed to be a mother to three daughters.
Volunteering in a variety of capacities helping people in need is what drew Shian Klug to consider a career as a Case Manager. She has helped at various Special Olympics events and fundraisers. Shian is very familiar with caring for people as her father was autistic and her stepbrother has an intellectual disability. Shian earned a degree at Indiana University-Fort Wayne and has a certificate in Lean Black Belt Sigma.
Jerilyn has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 20 years and has been involved in Case Management for over 9 years. Jerilyn started working as a Direct Support Professional and has been involved in numerous positions throughout the waiver program.
Jerilyn has a strong love for her family and in being involved in the lives of those she assists. Jerilyn spent several years completing the intake process for individuals new to the waiver, mentoring new Case Managers and supervises people in the East District. She co-facilitates the cultural competency committee. Jerilyn has quite a bit of knowledge about the workings of the Waiver world and what she doesn't know, she will find out.
Lori McCoy has spent over 20 years working in the Social Service field and has truly enjoyed working with individuals and families. She has had the privilege of working with every age from birth to 90. Helping others and finding a solution to a problem that an individual has always been a challenge that she enjoys.
She is a very active wife and mother of three college aged children. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
Anne Santos has owned, bred, ridden and shown many different breeds of horses since she was 10 years old. Her love of horses and work with therapeutic horseback riding stables introduced her to working with individuals who have disabilities.
Anne has a degree from Purdue University. After working with the Department of Children and Family Services, Anne began her career as a Case Manager in October of 2018.
Kristy graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University Fort Wayne. She has worked in the field of intellectual developmental disabilities since 1991. She has held positions such as direct care, Qualified Developmental Disability Professional, Community Support Staff and Case Manager.
She enjoys advocating for others and helping people obtain the lives they want to live.During her leisure time, Kristy enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. Kristy loves to travel, hike, garden, and spend time with family.