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. He tries to go to the gym 5 days per week where he lifts weights and runs on the treadmill. He is also a huge tennis fan, and weather permitting, tries to get on the tennis courts to play matches several times per week. These activites not only help him stay fit and active, but they help to keep him positive and act as natural stress reliever. Having an active interest in physical fitness allows him to maintain his overall health and well-being
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
Jerilyn has worked with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities since 1997. She has worked in direct support and management, and has been a Case Manager since 2009. Jerilyn graduated from Manchester College with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. Jerilyn is very interested in helping every person she can reach their full potential to be a happy, healthy and contributing member of their community. She has worked with several different agencies in Indiana and spent almost two years in New Jersey running a Supported Living Program.
Jerilyn lives in Fort Wayne with her dog, Caesar. She enjoys spending time with her family. She spends her free time reading as much as possible. She also enjoys a great scary movie.
Specialized Case Manager – Resource
Britney is a wife and a mother to four girls, has lived in Ft Wayne her whole life and has a love for anything outdoors and being active. She has a passion for helping others and advocating for a variety of populations.
After graduating in 2010 from Indiana Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in marketing, Britney worked in the mental health field side by side with adults dealing with severe and persistent mental illness, helping them with housing, employment, educational goals and finding a place to belong. After five years she transitioned to case management with Advocacy Links in order to serve an even wider group of individuals including those with developmental disabilities.
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.
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.
Sierra has 6 years experience working with individuals with disabilities. From daily living activities, assisting them in becoming independent as much as possible to their ability to monitoring their safety and teaching them basic everyday skills. Sierra loves working in this field and finds this field very rewarding as well as advocating for individuals who can’t speak for themselves.
Sierra enjoys playing softball with friends and family, camping, bike riding, anything outdoors. She watching her daughter play softball, as well as attending her dance competition shows. She also enjoys learning new information and trying new hobbies.