Michael's most recent experience working in the field was as Program Manager for 30 individuals at Bethesda Lutheran Services and earlier as a Foster Care Case Manager. He also has experience working with children and adolescents through DCS, has been involved in IEP development, and has years of experience working with individuals with intellectual disabilities, autism, cerebral palsy, etc.
Michael chose to work in this field because he has a desire to help others that may not have the ability to help themselves. He has a passion for helping others make an 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 the opportunity to meet with other providers and gather resources.
In his spare time, Michael enjoys spending time with his wife and three children and coaching soccer.
Katie has been in Case Management since 2016 and has worked in the Medicaid Waiver field since 2009. She has held various positions including direct care and day program management. With Advocacy Links, she is also involved in our Accessibility Committee and the Employee Recognition Program.
Katie has an Indiana University Degree in Education. Katie is a frequent volunteer in her community, Columbia City, where she lives with her husband and 3 children. As a musician, Katie spends her free time as the lead singer/keyboard player in a band; her husband is the drummer.
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.
Corey started with Advocacy Links in early 2020. Previously, during his time as a student teacher in college, Corey had the pleasure of working with many different students of diverse backgrounds with varying levels of intellectual or developmental disabilities. He chose to work in this field because he finds it extremely enjoyable and rewarding to work one-on-one with adolescents and families.
Corey’s system for prioritizing tasks is by making sure that all of his documents and information are well organized. He also sets electronic reminders and deadlines with his devices, and prioritizes tasks and assignments based on due dates, urgency, and significance.
In his spare time, Corey enjoys weightlifting. He was also a math education major, which means he has plenty of experience working with different math programs, as well as developing spreadsheets and documents for statistics.
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.
Lori is a very active wife and mother of three college-aged children. She enjoys traveling and exploring new places.
Jeanne has held several positions working with people who have developmental disabilities since 2004. Collectively these positions provided a strong background of knowledge to become a case manager. Jeanne enjoys being a case manager, and having the ability to assist consumers and families in the most effective way possible. Jeanne is a strong advocate for those she serves and is passionate to ensure people with disabilities are treated with dignity, respect, and their rights are protected.
Jeanne is a 1st Aid/CPR Instructor and also serves on the Older Adult/Dementia Committee.
Jeanne graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from Tri-State University in Business Management.
Shannon Rutkowski has over 20 years of experience working with and assisting individuals with disabilities. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in General Studies with a concentration in Special Education from Indiana University. Shannon has been in the field of Case Management since 2010. She has held various positions throughout her career such as Family Support Worker, Director/Supervisor, Teacher, Special Education Teacher Assistant, and Respite Provider.
Shannon and her family have been involved with multiple disability organizations, and support groups, due to her brother having been diagnosed with Autism at an early age. She has a passion for advocating and supporting families and individuals in the waiver field. She also helps to identify resources, and volunteer in her community. In her free time, Shannon enjoys spending time with her husband, daughter, and son. She also enjoys shoe shopping, and traveling.
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.
Selena has worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities since 2000. She graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Social Work. Prior to becoming a case manager, Selena worked 6 years directly with individuals with intellectual disabilities. She has also worked for 5 years as a Social Service Consultant and QIDP in Long Term care facilities throughout the Midwest. This gave her invaluable experience as she is more knowledgeable about the many medical needs of others.
Selena has been a case manager since 2011. She enjoys being a case manager, as she enjoys linking individuals with the services and resources they need, collaborating with teams, advocating for individual’s needs and assisting individuals and their families navigate the waiver system. Selena enjoys spending time with her husband and 2 daughters. They enjoy traveling together, watching football, riding bicycles, attending local festivals and sporting events. In the summer, they enjoy any event that will allow them to ride in their Jeep Wrangler. Selena enjoys snow skiing, sewing, hiking, and outdoor concerts.