I am the Director of Supported Services. I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Supported Services Department. I manage four site managers, a coordinator and oversee a staff of between 70 and 110 people. I participate in all aspects of the Supported Services Department and I try to be as hands on as much as possible.
In life there are barriers. We all face them. I try to eliminate barriers for people with disabilities wherever and whenever I can.
I have a BS in Psychology from Valparaiso University and I have a Master’s in Public and Health Care Administration from Indiana University. I have real life experience in program development. I worked for 10 years in adolescent treatment programs in Lake, Porter and Jasper Counties. In two of those jobs, I was responsible for planning and developing behavior programs and day to day operations of these long-term adolescent programs. Many of the individuals I worked with were teens that had mild to moderate developmental and behavioral issues. Working at In-Pact I have been given a great deal of opportunities to learn more about working with people with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
I am a problem solver. When issues are brought to me that need to be resolved, I can quickly develop and implement a plan to resolve. I have a strong background in quality assurance and quality improvement. I am always looking for ways to make what we do in Supported Services better, and to be able to do it with the highest degree of quality as possible.
I have always been amazed by the people who work for In-Pact. Good employees thrive on the successes of our individuals. The smallest thing like learning to tie shoes up to getting a job are reasons for celebration. It brings me great happiness to see people be successful. My job allows me to utilize my administrative skills each day.
Working here has allowed me to become the best version of myself that I can be. Working with troubled kids as I did in the first 10 years of my career caused me to bring their pain and issues home with me. Today, working at In-Pact, I get to bring the small- and large-scale successes home with me. It makes me a better person to know that life is not about perfection, it is about taking things one step at a time and being successful in doing so.
We do a lot of great things at In-Pact, our culture of good people doing good things is non-existent in other agencies. In-Pact has a culture of doing the right things for the right reasons. This comes from the support of our Board of Directors and our Executive Leadership.
I am a lifelong resident of Crown Point. I live in the same neighborhood I grew up in. So other than when I went to college, I never left my roots. That keeps me grounded. My parents were obviously a great impact on me…everything I am, I take from them. However, I would have to say GREAT neighbors…all my friend’s parents looked out for all of us. We were like one family, and wherever you were, whichever house you were at…those were your parents. It was so great to grow up in a neighborhood where we were all so close.
Doing what is right, not what is easy, Honesty, Dedication (not to me but to those you are working with and for), Looking out for others.
Hemingway’s the Nick Adams Stories, JD Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye, and F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and anything on leadership that I can read.
Being with my wife Cyndi and kids Steven and Bridgette, fishing in Northwest Wisconsin, photography, painting, relaxing in my swimming pool.
It’s the little things in life that hurt…you can sit on a mountain, but you can’t sit on a pin!
If you think about this…you realize that we make so much out of little issues, small problems, and make them more painful than they need to be.