As the Director of Community Housing, I am responsible for the day-to-day operations of In-Pact’s Supported Living and Group Home Programs. I manage four Supported Living Managers, 8 Group Home Managers, a Supported Living Coordinator and two Group Home Coordinators. I participate in all aspects of these programs and I try to be as hands on as possible.
In life there are barriers. We all face them. I want to 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. 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 many opportunities to learn more about working with people with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
I have a strong background in quality assurance and quality improvement. I am always looking for ways to make what we do at In-Pact 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. These success stories are celebrations I carry with me always. 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. My wife and my two children are my biggest source of support.
Doing what is right, not what is easy, Honesty, Dedication (not to me but to those I am working with and for), Looking out for others.
Being with my wife Cyndi and kids Steven and Bridgette, fishing in Northwest Wisconsin, photography, painting, relaxing in my swimming pool.
It is 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.