Through her previous work experiences, Kirstyn has had the opportunity to work with children and adults with many special abilities. Her education in Spanish Translation and Secondary Education is beneficial as she serves the Spanish speaking community and bridges the gap to meet the needs of individuals. Translating for the local hospital for the past 20 years has given Kirstyn a great understanding of medical terminology and treatment plans.
Kirstyn's skills in networking and relationship building will be an aid in creating supportive teams for helping them to achieve their goals. Her hope is to help consumers build teams that will allow them to always have someone who knows the answer to questions and is just one phone call away. Kirstyn has enjoyed teaching fitness and quilting classes in her community over the last 10 years.
Christy Nine lives in Goshen with her husband and son. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work as well as a nursing license. She has worked with individuals with special needs for the past 20 years. Christy enjoys empowering individuals to live as independently as possible and reach their full potential. Christy loves to spend time with her family and they can often be found camping, riding bikes, hiking, or playing at the park. She also enjoys reading and playing the piano.
Angela graduated from Purdue University and comes from an educational background, teaching for several years before joining Advocacy Links. She has been in Case Management for more than 6 years and is also involved with the Cultural Competency Committee.
Angela volunteers with the local Cub Scouts organization enjoys running road races and teaching various Zumba classes at the local YMCA.
Caitlin has worked with individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities since 2011. She fell in love with the field during her time at school at the University of Indianapolis when she began volunteering at the YMCA, along with other various volunteer programs that assisted individuals with disabilities. Caitlin graduated in 2014 and has been working as a case manager since 2015. Since that time, she has worked with foster children, individuals with mental health needs, and has done work with multiple waiver providers.
Caitlin can also speak Spanish fluently and has been interpreting since 2015. Caitlin has one son and two dogs.
Melaine Turner has over a decade of experience as a Case Manager, with over half of that in a supervisory role, serving people with ADHD, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and those who also have a dual diagnosis for mental health. She has chosen to work in this field because she has a passion and a calling for helping people.
Melaine obtained her degree from Harrison College. She has personal experience with individuals who live with Downs Syndrome and Autism. Melaine enjoys spending time with her children and grandchild as well as making crafts and antiquing.
Kristy graduated with a 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.
Advocating for people with disabilities has been a large part of Calise Zollinger’s character for her entire life. She volunteered with people who have Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in middle school and high school. In college, Calise was a paid caregiver and most recently she provided care for children with disabilities at the YMCA.
Calise has chosen to work in this field because she feels there is a need for more than just parents to be advocates for their own children. She wants to make sure people who are looking for services can receive the help they need. Calise has six children and maintains a busy family life.