John has been working as a case manager with Advocacy Links since January of 2017. Prior to that he taught 5th grade for Fort Wayne Community Schools for two years. John is still a licensed K-6 teacher with the state of Indiana and holds a bachelor degree in education from Indiana University.
Working with families, and especially children, is a passion of John's and something that he hopes to continue to do into the foreseeable future. John is married and has four children, including a set of twins. He enjoys spending time with his family and traveling with his wife.
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.
Amy earned a Bachelor's Degree from Indiana University in Psychology and Criminal Justice. She has worked with various populations of Individuals with Mental Illness and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities for over 10 years. Amy started her career working in a large Residential facility in Illinois and then moved to a Site Supervisor position managing multiple 24-hour care homes. Amy has been a Case Manager for the Indiana waiver for about a decade.
Amy enjoys working in the Human Service field because of the potential to improve the lives of others, and the ability to protect the rights of others. Amy is interested in continuing to improve the overall emotional and physical health of individuals through maintaining healthy habits, choices, aspirations and values, and the best possible use of beneficial services. Outside of work, Amy enjoys spending time with family, traveling with friends, and outdoor activities such as sports, walks, hikes, runs and bike rides.
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.
Hope Hardt is a graduate of Western Michigan University, where in addition to Social Work, her focus included Anthropology, Psychology, and Women's Studies. Hope has been a case manager since 2018 and came into the position after working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for nearly 2 decades, on both personal and professional levels. These experiences have taught her not only about the fragility but the diligence of the human condition.
Personally, Hope enjoys volunteer work. She is a mentor, mother, tutor, and friend. Hope strives to be a part of the changes in the world that she would like to see for her children and the future. She enjoys physical fitness, gardening, the Arts, hiking, camping, home improvement, and travel.
Britney Hofman has lived in Fort Wayne her entire life. She is a wife and a mother to four girls. She has a love for anything outdoors and being active. She has a passion for helping others and advocating for a variety of populations.
She graduated in 2010 from Indiana Wesleyan with a bachelor's degree in marketing. After college 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 great years, she transitioned to case management with Advocacy Links in order to serve an even wider group of individuals including those with developmental disabilities.
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.
Volunteering in a variety of capacities, helping people in need is what drew Shian Klug to consider a career as a Case Manager. She has helped at various Special Olympics events and fundraisers. Shian is very familiar with caring for people as her father was autistic and her stepbrother has an intellectual disability.
Shian earned a degree at Indiana University-Fort Wayne and has a certificate in Lean Black Belt Sigma.
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.
Keyanna has over 15 years of experience working with individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities. She loves working in this field because she has a real passion for the people, who she believes are unfairly judged and scrutinized. Her empathy for the population as a whole has made her “heart so big” for the field. Keyanna joined the Advocacy Links team because she understands how difficult it can be accessing the necessary resources, and loves being able to assist in connecting those in needs with the funding for these services.
Keyanna classifies herself as “49% introvert and 51% extrovert” which she believes has helped her maintain a good balance in life. Even though she says she “can’t sing”, she enjoys singing karaoke in her spare time.
Katrina Peaslee has been a Case Manager with Advocacy Links since 2018. Growing up, she had very empathetic parents who became foster parents for numerous children with a range of developmental and intellectual disabilities. These experiences helped mold Katrina’s character and interests into helping others as well. While she received her B.A. in English Literature from Manchester University (previously College) and M.A. in Publications Design from the University of Baltimore, Katrina feels like the majority of her previous professional positions have been guiding her toward the field of case management; she has an intense passion for helping those in need.
In her spare time, Katrina and her husband, Trevor, run a youth soccer program. She is also a freelance graphic designer and color/winter guard instructor at a local high school. In May 2020, Katrina and Trevor had their first child.
Trevor has been a Case Manager with Advocacy Link since 2015. Born and raised around the Kalamazoo, Michigan area, Trevor has spent the majority of his adult life in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He received his B.S. in Organizational Leadership from IPFW, where he also played D1 soccer for four years. Previous to moving to Fort Wayne, Trevor’s sister started an AFC (Adult Foster Care) home in Mattawan, Michigan, which housed six gentlemen who live with schizophrenia. While working at this home, he gained valuable career experience, as well as great memories.
After graduating from IPFW, he spent eight years working in the Children and Adolescents Unit at Parkview Behavioral Health, conducting various groups, 1:1’s, and assisting with the betterment of the program’s youths. Outside of Advocacy Links, Trevor continues to work with children by coaching middle and high school soccer programs, and by running a youth soccer program with his wife, Katrina, who also just had their first child in May 2020.
Renee Pennington-Roy began working in the field of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities in 2001. She has a degree in Psychology from Indiana University-Fort Wayne. Renee has worked as a day program director and QIDP for a residential provider. She has been a Medicaid Waiver Case Manager since 2009.
Renee is also a fierce advocate for the homeless and leads an organization called JustUs that collects and delivers items to people without permanent homes. Renee is a huge New Orleans Saints fan and is the luckiest person on Earth to have two little ones call her YaYa (grandmother).
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.
Anne Santos has owned, bred, ridden and shown many different breeds of horses since she was 10 years old. Her love of horses and work with therapeutic horseback riding stables introduced her to working with individuals who have disabilities. She has a degree from Purdue University.
After working with the Department of Children and Family Services, Anne began her career as a Case Manager in October of 2018.
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.