Our Team


Denisa Brooks, C.T.R.S.
Recreational Therapist, Indiana University

Denisa currently works in Bloomington, IN, where she is also pursuing a Master’s in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana University’s School of Public Health. Denisa is a member of the American Therapeutic Recreation Association (ATRA) and Recreation Therapists of Indiana (RTI).


Ebony Okuleye-Ash
Direct Support Professional, Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus

Ebony currently works in Columbus, IN, where she is also employed as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher for BCSC. She has a Bachelor of Science degree from IUPUC in Elementary Education. In addition, Ebony serves on the National Down Syndrome Congress.


Lindsay Schutte
Secretary, Ball State University

Lindsay currently works at our local office located in Columbus, IN. Lindsay assists in the management and administration of our field staff. In her free time, Lindsay serves as the Match Secretary for the Indiana Rugby Football Union. She is also a member of the National Ski Patrol as a Mountain Host at Perfect North Slopes and an American Red Cross First Aid/ CPR/AED Instructor.


Noah Goble
Direct Support Professional, Compliance Coordinator

Noah works in Columbus, IN. Noah is active at the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Columbus and is dedicated to serving others.

 


Diandra Elsner
Direct Support Professional, Indiana University, Spalding University

After graduating with a degree in kinesiology, Diandra is currently pursuing her graduate studies in the field of occupational therapy in Louisville, KY.


Linda Cravens
Direct Support Professional, Indiana University

Linda attended Ball State University as an undergrad. She later obtained her master’s in business education through Indiana University. Linda now dedicates her time towards helping individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). With 1 in every 59 children being diagnosed with Autism, Linda has been a huge help at assisting the lives of these individuals.

 


Tim Erney
Direct Support Professional

Tim is an aspiring Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) in the process of earning his bachelor’s degree. Tim’s faith drives his dedication towards assisting those with all abilities.

 

 


Nathan Red, C.T.R.S.
Owner, Founder, President, Recreational Therapist, Direct Support Professional

 

 


Andra Raney, LPN
Nurse

Andra assists our administration in training Direct Support Professional staff in the area of medication administration. Andra’s diligence and passion help others serve our patients with thoroughness and accuracy.
 

 


Tich Allen
Direct Support Professional

Tich attended Indiana University where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation. Tich provides service in the Indianapolis area. Her experiences with different populations allows her to succeed in assisting a variety of individuals.
 

 


Wendy Kirts
Direct Support Professional

Wendy is one of the hardest workers you’ll ever meet! Wendy’s passion for helping others is evident in her everyday life. Wendy supports all individuals in obtaining independence, advocating for employment. Her willingness to assist goes above and beyond the call of duty! Wendy is optimistic about the future for individuals of all abilities.
 

 


Norma Mendez
Direct Support Professional

Norma has 17+ years experience supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. Norma works part-time with Assisted Independence, while also working through the local school system. Norma’s tenure is unmatched. Norma is reliable, trustworthy, and thorough. Norma’s care and compassion for the individuals she supports is strong, as she has built strong bonds. Norma is fluent in English, American Sign Language, and Spanish. Her organization and time management skills are exceptional!
 

 


Hannah Jenkins
Direct Support Professional

Hannah is a student at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus (IUPUC). Hannah’s supports are appreciated greatly by those she assists. Hannah is an eager, young, professional. Hannah has been a great asset in helping lead a change for individuals of all abilities to thrive.