Russell Bonanno, Chief Executive Officer
Russell Bonanno joined LIFEDesigns in October 2017. He comes to us from his most recent roles: Director of the Autism Program of Illinois and non-profit consultant. He moved to Bloomington from Springfield, IL. Much of his background includes experience with policy and advocacy. He also has a strong background in marketing and program evaluation. He has been a member of the Illinois Autism Task Force, the Governor’s Health Care Reform Implementation Workgroup on Workforce Development, The Arc of Illinois, and the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics conference committees. He has experience in securing two federal grants to improve libraries accessibility to and services for individuals with autism and their families.
Russell is excited to bring his expertise to LIFEDesigns and continue the effort toward making LIFEDesigns well known and respected industry. His initial plans are to improve fundraising, and employee retention. We’re excited to move forward with Russell as our CEO.
Lori Schopmeyer, Chief Financial Officer
Lori began employment with LIFEDesigns in 2004 when the company was previously called “Options for Better Living”. Her first position was an Accounts Payable Staff Accountant and we are very lucky to have her assume her new role of Chief Financial Officer! Lori is an accomplished and very helpful employee. Her Associates Degree in Accounting from Ivy Tech and a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Indiana Wesleyan help her accomplish tasks quickly and efficiently. All around, Lori is an individual whom we all love and we are very lucky to have her a part of our team!
Heather Bagshaw, HR Director
Heather Bagshaw is the Director of Human Resources and has been with LIFEDesigns since 2016. Heather has her M.S in Human Resource Management and has her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications. Heather loves to do home projects and wants to be the best person she can be so that she can live life to the fullest. Heather believes that LIFEDesigns and the field of helping those with disabilities is rewarding as it humbles her to see a person with a challenge reach their goals and succeed in life. Heather loves that LIFEDesigns employees are dedicated to helping clients live life to the fullest. Heather credits her dear friend a former supervisor, Karin Campbell as one of her mentors. Karin encouraged Heather to follow her dream of going back to college for Human Resources and has been there to pick her up and give advice without judgement. Without her, Heather says she doesn’t know that she would be where she is today.
Stephanie Shelton, Development Director
Stephanie Shelton is the Director of Development and has been with LIFEDesigns since July of 2014. Stephanie double majored with a B.A and a B.S in Fine Arts and Equine Training and instruction. Stephanie has been working in the marketing and communications, event management, and client relations fields since 2007. She loves to be active as she plays golf with her husband, rides horses, and spends time with her two children. Stephanie loves that LIFEDesigns is all about raising people up by giving them the supports they need to live the life they choose. The non-profit culture gives her flexibility to feel like she can have a family and a career. Stephanie didn’t start her career in the non-profit sector. She began in the technology industry. Early in her career she worked with a brand manager who gave her opportunities and confidence that changed her career course.
Lisa VanDeventer, Director of Residential Service
Our agency believes that every individual deserves the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, including employment, continuing education and community participation. Lisa is responsible for providing supports, resources, and leadership to our agency’s supported living, supervised group living, service development and related areas of the organization.
Cindy Fleetwood, Director of Facilities
Cindy started working with LIFEDesigns in 1999. She has an MA in Telecommunications and an MS in Counseling Psychology. As Director of Facilities she is responsible for the management and oversight of all LIFEDesigns facilities and is a member of the housing development team. She oversees the physical maintenance and operations of buildings facilities, and building systems. She assists with planning and execution of all facilities construction, renovation and preventative maintenance. Cindy manages leases and budgets related to building and facilities. Cindy has earned the CAPS Designation (Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist) to assist persons with aging in their homes and the SCS Certification (Site Compliance Specialist). Cindy has completed the Permanent Supportive Housing Institute and received additional training in fair housing, low income housing tax credits, managing RHTC compliance, and creative aging.
Brandi Hamilton, Director of Community Service
Brandi Hamilton is the Director of Community Services and has been with LIFEDesigns since November 2006. She has a B.S in Recreation and Sports Management with an emphasis in Recreation Therapy from Indiana State University. She has over 20 years of experience in the disability field that started at Bradford Woods doing summer and outdoor education and eventually landed her here at LIFEDesigns! Brandi coaches her son’s soccer team and loves to watch her kids play sports. She loves to be around all people and enjoys helping other people find their passion and meet their goals. She has been fortunate to have several mentors in her life and career who pushed her to learn and grow. She also credits her sports coaches who taught her to work hard and not give up.
Renee Clevenger, Health Services Director
When humans experience illness in life, it is not uncommon for it to affect many aspects of their lives. It is my passion to provide healing, guidance and coordination of healthcare needs to all whom we serve. The focus on wellness through monitoring, education and guidance to ensure our clients are the “best selves” they can be.
I began my nursing career as a new LPN graduate working the midnight shift as a charge nurse in 2001. I returned to school to pursue my RN degree and accomplished this in 2015. Upon graduating and receiving my RN license, I was promoted to the DON of a large ICF/DD facility. I successfully revised and implemented corporate policies, as well as managing medical staff and departmental purchasing and served as the Program Director for the 105 hour Nurse Aide program. In my currently position I hold the title of Health Services Director. Even with the title, I prefer to be patient centered and focus on the Healthcare coordination aspects of the job. Health Care Coordination is an integrated plan which monitors health services that customers receive. HCC services are comprised of a number of strategies, approaches, and methodology. While LifeDesigns’ refers to its program as “Health Care Coordination” the services are designed to meet the needs of the individual.