Leadership Team

Russell Bonanno, Chief Executive Officer

russRussell 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.

Cathy Martin, Chief Financial Officer

Cathy MartinCathy Martin, CPA joined us on 4/24 to fill those rather large shoes.  Cathy comes to us with 12 years of nonprofit accounting and more than that operating her own accounting business.  She is adjunct faculty at Ivy Tech teaching nonprofit accounting.

Cathy notes,  “It has been a very exciting first few days at LIFEDesigns!  I am very thankful to Nancy and the fiscal staff for all of their hard work.  Things running so smoothly will make my transition into the CFO position much easier.  I am very impressed with LIFEDesigns, our mission and all of the staff that I have had the opportunity to meet.  If we have not met, please stop by and say hi, and as always I will be happy to discuss all things fiscal.  I am excited to get started and look forward to being a part of the LIFEDesigns family!”

Heather Bagshaw, HR Director

Heather has worked in HR in many different professional fields in one capacity or another since 2001. She enjoys helping employees on a daily basis and specializes in benefits and payroll/compensation. She works for LIFEDesigns because of she enjoys working for an agency that supports its mission, vision, and values in so many different ways.  The staff at LIFEDesigns help the people they serve in all capacities and their dedication to the well-being of these people is beyond words.

Stephanie Shelton, Development Director

SShelton-1061Stephanie joined LIFEDesigns in July 2014. Stephanie comes to LIFEDesigns from a background in Event Management, Fundraising and Marketing. Stephanie grew up in Northern Indiana, but has been living and working in Bloomington since 2011. Stephanie enjoys being involved in the non-profit and disability fields and has volunteered for PALS since 2012. Here at LIFEDesigns, Stephanie builds partnerships with students, community members and businesses to build support for LIFEDesigns in the community. Stephanie enjoys being able to promote LIFEDesigns mission through all media. Stephanie attended Saint Mary of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana and received a BA in Fine Art and BS in Equine Training and Instruction. Stephanie is inspired to pursue a masters degree in future years.


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

My name is Brandi and I have been with LIFEDesigns since November 2006. I started as a Project Specialist for the School to Work project that assisted high school students with IEP’s who were at risk of dropping out of school. In November 2009, I moved into the Employment Department as an Employment Manager before moving into the Employment Director role in July 2011. I began supervising our day services in 2012 and coordinated our Kids LEAP summer program for two summers. Now I oversee both our Employment Department as well as our Community Education Departments in both Monroe and Bartholomew counties. I have a Bachelor of Science Degree in Recreation and Sport Management from Indiana State University and have 17 years of experience of working with individuals with disabilities. I am currently a member of APSE, INAPSE, INARF, Monroe/Owen Community Transition Council, and am now serving as co-chair for the Employment Supports Professional Interest Section with INARF. I love my job and have a passion for helping others and seeing them achieve their dreams.


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 customers 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.