LIFEDesigns Community Conversation Podcasts

Community Conversations

Listen to podcasts on interesting topics like nutrition, budgeting, wellness, and more. These community conversations promote healthy and independent living for everyone. 

Healthy Eating on a Budget Podcast
Healthy Sleep Podcast
Nutrition & Weight Management Podcast

Have a topic you would like to hear more about? Please send requests to New podcasts will be scheduled upon request. 



LIFEDesigns First Ever Talent Show


Congratulations to all of the participants of this event. Everyone had a great time! Follow this link to the YouTube video of the event.

LIFEDesigns hosted its first ever Talent Show on July 18, 2014.

The talent show was a lot of fun for nearly 80 people who attended as well as the participants in 9 acts. The co-hosts Zakk On-Air from B97’s Afternoon Juice and Jake May from Bloomington’s own South High School were also great entertainment for the evening. If you missed this amazing show, you should certainly take the time to follow the link and watch this video. Some of the acts included “25 Songs in 3 Minutes”, Celine Dion “That’s the Way it Is”, Johnny Cash “Walk the Line”, and much more. 

We would like to give a special “Thank You” to Jake May, who orchestrated this entire event. Others we would like to thank for making this event a success are co-host Zakk from B97’s Afternoon Juice, Roman Chrzanowski from RomaX Motion Pictures Production, Bloomington South High School, and WBWB-FM B97. 


LIMITED TIME Sign on Bonus!

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For a LIMITED TIME only, LIFEDesigns is offering a sign on bonus to Direct Support Professionals after successful completion of orientation.

LIFEDesigns is currently accepting applications for Direct Support Professionals in Bloomington, Ellettsville, Spencer, Bedford, Nashville, & Columbus, IN. 

Working at LIFEDesigns, you can expect competitive wages, excellent benefits, great working conditions, and rewarding experiences. The positions offer flexible hours: daytime, evenings, weekends, and overnights available; part-time or full-time. Being a leading agency in the field, LIFEDesigns offers amazing opportunities for growth and development!

Direct Support Professionals support individuals of all abilities as they work towards independence. Direct Support Professionals support our customers to live meaningful lives including areas of finance, shopping, community activities, employment, and other opportunities. 

Interested? Apply on our Careers page, or call HR (812) 332-9615 for more information.

Annual Awards a HUGE Success!


(above is a picture of Susan Rinne, our CEO, with the 2013-2014 LIFEDesigns’ Board of Directors. Pictured here from left to right: (front row) Rachelle Bennett, Kara Raegan, Susan Rinne, Vonnie Peischl, Ginger Thomas (back row) Becky Wann, Aaron Smith, Jim Krause, Brian O’Neill, Logan Good, Michael Carmin, Jennie Todd. Not pictured: Fred Roedl, Bill Atkinson.)

LIFEDesigns Celebrates the Accomplishments of
Employees, Customers and Volunteers at the 2014 Annual Awards Celebration

LIFEDesigns, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Annual Awards Ceremony was held on May 28th at the Seasons Lodge in Nashville, IN. With more than 200 people in attendance, it was a huge success! These supporters came together to demonstrate a commitment to partnering with people with disabilities to bring about self-directed and enriched lives by offering opportunities for people to work and live in communities that are inclusive. 


Adria Nassim, Adria’s Village

At the event, LIFEDesigns celebrated the success of the agency and accomplishments of staff, customers, volunteers, donors and community members in 2013. The theme for the evening was T.E.A.M. – Together Everyone Achieves More. Guest Speaker, Adria Nassim of Adria’s Village, spoke about keeping the individual with the disability at the forefront of all decision making. Our customers are always the main focus of the team. Adria said, “There IS an “I” in team…it’s me!” as she rallied everyone in the room to always remember to keep the focus on the person with the disability that the team is there to support. She directed her comments to parents first, then staff, then the individuals themselves. She spoke about the “toolkit” everyone who works with people with disabilities should have, emphasizing that communicating and listening to the person is the most important tool. Adria has autism and has a B.A. in Marketing. She works in marketing currently and also speaks to many different audiences about how they can support individuals like her. To find out more about Adria and the work she does or to book her for a speaking engagement or a training, please visit her website: You can also find her on Facebook by searching for Adria’s Village.

Many people were recognized for the work they did with and for LIFEDesigns in 2013. The winners of this year’s LIFEDesigns Awards were:

  • Optimism Award – Patty Parker
  • Lois Edwards Memorial Award- Bryan Hall
  • Community Service Awards – Jake May and Brandi Hamilton
  • Day-Morgan Employee Recognition Award- Matt Brookshire
  • DSP of the Year Award – Allison Strang
  • Supervisor of the Year Award – Caitlyn Bryan
  • Team of the Year Award – Fairlawn
  • Bob Magee Volunteer of the Year Memorial Award- Nancy Szakaly

Becky Wann

LIFEDesigns’ Stewardship Award went to Becky Wann. Becky is a local RE/MAX realtor in town who has graciously donated her professional assistance on the purchase of our Winslow office in 2013. She was instrumental in that transaction and it would not have been completed without her. She was also a sponsor of the LIFEDesigns Homeward Bound Walk Team. Becky was also one of the founding members of the Art of Chocolate, LIFEDesigns’ largest annual fundraising. She has stayed involved with that event ever since its inception. She is a board member, currently the Treasurer, and has been a strong supporter for many years. Her continued support of LIFEDesigns and our customers shows her dedication to our agency and the work we do in our communities.

LIFEDesigns celebrated the service of many staff members, including Susan Rinne, Nancy Crandall, Joseph Connor and Andrew Scheerer, who each received awards for 15 years of service. Lori Nei, Timothy Baer, Erwin Punzalan and Lisa VanDeventer, each received awards for 10 years of service. There were more than 30 people who received awards for 5 years of service and more than 20 people who received awards for 2 years of service. There were more than 100 people, including customers, staff and volunteers who received Certificates of Excellence for being nominated to receive an award and showing excellence in 2013.


Logan Good

The evening was sponsored exclusively by Logan Good, registered representative of Western and Southern Life. Logan is a board member and strong supporter of the work LIFEDesigns does in the community with individuals with disabilities. Thanks Logan!

CONTACT: Susan Rinne, or 800-875-9615 for more information or to schedule interviews with awards winners or staff. Pictures of the event will also available upon request or also on Facebook!

DUE May 12th – Nominations for Awards


We want to say THANK YOU!

1635Nominate customers, staff and volunteers to recognize them for the work they have done for us in 2013:

LIFEDesigns’ Annual Awards Nomination Form 2014 and Awards Guidelines and Descriptions 2014

And don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Annual Awards Ceremony held in Nashville, IN at the Season Lodge Wednesday, May 28th! Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00pm and the Program will begin at 6:45pm. This year we will have special guest Adira Nassim.

It is time to recognize the people who have been instrumental in LIFEDesigns’ success this past year. Have you nominated someone yet?

This year’s LIFEDesigns Annual Awards Ceremony 2014 will be held in
Nashville, IN at The Seasons Lodge on Wednesday, May 28th at 6:00pm

An invitation will follow shortly, but right now we need your help nominating customers, staff and volunteers for the work they have done in 2013 for LIFEDesigns.

Please review the nomination form and think about those individuals who have made a difference to LIFEDesigns. Nominate as many people as you’d like by making copies of the form, filling it out completely for each nominee, and returning it to LIFEDesigns by Friday, May 9, 2014 EXTENDED to Monday, May 12th! Remember, all nominees will be recognized during the Annual Awards Ceremony. LIFEDesigns Leadership Team, a group comprised of customers, Direct Service Professionals, and other staff members will appoint a sub-committee to review the nominations and determine which nominees shall receive the awards.

The link to the form is above. Please save the form to your computer and then e-mail it as an attachment to srinne (at) You can also bring it to LIFEDesigns at 200 E. Winslow Rd, Bloomington, IN 47401 or 1531 13th St., Suite 2530, Columbus, IN 47201. You may also fax forms to LIFEDesigns at (812) 332-1186. Nomination forms are DUE no later than Friday, May 9th EXTENDED to Monday, May 12th!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us via phone at (800) 875-9615. You may also e-mail your questions of concerns to Suzi at srinne (at) Thanks in advance for helping us identify the volunteers, staff, and customers who deserve some extra special attention!

With appreciation,

Leslie Abshier, Development