Russell Bonnano, 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, Outgoing 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.
Amy Joslin, Incoming HR Director
Amy has been with LIFEDesigns for a little over 22 years. From 1998 to 2003, Amy has worked as a Medical Coordinator, Team Manager and QMRP at the Winslow and Dunn group homes. Recently, she has been promoted as Director of Human Resources! Amy has always felt that her team was made up of likeminded individuals, who share passion to support those around them, whether it be a client or team member. She has met and worked with many amazing individuals over the years and has had the opportunity to watch the agency and clients grow with achieving milestones along the way. Additionally, Amy’s hopes and wishes for the agency is for it to continue being a leader in the non-profit field by providing excellent care and services to our beloved clients.
Kristen King, Director of Community Relations
Kristen has always been an advocate for individuals with disabilities. As the Director of Community Relations, Kristen’s job entails managing the Development Department and Communications Departments. Kristen is a Chamber Ambassador and Faculty Advisor for Kiwanis Aktion Club of LIFEDesigns. Kristen, though, is a jack of all trades and consistently goes above and beyond to enrich the lives of our clients. She makes it her mission to know the clients personally and often works extra DSP shifts to help cover other employees.
Lisa VanDeventer, Director of Residential Services
As the Director of Residential Services, 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. She has many years of direct experience working with individuals with disabilities and because she has worked her way up into leadership, she has a great deal of knowledge that helps support our Services Team.
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 Services
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.
Desiree Branaman, Continuous Quality Improvement Manager
Desiree joined LIFEDesigns in 2018 after completing her Master’s of Public Affairs from IU’s Paul H. O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs in May 2018. Desiree began her career in the public sector with the State of Indiana’s Bureau of Developmental Disability Services where she worked to determine eligibility of new applicants to the FSW and CIH waiver programs, served as the first point of contact for emergency CIH requests, and conducted quality assurance visits on new CIH waiver clients. Desiree left the State in 2015 to continue her education at a graduate level, with one “pit stop” along the way. Desiree applied and was accepted for an English teaching position in Mokpo-si, South Korea, where she taught English as a second language at a Primary school for one year, which she says was one of the most rewarding and exciting years of her life. Desiree returned to Bloomington in 2016 to begin graduate school.
At LIFEDesigns, Desiree is responsible for compliance of all State and Federal regulations, incident reporting, follow up and investigation, administration of the Human Rights Committee for LIFEDesigns, and project management of quality improvement projects. Desiree loves her job because even on a bad day, a visit with one of the individual’s we serve can lift her spirits and remind her how much she loves the work that she does.