How We Came to Be!
- A.I.D. of Indiana, LLC was founded February 12, 2016 by Maria “Joy” Booth and Christina Hall opening it’s first 24 hour setting on June 30, 2016 after becoming an approved Medicaid Waiver provider through the State of Indiana. This partnership began as an idea and a desire to see a positive residential program that empowered the Individual’s served and its employees to gain independence in a compassionate and positive environment. We pride ourselves on our ethical standards and our determination to always do what is right! This partnership brings together multiple areas of expertise and over 25 combined years of experience in the Medicaid Waiver Program in the Fort Wayne, IN area! All programs under this name have received a 3 year CARF accreditation in 2017!
- A.I.D. Behavior Management was founded as a sister company on April 4, 2017 by Christina Hall and Maria “Joy” Booth. With the same mission and vision as A.I.D. of Indiana we hope to create a behavior therapy program that focuses on the quality of services through appropriate support and intervention. We think outside the box to find solutions to all challenging behaviors.
Joy Booth — CFO
Joy Booth, co-owner and founder of A.I.D. of Indiana, LLC and A.I.D. Behavior Management has been a licensed nurse for 15 years primarily working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Joy is a proven leader as a Nurse Manager and medical supervisor and at AID has the role of CFO where she oversees all financial planning and management of the business operations. She attended Indiana-Purdue University, graduating from Ivy Tech and going on to graduate from Indiana Institute of Technology with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on Health Care Administration. Joy is a proud advocate for health care workers and Individuals with IDD and dual diagnosis. She has been a member of the DDNA throughout her career and has taught LIC through other Medicaid Waiver providers for over 9 years. Joy looks forward to helping the advancement and development of employees along with providing a safe and positive environment that will benefit the health and well-being of the Individuals that A.I.D. serves.
Christina Hall, MA — CEO
Christina Hall, co-owner and founder of A.I.D. of Indiana and A.I.D. Behavior Management began working with Individual’s with Intellectual Disabilities as a direct care staff in a Medicaid Waiver home in 2006; while earning her Bachelor’s degree in Human Services in 2012 from Indiana Institute of Technology. She continued her employment with the same residential provider holding positions such as; Team Lead, Program Coordinator/QIDP, Operations Manager, and Director of Supported Living. In May 2015 Christina resigned from the position of Director of Supported Living after serving in this position for 4 years. She transitioned into a role as a Behavior Consultant as part of the Medicaid Waiver Program upon earning her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis with a certificate in Autism Treatment from Ball State University in 2015. Throughout the positions that she has held in her career; Christina has gained valuable skills and knowledge of all areas of providing excellent services to Individual’s in a residential and community setting. Christina is a proven leader in providing exceptional residential services and strives to maintain a cohesive team working towards the same goal while maintaining a positive and supportive environment! Christina believes in the success of everyone; the person served and the employee!
Sherrie A. Handshoe has a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice, a Master's Degree in Social Work and is a licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is passionate and dedicated to advocate for individuals with disabilities. Sherrie’s primary focus is to build relationships that develop with others, their unique and authentic voice for articulating personal goals. She does this by facilitating the necessary support and planning for attaining goals. As a result, their lives become more manageable and enjoyable. Sherrie is ready to take on any of the challenges that individuals face I their lives. She approaches these task with compassion toward meaningful life solutions that are found by working together in a safe environment.
Sherrie has an extensive background in working with many individuals with varied characteristics. She has provided behavior management services in the northeast and central areas of Indiana since March, 2009. Sherrie spent nine years working with juveniles in a facility and group home setting. She has had much success in working with extremely high behavioral individuals.
Sherrie loves learning, she continues to actively seek new knowledge, and she continues to expand her skills. She is extremely knowledgeable on interventions that assist individuals in becoming successful in their daily lives. Today, Sherrie is the Director of Behavior Management for AID of Indiana. She joined our team July 24th, 2017.
Sherrie Handshoe, MSW, LCSW
Director of Behavior Management
Chris Dyban is new to the A.I.D. of Indiana team and super-excited to start working with individuals, families and caregivers as a Behavior Consultant. She brings both personal and professional experience in working with individuals who have ID/DD (over 20 years of experience without telling too much about her age!) She started out in the field as a direct support staff working with the special needs population and have continued working in some capacity throughout the pursuit of her Master's degree in Social Work. She is a strong advocate of self-determination and independence and strives to encourage these characteristics with everyone she serves. In her free time, she has fun with her family and three rambunctious dogs. She is a lover of nature so we are likely to find her hiking or kayaking when this crazy Indiana weather permits.
She also loves music, art and staying active in the Fort Wayne community. She looks forward to being a part of the great work being done through A.I.D. of Indiana!
Valerie McKain, the Director of Human Resources, comes to A.I.D. of Indiana with years of human resources and disability-related experience. Valerie believes in helping others find their passion and place in the world. She enjoys working with the A.I.D. staff to achieve the mission and vision of the company! Valerie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University. In her spare time, Valerie enjoys spending time with her husband, James and 4 active children.
Director of Human Resources
Avis Hayden is the Human Resource/Training Coordinator at AID of Indiana. She joined AID in May of 2016. Her initial position at AID was the Community Engagement Manager. The first year, her responsibilities included coordinating, scheduling, providing and monitoring CHIO, PAC, and Respite services that were provided to clients who lived in the community throughout Northern Indiana. Following that successful adventure, Avis was asked to assist with coordinating training new hires of AID of Indiana. She is currently assisting with organizing an improved Human Resource department while continuing to spearhead the training department.
Avis began working with the ID/DD population in 1999 at a small 72 bed ICF ICFMR in Auburn, Indiana. She started as a Direct Support Specialist and was quickly promoted through the ranks. Eventually, Avis became an Individual Service Coordinator and this position consisted of assisting residents living in the facility to transition into waiver services. Avis also continued working with the ID population.
Avis looks forward to all the new and exciting adventures that come with supporting a cause and a program that she truly believes in.
Human Resources and Training Coordinator
Nicole Harrington joined us in October, 2017 bringing with her nine years working with individuals with disabilities and dual diagnosed children and families. After obtaining her bachelor of science degree in Public and Environmental Affairs, Nicole has worked in the capacity of a case manager, serving intellectually disabled individuals and their families. Nicole is very passionate and is an advocate for the individuals she works with, ensuring their rights are not impeded upon. She has great knowledge about behaviors, behavior support plans and interventions. Nicole has worked with dual diagnosed children and adults, implementing positive outlook on their lives. She helped families find the resources needed to be successful in the parenting skills, money management, and implementing positive reachable goals for the family to become a solid unit. Nicole has experience working in a human resource and program designer in the waiver field. Also, Nicole has worked with troubled children and dysfunctional families, drug addicts, and those less fortunate.
Nicole strives to set an amazing example, be a positive role model and display good work ethic for her two children. She feels no challenge is too hard to obtain and will work together with others to find a solution.
Quality Assurance Manager
Wendy has been married to her wonderful husband for 4 years and has 2 children and a big brown dog. She enjoys gardening, going for long walks, camping, and most of all spending time with her family. She graduated with her RN degree in 2012. She has worked as a home health nurse and in a hospital. She has been with AID since October 2016 and I love working for AID. It is a great place to work with wonderful co-workers who care, and wonderful Individuals.
She has been married for a loooooooooong time. She has a daughter and 2 granddaughters who are very precious to me. She grew up on a farm and still lives on a farm. She enjoys gardening and flowers and also taking care of my granddaughters. She has also been an LPN for a loooooooong time. She have been a nurse in several different fields, but working for AID has been the most rewarding. She does physical assessments for the Individuals at AID. She enjoys working with the Individuals and loves the staff she works with as well. She appreciates what the owners instill in this company to make everyone feel like a family.