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Case Management in Kentucky

The Columbus Organization Appoints New Executive State Director in Kentucky

Since 2012, The Columbus Organization has been committed to serving the citizens of Kentucky with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Through our caring services, the individuals and families we support have more choice, personal power, and control of their lives. We believe individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be valued and given the same opportunities to reach their potential as those without disabilities.

The Columbus Organization provides these services statewide to individuals being supported through various waivers including the Supports for Community Living (SCL) and the Michelle P. Waiver (MPW).

Services

Our experienced case managers demonstrate their person-centered approach by:

  • Listening
  • Using people first language
  • Encouraging self-advocacy
  • Supporting individuals to maintain and realize meaningful relationships, both at home and in the community.

Your collaborative case management success depends on the relationships and communication between all agencies sharing services. We demonstrate this belief by being responsive, supportive, dependable, and professional.

Contact Us

Johnny Callebs
Kentucky Executive Director
Phone: 800-229-5116
Email: jwcallebs@columbusorg.com

2333 Alexandria Drive
Lexington, KY 40504


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Get to Know Our Kentucky Case Management Team

 

Johnny CallebsJohnny W. Callebs, MSW, Executive State Director-Kentucky

Why I joined Columbus: I joined the Columbus team in 2017 to be part of a growing company that puts an emphasis on professionalism at every level.  The home office, flexible schedule and benefits are a few more reasons I decided Columbus would be a great place to work.  

How I explain Columbus to others: I tell them the focus is on helping all people to have a meaningful life.  This is the mission that drives the efforts of everyone at Columbus.

Experience: I have worked in the field of disabilities since 1988, most recently as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Association of Private Providers (KAPP) during which I helped lead the effort to secure a 10% SCL rate increase for waiver providers.  Serving in a variety of roles, I have worked to protect children from abuse and neglect, advocated for the rights of adults in the state guardianship system, developed and supervised regulatory functions for Kentucky’s Supports for Community Living Waiver and served as the Regional/Executive Director for an all-service waiver provider and foster care provider for almost sixteen years.

I have participated as a member of several community and professional organizations including the American Network of Community Options and Resources, Children’s Alliance of Kentucky, Mortality Review Advisory Committee at DBHDID, and held leadership positions on the Council on Elder Maltreatment Prevention, Kentucky Guardianship Association and the Medicaid Technical Advisory Committee for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Outside of Columbus: I am a native Kentuckian and live in Lexington with my wife of 33 years and our two puggles, George and Henry.  We have two adult children who live in Lexington and Nashville.  I enjoy, tennis, UK Basketball, music and walking.  

Education: BS Sociology, Eastern Kentucky University  | MSW, University of Kentucky.

Contact: Jwcallebs@columbusorg.com

Dustin Anderson photoDustin Anderson, Case Manager

Experience: I have been a Case Manager in Kentucky since 2009. I provided Case Management through Commonwealth Case Management until the Columbus Organization acquired Commonwealth Case Management on 9/1/17. 

How I explain Columbus to others: Columbus Organization is an organization that provides the highest quality Case Managers to ensure optimal services are provided. 

Outside of Columbus: I am married with two children and I enjoy traveling and playing guitar in my spare time. 

Education:  BS, Indiana University  Contact: dkanderson@columbusorg.com

photo of Jana BurtonJana S. Burton, Case Manager

Why I joined Columbus: I became a Case Manager and joined The Columbus Organization with a strong desire to make a positive difference in functionally and mentally disabled people’s lives.  I have a high work ethic and as a mother of a challenged son, I understand the hardships families face from childhood through adulthood.  

How I describe Columbus to others: The Columbus Organization is a large company which allows them the resources to provide over-site and quality care for their clients.  The Columbus Organization strives to be the best in their field and has wonderful case managers that are dedicated to their clients.

Experience: I have 33 years of experience as a Direct Support Professional as well as being Certified in Brain Development.  I have been involved in Waiver Services for over 12 years and specialize in Participant Directed Services – Personal Assistance through Supports for Community Living in the state of Kentucky.  

Outside of Columbus: I enjoy my family of four which includes a step-grandchild I am raising after the death of my step-daughter.  I enjoy water activities, family fun, animals, and Christmas!

Education: BS in Business Administration and Office Management (Emphasis in Management and Human Resource), Cumberland College Associate Degree in Legal Secretary and Office Administration, Somerset Community College                                                                            Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional, Certified in Child Brain Development by The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential

Contact: jburton@columbusorg.com 

Angela Coots photoAngela Coots, Case Manager 

Experience: I have been a case manager since 2007 with SCL and MPW Waiver clients. I spent 14 years as a case manager and 4 years in direct care services.

How I explain Columbus to others:  I describe Columbus as a wonderful place to work for and enjoy the benefits and the flexibility with working from home.  I like my supervisors and they are very helpful if I need assistance with anything. 

Outside of Columbus: I am a wife and mother of two. I recently celebrated the arrival of my first grandchild!  I enjoy camping with my husband, spending time with my family, going to church, and swimming.

Education: BS Human Services & Counseling,  Lindsey Wilson College  Contact: acoots@columbusorg.com 

Carnetta Collins photoCarnetta Collins, Case Manager, Human Resources/Counseling 

Why I joined Columbus: The case management company I worked for was bought out by Columbus Organization. I have enjoyed working for Columbus and enjoy being a case manager.

Experience:I have worked as a case manager for 15 years and enjoy my job and working in the field that I do. I enjoy the population that I work with and feel  like I am giving back to society and fulfilling a purpose.

Outside of Columbus: I am a mother of two children and two grandchildren. I have worked all of my life and enjoy going to the beach and reading books. 

Education: BS in Counseling and Human Services, Lindsey Wilson College  Contact: ccollins@columbusorg.com

photo of Megan DavidsonMegan Davidson, Case Manager

Experience: I have been working with adults and children with disabilities for almost 15 years, joining the Columbus team in 2019. I  started my journey years ago as a direct caregiver to adults with IDD and eventually became the Program Director of the agency. I aspired to assist people more and began providing case management in 2016 to assist others in reaching their goals.

Why I joined Columbus: I joined Columbus because I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives, helping them navigate the world and assist them in becoming their most independent self. 

How I describe Columbus to others: Columbus as a great company that is dedicated to putting our clients health, safety, and well-being first. Our company strives to ensure that our clients and families are well-informed and provides assistance to navigate a more inclusive lifestyle. 

Outside of Columbus: I am a married mother of two who enjoys reading, trail riding in KY, watching my children’s sports, and spending time with my family. I also teach Children’s Sunday School at my Church.

Education: BS Human Services, Child and Family Welfare, Kaplan University   Contact: mwdavidson@columbusorg.com

Misty Hayes photoMisty Hayes, Case Manager

Experience:I have been providing case management services in the IDD field for approximately 17 years. I began my career as a direct support staff in a residential home at the comprehensive care center, Adanta, before beginning to provide case management.

Why I joined Columbus: I joined Columbus in 2018 when they took over Cornerstone Case Management. 

How I describe Columbus to others: I describe Columbus as an organization that is driven and focused on providing excellence in care to the persons, they serve to ensure they are living their best quality of life.

Outside of Columbus: Along with my husband and teenage daughter, I enjoy being active in our church and community as well as watching and traveling to my daughter’s school sporting events.

Education: BS in Criminal Justice, Eastern Kentucky University  Contact:mhayes@columbusorg.com

Robert Hayes photoRobert Hayes, Case Manager

Experience: I have worked in social services for over 20 years as a Professor of Psychology, Program Director,  Prevention Specialist, and now Case Manager.

Why I joined Columbus: I joined the Columbus Organization because of the caring and dynamic advocacy for persons  diagnosed with exceptionalities. 

How I describe Columbus to others: The Columbus Organization attracts professionals possessing a wide range of experiences, intellect, and  backgrounds all working together for the betterment of client’s lives. 

Outside of Columbus: I enjoy networking in the community, taking classes, and meeting new people. 

Education: Ph.D., Harold Able School of Psychology, Capella University | MA and Rank 1, Union College  | B.A., Morehead State University

Christy Kemper photoChristy Kemper, Case Manager

Experience: I have 15 years’ experience in the IDD field. My passion began while providing direct care. I have held various positions in the IDD field including Direct Care Professional, Supported Employment Specialist Supervisor, Program Director of Day Training, Community Access, Supported Employment and Residential Level I services. I have 6 years’ experience in Case Management. 

Why I joined Columbus: I joined the Columbus Organization because I have the desire to serve individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

How I describe Columbus to others: The Columbus Organization’s mission is to assist children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities achieve independence through a life that is meaningful to them. The Columbus Organization provides Case Management services statewide to individuals being supported through various waivers including the Supports for Community Living (SCL) and the Michelle P. Waiver (MPW). 

Outside of Columbus: I enjoy spending time with my family, two children and husband. In my spare time, I enjoy  the outdoors-kayaking, boating, fishing, and swimming. I have spent three years volunteering as a youth Sunday School Teacher. 

Education: BS, Human Services and Counseling, Lindsey Wilson College   Contact: bckemper@columbusorg.com

Melinda Lewis photoMelinda Lewis, Case Manager

Experience:  I have worked in this field for over 20 years. I started in college as residential staff and day center staff. Went to a day training supervisor then became a case manager. 

Why I joined Columbus: My company was purchased from Columbus when they came to the Kentucky area.

How I describe Columbus to others: Columbus works with others to help them achieve their goals that they have set for themselves.

Education: BS from Eastern Kentucky University Contact:mlewis@columbusorg.com

photo of Jessics MeadorsJessica Meadors, Case Manager

Experience: I have worked with the IDD population since 2007. I began my career at Oakwood and moved to Case Management on 2010. I am an advocate for  individuals and enjoys being able to assist in anyway I can.

How I explain Columbus to others: I explain Columbus to others as a conflict free case manager for the scl waiver in KY. I assist with managing individuals waiver program and monitor for health safety and welfare of the individual throughout all service providers 

Outside of Columbus:I am married and have 2 small kids at home whom I love spending time with. I enjoy being outside and like hiking, camping and traveling to new places. 

Education: BS, University of Louisville  | MS, Lindsey Wilson College in human and health services  Contact: jmeadors@columbusorg.com

Jessica Paris photo

Jessica Paris, Case Manager Supervisor

Experience: I have been providing Case Management service for over six years. I have worked in he IDD field as a Direct Support Professional and Quality Assurance Coordinator for the las decade.

Why I Joined Columbus: I joined Columbus when they first came to KY because they cared! They cared about us as their employees, but more importantly they cared about the people that we get the privilege to support. 

How I describe Columbus to others: I would describe Columbus to others as an agency that cares and stands about their quality! They ensure that the people we get to support have the best quality of services possible. 

Outside of Columbus: I enjoy spending my free time with my husband and two children.

Education: BSW, Campbellsville University  Contact: Jparis@columbusorg.com

photo of Melanie ParsonsMelanie Thacker Parsons, Case Manager Supervisor

Experience: I have been working in the IDD field for over 20 years. I began as a case manager and I have been a program director, supervisor and  filled a quality assurance role through the years as an IDD professional. I  joined The Columbus Organization in 2020 and returned to my first love in the field, being a case manager. 

Why I joined Columbus: I had been working in another field and this was a way to return to the field that I love–Disability Services. I have worked in different areas of this field and case management was always where my heart was and where I started. This was an opportunity to return to it.

How I explain Columbus to others:Columbus is a group of like-minded people who believe in providing the best supports and services to a people with disabilities and other needs. This population is often vulnerable and devalued but we at Columbus want to teach and advocate for these folks so that they receive the best supports that can be had in their state.

Outside of Columbus: I am a  lifelong farmer. My husband and I now operate our family’s  farm in Rockcastle County, Kentucky where I have lived my entire life. I love to raise a garden of vegetables and each year I have a large flower garden of pollinator flowers.

Education:BS Psychology, Eastern Kentucky University | MA Applied Behavior Analysis, Ball State University 

Contact:mtparsons@columbusorg.com    

James Powell photoJames Powell, Case Manager

Experience  I served as a professional in the Kentucky Public Education Program for 28 ½ Years to include Teacher, Counselor and Special Education Director. When I retired in 2012, I became a case manager. 

How I explain Columbus to others: Columbus answers for all individual needs in all aspects of life

Outside of Columbus: I enjoy being involved in church, spending time with my family and playing golf.  

Education:  BS and Rank I in Counseling, 5th Year Program for Special Education Western Kentucky University                                                  MA Austin Peay State University

Contact:jpowell@columbusorg.com

Leslie Perdue photoLeslie Perdue Case Manager

Experience:  I have been a Case Manager for 10 years, joining The Columbus Organization in 2020. I began working in the field years ago at an ICF/MR. I enjoy helping others and continue to advocate for families in western Kentucky. 

Why I joined Columbus: I joined The Columbus Organization because I wanted to continue to pursue my love of working with others in a company that provides structure and advancement.

How I describe Columbus to others: I described The Columbus Organization to others as a caring company who is ready to go above and beyond to provide case management services and to be an advocate for the client.

Outside of Columbus: I am a mother of two boys and I enjoy spending my time watching their sporting events, traveling, crafting, and spending time with my family. 

Education: BIS, Murray State University  Contact: leperdue@columbusorg.com

Jennifer Schieber photoJennifer G. Schreiber, Case Manager

Experience: Throughout my life, I have had quite a bit of experience within this field. Since 2008, I have worked in  residential agencies, Day Training agencies, and I’ve been a case manager since the end of 2016.  I graduated from Southeast Halifax High School in North Carolina in 2004, and went into the Air Force  where I spent the next 4 years of my life. Once I left the Air Force, I began my career working with  Clients with Intellectual Disabilities. I have been in the field ever since

Why I joined Columbus: I joined the Columbus Organization because I felt that their morals and goals matched my own. I love to  help people and try to make lives easier for them. 

How I explain Columbus to others: When I talk to others about The Columbus Organization, I tell them that we are an organized, supportive  and caring agency. The Columbus Organization is also family oriented, professional and collaborative.

Outside of Columbus: I enjoy spending time with my family. I have a husband and a daughter. I also am  an Adult Foster Care Provider, and have two Foster clients that live with me, and have become a part of  my family as well. We love so spend time together, and before COVID we were out all the time,  shopping, going to Holiday World, and just spending time together. 

Education: BSW Murray State University   Contact: Jgschreiber@columbusorg.com

Rachael White photoRachael White, Case Manager

Experience: I have been a Case Manager for 8 years and prior to that worked as an paraeducator in a special needs classroom.

How I explain Columbus to others: The Columbus Organization is a Case Management agency with a wonderful reputation for helping others and going above and beyond for the participants we serve.

Outside of Columbus: I’m a mother of two teenagers and have two dogs. I enjoy spending time with family and crafting in my spare time.

Education: BS Psychology and Science

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