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).
Our experienced case managers demonstrate their person-centered approach by:
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.
Kentucky Executive Director
2333 Alexandria Drive
Lexington, KY 40504
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Meet Our Kentucky Case Managers
Melinda: I have been in case management for the last 17 years. I started with the Columbus organization when they opened in Kentucky. Before that I worked at a SCL company as a case manager, supervisor, residential and day training staff which helped me pay my way through college. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. I am a mom of a 22 year old who is a senior in college that will be graduating from the same school in May. I am also a dog mom of a shitzu and a pitbull.
Dustin: Dustin has been a Case Manager for 10 years, 2 of those years with the Columbus Organization. Prior to Case Management, Dustin was a program specialist supporting people with IDD in Ohio. Dustin has a drive and dedication to provide the highest level of supports and advocation in the IDD field. While supporting people as a program Specialist, Dustin obtained his Bachelors degree from Indiana University. Dustin is married and has two children, a boy and girl. He enjoys spending time with family who lives in many different states, playing guitar, hiking and going to sporting events.
Faith: Hi my name is Faith. I was born in Alaska but was raised in Kentucky. I currently reside in Corbin, Kentucky. I am a mother to 3 children and also have a goddaughter whom I spend a lot of time with. I graduated from Eastern Kentucky university with a BS in Psychology, and a MS from Walden university. I started off in Supports for Community Living being a direct support professional and then ended up being a director before moving over to case management. My hobbies include dog rescue, and I currently a proud dog mom of 5 rescue dogs.
Jessica: Jessica has a combined twelve hands-on years in the IDD field working both in case management and in direct care roles. Prior to working in case management, Jessica worked as a direct care specialist while earning her Master’s in Education – Mental Health Counseling Degree from Lindsey Wilson College. She is devoted to advocating for individuals that she supports. Jessica enjoys traveling, reading, spending time outdoors, camping, and music.
Malissa: Malissa has spent the last 1.5 years as a case manager with the Columbus Organization but has been in the field for 13 years. She enjoys and is fully committed to advocating and case managing her Columbus caseload of individuals. Malissa enjoys spending time with her family. =
James: James has worked in the field for seven years, joining the Columbus team in April of 2018. Prior to beginning work in the case management field in October of 2012, James spent 28.5 years advocating and educating students in the Kentucky public school system. Throughout his career, James worked as a part-time college instructor, special education teacher, special education coordinator, guidance counselor and coach of various sports. James enjoys spending time attending sporting events and traveling with his family (wife, twin sons and daughter). Each of his children has participated in both school and amateur athletic sports. In addition, James continues to be of service to his church as well as donating time to community events. James states, “It is very important to share with others the blessings God has given him”.
Misty: I am a case manager and joined the Columbus team in May 2018 from Cornerstone Case Management. I have been providing case management services in the IDD field for 14 years beginning my career at the local comprehensive care center, Adanta. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree (Criminal Justice) from Eastern Kentucky University and after working in a residential home as a direct support staff found that providing good quality supports and services to my clients and their families is my desire which is why I remain in the IDD field today. I have been married for 17 ½ years and have one teenage daughter. My husband is a pastor and as a family we are very active in the church and community as well as spending the remainder of our time enjoying our daughter’s remaining youth as she is involved in school sports, various clubs, and other after school activities.
Jessica: Jessica is a Case Management Supervisor and has spent the last four years providing case manager services through The Columbus Organization and Commonwealth Case Management. Prior to case management, Jessica was the Quality Assurance Coordinator of a provider agency. While working on her BSW, Jessica worked as a direct support professional through day training, residential, respite, and Community Living Support services. I love the people that I support and they are the reason I have remained in this field for almost ten years. Jessica enjoys spending her evenings and weekends with her two children, Layla and Gage.
Jana: Jana has been a Case Manager with the Columbus Organization since May, 2018, and has over 30 years of experience in the I/DD field. Jana is committed to providing quality services to her clients through Participant Directed Services. Jana lives on a farm and enjoys spending time with her family.
Jessica: Jessica has worked 5 years in the I/DD field including direct care, records management and as a case manager. She has also served as a coach for Special Olympics. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and married soon after graduating. Jessica and her husband have a daughter and live in Berea, KY , but her caseload takes her to several other areas. She has always had a passion for working with people. Jessica says “People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have a place in my heart and I enjoy discovering their abilities, not focusing on their disabilities”.
Carnetta: I have been a case manager for 10 years in Pulaski county and surrounding areas. My Bachelor’s degree is in Counseling/Human Services from Lindsey Wilson College. I enjoy being a case manager and advocating for my participants. I am a mother of two children and two grandchildren. Carnetta’s hobbies are music, reading, and dancing.
Angela: I joined the Columbus team in May of 2018. I have a combined 16 years of service in the IDD field. I have 12 years in case management and four years in direct care services. My case management career started with Adanta (local comprehensive care center) and I then moved to Cornerstone Case Management. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services & Counseling with Lindsey Wilson College. I enjoy advocating for and serving my clients and their families. I am married and have two grown children. I enjoy spending time with my family camping and vacationing. I enjoy swimming, fishing, gardening, car shows, and reading. I attend Harmony Fellowship Church. I am active with my church family and help out with children’s church for preschoolers.
Christy: Christy has 14 years experiences in the IDD field. Her passion for supporting those diagnosed with Intellectual Disabilities began while providing direct care. She has held various positions in the IDD field including Supported Employment Specialist Supervisor, Program Director and Case Manager. Christy is excited to be a part of The Columbus Organization team. She has the desire to serve and advocate for others.
Tracy: I am a Billing Specialist for Kentucky, and have been with Columbus since May 01, 2018. I have 32 years of experience working with people who have intellectual disabilities, mostly in the management field. I retired from my state job in 2011 at the age of 40! After retiring from my state job I continued to work part-time billing for Kentucky. I love to travel, spend time with my family and my fur babies Maddy, a miniature schnauzer and Miss Kitty, Norwegian cat. I have been married to my husband Tony for 11 years and I have one daughter, Jade.
Megan: IDD Case Manager Megan has been working in the Kentucky IDD field for almost 10 years, just recently joining the Columbus team in August 2019. Megan started her journey years ago as a direct support professional to adults with IDD. She worked for an IDD agency with many direct support and administrative duties, eventually becoming the Program Director. During her years providing supports, Megan studied at night towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Kaplan University and eventually moved on to supporting participants and families through case management. Megan has been providing case management services collectively for 2.5 years. Megan is a mother of two who enjoys watching her children’s sporting events, reading, crafting, and spending time with her family. Megan is compassionate and caring and looks forward to providing case management services to participants and families in Kentucky.
Leslie: Hi, my name is Leslie. I joined the Columbus Organization in January of 2020. Prior to that I worked as a case manager for 8 years for another case management agency and worked at an ICF/MR for 7 years. I earned my Bachelor’s of Integrated Studies from Murray State University. I enjoy helping others and look forward to advocating for families in Western Kentucky. I am a mother to two amazing little boys. I enjoy watching my son’s sporting events, traveling, crafting, embroidering, and spending time with my family.
Robert: Robert has worked in the field of psychology for over 25 years as a professor of psychology, Director of Psychology, and most recently in community mental health. He earned a BA in Psychology-Minor in Social Work from Morehead State University, MA-Major Psychology from Union College, Rank 1 Graduate Certificate from Union College, and Ph.D. in General Psychology from Capella University. Robert’s professional interests include subjects such as exceptionality research, positive psychology, and team approaches to help others reach their highest potential. His hobbies include home renovation and international foods.
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