Jodi knows nothing but Happiness Bag as far as her career is concerned.  A part of the organization as a volunteer since 1985, Jodi hired on in what was to be a “part-time summer position” in May 1986 and has been here ever since! Working every position from Direct Support Professional to Program Director (She’s also held the untitled positions of cook, chauffeur, floor scrubber, plumber, and everything in between). When Jodi was promoted to the position of Executive Director in the spring of 1998, the agency’s payroll supported only 12 employees, two Administrative staff, including her own position and 75 program participants.  Since that time, the agency has grown tremendously with a payroll topping 60 employees, an Administrative staff of six and services being provided to over 260 individuals. Jodi is currently responsible for the overall management of the organization, working closely with the volunteer Board of Directors to provide the guidance & teamwork to support the agency’s ever-growing population and mission.  In addition to the management of the agency, Jodi is directly responsible for new program development; grant writing; policy & procedure development; payroll; and, the administration of the agency’s budget.  Jodi is responsible for the maintenance of the agency’s accreditation and certification requirements for Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), Medicaid Waiver services, and the United Way of the Wabash Valley.  She also serves as the County Coordinator for the local Special Olympics program, the Director of Competition for Area 7 Special Olympics, and is a part of the state level management team for Special Olympics bowling. Jodi earned an Associate’s degree from Vincennes University and a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana State University.  She was member of the women’s basketball program at both schools, earning All American honors while at Vincennes.  

My Skills



Life is a one time offer, use it well!



Relating to others and being able to effectivly communicate is important when trying to foster relationships.



Better to bend than to break.