Director, Marsha J. Carey
Marsha J. Carey brings an entrepreneurial spirit, advanced knowledge in nonprofit leadership, and experience in facilitating organizational and social change.
Marsha possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University, Chicago. She has been certified as a national Mental Health First Aid instructor, was one of the first people in the U.S. to attain the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) designation, and she’s a life-long learner. Marsha is committed to building a strong foundation for the Kosciusko Cares Youth Services Bureau in order to grow and sustain prevention initiatives in Kosciusko County.
Marsha possesses a wide range of professional experience pertaining to behavioral health programs, juvenile justice programs, youth development strategies, substance abuse prevention, community coalition building, and community development. She has led initiatives in youth mentoring, law enforcement-mental health collaboration, after-school programming, urban public housing, and urban neighborhood law enforcement-nonprofit collaboration in Chicago. She has professional training and experience in nonprofit leadership and management, fund development, grant development, fundraising, substance abuse prevention, and community collaboration. She has been a federal grant peer reviewer for U.S. Office of Justice and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
Marsha enjoys spending time with her adult children and (adorable) grandchild, hanging out her standard poodle Pete, boating, walking on the beach or floating on an Indiana lake, reading, writing and drawing. She particularly likes to hear people laugh and will always infuse her work with a sense of joy and humor.
Operations Manager, Renea Salyer
Renea has an extensive background in non-profit administration, sales, fundraising, marketing, and public relations. She serves on the following boards, Kosciusko Senior Services, Kosciusko Visitors Center, and the Warsaw Kiwanis Club. Renea is a Kosciusko Leadership Academy graduate. She has worked for the Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce and most recently for Junior Achievement as the area director. Renea enjoys spending time with her three granddaughters, boating, biking, and crafting. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Warsaw with their two dogs, and two cats. They have a daughter, Ashley who lives in Warsaw and a son, Shane who lives in Columbia City.
Database Manager, Marc Williamson
Marc Williamson coordinated the Fulton County Communities That Care prevention effort from 2010 to 2016. Marc brings this experience and more specifically data collection and recording skills to Kosciusko Cares. He has worked in substance abuse prevention since 2003; starting as a program facilitator. Marc is currently coordinating prevention efforts in Cass County and will be providing prevention consultation for the Miami County YMCA in their new prevention initiative. He serves as the coordinator of Drug Free Fulton County and is a member of the Fulton County Citizen Action Committee that is working to reduce clandestine meth labs in Fulton County.
Marc possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Indiana University. He served for 11 years in the United States Marine Corps and owned/operated 2 small businesses prior to his prevention work. His favorite hobbies are time with family, boating, tennis, reading and traveling.
Strengthening Families Coordinator, Mandy Bailey
Mandy originates from Warsaw, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from DePauw University. She taught elementary school in Chicago for 2 years, and in Warsaw, at Washington Elementary for 8 years. She attended Grace College, and received a Master of Arts in Counseling. She now serves as a mental health counselor at Warsaw Community High School. She is passionate about building relationships with at-risk youth through individual, group and family therapy. She is thrilled to coordinate the Strengthening Families Program through Kosciusko Cares. The program aligns with her belief that a strong, healthy support network with positive communication builds individuals and families who are able to navigate life's obstacles. Mandy enjoys spending time with her family, including husband, Dave, sons, Keller, 11, and Finn, 9. Together, they love hiking, adventuring, and learning.
Al's Pals and Lifeskills Coordinator, Jackie Thornsbury
Jackie Thornsbury was born and raised in Warsaw, Indiana. She is a 1983 graduate of Warsaw Community High School. She attended Ball State University and studied word processing and worked in that field for 8 years. She has worked as a Specialized Paraprofessional for 11 years; one year with the Hamilton Southeastern Schools and 10 years with Warsaw Community Schools. Jackie is the mother of 2 adult children (1 daughter and 1 son), and has one grandson with 2 more grandchildren on the way! She is married to Mike, and, along with their day jobs, together they own and operate a carpet cleaning business. They have a 20-month old deaf dog at home with whom they communicate using sign language! Jackie loves to read and spend time with her grandson and family.