Our Staff

Dedicated to the community and our youth

Director, Marsha J. Carey

marsha@kosciuskocares.org

Marsha J. Carey brings an entrepreneurial spirit focused on positive community change.  She has an enormous amount of passion and energy directed at building opportunities and collaborations that grow resilience for at-risk youth and families.  She is currently working to establish guidelines and strategies to build trauma-informed efforts at the community level intended to transform the effects of generational trauma, and the outcomes that result from chronic stress and adverse childhood experiences.

Marsha is currently completing a Master’s in Nonprofit Administration through the School of Business and Nonprofit Management at North Park University, Chicago, and is also working on the Applied Educational Neuroscience graduate certification through the School of Education at Butler University.  She possesses a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and is a nationally certified instructor in Youth Mental Health First Aid. She was among the first cohort in the U.S. to attain the Grant Professional Certified (GPC) designation. Marsha is committed to building a strong foundation for Kosciusko Cares Youth Services 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 been a federal grant peer reviewer for the 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) granddaughters, hanging out with her standard poodle Pete, walking on a beach or floating on an Indiana lake, reading, writing and drawing.

Drug Free Kosciusko Coalition Coordinator, Renea Salyer

renea@kosciuskocares.org

Renea has an extensive background in non-profit administration, sales, fundraising, marketing, and public relations. She has served 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.

Al's Pals and Lifeskills Coordinator, Jackie Thornsbury

Contact jackie@kosciuskocares.org for questions about our Al’s Pals Program

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 two grandsons, one granddaughter, with one more on the way! She is married to Mike, and they care for two dogs – one terrier mix and one deaf  Jack Russell with whom they communicate using sign language! Jackie loves to read and spend time with her grandchildren and family.

Teen Court Case Manager, Barbara Hatfield

Barbara Hatfield has experience in the school setting, working with youth, and spent over twenty years with the Medtronic Corporation having retired in June 2017.  She is passionate and enthusiastic about helping youth in our community through the Teen Court program.  She brings considerable skills and knowledge in research, investigation, and problem-solving to the Teen Court program.  Contact barbara@kosciuskocares.org to inquire about Teen Court cases

Strengthening Families Program Team:

Mandy Bailey, Strengthening Families Program Coordinator: mandy@kosciuskocares.org
Sue Poyner, Facilitator
Donata Grimm, Facilitator
David Bailey, Facilitator
Jan Wilcox, Facilitator
Richard Rooker, Facilitator

Marc Williamson, Business Manager

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.