Leadership

Mission-Focused Leadership

Damar Services has assembled an executive and board leadership team with an array of expertise and a passion for our mission. Every decision they make is driven by one simple question: Will this help the people we serve live more successful lives?

Jim Dalton, Psy.D., HSPP, CSAYC

President and Chief Executive Officer
President and CEO Jim Dalton has long made an impact on the developmental disabilities industry. A licensed child psychologist, Dr. Dalton is highly regarded for his innovation in child behavioral health care. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Anderson University, a master’s from Spalding University and graduated first in his doctoral class in child psychology. He completed his residency at the Ohio State University.
Jennifer

Jennifer Maggard, MSW, LCSW

Chief Operating Officer
As Chief Operating Officer, Jennifer Maggard is charged with daily business operations of the organization. Jennifer started her career with Damar in 1998 and has held a variety of positions throughout the organization. An active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Jennifer holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s in social work from Indiana University. Jennifer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Ken File

Ken File

President, Damar Foundation, Inc.
Ken File is the president of the Damar Foundation, Inc. In that role, he is charged with the strategic development of Damar’s philanthropy program. He holds an MBA from the University of Indianapolis and a bachelor’s degree in education from Kansas State University. Prior to joining Damar, he worked for Goodwill Industries and spent over 25 years at the Delta Tau Delta Educational Foundation.
Carla Bill

Carla Bill, MSW, LCSW

Vice President, Youth Services- Admissions
Carla Bill is the vice president of youth services and admissions at Damar. Responsible for facilitating residential placements, she is Damar’s official liaison to the Indiana County Divisions of Child Services, Indiana Division of Disability Services and Indiana Department of Education. Carla is a graduate of Indiana University with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work.

Tifini McClyde

Vice President, Performance Management
Tifini McClyde serves as Vice President for Performance Management. In that role, she is responsible for managing the organization’s quality and compliance initiatives. Tifini came to Damar in 2006 and has held a variety of positions in the Human Resources department.

Katie McCoy

Chief Executive Assistant
As executive assistant for Damar Services, Katie McCoy supports the offices of the President & CEO and executive leadership team, as well as serving as a liaison to the Board of Directors. She also supervises the Damar Ambassadors. Katie has been with Damar since 1996 and has held this position for nearly 20 years.

Jenny Peters

Vice President, Communications & Marketing
Jenny Peters serves as the vice president of communications and marketing for Damar. In this role, she leads the development, implementation and evaluation of Damar’s internal and external communications and marketing initiatives. Jenny holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Indiana State University and a master’s degree from Indiana University.

Our Extended Leadership Team

Shannon Bess

Shannon Bess, MSW, LCSW

Director, Training
As Damar’s Director of Training, Shannon has the responsibility of evaluating, providing and monitoring the training needs of the organization. Her focus is on serving Damar employees through a variety of training opportunities to ensure that they are equipped and supported in their various roles and responsibilities. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Social Work from Indiana University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Aimee Brown

Aimee Brown

Director, DCA Operations & School Leader
Aimee Brown serves as the Director of Operations and School Leader for Damar Charter Academy, Indiana’s first public charter school focused on successfully preparing children with developmental, intellectual, and behavioral challenges for a lifetime of learning. Aimee took on leadership of the school in 2015 after serving as the school’s Director of Special Education. Aimee holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Purdue University.
Juman Bruce

Juman Bruce

Director, Community Living and Support Services
As Director of Community Living and Support Services (CLASS), Juman Bruce is responsible for directing and monitoring adult services funded by Medicaid waivers and Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (Supervised Group Living). She holds a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation.

Erin Crick

Administrative Director, Children's Residential
As administrative director of children’s residential, Erin Crick is charged with directing all operations for Damar Academy – a state-accredited freeway school. In addition to leading faculty and staff, Erin ensures compliance with all education requirements and fulfills students’ Individual Education Plan (IEP) needs. Erin also assists with compliance with audits for Damar’s Children’s Residential and support the needs within Damar’s Children’s Residential. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ball State University.
Sarah Davenport

Sarah Davenport

Director of Behavior Support Services
As Director of Behavior Support Services, Sarah oversees the partnership between Meridian Health Services and Damar to offer Medicaid Rehabilitation Option Services (MRO) to our clients placed residentially. She leads assessment, treatment and clinical supervision of the children and clinicians in the MRO program. Sarah holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Indiana University and a Master’s in Social Work from Indiana University. Sarah is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an active member of NASW.
Tammy Hemminger

Tammy Duncan

Director, Volunteer Resources
As volunteer resources director, Tammy Duncan shepherds and stewards volunteers for the many projects that occur across the Damar footprint. She facilitates all group activities and is also a key member of the Damar Foundation.
Dottie Gilliam

Dottie Gilliam

Director, Dietary Services
Managing the kitchen at Damar since 1987, Dottie Gilliam is the Dietary Services Director. She is responsible for monitoring and directing all facets of the dietary operations, including managing staff and implementing meal plans for over 250 clients daily. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Purdue University in restaurant, hotel and institution management.
Donna Hammock

Donna Hammock

Director, Parent Voices
Donna Hammock, director of Parent Voices, a program that helps parents of children being served by Damar navigate the care experience, meet other parents and learn through educational workshops.
Hammock understands both the reward and struggle of having a child with multiple diagnoses, including behavioral disabilities. Her 15-year-old grandson, for whom she is legal guardian, is being supported on Damar’s residential campus.
Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman

Director, Talent Acquisition
As the Director of Talent Acquisition for Damar, Steve Huffman leads the full-scale recruitment effort for the entire organization.  Steve has 20+ years of experience in Human Resources with a focus in Talent Acquisition and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.
Patty Jacobs

Patricia Jacobs, RN

Director, Nursing
As Director of Nursing Patricia Jacobs is responsible for ensuring supervision of medical and nursing services to children and young adults served in Damar’s residential program.  She started her career in 2013 as an LPN working throughout different service lines. Patty is a graduate of Fortis College and is a Registered Nurse.
Guenevere Kalal

Guenevere Kalal

Director, Foster Care Services
As director of foster care services, Guene Kalal has built Damar Foster Care Services from the ground up. Since 2010, she has been charged with creating, building and operating the program – including managing the foster care staff. Guene holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Purdue University and a master’s degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.
Brittney Kalmas

Brittney Kalmas, MSW, LCSW, CSAYC

Director, Behavioral Management Services
As Director of Behavior Management Services, Brittney oversees the development and implementation of behavioral strategies and interventions with clients and families in their natural environments. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and sociology from Indiana University and a master’s in social work from Indiana University. Brittney is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Behavioral Consultant.
Angel Knapp

Angel Knapp Reese, MSW

Senior Director, External Initiatives & Quality Services
Angel Knapp has dedicated her entire career to the human services profession. Currently, she serves Damar as the senior director of external initiatives and quality services – a wrap-around treatment model designed for youth at risk of residential placement. She holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in social work from Indiana University.
Donnie McCoy

Donnie McCoy

Director, Facilities & Assets
As the Director of Older Youth Services, Education Mentoring, & Operations Analyst, Donnie McCoy provides educational, vocational, social, and life skills development training to youth in residential programs, DCS regions 5&6, and school systems throughout central Indianapolis and surrounding areas.  As the operations analyst, Donnie works with the leadership team to maximize output that support clients’ needs and financial goals. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.
Kristin Harmon

Kristin McCoy, MS, BCBA

Director, ABA Services
As the director of ABA Services, Kristin McCoy leads assessment and treatment for children with autism through Applied Behavior Analysis. Kristin has been instrumental in helping shape Damar’s autism services. She holds a bachelor’s degree from DePauw University and a master’s degree from Nova Southeastern University, as well as her Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) distinction.
Sam Moya

Sam Moya

Chief Administrator, Children's Residential
Responsible for overseeing administration and supervision of the residential management team, Sam Moya is the chief administrator of children’s residential at Damar. Sam began his career at Damar as a direct care staff in 2009. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Indianapolis.
Danielle Nance

Dr. Danielle Nance

Director, Clinical Services
As a psychologist and Director of Clinical Services, Dr. Danielle Nance leads Damar’s Stabilization, Assessment & Transition (SAT) program. She is responsible for managing a 20-bed short-term diagnostic and treatment unit that provides emergency placement and services for children who find themselves in traumatic situations. Dr. Nance holds a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate from the University of Indianapolis.
Terry Sears

Terry Sears

Residential Director, Clinical Services
Responsible for overseeing administrative and supervision of Residential Clinical teams, Terry Sears is the Residential Director of Clinical Services at Damar. He has been a valued member of the Damar team since 2012. He holds a Bachelor’s in Criminology from ISU, a Master’s degree in Social Work from USI and is a licensed social worker.
Elaine Showalter

Elaine Showalter

Corporate Controller
As Damar’s Corporate Controller, Elaine is responsible for financial reporting of all of Damar’s entities on a monthly basis, the budgeting process, and the annual independent financial audits. Elaine has been a Damar employee since 2003, and received her Bachelor of Science from Purdue University.
Donna Stutler

Donna Stutler

Director, Development

As director of development, Donna Stutler is responsible for maintaining, cultivating and expanding donor relations for the Damar Foundation. She also serves as the liaison to the Damar Guild. She holds a bachelor’s degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan University. Donna sits on the boards of multiple community organizations.

Miles Thompson

Miles Thompson

Director of Operations for Children’s Residential Services

As Director of Operations for Children’s Residential Services, Miles Thompson is responsible for overseeing the day to day operations and staffing of the children’s residential campus and transitional service homes.  A Damar employee since 2013, Miles is a graduate of Ball State University with a BS in political science.