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.

Richard L. Harcourt

Chief Financial Officer
As Senior Vice President, Chief Financial and Compliance Officer, Richard Harcourt is charged with strategic planning and management of all administrative operations related to finance, accounting, purchasing, safety, maintenance, dietary and housekeeping. Rich started as a volunteer with Damar in 1986 and became a full-time employee in 2008. He is a graduate of the Miller School of Business at Ball State University.

Jennifer Mann

Chief Human Resources Officer
As Chief Human Resources Officer, Jennifer Mann is responsible for serving Damar’s employee population. She and her team focus on recruitment and retention efforts, as well as performance management for the organization. She is a graduate of the Kelly School of Business at IUPUI.

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

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.

Shannon Bess, MSW, LCSW

Resource Team Director
As Damar’s resource team director, Shannon Bess, MSW, LCSW has responsibility for leading, directing and monitoring treatment services for adolescent boys served at Damar’s residential campus and transitional service homes. She holds her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from Indiana University and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

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.

Nick Andersen

Vice President, Facilities & Assets
As Vice President of Facilities & Assets, Nick Andersen is responsible for supervising the accounting and maintenance staff. A Damar employee since 2009, Nick is a graduate of Indiana University. He also holds and MBA from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Our Extended Leadership Team

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.

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.

Karen Causey

Director, Workforce Optimization
As director of workforce optimization, Karen Causey oversees the residential management of Damar’s group home program. A Damar employee since 1991, Karen has held many titles during her tenure. She holds a bachelor’s degree in therapeutic recreation, with a minor in psychology from Indiana University. Karen is also a licensed foster parent.

Patricia Jacobs

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 has an Associate’s Degree in Nursing.

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. She holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ball State University.

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.

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.

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.

Denise Lyons

Parent Advocate, Director, Parent Voices
As director of Parent Voices, Denise is the parent advocate for Damar clients, as well as a valuable resource to Damar’s leadership team. Denise studied consumer services at Michigan State University and spent eight years as a therapeutic foster parent. With her husband, she adopted two children, one of whom is served by Damar.

Donnie McCoy

Director, Older Youth Services & Education Mentoring
Donnie McCoy is the director of older youth services and education mentoring for Damar. In that role, he provides educational, vocational, social and life skills development training to youth in residential programs. He holds a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from the University of Indianapolis.

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

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.

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.

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.

Nina Suntzeff, M.A., GPC, CFRE

Director, Grant Administration
As Grant Administration Director, Nina Suntzeff is responsible for soliciting and managing private foundation, government and corporate foundation gifts in support of Damar’s mission. A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Nina holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master’s degree from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley.