Michelle Leonard-Smith is a visionary leader who brings to Abilities Services, Inc. a deep experience in civic engagement, staff development, and a passion for those we serve. Smith started her career with ASI as a temporary employee, responsible for billing and staff development. Within a short amount of time, a Director of Finance position came open and Michelle advanced within ASI. During her recent seven-year tenure as Director of Administration, Michelle worked with the Board of Directors to establish a management and organizational structure with a clear governance protocol, steward staff and consumer relationships, build strong corporate and community partnerships, strengthen programs, and
balance community need with strategic growth and resources.
A native of Crawfordsville, Michelle’s career has spanned the nonprofit and manufacturing sectors. She has served in various capacities around the state, as well as being a key member of a start up of a local ethanol production facility. She holds a degree in Political Science from Ball State University. Michelle, along with her husband Scott and two sons, Connor and Corbin, reside in Crawfordsville.
Smith is an active member of INARF as well at the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce and several youth sporting organizations.
Approaching her 20th year at Abilities Services, Michelle Struck rounds out the administrative team at ASI in the position of Director of Programming. She started as a Care Coordinator and has spent the majority of her career in the areas of employment and day services. She assumed her current position in 2012 and is responsible for programming in all areas of service – from day services to employment training to group homes to supported living – in all three of ASI’s service counties.
Working out of the Frankfort office, Struck is close to her family. She and her husband and daughter enjoy water sports, attending festivals and car shows, and family vacations.
“The best part of my job is the great team of people I work with who are so committed to making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.”
Mary is ASI's Director of Service Development. Originally from the East Coast, Nichols became passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities from personal experience. She has maintained that passion in her work at Abilities Services. Since 2005, Nichols has held a variety of positions and now oversees all programming in the Montgomery County office which is the agency’s original and largest service area.
Beth Smith, Montgomery County coordinator
Beth began working at Abilities Services, Inc. in 2007 as a day services Direct Support Professional in the Montgomery County office. Since then she has had the opportunity to move up in the agency as a Lead Direct Support Professional, Assistant Coordinator and was promoted to Montgomery County Coordinator in 2015. Beth resides in Montgomery County along with her husband Travis and three children, Taylor, Bret and Isaiah. In her spare time Beth enjoys being with her family and friends, camping, reading and going to the beach! “I cannot pin point just one thing I love most about working at ASI. Each day assisting the individuals we serve in taking another step towards achieving their goals is the best part of my work day. I have been blessed to be part of an amazing team of people that who have become an extended family to me.”
Maureen Steward, QIDP
Maureen started working with intellectual disabilities in high school as an aid in the classroom and helping with Special Olympics. She graduated from Carroll Jr/Sr. High school and received a bachelor degree from Indiana State University with a Bachelor in Special Education. She taught school for one year then worked for a facility with Autism Children for four years. She has been with ASI for over 14 years in the role of Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional. Her role with ASI has changed over the years. In her spare time she spends time with her husband (Michael), children Hailey and Addison.
Brian Ward, Trainer
Originally from Iowa, Brian has been with ASI since 2009. He started as the Day Services Lead Staff in Tippecanoe County and has been the agency’s trainer since 2011. In that position, he oversees all of the new employee orientation sessions for incoming staff as well as any annual recertifications and special trainings. Brian is a certified instructor for Non-Violent Crisis Intervention with the Crisis Prevention Institute, CPR and First Aid with the American Red Cross, Person Centered Planning with the State of Indiana, and Homemaker and Personal Care Attendant Services with the Indiana Home and Hospice Care Foundation.
Christine Hubble, GH RN
Christine attended Ivy Tech on the Indianapolis campus, IUPUI then Ivy Tech on the Greencastle Campus. She has one son, Dakota, and 3 grandchildren (Allayna, JJ and Owen). She loves to read, travel, and go to the beach and on adventures. For Chrsistine, the best thing about working at ASI is working with the consumers and seeing them laugh, play and work.
Alison Bowers, Music Therapist
Alison graduated from Illinois State University and received her graduate degree from Arizona State University. She spent many years in Arizona, going to school and practicing music therapy, before she and her family decided to return to the Midwest. She has a husband, two girls, and one cat. The family enjoys spending time outside and they are glad to be close to their families again!