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Executive Team

Barbara Scott
President & Chief Executive Officer

Barbara Scott

A licensed clinical social worker, Barbara Scott, LCSW, MBA, joined Aspire in 1986, first as a van driver and then as a full-time outpatient clinician in Elwood, working with patients of all ages and clients with addictions. What started as a part-time job turned into a full-time career and passion for helping those with severe mental illness and addictions. Scott, who earned a Master of Social Work in 1987, has worked in community support services and inpatient services, both in clinic and administrative positions, before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 1997. Scott earned a Master of Business Administration in 2002 and in 2009, she became Executive Vice President and COO of Aspire Indiana.

Scott didn’t necessarily plan a career path in social work, but came to learn later in life how she was unknowingly influenced by her parents’ early life experiences. Both parents, who were born and raised in Flint, Michigan at the time of the Great Depression, experienced many Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) including poverty, domestic violence, child abuse and molestation, with the additional challenges of mental illness and alcoholism in their families. Within one generation, Scott’s parents worked quietly to end the cycle for their own children. She believes their examples guided her personal mission.  


"I am indebted that my parents were able to give me a different life rather than one filled with the very atrocities social work attempts to stamp out. However, I also know that because of our white privilege, my family was able to move out of poverty and the many ACEs that come with it. My outcome turned out positive. I know that if we were a family of color, I could have likely had a negative outcome in my life. Our society and all its systems and institutions must offer the same opportunities to all of us, regardless of race. Our work as a public healthcare provider is not done until we play our part in correcting health inequities for people of color as well as other diverse, excluded groups.

In August 2020 Scott was appointed by Gov. Eric Holcomb to the state’s first Behavioral Health Commission to help create a comprehensive strategy for address Hoosier mental health. Under her guidance, Aspire has won numerous national, state, and local awards and recognitions, including the National Council for Community Healthcare Awards of Excellence in Community Collaboration, the Indiana Achievement Award, the Key Consumer Organization’s Recovery in Action Award, and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year. In 2014, Scott was awarded the Mental Health America of Indiana Mental Health and Addiction Professional Award; in 2009 she received the Anderson University MBA Distinguished Servant Leader Award and the National Council of Community Behavioral Healthcare Awards of Excellence for Community Collaboration.


  • Indiana Council Board of Directors Vice-Chair
  • Indiana Council Public Policy Committee  
  • IPHCA Health Policy Committee  
  • IPHCA Membership Committee, Chair 
  • IPHCA Board of Directors
  • Madison County Community Corrections Advisory Board
  • Madison County Local Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC)
  • 2020 Behavioral Health Commission (appointment from Governor Holcomb)

Scott and her husband Dennis, live on a farm in a rural community in East Central Indiana. There Scott enjoys tending to her gardens and numerous farm animals, including horses, donkeys, cows, chicken, dogs, and cats. In addition to scuba, Scott has also discovered a passion for backpacking and hiking.

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Tim Crockett
Chief Financial Officer

Tim Crockett

Tim brings a wealth of more than 30 years of broad experience in healthcare financial and administrative leadership roles. Prior to arriving at Aspire, Tim served as CFO of Breckinridge Health, Inc., a critical access hospital in Hardinsburg, Ky., where he helped lead a turnaround, restructuring physician clinics, implementing a 340b program, and other revenue generating/cost saving measures. 

Facing near bankruptcy, Breckinridge Health transformed into a sustainable organization. Tim has also held executive roles with University of Louisville Physicians, Inc.; Jewish Hospital and St. Mary’s HealthCare; Kramer and Associates, Alliant Management Services, (a hospital management firm), and Lafayette Home Hospital. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Valparaiso University and an MBA/Master in Strategic Finance from Indiana University Southeast. 


  • Partnership for a Healthy Hamilton County 
  • Finance Committee 

Tim and his wife Charlotte love spending time with their five grandchildren. Exercising and reading occupy Tim’s free time; he is also an active member of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Westfield, Indiana.

Dr. Gina Forrest
Chief Culture Officer

Dr. Gina Forrest

Dr. Gina Forrest is a native Hoosier and wants to play a positive role in helping Indiana become a more inclusive, healthier, and beautiful place to live, work, and play.  She has worked in the for-profit, non-profit, government, and academia fields with healthcare being her favorite! 

Dr. Gina has earned her degrees from Indiana University - Bloomington, including a Master of Public Health and a PhD in Health Behavior with a minor in Nonprofit Management, research focus on Health Inequities.  She is a lifelong learner and enjoys constantly learning more.  

She loves to volunteer in her community and is creating her own line of beauty products including lip balm, hair oils, and body scrub.  Dr. Gina has two marvelous sons, a wonderful mom, and great friends! 

Dr. Jody Horstman
Chief Operations Officer, Integrated Services 

Dr. Jody Horstman

Dr. Jody Horstman is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, HSPP, and Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor (LCAC.) Dr. Horstman joined Aspire in March of 2012 and has worked in the Indiana community mental health system since 1990.

Dr. Horstman has extensive experience working in collaboration with family- and youth-serving organizations in the development and implementation of programs, as well as substance use treatment programs. Dr. Horstman worked closely with Indiana’s Department of Child Services (DCS) in implementing the DCS/CMHC service contract. She has brought her interest and knowledge of systems to her role at Aspire in the integration of primary medical care and behavioral health services. 

Dr. Horstman also has extensive experience in disaster mental health, having served with the American Red Cross in New York following 9/11, as part of the Indiana Task Force that assisted Mississippi following Hurricane Katrina and most recently worked in Haiti following the 2010 earthquake. She is a member of Indiana’s State Disaster Mental Health Team and a trainer of Psychological First Aid (PFA). Her experiences led her to develop a greater appreciation and interest in resilience and well-being, leading her to work for the past ten years with the international Episcopal Church Pension Group (CPG) as a consultant/contractor providing seminars on resilience, work-life balance, Psychological First Aid, and related topics. Dr. Horstman has also previously worked with the Foundation for Advancement in Conservation in presenting webinars related to the impact of disasters.

Dr. Jody Horstman was born and raised in southern California, currently residing in central Indiana. She has a long-standing passion for scuba diving and enjoys many outdoor activities.

Jim Skeel
Chief Information Officer

Jim Skeel

Jim Skeel earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1991 from Ball State University (BSU) in Muncie, Indiana, and published the results of a research project in the Journal of Social Psychology. He earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology from BSU in 1993, while he worked as a graduate assistant. As a graduate assistant, he taught experimental psychology laboratory classes. Upon graduation, he accepted a position with BSU and was employed by the Counseling and Psychological Services department. He worked for about four months as a research assistant, presenter and trainer for a grant project. Jim, along with two staff psychologists, trained Kuwaiti University Social Workers how to provide mental health services for returning troops, prisoners of war, and released political prisoners from the Iraq invasion of Kuwait.

In 1993, Jim began clinical work at Charter Beacon Behavioral Health Systems in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He worked primarily in Charter’s outpatient offices providing counseling to all populations, while also coordinating intensive outpatient programs and an alternative education program for children and adolescents. He worked very closely with community partners in juvenile probation, schools, child protective services, domestic violence shelters, and child abuse advocacy agencies. While working in northern Indiana, he began involvement in boards of various community agencies and associations and was an instructor for Ivy Tech, an Indiana community college.

Jim has been with Aspire Indiana since 1999, and has held the positions of Child Team Manager, Clinical Director of Outpatient Services, and Quality Improvement Director and Senior Director, Performance and Outcomes. He provided direct oversight and leadership within the organization to the child and adult clinical service units, information systems department, medical records department, electronic medical records team, utilization review department, clinical training, and quality improvement. 

He has also been responsible for the development and maintenance of community relationships, contract relationships with managed care companies, insurance companies, accreditation bodies, and state government entities. He assisted the organization in a corporate merger to form Aspire Indiana through leadership and involvement in a variety of work teams designed to align clinical and support functions within the merged company. Jim served on numerous boards and committees for local and statewide organizations and associations, as well as most of Aspire's internal committees and work teams.  

As the CIO, Jim will ensure the comprehensive collection, integration and effective utilization of the organization’s performance and clinical outcome data to promote Aspire’s mission, vision and strategic priorities. Ensure the provision of the necessary information to demonstrate the organization’s effectiveness in meeting internal and external healthcare targets, metrics, and benchmarks in order to demonstrate Aspire’s effectiveness within the healthcare system. Jim provides guidance and leadership within the organization to determine performance outcome targets and collaborates with Aspire’s leaders to develop organizational strategies, system adjustments and workflow to improve the health of our consumers.

Under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), he works collaboratively with the organization's leaders to ensure accreditation standards and compliance with the regulatory and statutory requirements are met. This position assists Aspire’s organizational leadership to develop, implement and refine systems of operations to ensure the compliant and ethical operations of our programs and services.

Jim will be responsible for providing strategy and functional oversight to the continuous quality improvement of services, clinical documentation and developing and maintaining a range of evaluation and reporting systems to guide Aspire’s Quality Improvement Program. He will also provide program and provider performance data to Aspire leadership and facilitate all continuous quality improvement/performance activities for clinical processes. This is accomplished with oversight of Electronic Medical Records, Quality Improvement, Utilization Management and the Compliance Program.

  • Board Member, IQIN (Indiana Quality Information Network) -- Working to support and promote quality services for Indiana FQHC's
  • Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)/ Suicide Prevention and Resource Center (SPRC)  Zero Suicide Uniform Data and Reporting workgroup — National workgroup providing recommendations to the SPRC and Zero Suicide initiative to establish uniform clinical data collection and measurement for outcome monitoring in agencies working on a Zero Suicide transformation.
  • Member and former chairperson of the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers Quality Committee -- Working to support an promote quality services for Indiana's CMHC's

Darrell Mitchell
Vice President, Recovery Communities 

Darrell Mitchell

Darrell Mitchell is an accomplished business professional. Over the last several years, Darrell has led and impacted change in the recovery residence field at the state and national levels. He is the Founder of the Indiana Affiliation of Recovery Residences (INARR) and serves as the Vice-President of the National Alliance for Recovery Residences (NARR). In 2017, Darrell was instrumental in the drafting and passing of legislation that placed Recovery Housing standards into Indiana Law. Darrell studied Public Relations, and Marketing at Purdue University has a Bachelor of Science in Addictions Counseling and a Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana Wesleyan University.

Darrell did not plan a career in healthcare, behavioral health, or addiction treatment. Fortunately, with the help of others, Mitchell overcame addiction and has been a person in long-term recovery for many years. Experiencing the miracle of recovery in his own life inspired pursuing a new professional path of service to those with mental illness and substance use disorders. Mitchell serves on local, state, and national recovery and mental health boards and committees and speaks at regional and national conferences and events.

In 2016, Mental Health America of Indiana presented Darrell with the "Heroes for Recovery Consumer Advocate Award." In 2018, he was honored with the prestigious "Leadership Award" by the Indiana Housing & Community Development and the Indiana Affordable Housing Council.

In 2019 the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture asked Darrell to author a paper for "The Rural Community Action Guide." The RCAG has been distributed nationally to equip rural leaders with critical information from lessons learned from the frontlines of prevention, treatment, and recovery in rural America. In January 2020, Darrell was invited to the White House to attend ONDCP's launch of the Rural Community Action Guide and to meet with senior leaders.

Mitchell visits White House in fight against addiction.

Darrell serves as Vice President of Recovery Communities with Aspire Indiana Health, overseeing the integration of recovery principles and practices across Aspire's healthcare system, including Substance Use Disorder resident and recovery facilities, medical, outpatient behavioral health, housing, and employment services. Darrell amplifies the voice of lived experience of the populations served by Aspire and within local, state, and national communities while also serving as the Executive Director of Progress House.


  • NARR Board of Directors (Vice President)
  • NARR Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • INARR Ex Officio Board Member
  • MHAI Board of Directors
  • SAMHSA BRSS TACS Steering Committee
  • Indiana Recovery Council
  • Indiana Recovery Supports Workgroup

Darrell and his wife Tracey live in Hamilton County and have two adult children, four crazy dogs, and two fed up cats. Their home is affectionately referred to as "The Mitchell Zoo".

Beth A. Eiler
Vice President, Behavioral Health Services

Beth A. Eiler

Beth A. Eiler is a veteran leader in healthcare administration and innovation. As Vice President of Behavioral Health Services, she oversees all of Aspire Indiana Health’s behavioral health programs and staff.

She strategizes how to best integrate behavioral health with primary medical care, recovery services and social determinants of health programs to meet Aspire’s mission of delivering seamless “whole health” care to Hoosiers in Boone, Hamilton, Madison and Marion counties.

Eiler, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who earned her Master of Social Work degree from Indiana University, has been a leader in the social service and healthcare industry for more than 30 years. She has worked in both the public and private sectors, for nonprofits like Aspire as well as for-profit companies.

Over the course of her career she has had the opportunity to run and grow multiple organizations, work with government agencies and create new programs to meet the healthcare needs of Hoosiers from every walk of life.

“I joined this company because of their values: People, Integrity, Laughter, Learning, Accountability, Relationships and Self-care. Aspire is committed to helping people live their best life, which mirrors the way I have approached enhancing the patient experience my entire career,” she says.

Eiler currently sits on the Board of Directors for AYS, Inc., a non-profit organization providing before and after school care, and is the Chair-Elect. She is a past Board member of INARF, Planned Parenthood of Greater Indiana, IARCCA, and the Indiana Child Care Fund. She is a graduate of the Lacy Leadership Association and the United Way Executive Women's Leadership Program.

She lives on a small lake in Northwest Indianapolis, and says it’s both her home and perfect vacation spot.

Jerry Landers
Vice President, Strategy & Business Development

Dr. Jerry Landers

Jerry thought he was simply going to work as a part-time night-shift residential coach in the summer of 1993. But once he got involved in the challenging and gratifying work of the mental health organization and started helping residential patients with their mental illnesses, he signed on for a full-time job. Dr. Landers earned his doctorate degree in Business Administration from Columbia Southern University and he holds a Master of Science degree, in addition to a Master of Business Administration degree and he is a certified occupancy specialist for HUD. As a self proclaimed “Lifelong Learner”, he continues to seek out new learning opportunities whenever possible. 

For nearly a decade, he worked in residential programs in various roles, which was invaluable when he was given the opportunity to develop and lead the Center for Mental Health’s Gradual Reintegration Program, which provides residential-style services in a community setting. Later, he served as manager of the Center’s Elwood and Noblesville offices and began managing business development functions of the organization. Landers implemented the Center’s HIV program, which is now, geographically, the largest HIV program in the state of Indiana. He also championed the expansion of behavioral health services in Elwood, including the construction of a larger facility. Over time, Landers directed the Center’s expansion into Hamilton County. For three years prior to the Center for Mental Health’s merger with BehaviorCorp in 2009, Landers served as the Center’s vice-president of finance and business development. After the merger, which resulted in a new company name, he continued as Aspire Indiana’s Chief Development Officer. 

Landers has spent the majority of his professional career working with and developing programs that serve the needs of the homeless population. Landers has helped develop Shelter Plus Care services for the seriously mentally ill, Emergency Solutions Grant services for the homeless, has a long running “Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness” (PATH) program, helps support Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) services, and championed the expansion of the Support Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program. Landers also serves as a SAMHSA Peer Reviewer for Housing, HIV and Integrated Care grant applications. As the Executive Director for Aspire Indiana Health, Inc, Landers’ focus was now on the integration of behavioral and primary health care into one unified process which can best be summarized as a "No Wrong Door” approach. 

Under Landers' direction, Aspire Indiana Health was launched in 2015 with sites in Anderson, Elwood, Carmel, Noblesville, Lebanon and Indianapolis and served over 1,000 clients in its first year. Aspire Indiana Health has now been certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center in all the above-mentioned locations with a goal of seeing 20,000 annual patients by the year 2020. Landers and his wife, Rachel, live in Madison County. Together they have three children and are active in their community.

Sydney Ehmke
Vice President, FQHC Medical Services 

Sydney Ehmke


After working for a large tertiary health system after nursing school, Syd worked for 5 years as a hospice nurse with Visiting Nurse Service. It was during this time period that she saw a different side of health care, many times venturing into the homes of the poor, seeing the need for education and feeling the appreciation from many who have nothing. Since then, she has been an advocate for the underserved, underinsured and the undereducated. Since graduating as a nurse practitioner in 1993, she has been providing primary health care to the above population and has always strived to start new programs and develop a delivery system that encourages engagement of the patients she cares for. 

Much of Syd’s experience comes from the need for community programming, whether private or public in nature, managing different patient populations and employees. While employed with Riverview Health, she moved up the ranks from staff nurse, supervisor, manager, operations director and then to Executive Director for Community Services. This job entailed oversight of all things community related- from school nursing programming to employer based clinics. But her greatest accomplishment during these years was her development of the Riverview Community Health Clinic. This clinic was developed for the underserved who were denied health care in traditional medical offices due to inability to pay. This very challenging population served as the springboard for an array of special services that followed. One such service was developing a Behavioral Health Consultant program with a local Community Mental Health Center (The Center for Mental Health) It was through this association that Syd became engaged with the Center for Mental Health, later being offered a position on the Board of Directors and chairing the Quality and Services committee of the Board. 

In 2015, Syd resigned from the Board of Directors to join Aspire (previously The Center for Mental Health) as the COO for the newly minted Aspire Indiana Health program. The sole objective for this new venture was to bring primary health care services into a behavioral health organization/locations with the ultimate goal of providing whole person care, in one location for the whole family and community. She states “All of my working career has prepared me for this role and I can’t think of a better organization to be in partnership with to continue my life’s work”

Syd continues to use her Leadership MBA from Butler University and her Family Nurse Practitioner degree from Indiana University/ Wesleyan University to develop and improve services, quality, volume and work flows business and medical alike. This unique set of skills has been used to develop a Federally Qualified Healthcare Center, a Joint Commission accredited Ambulatory Care program, virtual Hepatitis C program, Comprehensive Diabetes Care program, Community Health Worker program, Chronic Care Management, remote patient monitoring programming, external referral program with 340b involvement, employee medical program with medication and lab benefit, MAT programming, Harm Reduction programming and other expansion of Infectious Disease outreach including Mobile PrEP, residential medical services including sober living as well as working with quality, population health, revamping privileging and credentialing and rewriting and developing numerous policies and procedures. 

Syd currently serves on the board for the Kristen EVE Foundation. She has had past affiliations with Hamilton Centers, Advisory Board member for Promising Futures and BABE Store and member Sigma Theta Tau. In 2010, Syd was honored with the State Award for Excellence from the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and in 2011, received the Distinguished Community Leader award. The Legacy Fund of Hamilton County has recognized and awarded monetary rewards to Ehmke on behalf of the contributions the Riverview Community Health Clinic had made to the health of the community.

Other interests include: recent passing of her Indiana Real Estate Broker test, traveling- domestic and international- boating, gardening, spending time with friends, family and two very special granddaughters. 

Selected Peer-reviewed Publications:

Co-author “Nursing Theorists and Their Work”

Mike Keevin
Vice President of Social Determinants of Health

Mike Keevin

As Vice President of Social Drivers of Health, Mike Keevin oversees a robust array of programs that address non-medical factors affecting a person’s overall health and wellbeing. 

This includes housing, employment, legal services, as well as other social factors that impact health such as finances, education and access to food. In this role, he focuses  on the integration of the social determinants of health service lines within the existing healthcare services that Aspire provides.


Keevin joined Aspire in 2011 after 20 years in the grocery industry, working with and eventually leading the social enterprise team. During his time, Keevin provided oversight for a vending company, an organic farm and a cleaning business that focused on hiring individuals with barriers.

Mike continued to grow in knowledge of the agency and in 2018 became the Director of Strategic Initiatives. In this role, he provided oversight for employment services, housing services, Medical Legal Partnership, and the growth of other areas of social determinants of health. His experience with housing includes overseeing direct service of grants as well as property management. Mike has experience working with HUD projects in both compliance and the financial side of the business.

Today, Aspire has positioned social determinants as one of its four core healthcare services along with behavioral health, primary medical care and addiction/recovery treatment.

“I’m grateful to Aspire for having the strategic foresight to build robust programs to address challenges that have a very real impact on Hoosiers’ health and happiness,” Keevin said. 

“One of the things healthcare professionals have begun to better understand is that lack of sustainable housing and employment, or the presence of other environmental challenges, will eventually have a negative impact on our physical and mental health. Aspire is leading the way in tackling those challenges.”

Keevin received his bachelor’s degree in business management from Western Governors University, and is currently working on a master’s degree in accounting from Indiana Wesleyan University. He is credentialed as a Certified Occupancy Specialist (COS), Certified Manager of Housing (CMH), Certified Financial Specialist (CFS) and Tax Credit Specialist (TCS).

Keevin enjoys spending time with his family. He and his wife, Jan, have two children and two grandchildren. He is active in their church and serves on the board for the Fire Rescue House of Madison County.

Senior Leadership

Dr. Jon Butler
Medical Director - Primary Care

Dr. Jon Butler

As Medical Director of Primary Care, Dr. Jonathan Butler oversees all of Aspire Indiana Health's primary care operations at its Central Indiana clinics and other facilities. 

Butler directs the supervision of medical practitioners providing direct care and give clinical/administrative support to Aspire’s Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in Marion, Hamilton, Madison and Boone counties. He works in conjunction with Dr. Betsy Rosiek, Medical Director, Psychiatry, and the rest of the leadership team in supporting the mission of Aspire to provide fully integrated medical, psychiatric and addiction care to patients.  

Dr. Butler joined Aspire in July 2020 with a deep background in healthcare administration and innovation. Immediately prior he held the position of Regional Medical Director of Limestone Health, which runs methadone maintenance programs in Lafayette and Bloomington, Ind.   

Previously Butler held roles as a direct care or staff physician, chief medical officer and medical director. He also was an adjunct professor at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development, specializing in addictions and counseling.  

Butler earned his bachelor’s degree in inorganic chemistry from David Lipscomb University and his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, serving his residency at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis. He also has a master's degree in education from Peabody College.   

He is certified by the American Board of Family Medicine and the American Board of Addiction Medicine, and is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice and the American Society of Addiction Medicine.

Dr. Jerry Sheward
Associate Medical Director of Behavioral Health

Dr. Jerry Sheward

As Associate Medical Director of Behavioral Health for Aspire Indiana Health, Dr. Jerry Sheward provides oversight of behavioral health teams and practices in Anderson and in group home settings. He is a psychiatrist and veteran leader in behavioral healthcare in Indiana.

Sheward previously served with Aspire for 26 years in various roles, departing in 2016 as Vice President and Chief Medical Officer to accept a new position with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. As Chief Medical Officer overseeing the state’s psychiatric hospitals, he worked to integrate their new NeuroDiagnostic Institute into the state-operated facility network, led the identification and implementation of a new state hospital wide electronic medical record system.

“The creation of the NeuroDiagnostic Institute is certainly one of the highpoints of my career.  Working with architects, construction companies and experts from all of the state psychiatric hospitals was an opportunity to create a first-class facility for the treatment of Hoosiers with serious mental illnesses,” Sheward says.

For his work on the NDI, Sheward received the Hoosier Health Impact Award from FSSA Secretary Dr. Jennifer Sullivan in 2019.

He earned his bachelor’s in chemistry from Wabash College and his MD from Indiana University School of Medicine, serving his psychiatric residency at Indiana University Medical Center. Sheward is Board Certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.

Kelly Howe
Senior Director of Rehabilitation Services

Kelly Howe

Kelly Howe is the Senior Director of Home and Community Based Services with Aspire Indiana. She began work with the Aspire in 1997 as a part-time residential coach shortly after graduation with her bachelors degree in Criminal Justice and Family Science from Anderson University. While Kelly was attending college, she never envisioned what is now her long-standing career in community mental health. Coming from a family who believes that community involvement is important, Kelly knew she would work in the human services field, but was surprised and pleased to discover her affinity for working in mental health.

In 2003, while she was the coordinator of the Elwood office and HIV/case management services, Kelly earned her Master of Science in Management degree from Indiana Wesleyan University. Kelly has served in management roles in various Aspire programs including Residential, Satellite Operations, Addictions, HIV, Community Based Services, Deaf Services, Youth & Family Services, and School Based services. Kelly is currently known as the expert on rehabilitative services for the agency. 

Ms. Howe was raised in Kentucky with several generations of family surrounding her. Stories of her parents, grandparents, and other family who are all part of what makes Kelly such an accessible person to get to know. As a child, Kelly’s family taught her the values of honesty and respect. It's apparent when talking with her today that both of those things remain critically important to her. Kelly has spent her entire professional career at Aspire and feels blessed to work in an agency that feels like family and shares many of her same values. 


  • ICCMHC Adult Services Committee 

Kelly resides in Madison County with her husband, Craig, who is a teacher and her daughter, Emma. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading and traveling.

dianna Huddleston
Senior Director of Outpatient Services

dianna Huddleston

dianna L. Huddleston, LCSW, is a veteran leader and advocate for the mental health and well-being of Hoosiers. She holds a Bachelors in Social Work and Women’s Studies from Ball State and a Masters in Social Work from Indiana University. dianna has over 30 years of experience as an administrator and clinician working in a variety of settings, including adolescent treatment centers, adolescent inpatient units, school-based services, outpatient services, and community-based services. She has worked in the Indiana Community Mental Health system since 1993 and joined Aspire in April 2014.

As Senior Director of Outpatient Services, she oversees the behavioral health teams for Aspire. She directs the teams of therapists and facilitators to develop individualized treatment strategies for clients, many of them in the at-risk population who have been referred by state agencies or the justice system. Before her time at Aspire, she served as the Director of Child and Adolescent Community Living Program at Wabash Valley Alliance, where she developed and implemented policy to create a System of Care for a Medicaid-funded residential program. Previously, she has held various roles such as social worker with the Salvation Army, adjunct instructor for Purdue University, field and camp director for the Girl Scouts, and directed development for the Lafayette Urban Ministry.


Huddleston has extensive experience partnering with community organizations to promote successful outcomes for those most in need. She received the 2012 Indiana Council Award for her outstanding work on the Department of Child Services Initiative Project that implemented a DCS/CMHC service contract to provide more comprehensive care to families in need. Huddleston participated in the Governor’s Commission for child fatality review for eight years. She has been  the board chair for Partnership for Healthy Hamilton County Board Chair for the last three years.  In 2011, she received the Cecilia Weber Advocate Award from the National Alliance on Mental Illness for promoting progressive attitudes toward the treatment of the mentally ill.

She is also well versed in crisis prevention and has been a Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Trainer since 1994. She received a certification in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. She also serves on the Youth and Parent Engagement subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice and Cross System Youth Task Force which is designated under the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana (CISC). She was recently appointed by the Hamilton County Commissioners for a four year term on the Hamilton County Community Corrections Board.

Huddleston and her partner live in Boone County, and she enjoys camping, hiking, biking and quilting in her free time. She started using a lowercase “d” for her first name as a child and wound up with the nickname “little d.”

Vanessa Pataky
Senior Director of Service Access

Vanessa Pataky

Vanessa Pataky is Senior Director of Service Access for Aspire Indiana Health, overseeing all access points where patients enter services. This includes primary medical care assessments, behavioral health intakes and crisis services. 

Vanessa joined Aspire in 2018 as outpatient Clinical Manager in Hamilton County. In 2019 she accepted the role of Director of Youth and Family Home and Community Based Services, where she spearheaded Aspire’s renewed focus on Youth and Family services and partnership with the Department of Child Services. Vanessa joined the Senior Directors in June of 2022 and hit the ground running focusing on improving access to care. 

Since obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Vanessa has dedicated her time to working with youth and family in a multitude of settings. From outpatient, home and community based, school based to the hospital setting, she has advocated for underserved populations and given them a voice. She obtained her master's degree in Social Work in 2008 and has been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2011. 

Vanessa has helped mentor the next generation of social workers as adjunct professor at both the Indiana University School of Social Work and the Butler University LMHC graduate program since 2015. She currently serves as the board chair for Healthier Hamilton County Systems of Care as well as the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers for Child and Adolescent Services.

Vanessa was raised in California and moved to Indiana as a 6th-grader. She is very close with her family who still reside in California, along with Texas and Indiana. She currently lives in Boone County with her husband, Justin, who is a firefighter, their two children, Sophie and Conner, and their two dogs and a cat. As a family, they enjoy the winter when they get to ski together, hitting the slopes whenever they can. She loves skiing so much she serves on the board for the Indianapolis Ski Club. Vanessa also enjoys reading, traveling, movies and spending time with her large extended family. 

Diana Williams
Senior Director for Addiction Services

Diana Williams

Diana Williams is the Senior Director for Addiction Services for Aspire Indiana Health, including clinical oversight of both Progress House, outpatient programming and the residential treatment facility, Mockingbird Hill Recovery Center.

Williams has more than 20 years of management and administration experience in the

behavioral health field, working closely with Federal clients, specifically Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), state agencies and SAMHSA grantees. She also has experience as a Clinical Director for two inpatient Substance Abuse Treatment Centers. She has successfully managed SAMHSA contracts, including the SAMHSA Community-Based Organizations and Access to Recovery (ATR3 and ATR4) initiatives. 

At the state level, for Indiana, Williams has served as Deputy Director of Substance Abuse and Emergency Preparedness Services, Deputy Director of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Policy and Programs, Single State Agency for Substance Abuse Services, State Opioid Treatment Authority, Director of Substance Abuse Services, and Director of Programs for the Indiana Department of Corrections. 

Williams is a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) and was an Associate Professor at Indiana University in Indianapolis.

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