Cary KelseyCary Kelsey
Vice President, Advocacy and Quality Assurance

Cary Kelsey oversees ADEC’s efforts to advocate for client needs and ensure each program delivers optimum quality. Cary came to ADEC in 1970 as a training supervisor in the Sheltered Workshop to fulfill his Alternative Service requirements for the military. He thought he would spend two years here and move on to teaching history. After 46 years at ADEC, he’s earned the distinction of being the only employee to work for all three parent agencies (which merged in 1976). In his time at ADEC, Cary developed and oversaw the agency’s day services, therapeutic preschool program and visual impairment services, in addition to several additional accomplishments. Cary holds an MS in special education from Indiana University at South Bend and a BS in history from Manchester College. When asked why he enjoys working at ADEC, Cary says, “Through the years, ADEC has offered me many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of persons with disabilities and their families, as well as many opportunities to learn new things, ways of interacting, listening, advocating, for and with persons with disabilities.”