Meet The Leadership Team
Board of Directors
Kristine Osterday, Chair
Elkhart County, Judge
Larry Gautsche, Past Chair
Retired, LaCasa, Inc.
Retired – Kevin R. Boyer, Treasurer
Thomas Nickel, Secretary
Marv & Tom’s Truck Service
Retired, CTS Corp.
Concord Community Schools
Attorney, Yoder Ainlay Ulmer & Buckingham
Donald R. Anderson
Retired, USI Insurance
Jason L. Pippenger, Vice Chair
DJ Construction Company
Chris Kingsley leads ADEC in accomplishing it’s mission through goals and directives adopted by the board of directors. Chris joined the team in 2023. He led another strong local nonprofit for four years after serving in several roles at that organization over 12 years. Chris received his BA from Goshen College. He is a graduate of the Elkhart Leadership Academy in 2018 and a 2022 graduate of NeighborWorks Achieving Excellence Program through the Harvard Kennedy School. His background includes work as a commercial painter, a pastor, and a missionary, in addition to more recent nonprofit roles. Chris grew up in Elkhart and currently lives in Goshen with his wife and three kids. His father worked a 40-year career at ADEC and Chris is honored to continue a legacy of service to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Lisa Kendall oversees ADEC’s Human Resources department, which includes staffing, benefits, training, safety and corporate compliance. She came to ADEC in June of 2002 and held a variety of positions within Human Resources before receiving a promotion to Vice President. Lisa spent seven years at Kelly Services as an Office Manager for their Elkhart offices. Prior to this, she spent one year as a staff liaison at the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce. She holds a BA in Communications and Business from Bethel College and a Professional Human Resources certification. When asked why she enjoys working for ADEC, she describes ADEC’s mission and the staff’s commitment to the people ADEC serves.
Brenda Falcone is ADEC’s Vice President of Residential Services, overseeing the agency’s supported living and supervised group living operations. Brenda started working with people with disabilities in the early 1990s while attending Tri-State University, where she double-majored in criminal justice and psychology. Brenda came to ADEC in 2000, where she has held a variety of positions serving individuals with disabilities. She is also a licensed-level MSW, graduating from IUSB in 2002. The defining moment of Brenda’s career happened in 2010 when another agency in St. Joseph County was shut down suddenly and the state asked ADEC to provide care to the 28 individuals left without a home. Under the leadership of Brenda, ADEC answered the call and provided dignity to those individuals when no one else would. When asked what she enjoys most about working for ADEC, Brenda says: “It is the relationships I have made with the people we serve and the people who serve them.”
Jeff Schrock oversees maintenance for ADEC’s 28 locations and coordinates transportation for all group home clients, ADEC Industries and client attending day services within Elkhart County. He came to ADEC in July 1985 as the fleet mechanic for ADEC’s transportation department. He spent 27 years in this capacity as his maintenance responsibilities increased. Jeff holds a degree in auto and truck technology from Lincoln Technical Institute. When asked why he enjoys his work at ADEC, he says, “The clients, the staff, the variety, and mostly the fact that we do something that makes a difference for people in our little part of the world.”
Cherri received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University Purdue University of Indianapolis (IUPUI) in sociology. She received a Master of Science degree in public service management from DePaul University in Chicago. Her studies at DePaul led her to courses in government and international policies. During her post-graduate work, she traveled to Dublin, Ireland where she received a Certificate of Completion in community and voluntary services from All Hallows College. At DePaul, she was inducted as a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society—an honor given to top-performing graduate students.
Cherri serves as an advisory board member at IU South Bend’s Center for a Sustainable Future. She is a member of the Young Professionals Against Poverty at the Center for Homeless and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
In her pastime Cherri enjoys mentoring, spending time with family and friends, and has invested several years in the arts as a professional spoken word artist.
Steve Ganger leads ADEC’s community efforts for corporate relations, fundraising, volunteering and special events, as well as corporate marketing and communications. He has worked for 30 years in corporate, nonprofit and higher education management roles. He holds a marketing degree from the University of Notre Dame and two Master’s degrees from Bethel University, where he served on the faculty for 17 years. “ADEC is changing lives every day, which brings meaningful depth to everything you do.”