Kimberly Adkison
Care Coordination Director

Kimberly is passionate about helping individuals tell their story and to have their needs and desires be heard. She helps to develop service plans that meet people’s needs and goals and she facilitates communications between all the members of each individual’s team.

For more than 26 years Kimberly has been working in Social Services. She enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities, her most significant amount of experience being with children and families and individuals who experience Intellectual and Developmental disabilities. She earned a Master’s of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota.

Tiffany Schneider
Care Coordinator

Joining ARA in January 2018, Tiffany Schneider believes her personal experiences allow her to connect with individuals and their families on a personal level. Believing that every person has a voice that deserves to be heard, she uses a person-centered approach to connecting community and natural supports in response to the individuals’ goals, needs, and personal preferences. She also believes in promoting positive and effective communication with all team members while valuing collaboration.

She attended the University of Phoenix and received an Associate of Arts with a concentration in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Human Services with a concentration in addictions.

In 2009, she became a step-parent to her son who experiences an intellectual disability, and has learned ways to advocate for him across all settings. The struggles they endured as a family raising a child with many extra needs inspired her to go back to school so she could help other families navigate the same hurdles she and her family experienced.

While attending school, she took on a paid intern position at Genesee Lake School, in Oconomowoc, WI, a school that is nationally recognized for providing treatment programs, therapeutic school settings, and advocacy for children, adolescents, and young adults with developmental disabilities, mental health disorders, neurological disorders, and/or emotional disturbances. She started as a one-on-one support staff in the classroom, and after 3 months, she was promoted to an instructional aide, in a high-needs classroom, with children ranging from the ages of 9 to 14 years old.

While working at Genesee Lake School for two and a half years, she learned different therapeutic approaches to teaching, as well as implementing different therapeutic tools to better assist children who experience different abilities, and to prepare them for transitioning back into their traditional school setting.

Nicholas Marinelli
Care Coordinator

As a care coordinator, I am an advocate. My responsibility is to guide individuals who experience dementia related symptoms, and those who experience physical and/or intellectual disabilities. My roll, with support from the team, is to write the individual’s plan for supports granted under an annual waiver. The goal is to ensure they have enough support so that they can have the choice to remain autonomous in their home and community. I meet with the individual on a monthly basis to ensure the quality and adequacy of the services they are receiving. Additionally, I work with the individual’s entire team (family, medical provider, habilitative providing agency, etc.) coordinating satisfactory services for them; helping them connect to the local available resources.

I have been a Care Coordinator with ARA since October 2019.

Prior to becoming a care coordinator I have worked both in health and human services and education. During my time in the health and human services field I’ve been responsible for direct support, case management, and coordination of services.

I have a Bachelor of Science from Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR.

The majority of my case load consists of IDD Waivers and in the past I primarily worked with folks who experience an intellectual and/or developmental disability. I have a strong understanding of what it means to be an advocate and how to act as a support for individuals and families.

Throughout my career my work has been devoted to building stronger communities. I believe that the more individuals who are able to participate in the community the stronger the community is. My goal as a Care Coordinator is to help people remain in a place of their choosing, as a participant in their community. I want to working with individuals to identify the resources available and select services that best fit their needs.

Tess Staton
Care Coordinator

Born and raised in Juneau, Tess is familiar with the resources that are available and has strong community connections, which at times has been extremely beneficial to helping coordinate services and care.

Following graduation from Lewis and Clark College with a BA in Psychology Tess began working as a case manager/service coordinator at a local providing agency, working specifically with individuals who experienced complex medical conditions. Prior to that, a behavioral health specialist, providing direct care to individuals, who experienced mental health disorders, in group homes.

As a care coordinator, Tess is an advocate to individuals who are elderly, and experience dementia related symptoms, and to those who experience physical and/or intellectual disabilities. In her roll, with support from the care coordination team, she writes the individual’s annual waiver for habilitative services, which helps ensure they have enough support so that they can live their own best life.

Tess is passionate about helping others.