Chief Executive Officer
Tammy Themel has spent the past 20 years working in non-profit organizations on behalf of families and local communities. She began her career in entrepreneurial start-up companies and gradually moved into nonprofit management. She is passionate about working within communities and served as the CEO of the Colorado Agency for Jewish Education for 8 years prior to joining accessABILITY. As the CEO and Executive Director of accessABILITY, Tammy is committed to continuing the high standard of service and outreach that has been associated with accessABILITY for many years. She is excited to be part of the Indiana disability advocacy community and has made it a priority for accessABILITY to create more avenues for engagement and education.
Tammy earned her BA from the University of Colorado and her MBA from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management. She is the proud parent of three wonderful children. When not working, she can be found creating living history impressions or warping her loom.
Letta began working at accessABILITY in March of 2016. Her role as Administrative Director has many functions that help keep accessABILITY running smoothly. She is a true team player that helps whenever or wherever she is needed. Letta has her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology with a minor in English from Martin University. Letta has been a licensed CNA/HHA since 2007. Outside of work, Letta enjoys spending time with her loved ones. She is the mother of a wonderful daughter named Ashley. Her hobbies are reading, writing, and bowling.
Community Engagement Director
Derick brings a new level of understanding how Housing Choice Vouchers function throughout the state and how they can be further utilized to assist individuals and families. Derick completed his undergraduate studies in Anthropology at Indiana University- South Bend, served in the Navy as a Mass Communication Specialist and is currently finishing his Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in Community and Economic Developments from Ball State University. Derick has a strong passion to not only solve housing issues throughout the state but to provide further opportunities for individuals and families with disabilities to make a home. In his spare time Derick loves to travel, specifically long road trips with his best friend Delilah, a 9-year old lab he has had since she was 8-weeks old.
Soraya L. Trauner
Independent Living Support Coordinator
Soraya has worked in various roles at accessABILITY since 2011. Prior to her employment at accessABILITY, she worked with individuals with mental health disabilities for over 20 years in a hospital, case management and advocacy capacity. She currently serves on the NAMI – Indianapolis Board of Directors. Soraya was appointed to the late Governor Frank O’Bannon Council on State Operations Care Facilities. She holds certificates of achievement on Play Therapy Workshops for children with conditions of mental illness, Training in Rehabilitive Psychiatric Services and GLICH (Great Lakes Institute for Community Health Educators). She has volunteered on the Suicide and Crisis Hotline, (CASA) Court Appointed Special Advocate and with different organizations that promote education and awareness to eliminate human trafficking. Soraya is also works as a foster parent. Soraya received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. In her spare time, Soraya enjoys playing tennis, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Hispanic and Latino Outreach Specialist
Carolina was born in Caracas, Venezuela in northern South America. She received her high school diploma with mention of Sciences and Humanities in 1980. She studied at the Institute for Professional Teaching Improvement and earn The Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) in 1986. She completed her undergraduate studies in her Country at University Institute of Industrial Technology “Rodolfo Loero Arismendi” and received an Associate Degree in Computer Science in 1991. In November 2000, she moved to the United States for opposing the previous Venezuelan government because it put her life at risk. Since then she has been working as a teacher and the last 8 years she has been working at accessABILITY Center for Independent Living, Inc. as Hispanic / Latino Outreach Specialist.
Quality Assurance Specialist
Independent Living Advocate
Allison Bracken is the Quality Assurance Specialist and Independent Living Advocate at accessABILITY. Prior to this position, Allison served as an Independent Living Advocate since 2011. She currently serves on the leadership team of the organization. Prior to her employment at accessABILITY, she worked in full-time Christian ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ, International. Allison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Child Development and Family Studies from Purdue University. She has completed trainings within the Benefits Information Network and has been a Certified Benefits Specialist since 2012. Allison volunteers with the Community Resource Patient Group at the University of Indianapolis, helping Physical and Occupational Therapy students learn about spinal cord injuries and also volunteers at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. Allison lives with her husband, Aaron, and enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing games/cards in her spare time.
Office Administrative Specialist
Linda has a background in insurance and legal administrative support. She has been extensively published, including a former column in a small Indianapolis newspaper, several independent articles and poems, and one published book. Linda has also written and composed two award winning songs for the Northwest Alabama Music Publishing Company. She graduated the Medical Office Specialist program with honors at Kaplan College in 2012 and has been involved in many areas of volunteer work, including hospice, nursing home ministry, women’s ministry, children’s reading tutor, and Relay for Life Southeast Indy.
Independent Living Advocate
Although a Hoosier by birth, Angie actually spent most of her life in Minnesota. She attended college at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities campus, gaining a degree in Housing Studies. In 2009, she felt called to move to Indianapolis to serve as a full time missionary as a member of a Christian community called the People of Praise. Angie joined accessABILITY in 2015 and prior to this she worked to end homelessness as a grant program coordinator with the State of Indiana. She is excited to continue to build community and empower people to live the lives they want to live. Angie also enjoys reading, hiking, traveling, baking, home improvement, watching good movies, and spending time with friends and neighbors.
Information and Referral Specialist
Tasha began working at accessABILITY in October 2015 as an Administrative Assistant. In February 2016, she was promoted to Information and Referral Specialist. Prior to joining accessABILITY, Tasha worked professionally with the elderly and people with disabilities for over eight years. Tasha recently completed her Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a minor in Addictions Counseling. When Tasha is not working one of her two jobs, she loves spending time with her family. She is a mother of two beautiful children, Jordan and Maliyah. Her hobbies include reading books, playing board games, creative crafts/arts, traveling, and just having FUN while creating memories!
Independent Living Advocate
Glenda Mark has an extensive background in the Social Services Field, Mental Health, and Corrections. She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Sociology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Chicago State University. Glenda enjoys spending time with her Husband and son, fitness, traveling and Upholstery.
Youth Transition Advocate
Independent Living Advocate
Joe serves as a Youth Transition and Independent Living Advocate for accessABILITY. His experience ensuring the full inclusion of people with disabilities began in 2005 while working at CYO Camp Rancho Framasa, a summer camp that is inclusive of youth with disabilities. He has since spent well over 10,000 hours working alongside people with disabilities in recreation, education, and non-profit settings. Joe has been a part of accessABILITY’s mission to foster inclusive communities in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties since August 2014. Joe received an undergraduate degree in Theatre from Ball State University in 2010. In addition to his love of theatre, his hobbies include traveling, running, hiking, kayaking, and any adventure that can get him out into nature.