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.
Soraya L. Trauner
Disability Rights Advocate Team Lead
Soraya has worked in various roles at accessABILITY since 2011. Prior to her employment at accessABILITY, she worked with individuals living 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 also volunteers 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.
Bilingual Outreach Specialist & Disability Rights Advocate
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
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. Allison lives with her husband, Aaron, and her two four-legged children. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing games/cards in her spare time.
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.
Independent Living Advocate
Patrice has over 20 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities, youth and women in various service areas. She has worked in large state agencies as well as small not-for-profit agencies in Indianapolis and the surrounding counties. She has served in roles within the developmental disability population such as community liaison, employment consultant and Medicaid Waiver case manager. Patrice has volunteered among the female youth population; serving within such agencies as IndyPendence Job Corp, St. Florien Center, and Lilian Davis Foundation. Patrice has served Indianapolis youth in several different capacities, one of her favorites being a reader to students at IPS #44 Riverside Elementary School on Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. She has also enjoyed providing job readiness classes and smoking cessation meetings to the youth population. Patrice is one of 4 daughters; has three daughters and two granddaughters. She is still waiting for a male child family member.
Disability Rights Advocate
Barb Is a native of Wisconsin, but moved to Indiana in 2010. She has administered a group home for teenage girls with mental health disorders and survivors of abuse. Barb raised over twenty-two girls, between the ages of twelve and nineteen. She has always been an advocate for foster children and recently has become an advocate for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Barbara is a board member for the State chapter of The National Federation of the Blind, she also coordinates the Belle Academy, which helps young children with visual impairments learn to read and write Braille. Barbara has an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences from Kaplan University. When she is not working, Barb loves to spend time with her husband and son, attending her Women’s Bible study group, bowling with the Blind community, and relaxing with her three dogs.
Young Adult Council Advisor
Joe serves as the Young Adult Council Advisor 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.
Information and Referral Advocate
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!
After completing her bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, Allison experienced her first taste of non-profit work while serving two years in the AmeriCorps. During her time as a Literacy AmeriCorps service member, she worked with community outreach and tutored people in ESOL and GED prep. Allison gained invaluable life lessons and guidance for the future from her experience as a volunteer with AmeriCorps and her sponsor organization Project READ. Then she spent four years contracting with the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, working in multiple positions gaining proficiency in SNAP, TANF, and Medicaid benefit programs. She believes in Independent Living philosophy and is motivated to spread accessABILITY’s mission to more people in Central Indiana. Social justice and equality are core values for Allison, she believes those are essential to empower all people in society. Allison is planning on attending law school in the future and is interested in studying human rights law. She lives in Indianapolis with her spouse, Allison enjoys cooking and traveling.
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.
Administrative Office 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 four 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.