Meet the Team
Heather is the Assistant Director of the Child Welfare service line. She has been with A&C for about 2½ years and has a long history working with families. Her previous experience includes working for the Department of Child Services for 11 years, working with Healthy Families, and providing home based therapy and case management. Heather’s passion for working with families has been focused in the Child Welfare realm for over 20 years. When she is not working, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, children, extended family and friends. She enjoys planning family vacations and capturing these memories through photos and scrapbooks.
Lynn does Community Outreach and Development for the foster care program. He has been with A&C for three years, with 20-plus years in child welfare. You will see Lynn at trainings and other events as he does the coordination for the program. Lynn is originally from east Tennessee and a lifelong Tennessee Volunteer, serving as the head of the local alumni association for five years. On any given Saturday in the fall you can find Lynn watching a Tennessee football game.
Amanda serves as the TFC Licensing Team Leader. A 10-year veteran with the program (started in 2010), she has always had a desire to help those in need. “I believe I am given the opportunity to do this daily by working in the foster care field,” Orr says. “I am committed to supporting children and foster families and I strive to promote growth and overall well-being in their lives daily She is a self-described “West Coast girl living in an Indiana world. Living here since 2010, you could now say I'm an honorary Hoosier! I have an amazing tight knit family who I value very much. I love to travel and have been to several different countries including Australia. I have many more places to visit on my bucket list! One day, I'll hit them all.”
Valerie, a Licensing Specialist, has been with the TFC program since 2019. She loves helping people be able to help others in becoming a foster parent or having a child find their forever home. She attended Ball State University, “the best college on the planet.”
Susan, a Licensing Specialist, joined Adult and Child in March 2020. Susan graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2014 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. Prior to coming to Adult and Child, she worked as a family case manager for the Department of Child Services and has also worked in behavioral health and with children with autism spectrum disorder. Susan’s interest in child welfare and foster care was sparked around age 10 when her family became a licensed foster family. Susan’s family continued to foster for almost 15 years and eventually adopted her youngest brother through the child welfare system. Susan is passionate about ensuring that children grow up in safe, healthy home environments and is excited to support foster parents in this role. Outside of work, Susan enjoys spending time with her family and friends, baking and listening to podcasts.
Kathy, a Licensing Assistant, was the TFC Office Coordinator for 13 years and has been with the agency since 2005. “I do this because I love the children and the foster parents,” she says. “I feel like I have a whole bunch of grandchildren and I admire the foster parents for what they do every day of their lives. I think the people I work with are amazing, and I am sure you feel that way too since they take care of your kids in your home.” Rinks has been married for 43 years and has two sons, a daughter-in-law, three grandchildren and a dog named Cooper. She is passionate about spending time with her group of friends.
Michele, TFC Access Coordinator, started with TFC in 2020 after spending almost three years as the Parent Café Coordinator. She’s always helped kids and families in her professional career before A&C, "and now I can continue to do this." Upon graduation from Butler University (majoring in education and special education), she spent 35 years in the special education world as a teacher and the last 18 years as a special education administrator. She enjoys Broadway musicals, concerts, listening to most types of music, and playing the piano. She also enjoys singing, playing golf and reading. She has two cats, Buddy and Sally, who think they are humans most of the time.