Meet the Staff

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) division is made up of a diverse group of individuals who are extremely passionate about the mission of the HCBS division and the goals of KDADS as a whole. We would like to take a few moments to introduce those individuals to you:

Cindy Wichman, Director

Cindy serves as director for the seven Kansas Home and Community Based Services Programs for Kansans with disabilities. Cindy has a 25-year career in long-term services and supports including 15 years working with the I/DD system. She has additional work experience in acute care settings, continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice services. Cindy holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Central Office Staff

Eva Diehls, Policy and Program Oversight Manager

Eva works on contract and policy projects for HCBS. She has a background in clinical medicine and has worked with patients from all populations and backgrounds for over ten years. Eva has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas, a B.S. in Diagnostic Imaging from Fort Hays State and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Callie Simmons, PD Program Manager

Callie comes to KDADS with extensive programmatic experience in the disabilities field. Starting in 2011, she served as both case manager then program coordinator for a Topeka-based community service provider. Prior to that, she worked for Disability Determination Services with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (formerly called SRS). Callie also earned a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Washburn University, magna cum laude. Callie brings not only applicable experience but also enthusiasm and passion for persons with disabilities.

Carrie Proffitt, FE-PACE Program Manager

Carrie joined the KDADS team in 2016 and previously held the role as the Quality Assurance Program Manager for the Older American’s Act, Senior Care Act and the CARE program. She has an extensive background in working with children and adults with I/DD, Autism and Mental Health disorders. She holds a B.S. in Human Services/Management and an M.S. in Psychology. She also holds Certifications as an Autism Specialist, Intensive Individual Support Specialist and the National Certification for Employment Services. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and children as well as fostering children in need of care. She is passionate about helping people and enjoys giving back to the community.

Michele Heydon, Technology Assisted/TBI Program Manager

Michele joined the team April 2017. She is responsible for both the TA and TBI Waiver, as well as TBIRF admissions. Michele has an extensive background in HCBS Services, serving persons with disabilities.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.A. from Northern Arizona University.

Colin Rork, HCBS Program Integrity Manager

Colin is the HCBS Program Integrity Manager as of July 30, 2018. He oversees three Program Integrity staff who work in different locations across the state who receive and work referrals related to any Adverse Incidents, Fraud/Waste/Abuse and ensure quality and compliance as it pertains to the HCBS waiver programs. Colin joined the HCBS team in May 2016 as the Program Integrity and Compliance Specialist for the Northeast Region. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas.  Before joining our team, he worked for Disability Determination Services as a Disability Examiner for the State of Kansas.

Sam Philbern, Autism/SED Program Manager

Sam has a B.S. in Psychology from Fort Hays State University. His background for the last six years has been direct service mental health. He has worked in an inpatient children’s psychiatric hospital as well as a PRTF and a respite/crisis home for a community mental health center. Sam has several hobbies including, comics, baking, and board games. Sam enjoys spending time with his pets; he has two dogs, an English Mastiff (Balou), a Yorkie mutt (Bear), and a cat (Kai). Sam is passionate about his work with children and looks forward to assisting in  creating a more comprehensive mental health environment.

Paula Morgan, IDD Program Manager

Paula is the program manager for Intellectual/Developmentally Disabled waiver services. She holds a Master’s Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Kansas. Her 6-½ years of experience in the I/DD system started in direct supports, then transitioned into working for a CDDO. Prior to I/DD services, she spent several years working in Special Education and with at-risk populations. Paula also has experience working in foster care services, first as an SRS employee, then as a foster parent and later as an adoptive parent of four.

Russell Bowles, ICF-IDD Program Manager

Russell Bowles joined the team in January 2018 and came to us from Big Lakes Developmental Center in Manhattan where, since January 2015, he served as a case manager and most recently as CDDO Quality Assurance/Eligibility Specialist. Russell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Occupational Education in 2010 and his Vocational Nursing Certification in 2000. Russell has an impressive 25-year U.S. Army career having achieved the rank of Master Sergeant. While serving and among other duties, Russell provided medical treatment and care for military and civilian patients along with training and supervision of Medical Instructors for Department of Defense medical personnel.

Matt Beery, HCBS Transitions Specialist

Matt Beery joined the KDADS team in January 2018 and has extensive applied experience as a case manager working with at-risk youth as well as adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Over the past 15 years, Matt has worked with group homes, schools, lawyers, physicians, psychiatrists, therapists, addiction services, foster care and biological families to provide positive client experiences. Specifically he coordinated treatment teams and community providers to maintain community tenure and divert hospitalization.

Sandy Chatham, Administrative Specialist

Sandy has been with the state for 22 years; 19 of those years with HCBS programs. Sandy assists the HCBS commissioner and director as well as all of the HCBS waiver program managers with administrative duties. Those duties include helping resolve billing and eligibility issuesfor waiver programs and liaison duties between the KDADS legal department and the HCBS commission.

Anita Flewelling, Administrative Specialist

Anita joined the team in October 2017. She came to us from a private company in Lawrence, Kansas, after 15 years in human resources and customer service. She worked prior to that at Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center with the Adult Community Support Program in the office coordinator/medical records department. Anita has many years working in the medical field as an administrative assistant including at the Central Kansas Foundation for Alcohol & Drug Addiction in Salina, Kansas. Anita assists the HCBS commissioner and director as well as the HCBS waiver program managers with administrative duties.

Field Staff

Linda Young, Program Integrity and Compliance Specialist - Southeast Region

Linda joined the KDADS staff in February 2016. Linda is currently responsible for following up on program integrity issues covering primarily the South Central and South Eastern regions of the state. Linda graduated from the University of Kansas earning a Master’s in Social Work. Linda has previously worked in a variety of settings, including experience with the I/DD population, community mental health and the aging populations.

LaTonia Wright, Program Integrity and Compliance Specialist - Northeast Region

LaTonia started with KDADS October 2018. She is responsible for ensuring statewide licensing, program standards, policies and procedures established by KDADS are met by all agencies providing community-based waiver services. She covers the Northeast region of Kansas. LaTonia attended Washburn University and The University of Kansas. She has a Master's of Social Work Administration and has worked in the service areas of intellectual/developmental disabilities, elderly, homelessness, physical disabilities and brain injuries.