Why was Maple Seed Farms started?
Cindy and Amy bring over 30 years of professional and parental experience in working with children with disabilities. As parents of teenagers with Autism Spectrum Disorders, they noticed an absence of support to help children transition from childhood to adulthood. MSF bridges the gap by developing skills used by both children and young adults as they progress through the different stages of life.
Executive Director: Cindy Kacsor
Cindy served children with developmental disabilities as a Service Coordinator for First Steps for over 7 years. At First Steps, she coordinated OT, PT, and speech therapy services with families. Cindy also provided information regarding community resources to the families. From 2006 to 2015, she served on the Board of Directors at a non-profit therapy center for children with autism in Fort Wayne, IN.
Director of Operations: Amy Doran
Amy began her professional career in Fort Wayne with Lincoln National Corporation, performing a variety of management roles. Amy also worked in the healthcare insurance industry for a national preferred provider organization where she was responsible for both internal and external customer support. After her son received an ASD diagnosis, she teamed up with several other parents to start a non-profit outpatient therapy center for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, serving in the role of Manager of Human Resources for 8 years as well as on the center’s Board of Directors.
Waiver Program Manager: Jessica Koehneke
Jess has been working with the IDD community professionally since 2011. Jess has been with MSF since January of 2017 and oversees the day program, weekend skill building classes, and community based waiver services.
Behavior Analyst Trainee: Mariah Miller
Mariah graduated from IPFW in 2016 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology and Sociology. She has worked in the field of ABA since 2015 and has been at Maple Seed Farms since June 2017. Mariah is currently finishing her Master's degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University, in pursuit of becoming a BCBA.
BCBA: Rebecca Newman
Rebecca has her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and Special Education. She received her Master's degree in ABA in 2012. She has worked as a reading tutor, reading/math coach in a public school, and second grade teacher. Rebecca has been in the ABA field since 2010 and worked as a behavior therapist for 3 years. She has been a BCBA since 2014 and joined the team at MSF in September of 2016 as an ABA program manager.
Behavior Analyst Trainee: Meghan K
Meghan graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Ball State University in 2013 and has worked in the disability field since 2014. She has begun the Master's program at Ball State in Applied Behavior in 2018. Meghan joined MSF in November 2017.
BCBA: Katie Koble
Katie graduated in 2009 from Anderson University with a Bachelor's degree in Family Science. After finding a job in ABA therapy, she went back to school to get her Master’s degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. She has over 7 years of experience with ABA therapy in home and clinical. Katie graduated from Capella University in 2017 and obtained her BCBA credentials the same year.
Family Support Coordinator: Jes Poehler
Jes graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from Purdue Fort Wayne and her Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Capella University. She has over 10 years of experience working with individuals with disabilities. Jes joined MSF in 2017 and oversees job skills development, assists families in finding resources, and provides family and individual counseling.