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About our Staff

Michelle Smith

Michelle Leonard-Smith is a visionary leader who brings to Abilities Services, Inc. a deep experience in civic engagement, staff development, and a passion for those we serve. During her recent seven-year tenure as Director of Administration for ASI, Michelle worked with our Board of Directors to establish a management and organizational structure with a clear governance protocol, steward staff and consumer relationships, build strong corporate and community partnerships, strengthen programs, and balance community need with strategic growth and resources.

A native of Crawfordsville, Michelle’s career has spanned the nonprofit and manufacturing sectors. She has served in various capacities around the state, as well as being a key member of a start up of a local ethanol production facility. She holds a degree in Political Science from Ball State University. Michelle, along with her husband Scott and two sons, Connor and Corbin, reside in Crawfordsville.

Smith is honored to have been selected and is eager to get started at Abilities Services, Inc., continuing to learn about our various programs and community initiatives and meeting many new people who help make our work so meaningful. As we are in the midst of the busy summer season, she will have an excellent opportunity to see our mission come alive.

I hope you will join with Abilities Service's staff and Board of Directors in welcoming Michelle Leonard-Smith to this new position. We look forward to introducing her to each one of you over the coming months as we begin to celebrate ASI’s 45th year of providing services within our community. If you have any questions or comments about this announcement, please email me at

Michelle Struck

Approaching her 20th year at Abilities Services, Michelle Struck rounds out the administrative team at ASI in the position of Director of Programming. She started as a Care Coordinator and has spent the majority of her career in the areas of employment and day services. She assumed her current position in 2012 and is responsible for programming in all areas of service – from day services to employment training to group homes to supported living – in all three of ASI’s service counties.

Working out of the Frankfort office, Struck is close to her family. She and her husband and daughter enjoy water sports, attending festivals and car shows, and family vacations.

“The best part of my job is the great team of people I work with who are so committed to making a difference in the lives of the individuals we serve.”


Mary Nichols, Program Coordinator, Montgomery County

Originally from the East Coast, Nichols became passionate about working with individuals with developmental disabilities from personal experience. She has maintained that passion in her work at Abilities Services. Since 2005, Nichols has held a variety of positions and now oversees all programming in the Montgomery County office which is the agency’s original and largest service area.

Monika Pavese, Clinton County Programming Coordinator

With over 10 years working as a CNA, Pavese brings a medical perspective to her position in Frankfort where she oversees all Day Service, Supervised Living, and Group Home programming. She has over two years of experience within the organization as a Programming Coordinator.

Pavese brings great passion for her consumers to the position and enjoys spending time talking with the consumers in her care.

Sandra Stevenson, ACBSW, LSW

Since 1997, Stevenson has been with Abilities Services and has served the past eight years as the Qualified Intellectual Disability Professional in the Frankfort operations. She is a graduate of Purdue University where she concentrated in Social Work. She is currently on the Board of Directors at the United Way of Clinton County and has served on the school board in past years. 

Maureen Steward, QIDP

Stewart’s entire professional career has been working with adults with developmental disabilities since graduating from Carroll High School. She has been with ASI for over 11 years in the role of Qualified Mental Retardation Professional (a title that the state has changed in the past few years). In this role, she oversees all of the assessment and goal planning for Montgomery County clients in the Day Services and Supported Living programs.

Brian Ward, Trainer

Originally from Iowa, Ward has been with ASI since 2009. He started as the Day Services Lead Staff in Tippecanoe County and has been the agency’s trainer since 2011. In that position, he oversees all of the new employee orientation sessions for incoming staff as well as any annual recertifications and special trainings.

Ward is a certified instructor for Non-Violent Crisis Intervention with the Crisis Prevention Institute, CPR and First Aid with the American Red Cross, Person Centered Planning with the State of Indiana, and Homemaker and Personal Care Attendant Services with the Indiana Home and Hospice Care Foundation.

Ashley West

West has lived most of her life in Clinton County and currently works as the TITLE at ASI’s Rossville Group Home. She started with the agency over three years ago and has worked her way up from Direct Service Professional. West is half-way through her degree with Ivy Tech in Human Services and homes to maintain a career this field.

What is a Disability?

The definition of a developmental disability includes, but is not limited to: an intellectual disability, autism, cerebral palsy, a severe head injury that occurred before the age of 22, or a severe seizure disorder.


Under federal law, "developmental disability" means a severe, chronic disability of an individual that:


  • attributable to a mental or physical impairment or combination of mental and physical impairments
  • manifests before the individual attains age 22
  • is likely to continue indefinitely
  • results in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the following areas of major life activity:
    • self care
    • receptive and expressive language
    • learning
    • reflects the individual's need for a combination and sequence of special, interdisciplinary, or generic services, individualized supports, or other forms of assistance that are of lifelong or extended duration and are individually planned and coordinated.
    • economic self-sufficiency; and
    • capacity for independent living
    • self-direction
    • mobility


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615 N. 18th Suite 203
Lafayette, Indiana 47904
(765) 446-9201

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Phone: (765) 362-4020
1237 Concord Road
Crawfordsville, IN 47933

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110 S Prairie Ave.
Frankfort, Indiana 46041
(765) 659-4631


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