Our Board of Directors consists of committed volunteers from our local community who share a dedication to our mission and the people who participate in Cardinal programs. Each brings special talents and experience to make Cardinal better than we are without them.
Seated: Courtney France (Cerulean Restaurant), Penny Brown (Brothers, Brown & Assoc.; Board Chair), Angie Ritchey (Lake City Bank); Standing: Bill Winn (Pill Box Pharmacy), Jon Goss (Harbor Freight Tools), Jay Rigdon (Rockhill Pinnick), Mike Bergen (Alderfer, Bergen & Company), Jay Baumgartner (Bowen Center), Joel Wihebrink (Wihebrink Landscape Management);
Not Pictured:Nick Deeter (Wishbone Medical), Amy Hobbs (Warsaw Community Schools), Robert Marshall (Zimmer Biomet Holdings), and Vicki Morton (Go Global Michiana, LLC).
Randy is the seventh CEO of Cardinal Services, starting his tenure on July 1, 2016. Before becoming CEO, he served as Corporate Vice President for 20 years with day-to-day oversight of programs. Randy spent several years working at Cardinal as a Direct Support Professional, and brings this invaluable experience and understanding to the role of CEO.
In 1954, parents in Kosciusko County who had children with disabilities conducted solitary, lonely searches to find services for their children. No group or organization existed to guide them, and they found the only answers to their questions too far away or too expensive to be of any real help.
After a lively discussion in the letters to the editor section of the local paper, parents found one another and soon classes were meeting daily in the living room of a family home in Milford. Thus was Cardinal’s humble, heartfelt beginning. Although their children were different ages and had varying diagnoses, all parents shared the same dream – that their child could do more, be more, and look forward to more than society seemed to understand.
They were right. Soon, children who were deemed “untrainable” were learning basic skills and opening the door to greater possibilities. What started as a handful of children led by a single teacher in a small living room, has grown into a thriving, spirited, lively, and unexpected Cardinal experience. Today, with an enthusiastic and dedicated staff of close to 500 employees, we are serving more than 4,000 people each year.
All this, accomplished through the ongoing commitment of those original families and the countless others who joined them along the way. We are grateful for them, and for you and your interest and support of Cardinal Services.