Cardinal Services Board

Our Board

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).

 

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Our CEO

Randy Hall, Corporate Vice President

Randy Hall

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.

Administration Team

Management Team

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Our History

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.

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Our Timeline

  • 1954
    Children with disabilities receive services for the first time.
  • 1965
    Cardinal Center Workshop - now CCI - is established.
  • 1966
    Cardinal Center moved to its current location at 504 North Bay Drive.
  • 1969
    An education wing is added and classes begin for preschool children. Elements of this program would later become First Steps.
  • 1976
    Job placement services began.
  • 1979
    Kosciusko Area Bus Service (KABS) began operations.
  • 1985
    The first two group homes in Kosciusko county were opened.
  • 1990
    Group home services were expanded to Cass and Marshall counties.
  • 1993
    Cardinal Center received its first CARF accreditation.
  • 1995
    Cardinal Center started a Head Start program in Kosciusko county.
  • 1997
    The Women, Infant & Children Nutrition Program - now simply called WIC - comes under the Cardinal umbrella.
  • 1999
    All First Steps services are now provided in the family home rather than at a center.
  • 2000
    Significant development of the supported living program occurs.
  • 2002
    Three accessible duplex style group homes for people with severe disabilities are constructed to replace three aging homes that close.
  • 2003
    Pike Lake Pointe apartments open, providing safe, decent, affordable lakeside living for low-income families and people with disabilities.
  • 2004
    Cardinal Center celebrates 50 years of service to the community!
  • 2007
    A new group home is built on SR 14 W in Silver Lake.
  • 2008
    We change our name to Cardinal Services and adopt a new logo.
  • 2010
    In February, KABS launched their new logo and expanded services to include all of Kosciusko County. Federal stimulus dollars allowe the fleet to grow and be updated with 3 new vehicles.
  • 2011
    The Sus Amigos program comes to an end. First Steps programming is regionalized by the state forcing Cardinal to end First Steps services. Career Links begins offering services in Elkhart County.
  • 2012
    Cardinal opens a new group home on Parker Street in Warsaw, replacing a much older home.
  • 2013
    Career Links expands to Marshall County.
  • 2014
    Cardinal celebrates 60th anniversary with a year of special events.
  • 2016
    CEO Jane Wear retires after 40 years with Cardinal Services. Randy Hall, a 28 year veteran of Cardinal, becomes the new CEO.
  • 2016
    Cardinal opens RedBird Art Studio, giving people a fresh opportunity of expression and possible income.