New Hope of Indiana | Our Team
For over forty years, New Hope of Indiana has been committed to supporting individuals and families, encouraging them to live their most independent, fulfilling lives. Through services for individuals with disabilities, counseling for families in the child welfare system and advocacy efforts, New Hope of Indiana is making an impact in our communities every day.
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Meet Our Leadership Team

Allison served as the Chair for New Hope of Indiana’s Board of Directors for a year and a half until she accepted the CEO position in September 2014. As CEO, she is responsible for providing strategic leadership throughout New Hope. Allison is working with the New Hope Board of Directors and its Associates to expand services while at the same time continue the long-standing and excellent dedication to service New Hope has always provided. Prior to working with New Hope, she was the Vice President and Chief Advocacy Officer for St. Vincent Health and served as Vice President for Government Relations at the Indiana Hospital and Health Association. Allison has degrees from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and Indiana University School of Law. Allison describes herself as a lawyer by training but a social worker at heart. She loves to dance with both her husband and daughter.

Allison Wharry

Chief Executive Officer

Laura came to New Hope in 2002 with more than 15 years of experience in accounting. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Butler University and is a Certified Public Accountant. As CFO, she manages the accounting department and all of its functions. In her spare time, Laura enjoys reading, bowling and watching sports. She also loves hugs and is always willing to give them out if you stop by her office.

Laura Tomlin

Chief Financial Officer

Margo is a graduate of Purdue University and is a SHRM Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) with an extensive background in employee relations and talent management in both the public and private sectors. She joined the New Hope team in 2019 as Director of Human Resources. In her role, Margo is responsible for establishing and implementing strategic goals for recruiting, training, retaining and empowering associates. She is committed to maintaining the support and services that make New Hope of Indiana a Top Workplace. Outside of work, Margo enjoys reading, singing in her church choir, playing volleyball and shopping at Menards.

Margo Green

Director of Human Resources

Prior to her career with New Hope of Indiana, Leah studied at the University of Indianapolis. She received her Bachelor of Arts in visual communications and Spanish and graduated with Honors in 1991. That same year Leah started working with New Hope and since then has held a variety of Group Home and Staff Development roles. In her current position as Director of Group Homes she oversees the operation of 11 group homes and medically fragile group homes. Through daily oversight of operation and compliance to federal and state regulations, she hopes to make group homes a place staff want to be, and a place families want their loved ones to live. Leah used to play defensive end for the Indianapolis Vipers, a women’s professional football team!

Leah Steere

Director of Group Home Program

Kathy is the Director of the Community Outreach Department which includes Day Services, Family and Community Services, Home-based Counseling Program and Vocational Rehab Services. Kathy holds a PhD in Special Education. She built her career working in the field of disabilities and child welfare, and she enjoys program development. Kathy has been with New Hope for 14 years and brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the team. Kathy loves animals and is Zeller’s (our facility dog) handler.

Kathy Ballard

Director of Community Outreach Department

Cassi has over twenty years of experience serving individuals with disabilities. She started at New Hope as a Team Leader in Supported Living in 2007 and left in 2017 after becoming a Manager. Since then she has gained leadership and program development experience at other disability providers. As Director of Supported Living Program, Cassi ensures the safety and well-being of the individuals served while balancing the business needs of the program. She is proud to carry on the commitment to excellence that her team has established over the years. At home, Cassi is a proud mom and stays busy watching the Colts and having fun with her family. She loves black coffee, is exceptionally girly and has a bad habit of losing pens.

Cassi Dean

Director of Supported Living Program

Amy received her Bachelor of Arts from Ohio Wesleyan University and her master’s from The Ohio State University. She has been an integral part of New Hope for 30 years working as a social worker for persons with traumatic brain injury, as a supervisor of the social work department and in her current position. As the Director of Community and Family Connections, Amy builds partnerships in the community, leads program admissions and provides resources and referrals to families seeking services. She also oversees New Hope's Behavior Services department. When she’s not working to make New Hope a better place, she loves spending time at bead stores and making jewelry.

Amy Flint

Director of Community and Family Connections

Maija has been an employee at New Hope since 2003. After graduating from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, Maija went on to work with children in the foster care system, eventually accepting a position at New Hope in the Home-Based Counseling Program. In her current position, she ensures that New Hope provides high quality services to individuals and ensures their safety and well-being. She is also the designated Corporate Responsibility and HIPAA Compliance/Security Officer for New Hope and is in charge of the CARF Accreditation Team. Maija loves sparkling water, peanut butter, and Paper Mate’s Flair pens.

Maija Augenbergs

Quality Assurance Coordinator

Ken has worked in the human services industry since 2005 in various roles including case management, program management and operations. He came to New Hope in 2009 as a Team Leader, and after leaving to gain experience elsewhere, returned to New Hope in 2015. Since then, Ken has been a leader for change and growth at New Hope, working directly with the clients and supporting associates in HR and IT. Today, as Manager of Capital Operations, Ken oversees the daily operations and maintenance of New Hope's many programs and facilities. Outside of work, Ken enjoys relaxing at home, watching a Red Sox game and spending time with his family and friends. He is a loyal Ebay shopper and loves his cat, Momo.

Ken Rose

Manager of Capital Operations

Sarah graduated from Indiana University in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Public Affairs. With experience in human resources, management and community engagement, she began her career at New Hope of Indiana in 2017 as Executive Assistant to the CEO, where she quickly became an indispensable support in all aspects of New Hope. As Manager of Development and Communications, Sarah is responsible for cultivating and maintaining relationships with donors and community partners as well as the marketing and communication efforts of New Hope. Outside of work, Sarah enjoys music, spending time with her son and watching Cubs baseball and will take on any editing job that comes across her desk.

Sarah Stone

Manager of Development and Communications

Zeller came to join the team at New Hope of Indiana through Canine Companions, Inc. He spent the first 18 months of his life with his volunteer puppy raiser learning basic obedience. He then received six months of professional training at CCI, where he graduated with honors. Zeller is eight years old and has been at New Hope for over six years. He is an integral part of the New Hope team and brings much joy to both those we serve and the staff.


Facility Dog

Board of Directors

Ron Mead, Chair, Hendricks Regional Health

Liz Hoover, Vice Chair, Hoover Financial Advisors

Jen Scroggins, Treasurer, Eli Lilly

Loraine Brown, Secretary, Community Volunteer

Sr. Francine Brown, Daughters of Charity

Jayme Donnelson, Hess, Hess and Donnelson LLP

Pam Evans, Star Benefit Associates, Inc.

Patricia Gamble-Moore, PNC

Denise Irons, NHI Parent

José Lusende

Susan Robinson, NHI (retired)

Charity Stowe, RISE INDY

Allison Wharry, CEO, NHI