♥Executive Director Anthony M. McCrovitz, Ph.D., LMHC, BCPC, IMH-E® (II)
For nearly three decades, Dr. McCrovitz has worked with individuals and their families to improve their overall quality of life, introducing and implementing Gentle Teaching-based frameworks of support that encourage and guide others in overcoming barriers of community integration.
Establishing Globe Star in 1996 with his wife, Amanda, was an outcome of their worldwide vision to share Gentle Teaching with their own community in Chesterton, Indiana. This flagship office has grown over the years, and today, additional offices in South Bend, Indianapolis, Warsaw and Lafayette, serve communities and counties of north central Indiana.
With Anthony’s extensive background experience in outpatient, therapeutic interventions for both children and adults with intellectual disabilities, expertise in parent training approaches toward intervention, and experience in working with multidisciplinary teams, Globe Star is able to offer a a broad range of support services for individuals with developmental disabilities.
In the ongoing development of Globe Star, Dr. McCrovitz collaborates with local colleges for the enhancement of leadership in research, career advancement, and education for interns. This collaboration has been especially beneficial with Purdue University North Central School of Psychology and Indiana University School of Social Work for the South Bend and Northwest campuses. Early on in his career, Anthony accepted an invitation from the Loyola School of Social Work, to study at the graduate school in Rome, Italy, where he had the opportunity to share his research regarding how quality of life aspects are fortified for a child through applications of Gentle Teaching.
These partnerships provide and have provided ideal learning environments and the opportunity for Dr. McCrovitz to work directly with interns and educators in designing the foundation for developing and enriching academic programs. To date, his contributions and collaboration have produced programs that achieved the development standards established by the American Psychological Association, the American Counseling Association, and the Council on Social Work Education.
The programs designed and developed for Globe Star’s direct services consistently achieve these same standards of excellence, as certified by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities), with the agency’s autism program for children and adults being given exemplary honors.
Regarding his own teaching philosophy, Dr. McCrovitz shares: “My teaching philosophy leans on a multimodal person-centered approach that works toward enhancing relationships and decreasing challenging behaviors, by using positive and supportive teaching techniques and non-aversive behavioral intervention. I also strongly believe in unconditional valuing with a focus on mutual change and didactic interpersonal variables. My philosophical perspective is demonstrated throughout my extensive experience in the designing of positive, proactive treatment plans, rooted in holistic biopsychosocial models.”
Anthony offers his expertise to the community. He is an active and contributing member of related associations, serving on the boards of the Share Foundation, Indiana State Counseling Association (ICA) as their past president, Gentle Teaching International (GTI) and International Snoezelen Association (ISNA).
♥Assistant Executive Director Amanda M. McCrovitz, M.S.E., J.D.
Amanda, with Anthony, co-authored Anthony’s Backpack, A Child’s Journey into Gentleness. It is a story about three children who discover and apply the simple principles of Gentle Teaching on a day-long adventure.
In her early career as a special education teacher, Amanda taught children with moderate to severe disabilities in an upper elementary school setting.
She holds a master’s degree in special education from Indiana University, and a law degree from Valparaiso Law School, and is currently involved in teaching work with 4th through 8th grade students who are learning vocabulary and Math and Language Arts.
For many years, Amanda has been involved with the Gentle Teaching community, and serves as a board member of Gentle Teaching International (GTI), advocating for individuals and their quality of life.
From 2005 to 2008, she worked closely with Dr. John McGee and his work in Puerto Rico. Together, they developed a program for individuals with disabilities to be removed from institutions throughout the Island, and placed in homes with families to care for them. Amanda’s knowledge of the legal system and her background in special education, contributed to her successful interactions with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Department of Health. Her unique contribution to this project became instrumental in carrying out Dr. McGee’s work on behalf of individuals who had been institutionalized. (note: this project evolved as a result of a federal law suit over the care and conditions in the Puerto Rico institutions.)
In addition to her heartfelt work at Globe Star with her husband, Anthony, Amanda manages the home front, caring for their four children: Anthony, John-Paul, Gretta and Peter-James, and works at St. Patrick Catholic school in Chesterton.
♥Quality of Mentoring Life Field Mentor, Sherrie A. Handshoe, MSW, LCSW
As a Field Mentor for Globe Star’s Quality of Life Services and Programs, Sherrie is available to work with Individuals, groups, and families in the in the north and northeast counties of Indiana, expanding her areas of services throughout the state.
With a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in social work, Sherrie is a passionate and dedicated advocate for Individuals with disabilities. Her primary focus is to build relationships that develop, with others, their unique and authentic voice for articulating personal goals.
By facilitating the necessary supports and planning for attaining goals, their lives become more manageable and enjoyable.
Her practice integrates the philosophy and principles of Gentle Teaching. She is ready to take on any of the challenges that Individuals face in their lives, and move with compassion toward quality of life solutions that are found by working together in a safe and loving environment.
Sherrie has an extensive background in working with the many and varied characteristics of Individuals, in both group and individual counseling settings. In addition, she is licensed as a clinical social worker, and has provided behavior management services in the northeast and central areas of Indiana. She spent nine years working with juveniles in a group home and facility setting, and has had much success in working with extremely ‘high behavioral’ Individuals.
Sherrie loves learning, and actively seeks new knowledge and continues to expand her mentoring skills. She regularly participates in training programs on autism and sensory processing disorders, and is extremely knowledgeable on interventions that assist Individuals in becoming successful in their daily lives.
If you or someone you know could benefit from Globe Star’s quality of life mentoring services in northeast Indiana, call Sherrie. You’ll be glad you did!
he agency became possible and Samantha was excited for the opportunity to continue to learn and grow with others as the Quality of Community Life Servant Leader. (view or download Sherrie’s brochure of information and services).
♥Quality of Mentoring Life Servant Leader, Zathoe Sexton, MSW
Zathoe’s passion for helping others in need was propelled when she began caring for one of her own children after a car accident in 1984, that resulted in Traumatic Brain Injury. Before long, she realized that she wanted to do something to give back to the community that supported her and her family. She enrolled at Indiana University Northwest where she earned a degree in sociology with a minor in women’s studies, then went on to receive her master’s degree in social work. She says she chose social work, because had been inspired as a teenager, reading about Jane Addams, and had thought, “Yes I want to be like her.”
Before Zathoe came on board at Globe Star in 1999, her career in social work began to develop as a Director of Development at Hoosier Boys Town (now known as Campagna Academy), where she was responsible for all of the fundraising, worked closely with Foundation and Board members to expand giving opportunities, and provided group and individual therapy to young men who were disadvantaged youth, children in need of services or court ordered services.
Over the next few years, Zathoe’s career path included work with the Salvation Army. Here, she implemented their major gifts program, and fulfilled a position as Director of Development for the Area Youth Ministry, working with fundraising, grant writing, special gifts, and donations.
One additional feather in her cap that she takes great pride in, is her work with Duneland School Corporation in the Drug Free Schools Program. Zathoe was instrumental in getting a new budget line item to fund the Positive Life Program, a student assistance program for youth with alcohol, drug and other problems that interfered with their receiving an education.
Many years of experience provided Zathoe opportunities for developing a strong skill set to be a service-focused social worker and coordinator, with a strong commitment and practical compassion for serving the needs of marginalized youth and adults, including developmentally disabled and special needs populations. She was the perfect fit for Globe Star, and continues to be an invaluable member of our management team, and a daily support for the the whole Globe Star community.
From the start, Zathoe has continuously held leadership positions at Globe Star, in various aspects of mentoring and caregiving. Early on, she was instrumental in establishing the Quality of Life Institute, supervised a team of 18 social workers, qualified professionals in intellectual and developmental disabilities, and office administrators, developed and maintained teaching curriculums for direct care staff, and was responsible for writing and maintaining the Employee Handbook and Policies and Procedures for the agency.
Since 2006, she has primarily fulfilled the role of Quality Assurance Servant Leader for all of the Globe Star offices. In different capacities, she is also a teacher, trainer and supervisor for employees and interns, and provides assistance to the executive director.
Zathoe strongly believes in enriching the quality of life for the individuals she serves, helping them understand their emotions and guiding them to make good decisions. The one challenge she is best at solving for the individuals she works with is unconditionally valuing them as a person, which helps them feel safe, loved, loving and engaged.
For the last two years, she has participated in the Special Olympics Bocce Ball as a unified partner, gaining medals with her team for both years. Zathoe is looking forward to their third year of participation in this event, and they are going for the gold!
When Zathoe is not busy working, she loves to walk on the beach and look for beach glass and heart-shaped rocks, go for bike rides with her husband, read, or do some quilting.
The best part of her time spent out of the office is time spent enjoying her grandchildren.
♥Occupational Therapist, Joann Scheetz, OTR
Before coming on board with Globe Star, Joann Scheetz had already had a long career of successfully interacting with Individuals, using intervention approaches that addressed the needs of Individuals planning to return home, or meeting the needs of Individuals adjusting to permanent assisted living or long-term care.
Prior to her years as an OT, Joann worked as a Respiratory Therapist in the acute hospital and LTC settings, providing services to children and adolescents at Riley Hospital in Indianapolis, and the adult and geriatric population in hospitals in Muncie and Anderson, as well as in her home state of Ohio. She worked successfully in educating patients and families in their respiratory conditions, and in providing them treatments according to their physician’s orders.
JoAnn provides services in South Bend and the surrounding areas. She is available to work with Individuals and their caregivers or families, offering Globe Star’s quality of life services that incorporate occupational therapy. She is also Globe Star’s coordinator and a provider for quality of life services for Individuals, using the multi-sensory environment (Snoezelen Room), located at the South Bend office.
“Individuals who would benefit from this multi-sensory approach include children with special needs, adults, and seniors with hyperactivity, depression, chronic pain, dementia, failure to thrive, and other conditions. This treatment, although not new in itself, is an exciting new service model for the South Bend community!” -Joann
View or download Joann’s informational brochure that explains more about the purpose and benefits of a multi-sensory environment, and where you can also learn more about Joann and her excellent background and work in therapeutic fields.
Please feel free to contact her with any questions or to learn more about how she can work with you and/or your Individual. We are happy to have her on board, and welcome her to the community!
♥Organizational Navigator Matthew Blackard
Matthew Blackard is a graduate of Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. He originally was interested in studying I/O psychology, and this got him involved in research pertaining to successful self-presentational strategies, as well as a working memory study. This combination of education and research brought him to his decision to work in the field of human resources so he could focus on improving employee relations.
Matthew joined the Globe Star crew in 2015, after extensively searching for a job in the HR field. After learning more about Globe Star’s dedication to improving the quality of life for individuals and crewmembers, he realized that his vision was perfectly aligned with Globe Star’s mission and operations.
Matthew is most proficient in planning and organization and is passionate about the idea of contributing to help improve the quality of life for fellow crewmembers. His goals are to help enrich the quality of life for the people he works with, by providing support and problem-solving skills in areas such as Human Resources, database and information technology.
In his spare time, Matthew enjoys going to the movies and spending time with family.
♥Quality of Community Life, Navigating Mentor, Cameron Wild
After graduating from a military academy in 2010, Cameron was awarded substantial scholarships to enroll in Ivy Tech Community College for two years, where he majored in criminal justice.
He then attended Michigan State University, where his studies qualified him for a Certificate in Business Management Hospitality, and he began working in the field of restaurant management, successfully implementing his business management and hospitality skills and knowledge.
Cameron quickly recognized the importance of making a positive impact in people’s lives, and is always willing to lend a helping hand, even to a stranger.
When he was ready to explore other career paths, Cameron was led to Globe Star, and proves to be a natural in the mentoring role he has taken on.
Cameron’s additional experience, achievements, interests and activities include volunteer work at United Way of Porter County, American Red Cross CPR/AED training and First Aid Instructor, studies and training in emergency management (FEMA_IS 00906 Basic Workplace Security Awareness and FEMA IS_00907 Active Shooter: What Can You do), and certification in counter-terrorism from Case-Western University.
Outside of studying, volunteering, training and working, Cameron enjoys spending time with his friends and family.
♥Quality of Community Life, Navigating Mentor, James Boyd
His natural ability to coach and care for others is a gift he brings to the mental health field, where he has developed his career. He is proficient in building relationships, teaching skills to others, and helping people set and achieve their goals.
James is experienced as a high school-level assistant for special education classrooms. He has served as a community counselor for adolescents and adults, and supervised a residential adolescent unit at a local mental health hospital. James also spent nine years as a direct service provider, developing companionship with an individual with developmental disabilities.
Outside of work, James is a volunteer at his local church, with past experience as a high school youth group leader, and as leadership support for a hip-hop music outreach project. He currently leads a youth and adult karate ministry at his church.
“My goal is to support the individuals and crewmembers I serve, and to grow and discover new skills and interests. I seek to help them broaden their understanding of who they are and discover new things about themselves in order to enrich their quality of life.”
When he’s not working or volunteering, James enjoys training in the martial arts. When the weather is nice, he likes to hike and camp. He believes there are few things better than curling up with a good book or playing some music with others in the community.
♥Social Worker Assistant, Kimberly Cardenas
Kimberly Cardenas came on board with Gobe Star in 2016. It seems that wherever she goes, she shows up like sunshine! She loves learning and working together, with others, especially with Individuals in helping them achieve their goals.
Kimberly began her studies in health and human services at Indiana University, and is working toward completing her bachelor’s degree in human resources. She is certified as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and as a CPR instructor.
Some of her skills for social work began developing from previous work experience as a Customer Care Representative Leader for Indiana Botanics Garden. Through her interactions with customers, she became very aware of some basic, human elements required for successfully working with others (i.e. compassion, deep listening, identifying their need), and engaged wholeheartedly in problem-solving and planning toward resolutions for each new situation.
Kimberly feels she can continue learning, applying, and expanding her knowledge and skills at Globe Star. Covering both field work and office work, she embraces the diverse situations and challenges of each new day, advocating for justice of the heart and enrichment of life.
The idea stated by Paul Ryan that “every successful individual knows that his or her achievement depends on a community of persons working together,” means a lot to Kimberly, and inspires her outlook. She says she discovered that this is what service at Globe Star is all about, and that it makes her proud to be a part of the Globe Star community.
Watching her children grow is her heart’s pure delight. ‘It’s my favorite thing, watching them grow; but bittersweet, too, as they grow so fast. We learn so much from one another. They learn from me and I keep learning from them how to become a better person.
My daughters showed me how, when we get to meet a person for the first time, we can love them unconditionally. They also taught me how life can be viewed from different perspectives, and that we don’t always have to take life so seriously; we can also make life magical, trust and believe that everything will be alright.
Kimberly treasures spending time with her husband and their two daughters. “We try to make life enjoyable, we love going to eat, travel and just be at home doing nothing but spending time with each other! One of the main things I’ve learned from life is to be patient and believe that God does things for a reason [so we can learn and grow]. Never give up and keep living!”
♥Quality of Community Life, Navigator Mentor, Clayton Temple
Clayton Temple graduated from St. Joseph’s College (Rensselaer, Ind.) in 1995, with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He soon realized, however, that his real area of work interest centered around interactions with others, and being able to offer support for their goals and quality of life.
Today, having served more than 20 years in the mental health and behavioral healthcare field, he has gained knowledge and wisdom from his dedicated work experiences, from caregiving to case management, working with adults, children, and families.
When Clayton learned about Globe Star, he felt that it was a way of working that he would enjoy, recognizing that it was “an organization that not only holds the individuals and families we work with in the highest regard, but employees, as well,” he said.
With a sense of humor, wonderful patience and his practice of deep listening and giving care to others, Clayton is a very approachable and natural servant leader. His motivation comes from his willingness to empower others by creating possibilities with them, and by valuing the people he serves, works with, and learns from.
I love to see our individuals learn and value new experiences,” he commented, “and celebrate their successes with them. My primary goal in working with our Individuals is to somehow enrich their life. The most crucial part of this is finding things our individuals value and wish to pursue, and providing support, encouragement, and resources to do so. One of the most challenging and exciting parts of this is when an individual is able to step out of their comfort zone and have new experiences. Everyone needs to experience things that are new to them in order to grow.”
In his time away from work, Clayton treasures time with family and friends. He also enjoys weight training and practicing massage therapy. Being a big fan of music, he attends concerts as frequently as he can. Recently, he rekindled his trumpet-playing talent and began teaching to his son how to play and love the gifts of music.
♥Quality of Community Life, Navigator Mentor, Katherine Calderon Cuellar, BS
Born in Peru, Katherine Calderon graduated from Indiana University Northwest with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. This achievement meant a lot to her, because completing a degree in another country is challenging, and especially difficult when one is new to the language.
After graduating, Katherine entered the world of retail and spent four years expanding her skills in working with customers, quickly gravitating toward becoming a skilled, customer service representative.
Katherine has a knack for lifting the spirits of everyone she meets. It was through her love of helpng others that she eventually discovered Globe Star, the services they provided and the great things she saw that were being done in the community for Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Spending time with the Individuals became her motivation and passion in working everyday to see the smiles of the Individuals she began to work with.
She also volunteered in different events to help promote awareness of developmental disabilities.
In her natural inclination to help create possibilities for others, she became a unified Special Olympics player for Porter County, and won silver with one of her Individuals in 2016.
As a mentor for Quality of Community Life services and programs, Katherine helps to enrich the quality of life for Individuals, by engaging in activities that support their goals. Her creativity shines when she is collaborating with others to create quality of life outcomes and facilitating activities that support their shared goals.
Katherine also loves to travel, go to the movies, dance, and spend time with friends and family.