Meet the HCBS Staff

The Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) division is made up of a diverse group of individuals who are extremely passionate about the mission of the HCBS division and the goals of KDADS as a whole. We would like to take a few moments to introduce those individuals to you:

George VanHoozer, Program Oversight Manager

George brings years of experience to the HCBS team. George worked at the Kansas Department of Revenue as a Field Representative/Special Investigator for 12 years. He was a Civil Tax Enforcement Divison Manager at Revenue for five years. He worked at the Atchison Juvenile Correctional Facility and Kansas Juvenile Correctional Facility as the Business Administrator for 9 years total. He joined The Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitative Services/Department for Children and Families as the Deputy Director of Operations for three years and three years at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services as the Oversight Manager.

Cindy Wichman, Director

Cindy serves as director for the seven Kansas Home and Community Based Services Programs for Kansans with disabilities. Cindy has a 25-year career in long-term services and supports including 15 years working with the I/DD system. She has additional work experience in acute care settings, continuing care retirement communities, skilled nursing facilities, home health and hospice services. Cindy holds a Bachelor's degree in Communication Arts and a Master of Science in Nonprofit Leadership and Management.

Central Office Staff

Eva Diehls, HCBS Project Manager

Eva works on contract and policy projects for HCBS. She has a background in clinical medicine and has worked with patients from all populations and backgrounds for over ten years. Eva has a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Kansas, a B.S. in Diagnostic Imaging from Fort Hays State and a Master’s in Healthcare Administration from the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Callie Simmons, PD Program Manager

Callie comes to KDADS with extensive programmatic experience in the disabilities field. Starting in 2011, she served as both case manager then program coordinator for a Topeka-based community service provider. Prior to that, she worked for Disability Determination Services with the Kansas Department for Children and Families (formerly called SRS). Callie also earned a B.A. in Sociology/Anthropology from Washburn University, magna cum laude. Callie brings not only applicable experience but also enthusiasm and passion for persons with disabilities.

Carrie Proffitt, FE-PACE Program Manager

Carrie joined the KDADS team in 2016 and previously held the role as the Quality Assurance Program Manager for the Older American’s Act, Senior Care Act and the CARE program. She has an extensive background in working with children and adults with I/DD, Autism and Mental Health disorders. She holds a B.S. in Human Services/Management and an M.S. in Psychology. She also holds Certifications as an Autism Specialist, Intensive Individual Support Specialist and the National Certification for Employment Services. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and children as well as fostering children in need of care. She is passionate about helping people and enjoys giving back to the community.

Michele Heydon, Technology Assisted/TBI Program Manager

Michele joined the team April 2017. She is responsible for both the TA and TBI Waiver, as well as TBIRF admissions. Michele has an extensive background in HCBS Services, serving persons with disabilities.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Kansas and an M.A. from Northern Arizona University.

Melissa McDaniel, HCBS Program Integrity Manager

Melissa is the HCBS Program Integrity Manager.  Melissa joined the HCBS team in March 2016. She has three Program Integrity staff who work in different locations across the state who receive and work referrals related to any sort of Adverse Incident or Fraud/Waste pertaining to any of the HCBS waiver programs. Melissa has a Master of Science Degree from Oklahoma State University and spent many years prior to KDADS working with providers in the field of aging services.

Sam Philbern, Autism/SED Program Manager

Sam has a B.S. in Psychology from Fort Hays State University. His background for the last six years has been direct service mental health. He has worked in an inpatient children’s psychiatric hospital as well as a PRTF and a respite/crisis home for a community mental health center. Sam has several hobbies including, comics, baking, and board games. Sam enjoys spending time with his pets; he has two dogs, an English Mastiff (Balou), a Yorkie mutt (Bear), and a cat (Kai). Sam is passionate about his work with children and looks forward to assisting in  creating a more comprehensive mental health environment.

Paula Morgan, IDD Program Manager

Paula is the program manager for Intellectual/Developmentally Disabled waiver services. She holds a Master’s Degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Kansas.  Her 6 ½ years of experience in the I/DD system started in direct supports, then transitioned into working for a CDDO.  Prior to I/DD services, she spent several years working in Special Education and with At-Risk populations.  Paula also has experience working in foster care services, first as an SRS employee, then as a foster parent, and later as an adoptive parent of four.

Sandy Chatham, Administrative Specialist

Sandy has been with the State for 22 years; 19 of those years with the HCBS programs.  Sandy assists the HCBS Commissioner and Director as well as all of the HCBS Waiver Program Managers with administrative duties.  Those duties also include helping to resolve billing and eligibility issues with all the waiver programs and liaison duties between legal and the HCBS commission.

Field Staff

Colin Rork, Program Integrity and Compliance Specialist - Northeast Region

Colin joined the HCBS team May 2016 and is responsible for following up on integrity issues received, work referrals relating to adverse incident reports and fraud/waste pertaining to all of HCBS waiver programs. Colin has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas. Before joining our team he worked for Disability Determination Services as a Disability Examiner for the State of Kansas.

Linda Young, Program Integrity and Compliance Specialist - South East Region

Linda joined the KDADS staff in February, 2016. Linda is currently responsible for following up on program integrity issues covering primarily the South Central and South Eastern regions of the state. Linda graduated from the University of Kansas earning a Master’s in Social Work. Linda has previously worked in a variety of settings, including experience with the I/DD population, community mental health and the aging populations.