At The Arc of Indiana’s 2015 Appreciation Luncheon last week, two individuals from ADEC, an INARF member and Ability Indiana participant, were honored. The two honored were Cary Kelsey, ADEC’s vice president of guardianship and compliance, and John Goebel, former ADEC board member and Elkhart entrepreneur.
“It truly is wonderful to have such extraordinary people connected with ADEC,” said Donna Belusar, ADEC chief executive officer. Kelsey was honored with the Outstanding Professional Achievement Award for his 45 years of service at ADEC. When he began at ADEC, his purpose was to work for a few years to fulfill his alternative service requirements. Within 10 years, Kelsey had created day service programs as well as advanced services for the blind. His contributions continue to accumulate after 45 years.
For his helping to develop assistive technology with ADEC, Goebel received the Innovation Award. His spark to create assistive technology came from a change encounter with Chris Gibson, a young man with cerebral palsy and vision loss, at a fundraising event. Goebel said, “My dream would be for ADEC to be the center of assistive technology for the United States.”