Meet The

Recreational Therapists

We are a team of highly educated and trained professionals with a passion for the therapeutic recreation field. Get to know us!

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Northeast Indiana

Kayci Irmscher, MA, CTRS

Co-Owner of New Leaf Recreation, LLC

Kayci graduated with a Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation at the University of Toledo in 2015, and soon after passed the CTRS exam. Kayci then chose to further her education and received her Masters in Recreation Administration in 2016 from the University of Toledo. After beginning to work on the Indiana Medicaid Waiver in 2016, Kayci extended her professional life by becoming an Adjunct Professor at Indiana Tech in Fort Wayne. In her free time, Kayci enjoys spending time with her husband, Adam, and her black labs, Kolby and Piper!

Lori Schweyer, CTRS

Co-Owner of New Leaf Recreation, LLC

Lori graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Indiana Tech in 2006. Soon after graduation, Lori passed the CTRS exam and began working on the Indiana Medicaid Waiver in 2008. She has experience both as a therapist and director of a recreational therapy program. Lori has been involved in the waiver for 10+ years and has the pleasure of serving most of her client caseload for the majority of that time. In her free time, Lori enjoys hanging out with friends, family, and her two silly and awesome kids, Ellie and Wyatt!

Taylor Stieb, CTRS

Co-​Owner of New Leaf Recreation, LLC

Taylor graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation in 2015. Taylor successfully passed the CTRS exam and began working on the Indiana Medicaid Waiver the same year she graduated. Soon after beginning her work on the waiver, Taylor was given the title of Internship Supervisor and was in charge of the supervision of college interns and the creation of an internship program. In her free time, Taylor enjoys going to the lake and spending time with friends, family, and her schnoodle, Sasha!

Elena Witte, CTRS

Elena graduated from the University of Toledo with a Bachelors in Therapeutic Recreation in August 2017 and completed her internship within the Indiana Medicaid Waiver. Soon after passing her CTRS exam, Elena began working on the waiver in 2017. She has extensive experience working with individuals with disabilities on the waiver and also at a residential facility for individuals with disabilities called Josina Lott in Toledo during college. In her free time, Elena enjoys spending time with family, friends, her fiancé Tyler, and her two cats!

Devin Riggs, MA, CTRS

Devin is a 2015 graduate from the University of Toledo's Therapeutic Recreation program and a 2016 graduate from the Recreation Administration masters program also from the University of Toledo. After making the move from Toledo to Fort Wayne, Devin began her professional career by working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the Indiana Medicaid Waiver in 2017. In Devin's free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Donnie, her daughter, Emilia, and her boxer pup, Gus Gus!

Central Indiana

Morgan Cavanaugh, CTRS

Morgan graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation from Indiana University in 2019 and completed her internship at the VA in Indianapolis. Morgan has experience as an international volunteer advocating and educating others about recreational therapy while traveling to Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, and Herzegovina. She also has experience creating adaptive programs and volunteering for a Special Olympics bowling league. In her free time, Morgan enjoys reading, bike riding, playing cards, and surf/wakeboarding at the lake!

Shelby Groves, CTRS

Shelby graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation from Indiana University in 2019 and completed her internship at The Rocky Mountain MS Center in Westminster, CO. She has experience as a volunteer at a Serbian Recreational Therapy Exchange Program while traveling to various countries, a direct support professional (DSP), a camp counselor at Bradford Woods, and creating adaptive programs in college. In her free time, Shelby enjoys crocheting, hiking, kayaking, playing with her dogs, listening to music, and watching movies!

Kylie Rhode, MS, CTRS

Kylie graduated from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 2016 with a Bachelors of Science in Child Development and Family Studies. After she completed her undergrad, Kylie obtained her Masters of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in 2018 and passed her CTRS exam shortly after graduation. Kylie has experience working with various populations, including individuals with disabilities, pediatrics, physical rehab, and more. In Kylie's free time, she enjoys yoga and spending time with friends and family!


 

Morgan Bell, CTRS

Morgan is a 2018 graduate from  Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation. From there, Morgan passed her CTRS certification exam and soon after began working as a recreational therapist. Morgan has experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities on the Indiana Medicaid Waiver and also as a certified nursing assistant (CNA). In Morgan's free time, she enjoys reading, traveling to new places, scrapbooking, and visiting her family members!


 

West Indiana

 

Ashley Helmi, CTRS

Ashley graduated from Indiana State University in 2020 with a Bachelors of Science in Recreation & Sport Management with a concentration in Recreation Therapy and a minor in Music. Ashley has experience as a head instructor at an Illinois facility that provides programing for individuals with disabilities, a direct support professional (DSP), and she also was a founding member and treasurer of the Recreational Therapy Club at ISU. In her free time, Ashley enjoys

Gabrielle Jett, CTRS

Gabrielle "Gabbi" graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from the University of Toledo in 2019, and completed her internship at The Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan. For experience, Gabbi completed a clinical at a residential and community facility for individuals with disabilities called Josina Lott in Toledo, and she also has previously been employed as a recreational therapy assistant. In Gabbi's free time, she enjoys spending time with friends, family, and her two husky pups, Dakota and Nalla!

 

Northwest Indiana

 

Juanakee Sinkler, MS, CTRS

Juanakee received her Bachelors of Science in Therapeutic Recreation from Grand Valley State University in 2013. After her undergrad degree, Juanakee went on to receive her Masters of Science in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University in 2016. She has extensive experience as a recreational therapist in numerous settings and populations, including a Director/Lead role at a past employer. In Juanakee's free time, she enjoys reading, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family and her 3 dogs!

Allison Ayala, CTRS

Allison is a 2019 graduate from the Therapeutic Recreation program and a certificate holder in Gerontology from Indiana State University. Soon after graduating, she went on to successfully pass her CTRS certification exam. Allison has experience working with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities as a direct support professional (DSP) and she also completed her internship at a behavioral center.  In Allison's free time, she enjoys being outside when the weather is nice, dancing, and playing games!