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Alternatives Incorporated is a 501(c)(3) social service organization located in Anderson, Indiana. The agency was founded in 1978 by seven dedicated women who shared a common vision of peace in every home. Alternatives Inc. is governed by a volunteer board of trustees.

Alternatives Incorporated's philosophy is all persons have the right to live in a loving, caring, safe and secure environment. We support survivors through the initial crisis with the ultimate strategy of helping them achieve abuse-free and financially independent lives. In recognition of the complex needs of survivors, we draw upon the resources of local communities to support survivors in their quest for peace and security. 

Our agency's primary services area is the counties of Hamilton, Hancock, Henry, Madison, Marion and Tipton in East-Central Indiana. Our services are comprehensive and collaborative. They include:

  • 24-hour crisis hotline and response team
  • Housing services
  • Children's services
  • Non-residential services
  • Sexual assault services
  • Case management and ancillary services
  • Safety planning and danger assessments
  • Transportation and food assistance
  • Support and education groups
  • CARe 2 Get Connected prevention programming
  • Community education and training

For an in-depth description of our programs and services, please click here.

2021 BOARD OF TRUSTEES


OFFICERS

PRESIDENT
Thomas F. Bannon
VP Community Engagement/ Chief Foundation Officer—Community Hospital Anderson

VICE PRESIDENT
Julie Hettinga
Treasurer—Likens Farms

SECRETARY
Tina Baker
Executive Assistant—Harrah’s Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

TREASURER
Christine L. Nottingham
Retired—Certified Public Accountant


John Kane
Certified Public Accountant—J. P. Kane & Co., LLC

Claire Lee, RN
Nurse—IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Vida Odai
Winegardner & Hammons Hotel Group

Beatrice R. Ramey
Human Resources Specialist—Madison County Government

Mary Schmid
General Counsel—Kleenco Maintenance & Construction & Adjunct Professor—IU McKinney School of Law

David A. Shapiro, M.D.
Family Physician—McKenzie Family Practice

Makinzie Smith, BSN, RN
Charge Nurse—Community Hospital Anderson

Diane R. Wilson
Realtor/Associate Broker—RE/MAX Real Estate Solutions

Sarah Wilson
CSQ Representative at Elanco Division, Greenfield, Indiana—Eli Lilly & Company

KEY STAFF

Johna Y. Lee, Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Buzan, Chief Program Officer

Melissa A. Stanton, Chief Administrative Officer

Ashley Waterbury-Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer