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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
  • Mobile services
  • CARe 2 Get Connected prevention programming
  • Community education and training
  • Children's services
  • Sexual assault services
  • Case management and ancillary services
  • Safety planning and danger assessments
  • Court & medical appointment accompaniment
  • Transportation and food assistance
  • Support and education groups
  • Aftercare

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


Johna Y. Lee, Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Buzan, Chief Program Officer

Melissa A. Stanton, Chief Administrative Officer

Ashley Waterbury-Carpenter, Chief Operating Officer



Julie L. Hettinga
Treasurer—Likens Farms

David A. Shapiro, MD
Physician—Muncie Comprehensive Treatment Center

Aaron Reger
Commercial Lender—State Bank

Tina M. Baker
Executive Assistant—Harrah's Hoosier Park Racing & Casino

Shane E. Briggs
Officer—Pendleton Police Department

Amanda G. Currie
Billing Specialist—Ellie Mental Health

Crystal A. Everhart

Claire Lee, RN
Nurse—IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

Megan McFearin
Attorney at Law—Adinamis & Saunders, P.C.

Lynda O'Neill
Retired—City of Anderson

Beatrice R. Ramey
Executive Director Human Resources/Risk Management—Madison County Government

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

Catherine Wilson
Attorney at Law—Secretary of State's Office

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