LEADERSHIP & BOARD
I have been a part of the I/DD community for 34 years, I often like to tell people that I have been part of the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for my entire life. Every member of my immediate family has or is in some way working in the field of human services. I am also proud to say that I had 2 foster brothers, whom had developmental and intellectual disabilities; their lives had a substantial impact on shaping my perspective in how people with I/DD should be treated. Their perspective and mine is quite simple they wanted to be treated…no different than anyone else. I believe the people we support have dreams, wishes, and desires for their own life and I want to be here to help them achieve those dreams, wishes, and desires.
Prior to coming to Loveland I served in Senior Management roles at both Suburban Adult Services Inc. and Claddagh Commission Inc.; during that time, I focused on program development/expansion and gained an extensive knowledge of regulatory and corporate compliance. I started my professional career as a direct support staff member working in the day program for Aspire of WNY, then progressively moved to a number of professional roles including Service Coordination and management of residential services.
Working in this field has truly become my vocation I care about the people that I support and strive to advocate for both individuals and the staff members with whom I work. I try to understand the needs of the individuals, staff, and families and the balance needed to ensure the requirements of the agency are also being met.
There is a great team here at Loveland and I am excited to continue the work here as we move forward helping the people we support live their lives to the fullest.
Equality Through Opportunity means to me; that everyone has the opportunity to live their lives in the manner in which they desire. I am not in the position to place a limit on that person but to give them the opportunity to reach their own dreams.
Chief Programs Officer
Becca is excited to be working with the staff and participants here at Loveland Center to provide quality Programs that are as unique as the individuals we serve, She has worked in nonprofit management and administration for over a decade for companies focusing on arts, education, child welfare, and other social services. She first joined the team at Loveland in the fall of 2020 and has loved getting to know each of the participants and helping them to meet their personal goals.
She holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Michigan and a masters degree from The Savannah College of Art and Design.
To Becca, “Equality through Opportunity” means removing the barriers to access many individuals with I/DD face, giving them the opportunity to share their abilities with the world.
Chief Operating Officer
I’ve worked in this field for 28 years. I started as a DSP and I have worked every role to get to where I currently am, I am currently the Director of Quality Management and Administration at the Loveland Center.
Equality through Opportunity:
Means understanding that the individual’s we serve have the same rights that you and I have, and they have a right to lives that are meaningful to them, regardless of their diagnosis. Our job is to provide meaningful opportunities based on our individual’s life choices.
Area Director, North Port
I have worked in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities for 29 years. I started as a peer tutor during my senior year of high school working with individuals with Intellectual and physical disabilities. I then went on to work at a summer camp for children and adults ages 5 – 21 with a variety of disabilities. I knew then that I had the passion and desire to teach and earned my Bachelor’s degree in Moderate and Severe disabilities from Eastern Kentucky University in 2000. I moved to GA and taught Severe/ Profound and medically Fragile for 15 years before moving to Florida. I also coached several sports and ages for Special Olympics while in GA. I moved to FL in 2016 and was a substitute teacher for Sarasota County Schools before finding Loveland Center in 2018. I have had the opportunity to be a Supported Employment coach, a companion, a team lead, and a manager over the Adult Day Programs in our North Port and Port Charlotte locations. I am now excited to be taking on the role of Area Director of the North Port region. I look forward to making Loveland an integral part of the North Port community by providing the programs and services needed for our individuals with I/DD.
Equality Through Opportunity means to me that all individuals have the right to live their lives to the fullest and be provided access to the same opportunities as their peers. Every individual has the right to work, live independently, love, communicate, and be encouraged to fulfill their potential.
Area Director Charlotte County
Caryn McCullough is a highly experienced Occupational Therapist Assistant with over 25 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She has dedicated over 15 years of her career to working with special needs children, and has made a positive impact on many lives. Caryn is also a devoted wife and mother of three, and enjoys spending quality time with her family, whether it’s out on the water or simply watching a movie together.
Director of Clinical Services
Lauren Osmond is a Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant that graduated from State College of Florida with honors. Lauren has worked in the Venice healthcare community for 14 years. She resides here in Venice with her husband David, a Physical Therapy Assistant. They have two children; Eva (10) and Jaxson (5). Lauren been a part of the Loveland Team for a year and half and looks forward to contributing to the continued growth of the clinical program at The Loveland Center.