Washington House Staff

Carol Casey

Carol C., our Life Skills Supervisor, is no stranger to our STARS since being involved in STARS Disability Ministry for almost 25 years. Carol works diligently with the Life Skills Tutors to ensure the residents have the tools they need to move closer to independence. She recruits, trains and schedules staff, develops life skills goals as well as behavior plans for residents, develops operating procedures and communicates with families. Carol has a background that makes her well-suited for this position. She is a certified special education teacher and behavior specialist who has authored an adaptive Sunday School curriculum which was published in 2001 by Faith Alive Christian Resources. Carol knows the STARS well and is very sensitive to their individual needs. Carol has been married to Kevin for over 30 years, has 7 children and 4 of the cutest grandchildren!



A certified Social Worker, Darlene is our morning Life Skills Tutor II. She greets our women each weekday morning and sees them through the process of their morning routine. Each woman has a unique daily schedule. Darlene knows who has to get where and when! As each prepares for her day, Darlene comes alongside - utilizing Boardmaker pictures and moving them closer to independence. The women are responsible for making their own breakfast and getting themselves ready on time. These are busy mornings, but Darlene has it down to a science. Darlene also is our grocery shopping partner. Ladies work on shopping skills as Darlene monitors them during their monthly shopping outing. We are thankful for Darlene’s social work background which contributes much to her interactions with the residents.


Tonya D. Is our Partner Coach Supervisor. She has worked with our STARS for over three years beginning as a volunteer for Praise in Action and later working at the Washington House as a Life Skills Tutor. Tonya oversees the hiring, training and scheduling of substitute Partner Coaches. She also acts as a Partner Coach herself, working alongside our STARS in two resale shops run by College Church (STARS Resale and Twice is Nice). She teaches our STARS to be true partners in the shops by modeling job specific tasks in the workplace. She also assists the STARS with social skills and in forming relationships with co-workers, managers and customers. Tonya enjoys spending time with her husband, Dan, their five children (four of which are quadruplets) and their two dogs.



Originally from St. Louis, Nathan has been working at the Washington House since the summer 2014 when he jumped right in as Trace's 7-week Community Builder sub. Nathan is now our Sunday evening Life Skills Tutor, in addition to subbing for Trace occasionally. He enjoys hanging out with the guys on Sunday evenings and loves both the joys and the challenges that those friendships provide. Currently a grad student in mathematics at UIC, Nathan enjoys playing any fretted instrument he can get his hands on.



As our morning Life Skills Tutor, Kelly brings much joy to the Washington House. Kelly is a certified Special Education teacher with many years of teaching experience. Most recently a substitute teacher, Kelly enjoyed working in many areas of special education. Kelly utilizes her education and teaching experience as she comes alongside our men of the Washington House as they begin each weekday. As she oversees their morning routines and their interactions with one another, making sure each is prepared for his day she is thankful to be able encourage them in their faith journeys. Kelly and her husband have served together in youth ministry, church planting, and as missionaries to Indonesia. We are thankful for the wealth of experience and strong faith Kelly brings to the Washington House.