Meet the people who carry out Tangram’s mission every day: our employees!
And, if you would like to learn how you can make a difference for people with disabilities, check out our Careers Page to see current open positions, or view our Volunteer Page to see Tangram’s volunteer opportunities.
Alesha is a Direct Support Professional who joined Tangram two years ago. She was drawn to Tangram and the DSP position because she enjoys helping people. Alesha says working directly with people and helping them accomplish goals is a passion of hers and her role at Tangram allows her to do this. Another benefit to Alesha working at Tangram is the relevant experience she is gaining for her long-term career goals, which is to become a Special Education Teacher or Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Outside of her work at Tangram Alesha values every moment she gets to spend with her children. Tangram is grateful for Alesha’s dedication to her clients and our mission.
Josephine Nah is an admired and valuable member of Tangram’s team. Josephine joined Tangram in 2018. She says she was looking to work for a company that cares for its employees, where all staff members are treated with respect, and there is a good relationship between managers and staff. She is very passionate about helping her clients meet their goals, something her co-workers notice and praise her for. Her career goal is to advance into a Program Manager position. When not working, Josephine enjoys listening to the news, reading, cooking, and taking care of her family.
Zinna is affectionately known as Mr. Zee at Tangram. He has worked for the company for more than 15 years as a Direct Support Professional typically at sites where clients with complex needs live. The secret to his success is treating everyone with respect and following through on his word. In the words of his supervisor, “He lets client needs guide his every action. He makes clients feel listened to and valued.”
Mary Granger is a long-term valued employee of Tangram, having started her career as a Direct Support Professional in 2011. She came to Tangram looking for a new career path, desiring a different type of work than what she had been doing. Working with our clients fulfilled many of Mary’s work wishes, allowing her to be hands-on in her work and use her creativity. Outside of Tangram Mary enjoys many hobbies and is taking classes to get her Master’s degree so she will be able to further help people in her work. Tangram is grateful for Mary’s many years of service and values her contributions to our community.
Olivia is approaching her one year anniversary with Tangram as a Community Resource Professional. Olivia has always had a passion for working with people with disabilities and was drawn to Tangram because of our reputation in the community. She appreciates how supported she is by her Tangram co-workers and supervisors and the flexibility of the job. One of the things Olivia says she most enjoys is the way her clients greet her when she arrives for work. Olivia greatly loves what she does and says she can see herself working at Tangram for many years. Tangram is proud of Olivia’s work and also hopes she is with us for many years.
Pam enjoys being a problem solver, which is one of the many reasons why she is excellent in her role as a Direct Support Professional. Pam worked in the medical field for 32 years and joined Tangram after retiring from that industry. She wanted to find a role where she could still provide care and found through her research that Tangram had one of the best reputations in our field. She is grateful that Tangram allows her opportunities to work with many clients of varying abilities, saying she feels satisfied and like she has made a difference when her day is done. Outside of work, Pam enjoys spending time with her grandchildren, playing bingo, bowling, attending movies, and solving puzzles. Pam plans to work for Tangram as long as she is able, and we are grateful to have her as part of our team.
Aaron started with Tangram in 2019 as a Community Resource Professional where he assists clients in exploring opportunities in the community. Aaron was drawn to the work so he could help people who are Deaf, just like he is. He likes being able to help people and enjoys being able to hang out with his clients and find ways for them to enjoy their time in the community. Outside of Tangram Aaron enjoys watching movies and making movies along with reading and exercising. He has many passions and hopes to continue growing all of them. Tangram is proud to have Aaron as a part of our team.
Bobbie LeMere has been with Tangram since January 2017. In her role as an Employment Consultant, Bobbie works with people with disabilities to discover career pathways and obtain competitive employment. She came to Tangram because of the opportunity to help any client with a disability overcome obstacles and barriers to succeed in whatever they do and have a job like everyone else. She enjoys the flexibility of the position and learning new things to improve services for her clients. Bobbie enjoys traveling, camping, and bicycling and she plans to continue to work as an employment consultant until she retires. Bobbie is a valued member of the Tangram team and our community.
Barbara Mussler has been a Direct Support Professional at Tangram team since 2011, coming here because of what she said was an outstanding reputation in the community. She enjoys being directly involved with her clients and watching them gain greater independence. Barbara is very passionate about finding opportunities for her clients to integrate into their community, trying new activities, and building relationships with others. She is equally passionate about their health and wellness and appreciates the value Tangram places on this. Barbara states that her spiritual life is important to her, and participates in Bible studies and children’s programs at her church. She enjoys dates with her husband and all the hot weather outdoor activities, such as swimming and boating. Barbara plans to continue working with people with disabilities for the foreseeable future. Tangram appreciates Barbara’s enthusiasm and devotion to her clients.
Dunni has been with Tangram nearly a year as a Direct Support Professional and was drawn to working with us after learning more about our mission. She shares that caregiving comes naturally to her because of her great love and compassion for others. Dunni tries to envision herself in her clients’ shoes, and uses that to guide guide her work and interactions. She has found in her work that she provides for her clients not only compassion, but ways to build their self-esteem and independence. She is excited to see where her talents will take her at Tangram and says her top career goal is to continue doing a great job for her clients. Outside of work, Dunni likes to cook, sew, watch movies, go for walks, and dance and sing. Tangram is grateful for Dunni’s dedication to her clients and our mission.
Meet Joni Rice, our Manager of Grants and Special Projects. Joni joined Tangram in 2020 after working in case management for many years. “I had gotten to know the mission and values that drive Tangram. I always admired the dedication and relationships Tangram staff had with the clients and knew I wanted to be part of that,” she said. Joni also said that seeing clients move toward their best lives is really exciting to her and praised the team of people she works with at Tangram, explaining that they all work toward a common goal of improving the lives of others. In her spare time, Joni likes to spend time with her husband and kids. She loves spending time on the water, either on the lake in her boat or in a kayak on the river. Tangram is grateful to have Joni on our team!
We’d like to introduce you to Pius Bamigbola as another Tangram Mission Maker! Pius has worked with Tangram since 2005 (WOW!). When asked why he chose to work at Tangram, he explained, “Tangram is one of the best agencies to work with in Indiana. Tangram encourages their staff to grow and appreciates the work we do.” Pius enjoys doing puzzles with clients and going on outings to places like the park or to Tangram’s music club meetings. He is also considering going back to school to become a nurse or physical therapist. Thank you, Pius!