Meredith Freeman is the Vice President for Vocational and Day Services at Bona Vista Programs. She works with individuals to assist them in finding and maintaining employment in the community, and she also assists with planning and implementing adult day programming to fit a variety of needs and interests.
Meredith believes that everyone, regardless of past experience or current situation, needs someone to listen to and encourage them every day. Meredith was inspired to work in the disability service industry after volunteering as a classroom assistant for special education students throughout high school.
Meredith worked to secure funding for and launch the Pre-Employment Transition Services program in multiple Indiana counties, serving hundreds of students. Meredith has built relationships with schools throughout the state, to work toward preparing students for life after high school. She also created the Opportunity Knocks! program at Bona Vista, which serves as a job readiness class for individuals who plan to work in the community.
Meredith is certified by Indiana University as an Employment Specialist and Benefits Information Network liaison, and by INARF as a Person Centered Plan/Individualized Support Plan facilitator. Meredith was awarded Bona Vista’s Annual Direct Support Professional Award in 2015. She is an active board member for Indiana’s APSE (Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst) chapter, where she participates in the transition and conference planning committees. Meredith has presented at each annual Indiana APSE conference since 2013. Meredith also participates in INARF’s Employment Advisory Group.
Meredith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising from Ball State University, and a Master’s in Education, with a focus on Adult and Community Education, from Ball State.