Kimberley Arnett – Director of Community Services
After graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 1996, Kim began her career as an Activities Director in a nursing home and, later, in a community setting for people living with Alzheimer’s. During her first four years of work experience she learned one thing: a nursing home is not, and never will be, a place to call home!
In January of 2001, she began her journey at The Ability Center as the Youth Services Coordinator. From day one, Kim experienced the “AH-HA!” feeling we all search for in our careers, and she knew this is where she belonged. Over the years she has worn many hats, dabbling in a little bit of everything the center has to offer. In 2005, she settled into her current position of Director of Community Services.
Kim’s current role at ACT includes being the sounding board for all programs. She provides support to both ACT staff and the consumers we serve to ensure that things run smoothly and that our mission is on track.
Life Skills Staff
Sarah Krueger – Life Skills Associate Director
Sarah is originally from Chardon, located in Northeast Ohio. She graduated from Cleveland State University with a Bachelor’s in Health Science. After relocating to Toledo, Sarah completed her Master’s degree at the University of Toledo in Recreational Therapy and Recreation Administration. She is a certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and has always had a passion for working with children.
Watching her sister strive to be included in community recreation as a child has brought her to her philosophy and career goal that all children should be able to be a part of the community and participate in recreational activities with their peers.
Currently, Sarah lives in Perrysburg with her wonderful husband, son Mason, and dogs, Lucy and Myles. They enjoy kayaking, biking, art and spending time with family and friends.
Cre Smith – Life Skills Program Specialist
Cre has been involved with The Ability Center since she first came to Toledo. She was introduced to the Center during her freshman year of college, and has been involved ever since. Cre did her clinical for school at ACT, and the following year was an intern under Sarah Krueger. Before The Ability Center, she was a Life Enrichment Associate at the Lakes of Monclova. It is a customer service-focused provider of senior living and long-term healthcare services including independent and assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitative services.
Cre has a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreational Therapy and a Master’s Degree in Recreation Administration both from the University of Toledo.
Cre is from Fort Wayne, Indiana and has five brothers, and one sister and is the second to youngest out of the bunch!
Caleb Schillace – Life Skills Inclusion Coordinator
Caleb is a 2016 graduate of the University of Toledo with a bachelor’s degree in Recreational Therapy. After graduating in summer 2016, he went back to the University of Toledo to get a Master’s degree in Administration in Recreation and Leisure.
While at UT, Caleb was involved with the Perceptual Motor Development Program at the University of Toledo, working with people with disabilities and taking part in other community service events like Miracle League in Rossford, Ohio and volunteering at local nursing homes and elementary schools in Toledo. In summer of 2016, Caleb accepted an internship at The Ability Center of Greater Toledo and after finishing the internship, was offered a part-time position.
At ACT, he schedules CRASH football events and offers help wherever else is needed. He also assists in program planning for ACT’s Next Steps Youth Transition program. Caleb is originally from Lagrange, Ohio located in northeast Ohio. He has an older brother, Tony and an older sister, Brittany.
Eryn Sanders – Community Resource Coordinator
Eryn graduated from Woodmore High School in 2003. She studied Social Work at Terra Community College. Eryn shares, “Growing up in a rural community and with a disability, I can take life experiences and apply them into my work.”
She is involved in APRIL Youth Steering Committee and The National Rural Youth Assembly. Eryn is also a graduate of Leadership Ottawa County. She is always looking for new opportunities in the community.
Eryn says, “I love working in the community where I grew up, it is very laid back and friendly. I have a passion for the youth and have expanded into Wood County as an Inclusion Coordinator. I put life experiences into my work and hopefully with that I can help improve the rural communities for individuals and their families with disabilities.”
Youth Transition Staff
Sara Soper – Youth Transition Advocate
Sara and her identical twin grew up in Northwest Ohio. They were born blind, however were not diagnosed with their eye condition until about six months old. Growing up, the sisters were expected to do chores and participate in community activities. It was always the expectation that Sara would attend college and get a job afterwards. She was raised to believe that blindness was just a part of her, like blonde hair and blue eyes, or her love of reading.
Sara attended Ohio University for her undergraduate degree in Interpersonal Communication, and then Bowling Green State University, where she took several classes toward a Master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. Sara originally began working at The Ability Center in the fall of 2003, as a Youth Transition Advocate. Her job was to work with teens with disabilities to assist them with their transition from high school to college/work. In 2009, she began a job as a Vocational Rehabilitation Coordinator for Owens Community College. Sara provided vocational guidance and counseling, and other related services to transition-aged prospective college students who were planning on attending Owens. Sara then worked at the Lucas County Board of Developmental Disabilities, where she coordinated services for young people with developmental disabilities.
She loves working with teenagers and their families, and is very happy to be able to develop a program for them.
Shelby Phillips – Life Skills Coordinator
Shelby Phillips is a student at Bowling Green State University from Mentor, OH. Upon graduation in August 2017, she will receive her bachelors in Human Development and Family Studies. Shelby became familiar with disability at an early age as her mother worked at the Lake County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She began volunteering at the age of 12, sharing, “I would help with rec club, prom, adaptive physical education programs, and various fundraising events. I also worked for Adaptive Advantage Summer camp in Mentor before coming to BGSU, and soon after started working as a workshop substitute at Lake County Board of DD.” While attending BGSU, Shelby worked in multiple group homes for Wood Lane Residential Services.
Shelby shares, “I have always had a passion for empowering others to achieve their personal goals and overcome any barriers or obstacles they may face.”