Our Staff

Justin R. Beattey

Vice President, Education and Credentialing

Justin identifies as a person in recovery from mental health and substance use issues and the justice system. He has a long standing business background prior to entering the behavioral health field where he has earned multiple peer support and treatment/clinical level credentials. Justin works alongside the behavioral health community to create, and strengthen, the behavioral health workforce and the organizations and communities that utilize their services. His dedication to education, support and advocacy with the ‘any positive change’ mentality to wellness allows all to feel included and supported. Justin continues to strive to support equitable access to resources and supports for all community members. Justins motivation is to see efforts advance, and sustain, equitable and stable resources and supports for all.

Karisa Vandeventer

Director, Education and Credentialing

Karisa has worked in the behavioral health field for 12 years. She is drawn to this work in part due to her own journey of recovery from mental wellness challenges and other co-occurring issues. She is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University with a focus on Clinical Addictions Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Karisa enjoyed serving as an adjunct faculty member for Ivy Tech of Kokomo during 2020. The driving value behind Karisa and her work, either teaching, supervising, or providing direct client care, is that each are done with a person-centered, strengths-based mindset. Education, skill enhancement and credentialing are opportunities to practice a self-directed, positive change enhancing the intellectual, vocational, and financial dimensions of the overall wellness of individuals and the communities in which they live and work.

Racquel S. Knight

Operations Supervisor

Raquel has spent the last several years working in an administrative support role capacity for nonprofit organizations providing assistance in many different areas. Her biggest goal is providing an excellent experience for the customers we serve. She loves spending time with family and volunteering.

Kassi Kotkoski, CHW

Administrative Coordinator

Kassi Kotkoski has spent much of her career working for non profit organizations. 

With a background in prevention and community relations. Kassi is dedicated to ensuring everyone has acccess to equal opportunities. As a CHW she is passionate about being an active part in the overall health of our population.

Providing administrative support here at MHAI allows for her to assist so many people with their goals. 

In her spare time she enjoys volunteering in her community.