Same As U opened its doors on January 14th of 2020 with 8 students. In just over 12 months, the organization grew over 200% and now serves 27 young adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Read our Annual Report to learn more about how we grew and what we achieved throughout 2020!
The foundation of Same As U is based on 2 Corinthians 9:8, “And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” Same As U is dedicated to equipping young adults with developmental disabilities to be able to enjoy the bountiful life God designed.
Schedule a phone or in-person meeting to discover if Same As U is a good fit.
This secondary meeting allows us to meet your young adult and begin to get a feel for his/her needs and how we can help.
As your young adult gets more comfortable with our staﬀ and peers he/she will begin to
build relationships and new skills that will last a lifetime.
Do you have a child with intellectual or developmental disabilities? It is never too early to start planning for their future.
We have created a blog that includes questions & topics to begin thinking about now so your young adult will have the best chance of living an abundant and fulfilling life after high school.
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Jennifer Sell graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington and then headed to Chicago to begin a career in the business world.
She and her husband Kerry eventually moved back to Indiana and started a family. Jennifer spent the next ten years as a stay-at-home mom to their three girls - one of the best jobs she has ever had!
Jennifer made the leap from the for-profit sector to the not-for-profit sector in 2012. The concept of Same As U was a slow and steady process that started many years ago. Jennifer could not shake what she refers to as a God-inspired passion to serve young adults with developmental disabilities. That prompting along with the help of many amazing people lead to Same As U opening its doors in January 2020.
As a parent of a young adult with a developmental disability, Jennifer understands firsthand what it is like to love and advocate for them. She is committed to making sure Same As U continues doing an excellent job of helping these young adults live the life they imagine. Click to read more about how Jennifer's daughter helped inspire her to start Same As U.
Sara MacGregor graduated from Purdue University with a degree in Special Education. She taught exceptional learners in Logansport Community School Corporation, Logansport, Indiana, and the Metropolitan School District of Lawrence Township, Indianapolis. Sara was awarded the Purdue University “Distinguished Young Educator” Award from her alma mater, an honor given to only one alum per year.
Sara has worked as a Parent Guide in the Guide By Your Side program through Indiana Hands and Voices. In this role, she provided parent-to-parent support when a baby or child (specifically those with a disability) received a diagnosis of deaf or hard-of-hearing. Sara has also filled the role of Lead Teacher in her church’s special needs ministry.
Sara and her husband, Scott, have three children and live in Fishers. Their family includes one amazing teen with a developmental disability who is hard-of-hearing.
As the Program Coordinator and Lead Teacher for Same As U, Sara is passionate about guiding young adults to become lifelong learners and teaching them a variety of subjects and skills that will enhance their lives. Sara seeks to make Same As U exactly what she would want for her own child in a best-case scenario.
Jennifer Blake graduated from Indiana University with a degree in English Literature. She worked in the book publishing industry before she and husband Jeff started their family. As a stay-at-home mom to their four children, she held leadership positions in school, church and community organizations.
After 18 years, she returned to the workforce as an instructional assistant for students with developmental disabilities and earned a Master’s Degree in Special Education with certifications in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University.
Prior to joining SameAsU, Jennifer worked as a Registered Behavior Therapist providing 1:1 ABA therapy and interventions in a clinic setting. She appreciates the unique way that God has wired each of us and is inspired by the students and staff at SameAsU.
Sham has a master’s degree in Special Education and spent most of her teaching career with Exceptional Learners at Lawrence North High School (Go Cats!). Sham worked both full-time and part time at Lawrence North in both self-contained and co-taught classes working with Exceptional Learners with mild and moderate disabilities.
Sham is excited to focus on working with students in a post-secondary education by using best practices, individual student strengths and executing effective educational programs that will benefit the student through developed goals. Sham lives with her husband, John, and their six children in Centerville, Indiana.
Sham is excited to be a part of teaching team at Same As U and utilizing God given passion to have an impact on with students to become life-long learners.
Jenny Mosier graduated from Cincinnati Bible College with a degree in Bible & Christian Education, with a minor in Deaf Ministry. Over the years, Jenny has served in many capacities and forms of Education. Her great joy is to learn with others to build connections to the world around us.
Jenny and her husband Matthew live in Fishers with their three young adult and teenage children. They are passionate about adoption & post-adoption support. She loves going on adventures, chasing toddler triplets as a part-time nanny, signing loudly, reading and beating metastatic breast cancer.
Deborah is thrilled to be a part of the Same As U Team! Once a Montessori teacher, Deborah can't wait to be back in a teaching role at Same As U.
Born and raised in England, Deborah has lived all over the UK and in the States the last twenty years in Michigan, Florida and Indiana. Indiana has been her home the for the last six years and she believes the friendliest people live in Indiana! She and her husband Steve have two grown sons, one living in Indianapolis and one in San Francisco.
Deborah and Steve became youth pastors when they moved to Michigan from England, which then took her into women’s ministry. Deborah is passionate about ministering to woman, especially after traveling to Iraq two years ago to minister to Muslim women. Her heart is for the lost and hurting and helping people discover who they really are in Christ!
Mary Ellen Stuber graduated from Anderson University with a degree in Marketing and worked in customer service and marketing. When she became a mom, she was blessed to be able to stay at home with them. Volunteering at church and in the kid's schools over the years gave her the chance to work with people of all ages.
When her kids were older, Mary Ellen taught preschool for five years and loves the energy of a classroom full of learners. She is excited to be back in a classroom again.
Mary Ellen lives in Fishers with her husband Jamie and three teenagers. They love serving in their church and with various mission organizations around the world. She loves traveling, reading and playing games.
Jamie Williams graduated from Southern Illinois with a degree in Dietetics. She and her husband Nate have two children and live in Noblesville. She loves being mom and being present for all those important milestones. After volunteering in her son's classroom, she realized how much she enjoys teaching.
Jamie is also very involved at her church volunteering in the special needs ministry. She aspires to use her gifts to make a difference in the lives of the Same As U students and help them reach their full potential. She is quickly seeing how much they too can teach her!
For over a decade, Phillip Clark has helped families with their Special Needs Planning. He is the Founder and President of ENABLE Special Needs Planning, an organization that serves families in all 50 states.
Phillip and his wife, Chelsea, co-created the ENABLE 5-Step Planning System that allows families to plan for abundant futures for their children. The ENABLE System includes an online, interactive planning portal that guides families through the process of creating comprehensive, custom plans – from the ease and comfort of their own homes!
Because of personal experiences growing up with a younger sister with Down syndrome, Phillip has a unique approach to planning that focuses on enabling our loved ones to live purposeful, impactful lives TODAY – and every day in the future.
Phillip is frequently invited to speak at national and statewide conferences where he shares information about the ENABLE System and the organization’s core belief that: Everyone has the ability to be impactful!
Reba Cooper is the co-owner of S & B Construction Group, LLC where she currently works with her husband of 43 years, William. Reba holds a BBA in Accounting from Northeast Louisiana University. She is a Certified Public Accountant. Reba and William have 2 married children and 3 awesome grandchildren.
Reba worked banking and public accounting in her early career. After moving to Indianapolis from Texas, she worked at Park Tudor School in Alumni and Planned Giving. Reba’s strengths are fundraising and planning events. She has served previously on several nonprofit boards and fundraising committees. She is very passionate about the Same As U nonprofit.
Reba is devoted to serving and being active in the success of this opportunity for young adults to succeed and continue their education following high school. Reba lives in Noblesville and attends Northview Church. Her interests are reading, working puzzles of any kind and spending time with family and friends
Kim has enjoyed working in the beauty industry for the better part of 32 years, making women look and feel beautiful. She holds a B.A. degree in communications from Butler University and is happily married to her husband Ray. They live in Fishers and together they share 5 amazing grown children and two beautiful little granddaughters.
Kim and her husband are longtime members of White River Christian Church in Noblesville. She has determined a couple of her spiritual gifts to be cooking and caring for friends and family. Other hobbies include gardening, Pilates and fashion.
Kim attributes her affection towards Same As U students to her children Kyle and Ellie who both lovingly, from a young age, volunteer to work with and befriend those who just need a little extra help and love to feel included. Her children are her inspiration.
Jim graduated from the University of Missouri with a degree in Public Administration. He served in the US Army at the Pentagon in Washington DC in the fifties. He went on to work at Phillips Medical Systems for many years before retiring in 1992. However, he has and still continues to serve and has been a huge blessing to many nonprofits in both the Greater Cincinnati area as well as Indianapolis.
In Cincinnati, he served at The Joseph House, Waldorf Schools, and Old St. George Community Center. After moving to Indiana, Jim served at Heart of Sailing, Timmy Global Health, and Servants at Work. He is now dedicated to helping Same As U raise funds to open their doors in Hamilton County.
Jim is a dedicated husband, father and grandpa. He and his wife have 5 children and 6 grandchildren.
Chip graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Upon graduation he returned to his native Ohio for the next two years to serve as the director of youth ministries at a large church in Hamilton, Ohio. He then spent the next 44 years back in Indiana serving in various senior leadership roles at two universities: first, Taylor University for 24 years, and then Ball State University for 20 years. After his career in higher education, he served as Stewardship Pastor at Northview Church in Carmel, Indiana.
In addition to his professional career, he has counseled countless organizations on fundraising and resource development. He has severed the boards of multiple non-profit organizations as well as on the boards of local government as an elected official. As a volunteer, he has helped many organizations from community-based programs to educational agencies and schools, as well as international humanitarian organizations and international schools.
He and his wife live in Carmel, Indiana. They are the proud parents of two adult children and their spouses who have provided them with five wonderful grandchildren---all boys.
Joe has been in sales and marketing for the past 30 years. In addition, he has served in Church leadership for over 40 years from both sides of the table, lay and Pastoral. Joe is married to his lovely wife Belinda of 46 years. She is the love of his life. Together, they have two adult sons, five amazing grandkids, four beautiful little girls, and one handsome little boy.
Joe works for S&B Construction Group in Indianapolis, Indiana. He leads the Church division of the company, designing and building churches. Joe also serves on the Genesis Fund board. Genesis Fund is a national church planting organization planting churches in cities where no one else will go.
Joe helped with the first annual golf outing for Same As U. Spending time with the leadership of Same As U preparing for the golf outing, he realized Same As U was an organization he wanted to serve. He counts it an honor and privilege to serve Same As U.
Shanna Tsimerakis resides in Noblesville, IN with her husband and two children. The family lived in Greece from 2006 to 2011. Shanna has been in healthcare since 1996. Her career started in geriatrics and then moved to orthopedics in 2000, where she continues in the field today.
Shanna is passionate about SAU’s mission as she has been touched by people with disabilities throughout her life. As a child, she remembers her Aunt Debra who had Down syndrome. There were few opportunities for Debra to make educational advancements, as well as engage in social activities beyond her family. She would spend hours writing her letters and numbers on notebook paper and then organizing her papers in binders. SAU would have been the perfect setting for Debra to expand her love of writing and develop long lasting friendships.
As an adult, Shanna’s daughter, Xanthe, became involved in various programs through school allowing her to become friends with teens with disabilities. This enabled Shanna to also develop friendships with the students and their families which has been so rewarding.
Shanna is committed to seeing Same As U continue to grow strong and serve these young adults who need an environment they can thrive in beyond high school.