About SOS - Biography Information
Who are we?
Staffing Options and Solutions, Inc. (SOS) began as a travel staffing division for a contract company that provided ongoing therapy services primarily to nursing homes. We spun off as a separate company in 1994 and since that time we have evolved into a large multi-state contract company that primarily provides ongoing contract therapy services to schools. We hold ongoing school contracts in California, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida.
Diane Powers, SLP-CCC President - Connect with me on LinkedIn or Follow me on Twitter
Diane is a Ball State University alumni with over 22 years as a licensed SLP/CCC. After a successful career as a therapist, manager and regional vice president in the health care field working for others, she became a founder and co-owner of a large Midwestern therapy contract company serving medical facilities. She sold the company in order to lead the spin off of Staffing Options & Solutions, SOS. Diane was responsible for developing and implementing new programs, as well as operational management over 250 therapists in 140 contracts. She is a visionary leader with a solid ability to predict trends and craft successful strategies. Her clinical expertise ranges from pediatric to geriatric care. Diane especially enjoys mentoring and training new SLP professionals. She has held leadership positions in the Indiana Speech and Hearing Association and the Indiana Speech and Hearing State Convention.
Sandy Burns, CRTT Vice President - Visit our Pinterest Page
Sandy is a graduate of Indiana University with over 18 years experience as a Respiratory Therapist. After establishing herself as a regional director of a large national contract company, she became one of the founders and co-owners of a large therapy contract company serving medical facilities in the Midwest. Sandy was responsible for operational management of the respiratory program, which was comprised of 150 therapists in 35 facilities. She sold the company to be part of the leadership team in the spin off company, SOS. She is a logistics master with an eye for details. She excels in defining clear expectations and creating teamwork among her staff.
Ladonna Valier, PT Vice President
Ladonna is a graduate of the University of Evansville and has over 15 years experience as a clinical therapist and manager. Joining a rehab team in as a staff therapist in 1983, Ladonna was promoted to the position of regional director in 1988 and left that position to become one of the founders and co-owners of a large therapy contract company serving medical facilities in the Midwest. Ladonna was responsible for directing the physical therapy programs and brought a personal commitment to the highest standards of treatment for the programs, the organization and the physical therapy professionals who worked within these systems. She sold the company to be part of the leadership team in the spin off company, SOS. Ladonna is a resourceful & innovative clinician who enjoys supervising and coaching other therapists to excellence. She has taught technical workshops and held leadership positions within the PT profession.
Greg Bohac, MBA Secretary/Treasurer
Greg holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from Indiana University and an MBA degree in Finance from Tulane University. Greg began his career in banking in 1973 as a trainee and 23 years later retired as President/CEO of a publicly held savings bank. He began his second career as one of the owner/founders of the new SOS company when it was spun off from its sister company. Greg is a savvy negotiator and manager who brings the conservative integrity of the banking industry to the competitive and ever-changing health care field. He has held state leadership positions related to the banking industry including serving on the Board of Directors of the Iowa Savings Institute League.
Doug Powers, Director of Human Resources - Like SOS on Facebook
Doug holds a Bachelors degree in Telecommunications from Ball State University. Doug worked in radio sales and marketing before joining the SOS owners in their therapy contract company in 1988 as a recruiter, representing the company at conventions and college career days. After rising through the ranks in the personnel department to become Director of Human Resources, Doug elected to transfer with the spin off company, SOS, as a director and shareholder in the new company. He now serves as SOS's Director of Human Resources and Recruiting. Doug makes a personal commitment to honestly and accurately inform each prospective candidate of the exact expectations of an SOS employee. Doug is the quintessential people person, who relates to our applicants as people and screens candidates for employment in a friendly and fair manner.
Sarah Jordan, MA CCC-SLP SLP Consultant
Sarah earned her Masters in Speech-Language Pathology from Cleveland State University and her Bachelors of Science in Communications Disorders from the University of Cincinnati. Sarah joined SOS as a traveling therapist for her CF year and remained in the field working as an SOS staff therapist in a variety of clinical settings. Her work experience includes schools, nursing homes, outpatient clinics, early intervention, and mental health and correctional facilities. Sarah is an excellent teacher, trainer and mentor who excels in meeting the needs of our Speech staff in the field because she has directly experienced the same environments and circumstances. Sarah is the reliable mentor and friend every CF-SLP needs as well as the experienced resource every Speech Language Pathologist at SOS can rely on for help or call on as an effective sounding board.
Megan Kimmel, MS CCC-SLP, Bilingual Consultant and Graduate Student Liaison - Email Megan
Megan received her Masters degree from Illinois State University and her Bachelors degree from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Megan began studying Spanish in 7th grade and continued studying through college. She immersed herself in the language by taking bilingual summer internships on the Texas/Mexico border and traveling in Chile and Mexico. Megan joined SOS for her CFY and has continued with the company as both a clinician working with primarily Spanish speaking students, and as a mentor. She is passionate about Spanish-speaking cultures and educating other professionals in school settings about speech and language development, and the needs of bilingual students. She has significant experience evaluating, diagnosing, and creating treatment plans for students whose primary language is Spanish and are learning to speak English. Megan enjoys sharing her passion and mentoring bilingual Speech Language Pathologists that join the SOS team.
Phil Burns, Regional Manager - Connect with me on LnkedIn
Phil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from Indiana University. Phil worked in sales in his family business for several years before working as a manager for a medical equipment company. Phil began his career at SOS as a Placement Specialist in 1995. Phil has been a Regional Manager since 1997. Phil is a consummate professional whose warm personality and wry sense of humor puts everyone at ease. His attention to clients' needs and employees' concerns sets the standard for exceptional customer service.
Rickie S. Long, Regional Manager - Connect with me on LinkedIn or Follow me on Twitter
Rickie holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Purdue University and has completed half of her MBA degree from the University of Chicago. Her extensive career in social services and management enables her to quickly establish rapport and to assist clients, employees and candidates define their needs and priorities. She joined SOS in 1996 as a Placement Specialist after selling the company she founded and managed. She has been instrumental in developing and refining the SOS custom database. She is a systems thinker and a creative problem solver with an ability to communicate effectively with all types of people. She has served in a variety of social service related leadership positions in the local, state and national level.
Cheri Smith MSPT, OT Regional Manager - Connect with me on LinkedIn or Follow me on Twitter!
Cheri earned a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University and her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Indianapolis. Cheri has worked in all clinical settings and has held positions in management in several companies as well as owning her own outpatient clinic. Her experience as a manager and entrepreneur in addition to her years as a therapy provider gives her a unique understanding of our clients' needs. Cheri is a significant contributor who epitomizes the SOS commitment to including the therapist perspective in the decision making process. Cheri has been a state and national presenter at conferences and has served as a therapy consultant to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, Medicaid and Medicare Division.
Bret Schoff, Project Manager/Procurement Associate - Connect with me on LinkedIn
Bret has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the IU Kelley School of Business with an emphasis on supply chain management and a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies and Psychology from DePauw University. After several years working in social service and educational settings, Bret joined SOS as a Search Consultant and became a Regional Manager in 2007. Bret's strong desire for perfection along with his genuine commitment to helping people makes him a natural for the SOS Team. Bret now serves as Project Manager and also prepares the company RFP/Bid proposals. His excellent people skills make him an effective listener and communicator and enables him to balance the needs of our clients' with our therapist's individual career goals. Bret competed in sports at the collegiate level where he was a National Qualifier in diving.
Vaneta Beach, Office Manager
Vaneta first met the SOS owners while she was working as a therapy aid and attending IUPUI. Since then she has worked with the SOS managers in a variety of companies and positions of ever increasing responsibilities. Vaneta is the essential contributor on the SOS team who enables all of the SOS staff to function effectively. Everyone who knows Vaneta treasures her compassionate spirit and the entire SOS team relies on her innate generosity to remember and to help us celebrate each person's special events.