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The ALS Association Indiana Chapter is here to serve the statewide ALS community - patients, families, friends, caregivers and medical professionals. Please let us know how we can help you.

The ALS Association Indiana Chapter
9449 Priority Way West Drive, Suite 130
Indianapolis, IN  46240

Phone: (317) 915-9888
Fax: (317) 915-9889
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm

Meet your ALS Association Indiana Chapter Staff 

From the first time you call our office, attend a fundraiser or a support group meeting, you come in contact with dedicated and passionate individuals who make up our staff! While each has a unique set of duties, together we have one goal: to serve Hoosiers living with ALS and connect them to quality information, resources and support as they navigate life with this devastating disease.

Care Services



Julie Adams, LBSW, Care Services Coordinator

Where I am from: St. Loius, MO

Where I currently Live: Hanover, Indiana

Joined the chapter: 2023

Why I work for The ALS Association: working alongside people living with ALS, their families, and caregivers is the best way to help manage and navigate ALS. 

Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my hunband, two boxer dogs, and my 2 grown children when they come to visit.


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Chelsea Richards, MSW, LSW, Care Services Coordinator

Where I am from: Knox, IN

Where I live now: Macy, IN

Joined the Chapter: 2022

Why I work for The ALS Association: Being part of a greater group focusing on providing medical social work to patients and families who need it most. Being able to make a direct impact on the ALS community through my knowledge and experience. 

Hobbies: Loving my 3 dogs, motorcycle rides with my husband, drinking coffee, and planning vacations.



Connie Simpson, MSW, LCSW, Care Services Director

Where I am from: Kokomo, Indiana

Where I live now: Westfield, Indiana

Joined the Chapter:  2017

Why I work for The ALS Association: I pursued a career at the ALS Association because I was looking to make a change. I was ready to move away from an in-patient acute care setting to a place where I could still maintain a supportive relationship with patients and families, but really enjoy an out-patient/community. I am excited to provide a connection between those affected by ALS, their loved ones and the Association as 'wrap around' support!

Hobbies: Bike riding, spending time with my family and three children (Elaine who is a seond grader, Julia who is a Nurse at Methodist Labor and Delivery and Michael who is a Senior at Westfield High School), and traveling. FUN FACT - I am a twin! We do not have twin names (her name is Jackie) but we are identical!



Shauna Smith, BS, Care Services Coordinator

Where I am from: Charleston, SC

Where I currently Live:  Galveston, Indiana

Joined the chapter:  2020

Why I work for The ALS Association:  I have always had a strong ability in connecting individuals to things they may need.  I am motivated to help those during some of their most vulnerable times, sometimes that just offering an ear to listen or connecting them to a resource they may need and taking some of the burdens off their plate for them.  At the end of the day this is what puts a smile on my face knowing I may have given a moment of relief to someone else during a difficult time for them.  I am honored to be a part of an association that will allow me to continue this line of work in helping others.

Hobbies:  I enjoy meeting new people, gathering for events (sporting ones as well – Go Cubs!)  I am a mother two twin daughters that often keep me entertained and busy.  I am a boxer mom to two lovely pups named Renegade and Clover (Florida State and Notre Dame fans in this house).  When I am not running around and have the time you will find me at our local gym.


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Emmie Derusha, Office Adminstrator

Where I grew up: I was born in Biloxi, MS. When I turned 12 my father retired from the Navy and moved us to Meridian, MS where I finished growing up, graduating from high school and later moving to Indianapolis, IN when I was 23. Where I am now raising my son.

Where I live now: Indianapolis, Indiana

Joined the Chapter: 2022

Why I work for The ALS Association: Having developed my professional career working as an Office Administrator for multiple years with several different companies, I was blessed to come upon this organization. I had previously worked at one other Non-Profit organization; Sigma Theta Tau, which helps nurses further their careers, I wanted to find a home where I too could feel like I was making a difference and contributing to something where I was being and adding something to individuals or society. What makes me the most joyful is feeling like I am truly making a change or helping people in their day to day lives.

Hobbies: After work you can find me spending time with my son and doing mom stuff, when not doing this or taxiing him around for his various extracurricular activities, in the summer you can find us by the water. Whether its boating with friends, swimming in the waterholes, or just fishing, which I do regularly. I also enjoy playing poker with friends. I love watching documentaries and actively learning anything I can absorb. I enjoy cooking and just staying in by a fire in the winter. My favorite destination is anywhere that reminds me to be humble, keeps me grounded, and takes me to back to my roots.


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