News From Terre Haute, Indiana


November 17, 2013

On the Move: Nev. 17, 2013

Bridges of Indiana welcomes Felicia Kannmacher of Terre Haute as a service coordinator. She is a graduate of Terre Haute North Vigo High School and received her bachelor’s degree in health sciences with a concentration in health administration and a minor in insurance and risk management from Indiana State University.

While completing her bachelor’s degree she worked with TRW Automotive in Marshall, Ill., as a cell lead supervisor for two years. Before working there she was the local store marketer for Texas Roadhouse. Kannmacher also completed two internships while in school; one with Vigo County Health Department as a health educator and the other at The Maple Center for Integrative Health as an administrative assistant in which she interned on the Focus Indiana Scholarship she received from ISU.

She plans to continue her education at the University of Southern Indiana to receive her Master of Health Administration.

Bridges of Indiana also welcomes Elyse Thomas as a service coordinator. She received her bachelor’s degree from Brescia University in Owensboro, Ky, and her master’s degree in student development counseling and administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. While completing her master’s degree, she was employed at the Court Appointed Special Advocate office in Princeton. She was a family intervention specialist at Youth Villages in Jasper, before coming to Bridges of Indiana in Terre Haute.

Kara Kish, superintendent of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department, has been chosen as the recipient of an award as part of the 2013 Awards of Excellence from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association. IPRA will present the award publicly at a banquet Jan. 16 at the IPRA State Conference in Indianapolis.

Kish was nominated for the Outstanding Young Professional award recognizing a young professional who has enhanced parks and recreation in the community and/or Indiana.

Each year, IPRA Awards of Excellence are presented to individuals and agencies across Indiana to honor their efforts — both personally and professionally in the field of parks and recreation. Winners are evaluated by their peers in the industry based upon a scoring system for quality of the project, impact on the community, creative solutions as well as other criteria.

For more information on the IPRA and the Awards of Excellence program, contact the IPRA office at 317-573-4035 or email

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