Staff Profiles

Helping seniotsStephen Beam, Executive Director, is responsible for C.A.R.E.S., Inc. and the Client Assistance Program, research and evaluation services, public policy analysis and troubleshooting for the agency. Steve has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. He has been with C.A.R.E.S. Inc. since 1992.

Kathy Despres, Program Director, oversees the everyday operations of all programs. She is responsible for managing all programmatic and some administrative aspects of the programs. These include case supervision, individual case representation, and identification of systemic issues, coordinating training and outreach efforts and assisting the Consumer Advisory Board. Other duties include preparing federal and state program reports and making policy recommendations to the Divisions of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Blind & Visually Impaired. Kathy has a Master of Education in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She has been with C.A.R.E.S., Inc. since 2008.

Jenny Ardito, Advocate, works directly with consumers who are clients of Vocational Rehabilitation and Independent Living Services. She is involved in systemic and individual advocacy for negotiation and mediation regarding services under Title I and VII of the Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 2001. Jenny provides consumers with general information regarding the rights and services under the Rehabilitation Act. Jenny has a B.S. degree in Human Development and is a licensed Social Worker.

Jeff Auger, Assistive Technology Loan Coordinator, is responsible for the day to day operation of our AT Loan Program. Jeff keeps track of all loans, does on site demonstrations and provides information to callers about the C.A.R.E.S. Inc. library. Jeff has a background in the computer services industry and has a B.A. from the University of Southern Maine.