About us


Our Story

Wabash Center comes from humble beginnings.  The origin of the organization can be traced to a core group of families with children who had special needs.  Discouraged by the lack of resources and options available to them and others like them they placed an ad in the Journal and Courier in 1952 seeking other families dealing with the same challenges.  It was an attempt to find strength in numbers and to create services where none existed before.  Today, Wabash Center has grown into a comprehensive service provider for those with disabilities or special needs that is leading the way to supporting individuals in their pursuit of quality of life for them and their families.

Our leadership boils down to three foundational pillars:


We have an established history of providing quality care for those with disability or special needs. We love what we do. We’ve been doing this for a long time and we’re not going to stop any time soon.

We offer dozens of programs and services. These services span numerous age groups and are designed to meet the needs of our clients wherever they are in life. 

Our progressive approach leads to us continually pursuing new methods to better serve individuals. Programs and services may change, but their purpose and the level of care will always remain constant.





Jason McManus

Chief Executive Officer


Janet Jones

Chief Financial Officer


Colleen Rhoades

Director of Supported Living



Director of Human Resources




To optimize the quality of life for people with disabilities or special needs


Whatever the age, whatever the circumstance, Wabash Center strives to meet the needs of those we serve and help them navigate their own unique paths – we consider this our greatest privilege. We aid individuals so that they can reach their ultimate potential. Whether it’s a child in need of additional summer education opportunities or an adult seeking independent living, Wabash Center will work with individuals and their caregivers to provide the optimal solution.


Board of Directors


Joe Seaman (Chair) 
Retired, Lafayette Chamber of Commerce

Jack Albregt
Retired, Farm Industry

Brent Mithoefer
1st Source Bank

Jeanne Boyd
JMB Consulting Services

Jay House (Treasurer)
Newton Oil

Jim Freeland
Purdue University

Kevin Johnson

Melissa Smith
Wabash National

Tim Han

Jill Anderson
Purdue Research Foundation