Maria Stancati is a lifelong resident of South Bend who has traveled many different paths on her journey of life. She graduated from St. Mary’s Orchard Lake with her Bachelor of Arts; then pursued a Master’s of Science in Communications at Purdue University Calumet. She earned her teaching license at Indiana University South Bend and taught Special Education for eight years. After traveling a difficult but meaningful journey, she found her way into a different branch of social services and landed at Goodwill Industries of Michiana, filling several different roles in Workforce Development. In 2014, Maria stepped down from the Dismas Board and became Program Director at Dismas House. As of July of 2017, she had been in every role at Dismas and became the Executive Director! Maria is active in the South Bend Rotary, GFWC Progress Club and many other committees and groups in South Bend but her favorite role is Mommy to her son, Anthony Joseph “AJ”.
Matthew Kaczmarek was born and raised in South Bend, Indiana. He has been coming to Dismas since he was 5 years old, with his aunt, the former Executive Director. After graduating from Clay High School, Matt attended Indiana University at Bloomington. He earned his Bachelors of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts in 2016. Matt was an AmeriCorps volunteer before accepting the Program Director position at Dismas in 2018. Matt likes to watch sports with his family and his dog, Neytiri.
Dismas’ Programming Staff comes from a variety of backgrounds and use their individual expertises to guide our residents through a variety of programs geared towards the needs and interests of the individuals we serve.