Nicholas Stellema joined Insights back in June of 2012 as a respite direct support professional (DSP). Prior to that, Nicholas had studied exercise science and adapted physical activity at Ball State University. It was there at Ball State that Nicholas was able to complete a internship with what was then called “Lose the Training Wheels” and now is called “I Can Shine” where he was able to teach individuals with all different types of disabilities how to ride a two wheel bike. He even taught a visually impaired individual how to ride a bike. That is when the light bulb started to shine and he knew that he wanted to work with Individuals with disabilities in some sort of way. So as stated before, he joined Insights in June 2012. While working as a respite DSP, Nicholas also worked for Insight’s sister company, Outside the Box, as a group facilitator teaching individuals with a wide spectrum of disabilities daily living skills. Also while at Outside the Box, Nicholas helped develop the curriculum that Outside the Box still uses today based on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, to teach the participants how to be the best person they can be. Nicholas joined Insights full time in May of 2014 as a Team Leader helping, coaching, and training DSP’s to focus on what a person with disabilities CAN DO, not what they cannot do!
In his spare time he loves to spend time with his wife and two dogs, and loves being outdoors- whether that’s scuba diving (Nicholas is a certified rescue diver), golfing, or camping with the wife and dogs, and of course he roots for the home team, the Indianapolis Colts.