Ross completed his undergraduate degree at Hanover College with a major in Sociology and minor in Psychology. After graduating from Hanover, Ross began working with a non-profit organization in child-welfare where he was first exposed to the impact substance abuse and co-occurring mental health diagnoses can have on individuals and families. Ross worked with adults and children involved in the child welfare system for six years in multiple roles including Regional Coordinator of Treatment Services as well as an individual and family therapist. Wanting to do more to help his community, Ross completed his master’s degree in Social Work through the Indiana University School of Social Work in 2016 with a focus in mental health and addictions. In 2017, Ross took a position as the Clinical Manager for a private residential treatment program, focusing on substance use disorders and co-occurring mental illness amongst adults. Ross joins Damien Center with hopes to bring his experience in substance abuse treatment and program development to further serve the needs of those diagnosed with HIV and substance use disorders in the Indianapolis community.
Ross is a resident of the near eastside, and loves the opportunity to work and serve in the community where he lives. Ross enjoys staying active in his free time; he enjoys riding his bike around the city, playing softball and tennis, and can often be found exploring local restaurants and businesses with his friends and family.