Leadership Team

The dynamic, dedicated, and innovative leadership team at Porter-Starke Services propels our mission to enhance the quality of life in our community through prevention, treatment, education, and research.

Working Together

Porter-Starke Services stands as a premier service provider in Northwest Indiana thanks to the commitment, creativity and energy of our many staff members, volunteers and supporters.

For over 40 years we have served the mental health and wellness needs of our community. And with our visionary team of over 200 employees, 26 Board members and many volunteers and donors, we will continue to do so long into the future.


Matthew Burden
President / CEO

Matt organizes and plans for the long-term vision of the organization and oversees all day-to-day operations. Prior to his position as President/CEO of Porter-Starke Services, Matt served as Chief Executive Officer at the Swanson Center for 8 years. Matt holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and has been an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit. Matt currently serves as Board Chair for the Indiana Council of Community Mental Health Centers.

Sandy Carlson
Vice President of Clinical Services

Sandy provides clinical supervision to the staff of outpatient psychologists and therapists and provides clinical diagnoses, treatment and consultation to the clients of Porter-Starke Services. Sandy has worked at Porter-Starke Services for 20 years. She received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois Chicago and her Bachelors of Social Work at Valparaiso University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Addictions Counselor and a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist.

Mary Idstein
Chief Financial Officer

Mary is responsible for the management of fiscal and administrative functions of Porter-Starke Services, including accounting and budgeting, risk management, compliance and human resources. Mary has made valuable contributions in the organization's departmental productivity. Mary has been with Porter-Starke Services for over 20 years. She has served as the President of the Valparaiso Community School Board and is a current member of the Housing Opportunities Board of Directors. Mary graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois and is a Certified Public Accountant and Senior Professional in Human Resources.

Dr. Anand Popli
Chief Medical Officer

In addition to serving clients, Dr. Popli provides clinical supervision to the medical staff. Dr. Popli graduated from medical school at Bombay University. He is Board Certified in Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry and has been practicing since 1984. In 2005, he received the honor of Distinguished Fellow from the American Psychiatric Association, the highest membership honor the organization bestows. Dr. Popli serves on the Board of Directors for Porter-Starke Services. He has been with Porter-Starke Services since 1997 and is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Mike Weaver
Vice President of Medical Services

Mike is responsible for the oversight and operation of the Medical Services and Acute Intensive Services departments at Porter-Starke Services, which includes Admissions, Emergency Services and the Inpatient Care Center.  In addition, he will focus on quality assurance/risk management and quality of care improvement initiatives. Mike received his MBA from Purdue University and his Bachelors of Psychological Science from Ball State University. He has been with Porter-Starke Services for more than 20 years.

Aileen Wehren
Vice President of Systems Administration

Aileen plans and monitors the day-to-day operations of the organization. She regularly communicates changes in the administration of healthcare and is a driving force in ensuring that client care is delivered in the most efficient and cost-effective manner for the clients we serve. Aileen has nearly 20 years of experience in the mental healthcare industry. She is a current member of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

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