Announcing Our New Care Director

Sarah Verardo

For the first time, The Independence Fund is thrilled to announce the full-time hire of a Care Director. Please welcome Carrie Stead! Carrie is a full-time employee who will be managing the rewarding role of Care Director. She may be reached at or by phone: 980-254-2295

Carrie graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelors Degree in Exercise and Sports Science. She then attended the Medical College of Georgia, where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Physical Therapy. She has worked as a physical therapist since 2003.

Carrie is married to Adam Stead; Adam served as an officer in the US Army and received a gunshot wound to the back of the head while piloting a security mission in Afghanistan in 2009. He sustained a severe TBI and underwent two years of intensive rehabilitation. Carrie continues to serve as Adam's caregiver. They have two young boys and live in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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