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 45 years we have served the mental health and wellness needs of our community. And with our visionary team of over 300 employees, 15 Board members and many volunteers and donors, we will continue to do so long into the future.


Matthew Burden, Ph.D.
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 from Loyola University Chicago and has held academic and research/faculty positions at University of Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.

Clarence Boykin, DHA
Vice President of Marram Health Center
Clarence is responsible for the oversight and operation of our Federally Qualified Health Center, Marram Health Center. While ensuring the quality of patient care and adherence to all regulations, Clarence actively supports and maintains communication among medical providers, support staff, and leadership. Clarence joined Porter-Starke Services in 2019, with over 20 years of healthcare experience and a Doctorate of Health Administration from Central Michigan University.

Sandy Carlson, LCSW, LCAC
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, CPA, SPHR

Chief Administrative Officer
Mary has been with Porter-Starke Services for over 30 years, making valuable contributions to the organization's success and stability. Mary currently oversees the human resources department. 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.

Andrew Nielsen, MBA, CPA
Chief Financial Officer
Andrew is responsible for the management of fiscal and administrative functions of Porter-Starke Services, including accounting and budgeting, risk management, and compliance. He has over eight years of community mental health experience. Andrew received his Masters in Business Administration from Carnegie Mellon University - Tepper School of Business and his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Management from University of South Carolina - Columbia.

Anand Popli, MD

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. He has been with Porter-Starke Services since 1997 and is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Kate Sanders, MS, MA
Vice President of Systems Administration
Kate oversees data reporting systems and monitors day-to-day operations and supports, applying her relevant knowledge of and experience with our electronic medical record. She received her Master’s in Health Informatics from Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis, her Master’s in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor’s degrees from Indiana University Bloomington. Kate has been employed with Porter-Starke Services since 2015.

Mike Weaver, MBA
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.

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Valparaiso Campus
601 Wall St.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Knox Campus
1001 Edgewood Dr.
Ste. 1
Knox, IN 46534

Portage Campus
3176 Lancer St.
Portage, IN 46368

Marram Health Center
3229 Broadway Ave. 
Gary, IN 46409

Marram Health Center
704 S State Road 2
Hebron, IN 46341