Hillary Hasson, Executive Director
Hillary graduated from Penn State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Letters, Arts, & Science in 2009. For over 15 years, Hillary has advocated on behalf of persons with disabilities. She was hired in 2000 to work with established programs and core services at the Center for Independent Living Opportunities (then called Citizens for Independence & Access (CIL Opportunities). In 2005 she was promoted to Executive Director and since then has created an independent living center that has become a strong and growing voice for persons with disabilities. She serves on a number of boards and committees. Hillary works diligently towards ensuring that the Americans with Disabilities Act is fully implemented to allow for full participation of all citizens with disabilities. In addition to her continued commitment and service as Executive Director of CIL Opportunities, she also performs consulting work that includes coordinating Conference/Training Planning & Coordination (meeting or exceeding ADA Accessibility Guidelines) and performs ADA and UCC accessibility assessments.
Mindy Hedrick, Program Coordinator
Mindy received her degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University. She has been with the center since 2001 as an Independent Living Specialist. Currently, she is Program Coordinator, which includes coordinating the IM4Q program and Money Follows the Person. Along with her continued commitment to overseeing these programs, she is a valued member of the Service Coordination team.
Jessica Glackin, IL & Waiver Services Coordinator
Jessica graduated from Penn State University in 2007 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Jessica completed her internship at the center in the fall of 2007. Jessica has been a committed staff member since January 2010 and has worked as a Peer Mentor and on projects like Ticket to Work. She is currently as a Service Coordinator under the HCBS Waivers.
Rebekah Kratzsch, Services Coordinator
Rebekah graduated from Eastern Nazarene College in 2006 with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. Rebekah has worked with persons with intellectual and physical disabilities as well as persons experiencing homelessness since 2005. She joined the CIL Team in June of 2015 and is currently working as a Service Coordinator for individuals receiving Home and Community Based Services.
Eric Orr, I&R and Advocacy Coordinator
Eric received a certificate of completion from Bradley Academy, for Multimedia Design and a diploma for Networking from York Technical Institute. Eric worked as an Assistant Program Manager at Images which is a program that promotes health and fitness for people with mental and physical disabilities. Eric has worked with various community organizations as an advocate on behalf of persons with disabilities and intends to increase those efforts in the future. Eric joined the CIL Team in January of 2008 as Office Coordinator and is currently working as the I&R and Advocacy Coordinator where he is committed to assisting consumers achieve their Independent Living goals as well as advancing the CILs mission out in our communities.
Jaritza Nguyen, I&R Assistant
Jaritza graduated from York Technical Institute in 2012 with an Associate’s Degree in Business Management. Jaritza came to the center as an extern during her schooling. After completing her externship, Jaritza stayed with center as a volunteer before joining the center the summer of 2013 as a Program Assistant. Currently, she is working as an I&R Assistant and is one of the CIL Team’s bi-lingual advocates. She is a committed team member dedicated to our consumers and the mission of the organization.
Cynthia Castillo, Executive Assistant
Cynthia joined the CIL team in July of 2014 but has been volunteering at the center for 2 years and was able to take on a position as the Executive Assistant. Cynthia works closely with all members of the CIL and is a great bi-lingual advocate. She is committed to being a part of all the new tasks and changes that the center has to offer in bettering the community for the people we serve. She interacts with all consumers and walk-ins by helping them feel welcomed and a part of the CIL family from the moment they reach out to us.
Sandra Carsten, President
John Brenneman, Vice-President
Kellie Boysen, Secretary
David Riggs, Treasurer