Staff & Board

Hillary Hasson, Executive Director

Hillary Hasson serves as Executive Director of the Center for Independent Living Opportunities (CIL Opportunities). Operated by and for people with disabilities (consumer-controlled and cross-disability), CIL Opportunities dedicates its efforts to eliminating barriers, ensuring civil rights and equal access, and promoting independent living through public education, social change activities, and direct services. In addition to her duties as CIL director, Hillary serves on consumer and professional organizations’ boards on the local and state levels – including the Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and the Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living (PCIL). As a member of the PCIL Board of Directors, she also serves as Treasurer and sits on the Public Policy and Finance committees. As a member of the SILC Board of Directors (a Governor appointed position), she sits on the Public Policy Committee. Hillary 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 Director

Mindy received her degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University of York. She has been with the center since 2001 as an Independent Living Specialist. Currently, she is Program Director, which includes coordinating the IM4Q program and the PA Housing Program.

Eric Orr, Office 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 Manger at Images which is a program that promotes health and fitness for people with mental and physical disabilities. Eric has been with the Center as the Office Coordinator since January 2008.

Jessica Granruth

Jessica Granruth serves as a peer mentor. She graduated from Penn State York in 2007 with a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Jessica completed her internship at the center in the fall of 2007 and joined the center as a full-time staff member January 1, 2010. Jessica is currently working with Ticket to Work and as a Service Coordinator.

Jaritza Nguyen, I&R Assistant

Jaritza Nguyen graduated from York Technical Institute in 2012 with a Associates Degree in Business Management. Jaritza came to the center as a 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 a I&R Assistant.

Cynthia Castillo, Executive Assistant

Cynthia is one of the newest members of our team. She 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 looks forward 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.


Board Members

Sandra Carsten, President
John Brenneman, Vice-President
Kellie Boysen, Secretary
David Riggs, Treasurer

Gretchen Rhodes

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CIL Opportunities is part of PA's statewide network of consumer-controlled centers for independent living and is a member of the Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living and the National Council on Independent Living.