Council Members

 

Council Members:

Aguirre, Rebeca | Council Member

Aguirre has been a volunteer for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and a poll worker for the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder since 2012. She was a claims representative for the U.S. Social Security Administration from 2010 to 2011 and an employment development assistant I for the City of Hawthorne from 2003 to 2010. Aguirre is a member of Communities Actively Living Independent and Free.


Andersen, Erland (Andy) | Council Member

Andy Andersen, Council MemberErland K. Andersen, 75, of Cottonwood, has been appointed to the California State Independent Living Council. Andersen was a rehabilitation teacher and counselor at the Vision Resource Center from 2003-2008. He was a social worker at Dignity Health Golden Umbrella from 1995-2003 and a program coordinator and group facilitator at Easter Seals from 1990-1992. Andersen earned a Master of Science degree in agency counseling from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

 

 


Anderson, Dani | Council Member

Dani Anderson, Council MemberDani Anderson is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Center (ILRC). Ms. Anderson has been working in the disability advocacy field for over 10 years in the state, federal, and non-profit arenas. She is focused on community education around disability pride and improving communication between individuals with and without disabilities. Dani was Chair of the Governor appointed California State Rehabilitation Council (SRC), a current member of the Ventura Area Agency on Aging Advisory Committee, and a past member of the California Advisory Commission on Special Education (ACSE). Dani’s history working with the California Health Incentives Improvement Project (CHIIP), the California Department of Rehabilitation (DOR), and California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) in Sacramento equips her with diverse knowledge. Dani has a great appreciation for the Independent Living Movement for providing the opportunity for individuals with disabilities to assist their peers to be more independent through shared experience.


Andrade Zuniga, Ligia | Council Member

Council Member Ligia Andrade ZunigaLigia Andrade Zuniga, MPA, is a disability rights advocate and leader focused on the empowerment of marginalized and underrepresented communities primarily women of color with disabilities. Being a first-generation Guatemalan American-woman of color, preserving cultural identity, while embracing intersection and interdependence is extremely important to her.

Ligia attended Notre Dame De Namur University in Belmont California and has worked in local government and nonprofit for over 15 years. In 2009 almost a year after graduating from graduate school Ligia sustained a spinal cord injury which opened the door to the disability community. Six months later she began to volunteer as a peer supporter through the Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Program at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center where she rehabilitated and still continues to do so. In 2010 Ligia began working for the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center in the deinstitutionalization program where she learned about the Independent Living Movement.

Currently, she works as a Sexuality and Disability Educator and Advocate, empowering, educating, and creating access for individuals with disabilities and their allies on sexual health, healthy relationships, and reproductive health rights. Ligia is highly involved in civic engagement locally primarily influencing policy and regulation around individuals with disabilities. Groups she is affiliated with include; San Mateo County Commission on Disabilities, San Mateo County Public Authority Advisory Committee, San Mateo County Cal Medi Connect Committee, San Mateo County Health Commission, and Center for Independence of Individuals with Disabilities Board of Directors.

Ligia also values the visibility of parents with disabilities and has made sure parents with disabilities are visible and taken into consideration through the school experience with their children. Serving on boards and committees, and being present for activities such as football games, and parent-teacher conferences is a way she has made sure that happens.

Ligia Andrade Zuniga resides in San Mateo with her partner and two sons 21 and 16.

 


Bazyn, Ardis | Council Member

Ardis Bazyn, Council MemberWhen she was twenty, Ardis Bazyn was blinded in a car accident and had to learn a new career in food service management. After 15 years of marriage, Ardis's husband suffered from strokes leaving him with dementia and needing care. She returned to college and received two BA degrees and a Master’s in Arts in Teaching in IA, while caring for her husband, raising two preteens, and managing her own food service business full-time. After more than 20 years in food service management, changing careers again, and starting her present business, she suffered a mild heart attack. Despite this setback, she has Self-published four books and was a contributor of "Success Simplified".

She currently serves as American Council of the Blind Membership Chair. She serves as president of Independent Visually Impaired Entrepreneurs and handles their PR and website content. As Second Vice President of Randolph-Sheppard Vendors of America, she serves as their publication and PR chair also assisting with their two annual conferences. She serves on the Caption Max consumer advisory board and Secretary of California Council of the Blind and on the Los Angeles County Voters with specific needs committee. She is currently President of the VerdugoGlen Chapter American Business Womens Association. Besides serving as an elder, she serves on the Connections committee at 1st Presbyterian Church of Burbank. She has published numerous articles and manuals for organizations to assist them. In 2001, she compiled a booklet for Blind Students of California, "A Guide to a Successful College Experience", currently serving as Secretary for the California Council of the Blind Students. Ardis has received numerous awards including the Don Cameron Award for community advocacy, the Durward McDaniel Service Award, the American Council of the Blind Life Member Award, three trophies for the annual American Council of the Blind Walk/Run (2010, 2011, 2012), Best in Burbank 2009, Networker of the month awards from Burbank Business Network International, certificates from three Secretary of States in CA for advisory committee participation, and Anchor Certificate-completion of 200 hours of study on Biblical history). In 2015, she received Volunteer of the year Award for the San Fernando Valley Women in Business Magazine". In May 2017, she was nominated by the VerdugoGlen chapter for ABWA Top Ten Woman of the year and passed the initial review by the national organization.


Cody, Joseph | Council Chair

Joseph Cody, SILC ChairCody has been the director for technology and resources at Resources for Independence, Central Valley since 2011. He was a case manager at the Catholic Charities, Diocese of Fresno from 2010 to 2011, where he was a programs specialist from 2007 to 2008. Cody was an AmeriCorps VISTA member at HandsOn Central California from 2008 to 2009.

 

 

 


Foote, Betsey | Council Member

Foote was a licensed vocational nurse at Lifehouse from 2014 to 2015 and at Maxim Healthcare Services from 2013 to 2014. She was a licensed vocational nurse and charge nurse at the Valley Care Center from 2010 to 2012 and at the Sierra Valley Rehabilitation Center from 2009 to 2010.


Hayes, Lisa | Council Member

Lisa Hayes, Council MemberLisa Hayes is the Associate Vice President of Managed Long Term Supports and Services for Molina Healthcare, Inc.  She has twenty years’ experience working in healthcare operations and contracting; seven of those as Director of Disability and Senior Access services where she focused on helping Molina shape its healthcare delivery system to meet the needs of older adults and people with disabilities moving into more coordinated systems of care.  As the culture of managed care continues to evolve, providing whole-person care, and more home and community based supports, Lisa provides subject matter expertise on new initiatives, business development and state MLTSS contract support, identifying strategic opportunities and developing best practices that contribute to quality care and better health for plan members.          

Along with serving as an appointed member of the California State Independent Living Council, Lisa serves on the National Council of Independent Living’s (NCIL) PAS/healthcare subcommittee.  Past service includes six years on the board of an Independent Living Center, three of those as board chair.  She is a competent communicator Toastmaster where she served as club secretary.

Lisa currently lives in Bellflower, California with her son Christopher.  She holds an AA in Music from Mt. San Antonio College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Biola University. 


Hinze, Fiona | Council Member

Fiona Hinze, Council MemberFiona Hinze, 27, has been systems change coordinator and community organizer at the Independent Living Resources Center of San Francisco since 2014, where she was a community activities coordinator in 2014. She was a teaching assistant at the Stanford University Department of Biology in 2013 and at the Stanford University Department of Psychology in 2012. Hinze was a research assistant at the Stanford Prevention Research Center at the Stanford School of Medicine from 2011 to 2012. She is a member of the Psi Chi Honor Society in Psychology.


Jackson, Jacqueline Marie | Council Member

Jacqueline Marie Jackson, Council MemberJacqueline is an advocate for equal opportunity. She is a proponent of best practices inquiry and an opponent of "cookie-cutter" and "one size fits all" policy and program development. Jacqueline believes the eight (8) words that impedes progress and visionary leadership are, "We have never done it that way before".

Jacqueline was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. In an effort to provide greater opportunities for his family, her father joined the Navy and the family moved to San Diego County when she was an infant. She attended pubic schools, participated in extra-curricular activities and graduated with academic distinction. At age eleven (11) she was diagnosis as legally blind.

Jacqueline received her bachelor's degree from San Diego State University. Jacqueline's family was very proud of this accomplishment because she was the second member of the Provost family to receive a college degree. In an effort to encourage her daughters to strive for a graduate school degree, twenty-nine (29) years after receiving her first college degree Jacqueline received her Master's degree in Education Leadership with a specialization in Nonprofit Business Management from the University of San Diego.

Jacqueline has over thirty (30) years of professional work experience in the nonprofit/social services sector. For several years she worked as the Director of Employment services for San Diego's Independent Living Center, Community Service Center for the Disabled. She resigned from this position when she married and moved to Nevada.

Jacqueline sits on numerous boards of directors and advisory committees. She is most proud of being unanimously elected as the first consumer chairperson for San Diego County In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Committee. Jacqueline has served as Governor Deukmejian's appointee to the Governor's Committee for the Employment of People with Disabilities. She also served on the State Superintendent's Ethnic Advisory Committee during the Honorable Bill Honet's administration.

Jacqueline serves as the Blind and Low Vision Representative for the Public Utilities Commission Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Program Equipment Advisory Program Committee. She currently serves as the State Plan for Independent Living Committee Chair Person and the State Independent Living Council (SILC) Representative on the State Rehabilitation Council.

Jacqueline is a proud lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She is the founding President of the San Diego Delta Foundation. In March 2017 the Honorable Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher selected Jacqueline as the 80th Assembly District Woman of the Year.

Making a positive contribution is Jacqueline's life-long pursuit.


Mendoza, Peter | Council Vice-Chair

Peter Mendoza, Council MemberPeter Mendoza brings to the California State Independent Living Council four decades of disability advocacy experience. His work in advocacy began at the age of 17, when he testified in front of the California State Legislative Subcommittee on the need for services and supports for people with disabilities for the Regional Center System. Peter became a tireless advocate for accessible transportation, housing, In Home Support Services, and employment for people with disabilities. His advocacy was recognized by President George H. W. Bush, who invited Peter to witness the historic signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

In 2001, Peter was appointed by California Governor Gray Davis to the State Council on Developmental Disabilities, and was subsequently reappointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. Peter served as both Vice Chair and Chair of the Council during his tenure. Since leaving the Council, Peter served on the Tarjan Center Community Advisory Committee, the California State Rehabilitation Appeals Board, the City of Berkeley Commission on Disability, and on the Board of Directors for Easy Does It Emergency Services in Berkeley. Peter is still very active, currently serving as Chair of the Golden Gate Regional Center Self Determination Community Advisory Committee, Consumer Advocate for the California Olmstead Advisory Committee, member of the California State Independent Living Council as appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr., in addition to working at Marin Center for Independent Living as their Director of Advocacy and Special Projects.

Peter lives in Novato with his wife, Jennifer, and their dog, Latte. His phone rings frequently, with calls from people with disabilities and their families, requesting his advocacy expertise and policy advice.


Moussavian, Sara | Council Member

Sara Moussavian, Council MemberSara Moussavian, of Palo Alto, is known for her statewide advocacy work on California’s Disability History Week legislation and her volunteerism in the YO! Disabled and Proud program as well as the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities. She has received recognition for her work by the California Legislature and the National Council on Independent Living. Moussavian was last employed at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center as a Youth Leader before transferring to SFSU. Moussavian, has been a dedicated public service volunteer and intern on several occasions. She has volunteered at her local YMCA, YO! Disabled & Proud, the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities and the National Youth Leadership Network, and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability. She has interned at her local Boys and Girls Club. Sara is passionate about empowering young people with disabilities and hopes to represent the youth voice for positive change as a State Independent Living Council member.

Sara worked tirelessly to secure a legislative sponsor and to ensure the passage of California’s ACR 162 – Disability History Week legislation. In July 2010, Sara was presented with a certificate of recognition from former Assembly-member (now Senator) Jim Beall Jr. for her work in the Disability History Week Campaign. In addition, Sara was also awarded the national Diana Vietz award by the National Council on Independent Living in July 2013. Sara remains an active member of YO! Disabled & Proud and has also assisted in the 2012 and 2013 Youth Leadership Forum, YLF. She served as a member of the YLF Program Committee and as an Interim Co-Chair for this committee. During the summer of 2013, Sara served as an Intern for her local Boys and Girls Club. While interning at the club she assisted first grade students in a low – income communities in improving their academic and social skills. Sara graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Persian Studies. During the Fall and Spring Semesters of the 2012 – 2013 Sara was on the Dean’s List.


Schaedle, Linda | Council Member

Linda Schaedle, Council MemberA California native settled in Paso Robles, she has two married daughters, a son, and four grandchildren.Hobbies include reading, water colors, gardening, and crocheting.While in her third year of college at UCLA she was paralyzed by Guillain-Barre, and emerged from the experience with a lifelong passion for developing pathways to employment, career growth, and higher education for youth and adults of all ages, as a Human Resource Management professional, and engaging with local and statewide disability initiatives to affect change. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Communications at CSUN, and entered her career as a journalist with Scripts Howard.

At Bank of America from 1994-2002, in Human Resource Management Specialist, Analyst and Generalist roles, highlighting ADA case management, return-to-work, a job retention project, recruiting, where she learned the nuts and bolts of mainstream access first hand. Later, she was recruited for aninnovative systems change initiative in the design of a paperless nationwide Human Resource Management delivery model, on a development team and later in a liaison role for Technology and Support's 30,000 page intranet web knowledgebase and the nationwide center, in a NationsBank and Bank of America environment.

Schaedle embraced the employment with disability initiatives 2005-2011 as a Disability Navigator, employed by Goodwill, Serving the People of Southern Los Angeles County, and Goodwill's Shoreline Workforce Development of San Luis Obispo County, based at Pacific Gateway Workforce Invest Network covering multiple One-Stop centers in Southern Los Angeles County, and at the Career One-Stop covering San Luis Obispo County. Funded by Department of Labor and Employment Development Department initiatives, she designed tools, developed resources, conducted training at the One-Stops, and monthly workshops at the local Independent Living Center in Long Beach. Together, they carved local pathways for Veterans with disabilities, transitional youth, and adults of all ages.

Quarterly meetings of the Governor's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities during her almost 6 years as Disability Navigator, she participated in select sub-committee meetings related to the Navigator role and experience. Developing extensive Veteran disability resources through Pacific Gateway Investment Network, the strategies, tools and resources, she was invited to present to the Governor's Committee on a panel of speakers to address the needs of Veterans; she later conducted training for EDD Veteran Services Staff in a regional conference on the same strategies and resources in Anaheim, in 2009.

Engaging youth mentoring programsguided by Daniels & Associates, she served as a Mentor, and worked with local Department of Rehabilitation counselors and youth, and parents seeking more successful outcomes through the One-Stop system resources and networks. She served on the Business Advisory Committee of California Health Incentives Improvement Program (CHIIP) led by Eric Glunt, Ph.D. at the Interwork Institute at SDSU from 2009-2011. She developed a business marketing model and tools for Career One-Stops, and conducted monthly workshops on pathways for people with disabilities on sustainable employment strategies and resources on the local levels. This was distributed statewide through the Disability Navigator Program in a conference training session she conducted in 2011.

Panel presentations include theEmployer Advisory Council of San Luis Obispo County, ADA, 2012; CSUMB Annual Women's Conference, 2011; Disability Navigator Statewide Conferences, 2009, 20011; Governor's Committee on the Employment of People with Disabilities, Veteran Programs, 2009; SILC, Veteran Employment Programs and Options, 2009; The City of Glendale Conflict Resolution Training Seminars, 2004; Employer Roundtable, ADA, Southern California, 2001; Santa Barbara City College Career Seminar, 1996, and others.

Professional Human Resource Management training was obtained through UCLA/UCSB Extension Divisions, EEOC ADA mediation training through Southern California Mediation Association in conjunction with the Los Angeles Bar Association, and Loyola Law School's Disability Mediation Center; graduate studies in Conflict Management at CSUDH; ADA training through the Disability Business Technical Assistance Center ADA Coordinator Training Certification Program (in progress) through the University of Missouri School of Health Professions Disabilities Studies and Policy Center and Great Plains ADA Center.


Soto, Jimmie | Council Member

Jimmie Soto, Council MemberJimmie Soto is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Center of Kern County (ILCKC). He earned a Master's Degree in Education Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, both from California State University, Fresno. Prior to Fresno State, he attended Fresno City College, where he earned an Associate's Degree in Liberal Arts. While in college, Jimmie was an active member of the Advocates for Students with Disabilities at Fresno State University.

Jimmie is an active member of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers Board and Executive Committee. He also is a member of a group taking the initiative to establish a disability coalition to represent people with disabilities in Kern County, which is comprised of the executive directors form Bakersfield, ARC, Goodwill, ILCKC, New Advances for People with Disabilities, and other various groups.

Before moving to Bakersfield, his current home town, Jimmie held the position of Director of Program Services at Fresno County's Independent Living Center (named Resources for Independence Central Valley), a position he held since 2001. He began his career there in 1999.

Not only is Jimmie passionate about the independence of those with disabilities, as it has affected his own family because of his visual impairment, but he has a brother who is deaf. Therefore, Jimmie knows some American Sign Language, and can empathize better than most, having gone through the communication barriers and other related issues first hand.

In his spare time, Jimmie likes to spend time with his wife and three brothers, exercise, and relax.


Ex-Officio Members:

Nancy Bargmann | Ex-Officio Member

NANCY BARGMANN was appointed Director of the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on March 4, 2016, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The Department, in conjunction with the 21 private nonprofit regional centers located throughout the State, provides services and supports to over 300,000 Californians with developmental disabilities.

Director Bargmann has extensive experience in the developmental services field, both in the private, non-profit and corporate sectors, and the State. From 2012-2015, she served as deputy director of the Community Services Division at DDS where she developed policy and oversaw regional center operations and services.

Since 2015, she has served as associate executive director at the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center. From 2009 to 2012, she held a variety of positions at Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc., including executive director and business consultant, and held several positions at the MENTOR Network from 1998 to 2009, including vice president of operations, vice president of business development and California state director.

In addition, she held several positions at the Inland Regional Center from 1985 to 1998, including community services director, resource manager, adult services program manager and consumer services coordinator. Ms. Bargmann started her career working with individuals who have developmental disabilities as a direct service professional with The Arc of Orange County in 1984.

A native Californian, she was born and raised in San Bernardino.

Director Bargmann earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management, and a Master of Science degree in social work from San Diego State University.


Linda Brice (Representative) | Ex-Officio Member

Linda Brice, Ex-Officio MemberMs. Brice received her Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology in 1983 and in 1986; she received her Masters of Art degree in Special Education, both from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her career since graduation has encompassed:

  • Teaching in adult developmental day programs;
  • Working as a behavioral analyst developing behavioral programs and training direct care staff who were employed in residential care homes;
  • Administrating two adult residential facilities for persons with autism and mental health issues;
  • Developing specialized community services for Alta California Regional Center; and,
  • For the last 18 years, working for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

Linda's career with the DDS has included:

  • Teaching in adult developmental day programs;
  • Working as an analyst in the Health and Wellness Section;
  • Administrating the Department’s Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program: and,
  • Managing the Department’s Community Living Section as Section Chief.

Joe Xavier | Ex-Officio Member

Joe Xavier, Ex-Officio MemberThe Department of Rehabilitation has played a huge role in my life, and I welcome the chance to give back. As a former consumer, I have a profound understanding of the barriers consumers face on their path to meaningful employment. We strive to equip each individual with a disability who enters our door with the tools to attain employment, achieve independence, and realize equality.

Near and dear to my heart is the partnership we have with our stakeholders and communities that deliver services and supports to our consumers. I am pleased to honor what we have built to date, and look forward to improving our future.

For five decades, our services to Californians with disabilities have resulted in countless lives improved, dreams realized, and accomplishments achieved. Regardless of the successes we have already attained, we must continue to find ways to advance our programs so the next 50 years find us celebrating our vision as a reality.


Irene Walela (Representative) | Ex-Officio Member

Kimberly Rutledge (Representative) | Ex-Officio Member

Kim Rutledge is chief of the Policy and Quality Assurance Branch in the Adult Programs Division at the California Department of Social Services, where she oversees policy development and implementation of the IHSS program statewide. She came to CDSS in 2016 from UDW/AFSCME Local 3930, which represents almost 100,000 IHSS providers in 21 counties throughout the state. There, she was assistant legislative director from 2013 to 2016, and a budget and policy analyst from 2012 to 2013. Rutledge was a policy consultant specializing in IHSS at the County Welfare Directors Association from 2011 to 2012. She was the graduate intern for disability policy at the National Academy of Social Insurance in Washington, D.C., in 2011, and a graduate policy intern at the Westside Center for Independent Living in Los Angeles from 2010 to 2011. Rutledge is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance and the American Association of University Women, Sacramento Branch. She earned a Master of Social Welfare degree from the University of California, Los Angeles -- Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Missouri, Columbia.


Lora Connolly | Ex-Officio Member

Lora Connolly, Ex-Officio MemberOn April 3, 2012, Governor Brown appointed Lora Connolly as Director of the California Department of Aging (CDA).

CDA administers programs funded primarily through the federal Administration on Aging, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the Department of Labor. These programs are authorized under the federal Older Americans Act, the state Older Californians Act, and the Medi-Cal program.

This array of federal and state programs and services includes: information and assistance, congregate and home-delivered meals, supportive services, community service employment, health insurance counseling, caregiver support, and the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program. The Department also has program oversight for approximately 247 Community Based Adult Service (CBAS) Centers and administers the Multipurpose Senior Services Program, a Medi-Cal waiver serving over 9,000 nursing home eligible older adults throughout the state. The Department of Aging has approximately 120 staff and an annual budget of $200 million.

Ms. Connolly previously served as the Department’s Chief Deputy Director from 2002-2012 and, at various points, also served as the Acting Director. From 2000-2002, she served as an Assistant Secretary at the California Health and Human Services Agency and between 1993 and 2000, Ms. Connolly held several positions within the California Department of Health Services (DHS), including Chief of the Office of Long Term Care. She began her state career with the Assembly Office of Research as a consultant on aging and long term care issues and was involved in the development of the CA Partnership for Long Term Care Insurance Program.

Ms. Connolly holds a Masters of Science in Gerontology with an emphasis in public policy and administration from the University of Southern California (USC). She frequently writes and speaks on a variety of aging, health promotion, and long-term service and support issues, including strategies for increasing access to services among diverse and underserved older adults, persons with disabilities, and family caregivers. Ms. Connolly also currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National Association of States United for Ag ing and Disability. Like many Californians helping loved ones to remain at home, she has had hands on experience as a family caregiver over a fifteen year period.

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