Council Member Listing:
Ex-officio Member Listing:
Erland 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.
Dani 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.
Ligia 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.
When 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.
Foote, Betsey | Council Member
Betsey Foote retired after 36 years, as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 2015. 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. She is a member of The Tule River Elders Council, Vice-Chair of the Tule River Alcohol Program. She has previously participated on Tule River Law Enforcement Committee, Land Assignment Committee and Tule River Health Board.
Hayes, Lisa | Council Vice Chair
Lisa Hayes is the Executive Director of Rolling Start Independent Living Center. Prior to that she served as 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.
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.
Fiona 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.
Jacqueline 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 Chair
Peter 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 Elk Grove 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.
Sara 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.
Jose Solorzano has been a community health representative for the Inland Empire Health Plan since 2017. He was a disability and senior outreach coordinator for Molina Healthcare from 2015 to 2017 and was a benefits and resources specialist for Southern California Rehabilitation Services from 2007 to 2012. Solorzano is a member of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative.
Jay’Riah Thomas has been manager of The Arc San Francisco and a summer school ISP teacher for Five Keys Charter School since 2018. She was a teacher for Fortune School of Education from 2016 to 2018. Thomas was a paraeducator for the Elk Grove Unified School District from 2013 to 2016. She is a member of the Black Women of Political Action, Sacramento Chapter and the Spelman College Alumnae Association, Sacramento Chapter. Thomas earned a Master of Education degree from the University of the Pacific.
Jenny Yang was Vice Chair of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2013 to 2018. She was a student member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors from 2011 to 2013. Yang was a box office clerk for the Ukiah Players Theatre from 2008 to 2010 and a guest services representative for Holiday Inn Express in 2007. She held multiple positions at Mendocino College from 2006 to 2007, including statistics tutor and teacher's assistant.
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.
Ms. 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:
• 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.
The 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.
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.