The mission of the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania is to eliminate and prevent barriers that people with disabilities experience by providing ongoing advocacy and offering innovative programs and services.
The Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania envisions a society where persons with disabilities are empowered to fully exercise their rights and fully participate in all walks of life that will enable them to Live Well.
Meet Theo Braddy, Chief Executive Officer
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Theotis W. Braddy graduated from Temple University with a Masters degree in Social Work in 1988. He also attended Edinboro University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Work. Mr. Braddy has taught at Temple University as an Adjunct Professor teaching Social Welfare Policy I & II at the Temple University Harrisburg Campus. Mr. Braddy is a current Adjunct Professor at Millersville University teaching Discrimination and Oppression of Persons with Disabilities. At the early age of 15, he became a person with a disability due to a high school football accident. For over 25 years, Mr. Braddy has advocated on behalf of persons with disabilities. He was hired in 1988 to establish and administer the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP). As CEO, Mr. Braddy has created an independent living center that has become a strong and growing voice for persons with disabilities. He serves on a number of boards and committees. He has been appointed by three different Governors including in 1998 to serve as a Commissioner for the Pennsylvania Human Relation Commission. Governor Colbert recently appointed him to the PA State Independent Living Council. Mr. Braddy 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 his continued commitment and service as CEO of the CILCP, he is the Visionary behind Living Well with a Disability and the first-of-its –kind Living Well with a Disability Conference & Expo held in 2013.
Meet Janetta Green, Chief Operating Officer
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Janetta Williams Green has been employed by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) since 1989. She holds a Bachelors of Social Work degree from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, WV and a Masters in Business Administration from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA.
Ms. Green has over 30 years of experience working with people with disabilities with 27 of those years working in independent living centers. She has worked in a variety of positions within a center for independent living from receptionist, to skills trainer to program manager, to director of operations. Ms. Green has 4 years experience as a non-federal peer reviewer for U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitation Services Region II and is a Certified Accessibility Inspector through the International Code Council.
Meet Marilyn Zarreii, Chief Financial Officer
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Marilyn Zarreii has been employed by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) since February 2014. She holds a Bachelors of Arts in English from the University of Kentucky in Lexington, KY and a Bachelors of Science in Accounting from Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. Ms. Zarreii has 24 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and over 30 years of non-profit experience. Ms. Zarreii has also tutored students from K -12 in school districts across the Commonwealth.
Meet Kathy Reisch, Director of Independent Monitoring Services.
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Kathy Reisch joined the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) in July 2016 as the IM4Q Coordinator.
Ms. Reisch has over 30 years of experience working with people with intellectual disabilities and over 25 years with non-profit agencies.
Ms. Reisch has been an advocate for many of the values of “Everyday Lives”, “Positive Approaches”, and “Self Determination” since her earliest employment with Dauphin County ARC while attending Harrisburg Area Community College.
She is a Lifetime Member of the Girl Scouts and enjoys camping with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Meet Pam Auer, Director of Advocacy and Support Services, Living Well with a Disability.
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Meet Margo Brown-Pinder, Community Integration Specialist, Specialized Services.
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Margo has worked in the for profit industry since graduating from College. I did not enjoy what I was doing. When I was laid off, I decided to search for another career. My mantra was “This time, I will make a difference”. I applied for a position at a CIL in Philadelphia. I worked in Philadelphia for 5 years. I am now working for CILCP. I have been with CILCP for 3 years. I enjoy helping people with physical disabilities remove barriers.
Meet Patricia Burke-Dawson, Accounting Supervisor.
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Patricia Burke-Dawson joined the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) in February 2006. She has an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration from Kingsborough Community College in Brooklyn, New York and a Bachelor Degree in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University.
Meet Jim Cavanaugh, Accounting Clerk.
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Jim Cavanaugh joined the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) in June 2009 as a part- time employee of the Accounting Staff and assisted in the preparation and filing of Consumer payroll related taxes. Jim is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and a veteran of the Viet Nam war. Prior to retiring from full time employment he worked for Keystone Health Plan Central in Camp Hill.
Meet Robert Clapp, Assistant Director, Specialized Services.
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I have worked for the CILCP as a Supports Coordinator since 2011. Prior to assuming Supports Coordination responsibilities I worked for the CILCP as a Community Integration Specialist and Durable Medical Equipment Peer Counselor. Previously I was employed by the Cumberland Perry Association of Retarded Citizens working with individuals served on their respective Individual Service Plans, Behavior Plans, and issues related to independence, self advocacy, and accessibility.
Meet Erin Gaul, Living Well Specialist, Living Well Services.
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I began my career with CILCP in June 2016. I have more than 8 years of experience supporting adults with intellectual and physical disabilities in their homes and in their communities to live meaningful lives. Something I am most passionate about is employment opportunities for those living with a disability. I believe being an employee is a valued social role and everyone has something to offer. I completed the ACRE certification and soon after was able to assist a young man to start his own business. I live with a disability myself, as I inherited Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease from my dad, and I am an example of a person living well with a disability. I am active with the CMT Association and I am the Harrisburg area branch leader for their organization. I have experience with peer mentoring and community outreach and I am always looking for opportunities to network and help expand the social circles of the people I support. In my spare time, I love to cook and get outdoors as much as possible. My boyfriend and I are crazy pet parents and we take our 2 dogs camping and kayaking as much as we can!
Meet Madeleine McMahon, Services Support Coordinator, Specialized Services.
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My name is Madeleine Mc Mahon. I work with CILCP to honor and value People with Disabilities and the
abundance of gifts and talents this community brings to our world. As a Supports Service Coordinator wit h CILCP in the Supportive Services Program I visit people living in Nursing Facilities.
I am a graduate of LaSalle University in Philadelphia. I worked in several non-profits including: Liberty Resources where I learned about consumer-directed advocacy and services.
I also worked at the first community based service program for people with intellectual disabilities, Hall Mercer. I worked with a cluster of shelters for homeless people (now numbering
well over 40,000) in Philadelphia. I started my career with work in a coalition of parish and other volunteers to support people deinstitutionalized from an infamous mental hospital. I have
come to know it is important to be grateful for every little thing, especially family.
Meet John O'Rourke, Services Support Coordinator.
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John is a Supports coordinator for the CSPPPD Specialized Services Program serving people in Allegheny and
in northwestern Pennsylvania. John has worked for the CIL since November of 2011 and enjoys supporting people in his travels. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Debbie and their dog,
Lucy. John's interests include reading, playing musical instruments, and watching Marvel movies. Someday, John would like to visit his ancestral home in Listowel, County Kerry in Ireland.
Interested? Get in touch with us at 717.731.1900 or email us. We look forward to talking to you.
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