Center for Independent Living of Central PA
207 House Avenue
Center for Independent Living of Central PA - Newport
100 N. Second St.
PANO - Standards for Excellence
The Center for Independent Living of Central PA, Inc. (CILCP) is proud to be able to display this Seal of Excellence awarded by the Pennsylvania Association of Nonprofit Organizations.
2009 Brand Identity/Unique Marketing Campaign Winner!
2010 Programs Winner!
|Meet the Staff|
Theotis W. Braddy, Executive Director
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.
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 1989 to establish and administer the Center for Independent Living of Central Pennsylvania (CILCP). As Executive Director, Mr. Braddy has created an independent living center that has become a strong and growing voice for persons with disabilities. 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 executive director of the CILCP, Mr. Braddy serves as President of Arms Around Communities, a nonprofit faith-based service ministry of DaySpring Ministries in Middletown, Pennsylvania under the leadership of the Pastor and Founder Rev. Clifford Ashe III. Mr. Braddy is married to Rovenia Braddy and is the father of two children, a daughter, Kimmi Braddy (19) and a son, Theo Braddy II (14).
Janetta W. Green, MBA, Director of Operations
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 is a Certified Accessibility Inspector through the International Code Council and a Certified Aging and Place Specialist through the National Home Builders Association.
Stephen Scanlon, Evaluation and Quality Assurance Coordinator
Stephen Scanlon joined the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) as a Regional Housing Coordinator (RHC) in January 2008. In January 2010, he became the agency's Evaluation and Quality Assurance Coordinator, a position designed to evaluate programs and the services CILCP provides.
Michael A. Auer, Controller
Mike Auer has worked in the independent living industry since 1992. He started as the satellite program manager and bookkeeper for Community Resources for Independence before becoming executive director for Life and Independence for Today. Auer also added to his career at the Center for Independent Living of Southwestern PA as comptroller and then as executive director for the Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living (PCIL) from 2000 to 2005. As executive director of PCIL, Auer acted as a spokesperson for and provided technical assistance to a statewide association of 15 centers for independent living.
A Swatara resident, Auer graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1991 with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. In his free time, he is a family man who is very involved with his church and enjoys landscaping.
Jim Cavanaugh, Accounting Clerk
Patricia Burke-Dawson, Accounting Supervisor
Patricia Burke joined the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) in February 2006. She has an Associates Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors Degree in Business Management from Pennsylvania State University.
Judy Shepler, Payroll Technician
Judy Shepler joined the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) as the Scheduler for the Personal Assistance Services (PAS) department on September 16, 2008. In April 2009, she transferred to the Fiscal department. She has over 10 years customer service experience and 8 years experience in healthcare. In her leisure time she enjoys camping, swimming and quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren.
Jane McCraw, Director of Employee Relations/Office Services
After a serious back injury ended her career in the entertainment/restaurant field, she took a job as an Administrative Assistant in Human Resources with the City of Harrisburg. After two more years, and discovering a new passion, labor relations, Jane was promoted to a Labor Relations Officer. After 5 more years, and 60 credit hours of labor relations and employment law training at Cornell's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, she became the first Director of Labor Relations for the City.
After four more years, her work with the City came to an abrupt end when her entire office (and many others) was abolished due to the budget crisis. Losing your job when you've recently entered your fifties is devastating stuff. Strangely, after all of that, she found herself in a place where she can use her favorite skills and background, the Center for Independent Living of Central PA, a place where she has become passionate about her work once again.
Brittany Hall, Office Assistant
Lynn Stewart-Krieger, Director of Housing
Lynn is a graduate of Penn State University with a Bachelors of Science in Administration of Justice and Counseling. She joined the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) in April 2003 and is currently the Director of Housing. In her current position, she oversees Home Modifications for people with disabilities. Lynn has worked throughout the state to build housing coalitions between housing and service groups. She has developed training programs on housing issues, accessibility and developing housing for people with disabilities. As a Certified Aging and Place Specialist (CAPS) through the National Home Builders Association, Lynn enjoys surveying accessibility and providing recommendations for home modifications.
When not working Lynn enjoys traveling anywhere she can snorkel, scuba dive, read, or spends time with friends.
Suson Akakpo-Martin, IM4Q Coordinator
Suson Akakpo-Martin began working for the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) on March 1, 2010 as the IM4Q Coordinator. The program administers independent monitoring for people with intellectual disabilities for 6 counties in Central PA. Suson formerly conducted surveys in the program as a monitor. Suson has over 13 years of experience in the Human Services field. She enjoys working with people and assisting others with the resources she has in order to enrich their lives.
Suson is married to a wonderful man and they have two beautiful children that she enjoys spending time with. They are very active and keep her very busy. Suson feels very blessed to be where she is at in life.
LIVING WELL PROGRAM
Pam Auer, Director of Independent Living Services
Teresa Carrera, Living Well Specialist (Spanish)
Sean-Ray Williams, Living Well Hotline Specialist
LIVING WELL FITNESS CENTER
Jesse Swoyer has been employed by the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) since 2007 and has established the Fitness Operations in Newport and Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.
He also is an ACE Certified Fitness Trainer, ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer, and American Red Cross CPR/AED/First Aid Instructor. Jesse has been helping individuals increase their health through strength training for a number of years and also operates his own personal training studio, G.H.O.S.T. - Greatly Helping Others Strength Train, LLC out of his home in Harrisburg, PA.
Ann H. Neimer, Director of Waiver Services
Ann Neimer has been employed at the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) since 1990, currently as Director of Waiver Services. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Temple University. Ann is a former school teacher and Township Manager.
Margo Brown-Pinder, Community Integration Specialist
Robert Clapp, Service Supports Coordinator
Lesa A. Lashinsky, Service Supports Coordinator
Lesa received her Bachelor's of Science in Psychology from St. Francis University. She was hired as a Service Coordinator in 2009.
Her background includes work as a Therapeutic Staff Specialist with children/adolescents with emotional and/or behavioral problems; Mobile Psychiatric Rehabilitation Specialist; Juvenile Probation Coordinator.
Lesa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, and camping.
Rasheeda Layton, CSPPPD Administrative Assistant
Rasheeda Layton was born in Ft. Riley, Kansas and raised in Harrisburg, PA. She is a graduate of Harrisburg High School's class of 2000.
Rasheeda served in the Army as a combat medic for eight years. She also worked as an aide in long-term care facilities, as well as hospitals, and group homes. Rasheeda says it brings her great joy to assist people to live independently.
She is the mother of two beautiful children; four if you count her two dogs. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, shopping, running, boxing, and spending time with her family.
Madeline McMahon, Service Supports Coordinator
Majorie Michelle-Frederic, Community Integration Specialist
John O'Rourke, Service Supports Coordinator
Scott Peffer, Community Integration Specialist
Yolanda Quinones, Service Supports Coordinator
Yolanda Quinones has been working at the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) since 2005. Yolanda enjoys spending her time with consumers and helping them achieve their goals. Yolanda is from Puerto Rico and fluent in Spanish. She has nine grandchildren and is an elder at her church.
Margo Wright, Service Supports Coordinator
Margo Wright started with the Center for Independent Living of Central PA (CILCP) in 1989. Although she has lived in Texas and Mississippi, she is originally from Harrisburg. She has a strong belief and commitment to the mission of the CILCP. She has been involved in advocacy, independent living skill training, information and referral, service coordination and personal assistant services for several years. Margo loves spending her free time with her family, entertaining and trying new recipes.