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Our Staff

Meet the ILRC Family. Our services are spread across four offices located in Santa Barbara County, San Luis Obispo County, and Ventura County. The information for all four offices are below.

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ILRC Offices

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San Luis Obispo

1411 Marsh Street #109
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

(805) 462-1162 Voice/Text (TTY)
(805) 752-1261 Fax
(805) 464-3203 Video Phone

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Santa Barbara

423 W. Victoria Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

(805) 963-0595 Voice/Text (TTY)
(805) 963-1350 Fax
(805) 284-9051 Video Phone

Santa Maria

222 West Carmen Lane #106
Santa Maria, CA 93458

(805) 925-0015 Voice/Text (TTY)
(805) 332-3213 Fax
(805) 354-5948 Video Phone

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Ventura

702 County Square Drive #105
Ventura, CA 93003

(805) 650-5993 Voice/Text (TTY)
(805) 650-9278 Fax
(805) 256-1036 Video Phone

Meet Our Staff

(Click each staff member's photo to read their bio.)

Erica Morales Transition Advocate

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Erica Morales


Based in Santa Barbara office serving Santa Barbara County.

Erica started working at ILRC since 2017. Her favorite color is turquoise. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is working for a non-profit has always appealed to her because it feels more like a "family" environment rather than a "corporate" environment. She also enjoys providing support and encouragement to our consumers. Her favorite independent living advocate is Bonita Bergin, the inventor of service dogs.

Ciara Turner-Ewert Operations Coordinator

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Ciara Turner-Ewert


Based in Santa Barbara office.

Ciara started working at ILRC in 2017. Her favorite color is green. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is helping give the tool of communication, allowing individuals to have a voice, express themselves, and improve their independence. Her favorite independent living advocate is Judy Heumann.

Jessica Geihs Assistive Technology Advocate

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Jessica Geihs

  • Assistive Technology Advocate

Based in San Luis Obispo office serving San Luis Obispo & Santa Barbara County.

Ken McLellan Community Living Advocate - Deaf

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Ken McLellan


Based in the Santa Barbara office serving Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Ken started working at ILRC in 2002. His favorite color is blue. For him, the best part of working at ILRC is increasing communications access. His favorite independent living advocate is Larry Littleton.

Alexa Martin Youth Advocate

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Alexa Martin


Based in the Ventura office serving all counties.

Alexa started working at ILRC in 2017. Her favorite color is teal. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is she has always been passionate about advocating for underrepresented communities and she gets to do that each day here! Her favorite independent living advocate is Richard Pimentel.

Jim Cencer Assistive Technology Advocate

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Jim Cencer


Based in the Santa Barbara office serving South Santa Barbara and Ventura counties.

Jim started working at ILRC in 2014. His favorite color is teal. For him, the best part of working at ILRC is the challenge of matching up a consumer's requirement with the best Assistive Technology 'solution'. His favorite independent living advocate is Lizzie Velásquez.

Marcella Clark Bookkepper

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Marcella Clark

  • Bookkepper

Jacob Lesner-Buxton Systems Change Advocate

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Jacob Lesner-Buxton


Based in the Santa Barbara office serving all counties.

Jacob started working at ILRC in 2013. His favorite color is tie-dye. For him, the best part of working at ILRC is being paid to: help, love, understand and be there for his communities in times of joy and pain. His favorite independent living advocate is his mentor, Dolores Tejada.

Nicole Janikowski Community Living Advocate

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Nicole Janikowski


Based in the San Luis Obispo office serving San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara counties.

Nicole started working at ILRC in 2015. Her favorite color is burgundy. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is that she discovered her passion to help her community. When she was in need of services and peer support she was unable to find someone in her area that would work with her to get back on her feet. Her love is working with consumers hoping to build satisfaction and become self-sufficient. Her favorite independent living advocate is Natasha Jade Devon.

Jerry Mihaic Information & Referral Specialist - Bilingual

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Jerry Mihaic


Based in San Luis Obispo office serving San Luis Obispo County.

Jerry has been with ILRC for many years, most recently since 2017. His favorite color is azure blue. For him, the best part of working at ILRC is that after having worked in the cut-throat business world for several years, he finds it refreshing to work in an environment that cares about others and helps humanity be its best. He also likes the diversity of people he comes in contact with and how he’s always learning something new that he can share with the individuals we serve. His favorite independent living advocate is Wade Blank, Founder of ADAPT. Although he says, ILRC has many amazing advocates he has met throughout the years.

Jennifer Griffin Deputy Director

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Jennifer Griffin


Based in the Santa Barbara office.

Jennifer started working at ILRC in 2000. Her favorite color is red. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is she never wanted to work in a very large company where she would be just a number. She knew she wanted to work where she could feel good about what she does and enjoy those that she worked with. Her favorite independent living advocate is Maysoon Zayid.

Rosa Lopez Information & Referral Specialist - Bilingual

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Rosa Lopez


Based in the Santa Barbara office serving Santa Barbara County.

Rosa started working at ILRC in 2005. Her favorite color is green. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is she has always loved to help people, but at ILRC you really help people who feel like this is their last hope, they feel so appreciative just for you to take time to hear their struggles and make them feel equal to everyone else. Her favorite independent living advocate is Eunice Kennedy Shriver.

Eduardo Medel Older Individuals Who Are Blind

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Eduardo Medel


Based in Ventura office serving all counties.

Eduardo started working at ILRC in 2015. His favorite color is burnt sienna. For him, the best part of working at ILRC is that it's very rewarding to know that he has helped transform the lives of the people he has worked with by giving them the tools to succeed independently. His favorite independent living advocate is Justin Dart, “Father” of the ADA.

Dani Anderson Executive Director

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Dani Anderson


Based in the Santa Barbara office serving all counties.

Dani started working at ILRC in 2013. Her favorite color is pink. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is benefiting local consumers though state and federal involvement. She never wants the tri-counties to be left out! Her favorite independent living advocate is Teresa Favuzzi. Teresa's ability to connect with people to create change was uncanny.

Carol Baizer Community Living Advocate/Benefits

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Carol Baizer


Based in the Santa Barbara office serving all counties.

Carol started working at ILRC in 1997. Her favorite color is blue. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is being a part of an organization that provides a different window to the world. Her favorite independent living advocate is Marta Russell.

Brian Hollander Program Manager

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Brian Hollander


Based in Santa Barbara office.

Brian started working at ILRC in 2018. His favorite color is purple. For him, the best part of working at ILRC is empowering people in the truest sense of the word to live full lives with equal access in the community, but also to take an interest in creating change in their communities. His all time favorite independent living advocate is Ed Roberts, without whom ILC's and the ILC movement would not exist.

Petra Lowen Community Living Advocate

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Petra Lowen


Based in the Santa Barbara office serving South Santa Barbara County.

Petra has been with ILRC for many years, most recently since 2000. Her favorite color is blue. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is she is very happy and proud to be working for a non-profit agency as opposed to the corporate world. When a consumer tells her that she has made a real difference in their life and they accomplished a major goal with our assistance it is the best feeling in the world. When our consumers improve their independence it improves the whole community. Her favorite independent living advocate is Anette Rubino.

Miguel Marquez Community Living Advocate

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Miguel Marquez


Based in the Ventura office serving Ventura County.

Miguel started working at ILRC in 2014. His favorite color is blue. For him, the best part of working at ILRC is helping people with a disabilities change their lives by being an advocate to the consumer working as a team in achieving their goals within the community to live more independent. His favorite independent living advocate Ed Roberts because he saw something that did not look right and he took a stand to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Jennifer Martinez Information & Referral Specialist - Bilingual

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Jennifer Martinez


Based in the Ventura office serving Ventura County.

Jennifer started working at ILRC in 2011. Her favorite color is pink. For her, the best part of working at ILRC is being part of something bigger than herself, ILRC is a diverse team of individuals with an array of views and beliefs, but a team of advocates with the commonality of hope and passion to make a difference in other people's lives. Her favorite independent living advocate is Dani Anderson because she always manages to find the strength to keep fighting, even when her strength and her will are tested. She is a great example to all.