|Lana Eggers – HCPF Representative (Non-voting member)
Lana Eggers works at the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (Colorado’s Medicaid office) administering home and community based services. Specifically, she manages the Elderly, Blind, and Disabled waiver program. Lana is passionate about ensuring that individuals with disabilities have access to the supports and services they need to live in their home and community. Prior to her position at Health Care Policy and Financing, Lana worked at the New York Association on Independent Living as a policy analyst. In this role she analyzed state and federal legislative activity for impact on Independent Living Centers and the people they serve. Lana received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from University of California, San Diego and a master’s degree in Public Health from University at Albany. Lana lives in Denver with her husband, dog, and cat and enjoys gardening, crafts, and travel.
With her service dog Knox
Nancy Jackson – Center Director Representative
Nancy Jackson has led Disabled Resource Services (DRS) as executive director for 35 years. DRS is one of nine Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Colorado that assist people with disabilities of any age and any kind of disability to live well in their community. Her Center covers the north central region of the state (Larimer and Jackson counties). Nancy is in her second 3-year term on the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) as the representative of the CILs. She’s passionate about working to ensure that people with disabilities have a strong voice as self-advocates thus enabling them to live with dignity and independence in full control of their lives.
|Travis Morgan – Tribal Representative
Rick Newell is a student at Metro State University of Denver and studying Hotel Management. He currently works at The Urban Egg Restaurant in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. Besides SILC, he is involved in a number of different activities that include the Men’s Choir at Metro State, band rehearsals with friends, choir at his church, writing music for different occasions, public speaking, and theater.
One unique thing about Rick is that he earned his Eagle Scout rank when he was 15 years old. By the time he aged out of Boy Scouts, he had earned seven Eagle Palms, an additional 35 merit badges. During Rick’s tenure as a Boy Scout he became a member of The Order of the Arrow, scouting’s national honor society, and achieved the level of Brotherhood.
Some hobbies he enjoys are attending live music concerts, going to movies with friends, playing golf, tennis, basketball, soccer, swimming, and hiking. Rick is very involved in the disability community and loves helping others do well in life. This is why Rick has become a member of Colorado SILC and serves on CO SILC Youth Committee.
Matthew Ruggles joined Colorado SILC in 2014, and has served on the Council for three years. He decided to become a Council member when he noticed that there were no deaf members. In joining the Council his initial and primary goal was to make sure deaf Coloradans are covered for services. As a SILC member his current objective is to have Colorado Centers for Independent Living accessible to all deaf/hard of hearing/deaf-blind community members. Matthew currently serves on the Public Policy and Emergency Preparedness Committees and Chairs the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Committee.
Matthew earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Packaging Science and was a Certified Packaging Professional for 18 years. For the past eight (8) years he has been into providing services for the deaf/hard of hearing, and deaf/blind communities.
Matthew looks forward to making improvements in all services for the deaf/hard of hearing/deaf-blind in Colorado.
|Jennifer Scilacci – DSU Rep (Non-voting Member)
Jennifer is most fulfilled when helping people to grow professionally. Having worked in a full variety of roles in the disability employment field since 1996, she has the vision and ability to nurture relationships with both individuals, community partners and employers to lead to long term success.Jennifer is proud to work for CO DVR where she has been employed since 2000. Over the past years, she worked as a counselor in the Steamboat and surrounding mountain areas, a Supervisor for the Mountain District, and a Regional Manager. She currently manages the Self-Employment, Supported Employment and the Business Outreach Programs for DVR. She serves on the SILC and the Rural Consortium Workforce Boards. She is lucky enough to live in Steamboat Springs with her husband and dog, thoroughly enjoying this mountain environment with regular hiking, camping, paddle boarding and anything else that the day may bring.
|James “Joe” Triplett
Before moving to Colorado, James “Joe” Triplett served on the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) in Oklahoma for two (2), three-year terms; he learned a lot from this experience. He learned about independent living (IL) and Oklahoma’s specific needs. While in Oklahoma he also served as the State President on the National Federation of the Blind for three (3) years and as First Vice-President for ten (10) years.Currently he is on the Governor’s Colorado Advisory Council (CAC) with people with disabilities. He Co-Chairs the Council and serves on the ADA, Executive, and Parking Education Committees.James “Joe” joined Colorado SILC in 2015, and will be starting his second term in 2017. He is currently serving on the Strategic Planning, Retreat, and Membership Committees. He believes strongly in all five (5) core services that ILs provide including advocacy and transitioning people out of nursing homes.He looks forward to learning much more during his tenure on CO SILC. James “Joe” is committed to actively participating on the Council and making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities.
Bill Wood moved to Colorado in the fall of 2015, after living in Alaska for over 40 years. While in Alaska, Bill owned a management consultant firm that provided human resource, strategic planning, and organizational development consulting and training services to clients throughout Alaska & the Pacific Northwest. Many of his clients were organizations that provided services to people with disabilities.Following a 2001 automobile accident, Bill had to close his consulting practice. Shortly thereafter he was hired as Director of Human Resources by Access Alaska, a very large Center for Independent Living based in Anchorage.“Although I had relatives with various disabilities, and a mom who for years worked with children who had developmental disabilities, until my accident I never really knew or understood the emotional, physical, and mental challenges people with disabilities had to deal with. Now I both know AND understand we must individually and collectively find the courage, patience, and commitment to deal with personal and political prejudice while trying to handle basic activities of daily living.” Bill is currently the SILC Chairman of the Youth Committee. He and his wife Kathy live in New Castle.
Adam Mercier, Intern
Adam Mercier was born in Denver, Colorado and adopted at the age of seven (7) years old. In 2004, his family moved him to his hometown of Craig where he currently resides.
He has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and November of 2016, became a consumer at the North West Colorado Center for Independence (NWCCI). By March of 2017, Adam joined the Colorado SILC Youth Advisory Council (YAC) from the northwest region and has since become a Colorado SILC Youth Committee Intern. He is currently serving a one-year term in this position.
His life has been hard but he would like to share some of his resources and publicly thank those who have supported him. Yampa Valley Autism Program (YVAP) of Steamboat Springs, has provided help and support. Lisa Lorenz is President of the YVAP Program; she referred him to NWCCI where he got involved in CO SILC YAC and subsequently his current position as an intern. He publicly would like to thank Lisa, YVAP, and NWCCI.