Our Team

Larry Grable
Executive Director

As Executive Director of SCIL I oversee the day to day operations at the center. I am responsible for grant writing and for fundraising. I am also responsible for developing and implementing new programs. I am currently the chair of the California Foundation of Independent Living Centers (CFILC) and sit on their Public Policy Committee. I also serve as commissioner on the San Bernardino County Aging Commission as well as chair of the Disability Athletics Faire. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work here and serve our consumers.

Susan Pearson
Finance Officer
As Finance Officer, I am involved with every aspect of the agency’s fiscal responsibilities. I create budgets, track grant spending, facilitate payroll, and assist employees with human resources. I prepare reports, keep records, and compile all the necessary information for the annual audit. I enjoy my work and feel blessed to be a part SCIL’s mission to enable persons with disabilities to live independently in the community.
Chelsea DiGerolamo
Program Manager

Hello! As Program Manager at SCIL, I am responsible for leading my team to success and sustained growth. I work individually and as a team with my staff to establish goals, address concerns, allow for ideas, suggestions and feedback, overcome obstacles and create a safe, healthy, open and sustainable work environment. I also oversee the organizations AT department, basic IT functions, and overall operations. I work with the AT department as well in helping consumers obtain the assistive technology devices they need to live independent lives. I also perform the duties of an ILS which consist of peer support, information and referral, and independent living skills training. I am pleased to also manage the event planning, website, speakers and email lists for the San Gabriel Valley Disabilities Collaborative. Managing, creating and maintaining the websites and social media is another facet of my job, as well as grant writing and group hosting. I am extremely happy that I have been given the privilege to work for SCIL and to assist those in the disabled community.

Patrick Tran
AT Coordinator
My name is Patrick Tran and I am a person with a disability. I became disabled at a young age that due to Steven Johnson syndrome. I am legally blind. I graduated with a BA degree in Market Management and a Minor in accounting at Baker College, Michigan. I am currently employed for Service Center for Independent Life as an Assistive Technology Coordinator at Claremont. I have been with the center since June of 2013. I utilize assistive technology such as PEARL, a screen reader, and a hand video magnifier to perform my daily work tasks. My responsibility at SCIL is to advocate for persons with disabilities and guide them in obtaining the assistive technology that they need in order for them to maintain self-sufficiency and live more independently at their home. I also promote disability awareness to the underserved population within the community. I always try to empower consumers to utilize the re-use program through the lending library to try things out before purchasing the equipment, as well as to access the ability tools website to check out monthly events and free webinar trainings and other valuable info for assistive technology.
Janice Ornelas
Transition Specialist/Independent Living Specialist
Hello I am Janice Ornelas, SCILs Independent Living Specialist / Transition & Diversion Specialist. I have been with SCIL for a very long time and it’s been my pleasure to serve and help those in need. I love what I do to help others and the disability community. I strive to help and encourage our consumers by helping them accomplish their goals in life. Providing them with the right resources and tools, I&R, Advocacy, Independent living skills and one-on-one cross disability peer counseling. I also do transitional services. Independent living centers have a federal mandate by the government to provide services that help you transfer from skilled nursing facilities back into the community and keep you in your home with diversion assistance. I will assist the consumer in determining their eligibility, finding financial assistance and creating a plan for independence. The Diversion project is a service of SCIL to empower all persons with any disability in their quest for greater personal independence. I work to provide my consumers the most support and all the help I possibly can.
Brenda Del Real
Independent Living Specialist/Youth Transition
Hola! I am Brenda, the Youth Transition/Independent Living Specialist at SCIL. I am responsible for assisting youth in their transition to adulthood through career preparedness, vocational/educational goal setting, budgeting, travel training, and any other resources that can aid them in achieving self-sufficiency. I provide services to our disabled community in both English and Spanish. I also assist with benefits planning. We can assist you with obtaining SSI/SSDI, CAPI, CalFresh, Medicaid/Medicare, and other low-income benefits, as well as answer any questions or concerns you may have to the best of my knowledge. It is a great pleasure to be able to assist consumers with as much help and support as we can and to be allowed to be a part of their success. I look forward to continuing to do so and learning more along the way as well.
Gina Hernandez
Talking Fingers Braille Program Manager
Armand Bujanda
Independent Living Specialist

My name is Armand Bujanda. Due to a stroke at birth, I have a cortical visual impairment meaning that my brain takes longer to process what I see.  I am a former SCIL volunteer and now work as an Independent Living Specialist. My job duties include facilitating the fitness, life skills and money management classes.  I also facilitate a support group for Latinos with disabilities. My goal is to empower our consumers to not just live with their disability but LIVE WELL with their disability through goal setting and peer support. 

Receptionist/Office Admin

In addition to providing administrative support for the Executive Director, Larry Grable, and Program Manager, Chelsea DiGerolamo, I am responsible for covering the front desk and assisting the consumers and job coaches as they come into the center. I have a strong work ethic, detail-focused-organizational skills, a passion for writing, and over ten years’ experience as a customer service trainer for Sparkletts. I feel blessed to be able to bring these strengths to the table and work among such an extraordinary team of individuals. As the saying goes, “Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” is certainly true for me.

Amanda Linares
ADRC Coordinator

Hi! My name is Amanda, and I work here at SCIL as the new ADRC Coordinator.  My role here is to provide information and assistance on issues affecting older adults and those with disabilities, such as food and nutrition, health and wellness, and much more.  Working with the public has always been something that I have been interested in.  I'm proud to say that I give my all to working with SCIL because it hits close to home; knowing that these Members could be a family member or friend that I am potentially helping.  I hope that we can keep spreading the word on the services here at SCIL  so that we can continue serving those in our communities that aspire to live independently and free.

Danny Hume
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Hello, my name is Danny Hume and I work at Service Center for Independent Life as the Disaster Preparedness Coordinator. The reason that I chose to work here is the satisfaction of helping others in need. A committee that I am on currently is ThundarLP who is also a non-profit organization that helps veterans with trauma. I am told my passion is to help others as seeing them smile brings joy to me. I served in the military for 20 years, with 6 years spent on combat deployments. I was injured in Afghanistan which led to my disabilities that help to relate to others with the same disabilities. I have 800+ hours of volunteering that gives me joy when I am able to help volunteering knowing it is for a great cause.

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