AIM STAFF

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LEIGH ANN

Executive Director

I have an educational background in social services and 27 years of experience in the field of Independent Living. Having multiple disabilities myself, I know first-hand the importance of consumer control and living independently in the community. I began my career in 1993 when I took on the position of Independent Living Coordinator at Will-Grundy Center for Independent Living (DRC) in Joliet, IL. After working for 7 years as an IL Coordinator, I took the position of Program Manager, which I held until July of 2004. At this time, I moved into the position of Executive Director of AIM-CIL (f.k.a. DuPage Center for Independent Living). Throughout the last 14 years, we’ve seen many changes, including shifts in funding, moving locations, a name change, expansion of service area to include DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties, as well as expansion of services. Although most of my time is spent on administrative tasks such as grants, reporting etc., my passion lies on the programmatic side of things and direct service. I will answer phones, spend time with consumers and provide direct service when and as needed. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, my husband and I enjoy camping, outdoor activities with our kids, spending time with our pets, and traveling.

Phone: (630) 376-4275
Email: lstephens@aim-cil.org

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LINDSAY

Program Director

My name is Lindsay Robinson, and I am the Program Manager. I graduated from Benedictine University with a Bachelors in Nutrition and a Masters in Nutrition and Wellness as well as a Masters in Public Health. I have been with AIM-CIL since 2012, when I was hired as the Home Services Coordinator. I have been in my current position since 2013. Some of my duties include oversight of staff and programs, grant writing and reporting, legislative advocacy, outreach, community education, and direct service focusing on employment readiness. As a person with a significant physical disability, independent living is not just a job, but a way of life and a true passion. I spend my free time with my twin daughters and my sassy little puppy, Daisy Mae.

Phone: (630) 376-4269
Email: lrobinson@aim-cil.org

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MONICA

Personal Assistant/Outreach Coordinator

Monica Layman has worked at AIM-CIL since January 2011; the majority of time in her current position as Personal Assistant/Outreach Coordinator. She provides training to potential Personal Assistants who desire to assist persons with disabilities in their own home with things such as cooking, cleaning and personal hygiene tasks and keeps an up to date Personal Assistant Registry for consumers who require this type of care in their homes. Monica also works with and trains consumers to manage their personal assistants, and to help them develop a good working relationship. Monica also works with consumers on how to prevent fraud within the program.

Phone: (630) 376-4279
Email: mlayman@aim-cil.org

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JANIFER

Community Placement Supervisor

Hello, my name is Janifer Burkhardt! I am the Community Placement Supervisor for the Community Reintegration Program (CRP). My educational background consists of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and a Masters of Social Work both from the University of St Francis at Joliet. I am ecstatic to be working at an organization that empowers individuals with disabilities to effectively control and direct their own lives and participate fully in all aspects of family, social and community life.
Here at AIM- CIL I assist individuals between the ages of 18-59 with disabilities in moving back into the community from a nursing facility setting. I also supervise and collaborate with the Community Reintegration Program at Disability Resource Center in Joliet. In my free time I love to spend time with my four boys and my husband and my German shepherd, Ella. I love fishing, camping and doing projects that I find on Pinterest. Feel free to contact me to learn more about our Community Reintegration Program.

Phone: (630) 376-4282
Email: jburkhardt@aim-cil.org

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CAYLEIGH

Youth Services Coordinator

Cayleigh Graduated from Northern Illinois University in 2016 with a degree in Rehabilitation Services. She started working at AIM-CIL in August of 2017 as our Youth Services Coordinator. She works one on one with youth to assist and guide them to gain skills they need to become independent. She also goes into classrooms and teaches our Youth Leadership curriculum, and advocates on an individual as well as systematic basis as needed.

Phone: (630) 376-4273
Email: cballard@aim-cil.org

Communications Access Advocate Barbara Pacourek

BARBARA

Communications Access Advocate

Barbara Pacourek is the Communications Access Advocate at Achieving Independence and Mobility Center for Independent Living (AIM-CIL). In particular, Barbara is responsible for developing and coordinating the Deaf Services Program in accordance with the mission and philosophy of AIM-CIL. She have been working at AIM-CIL since 2017. Her educational background includes a BA in Psychology with a minor in Disability and Human Development. Barbara Pacourek grew up as the only deaf person in her family and faced multiple barriers throughout her life. Because of her past experiences, she can relate to what other deaf and hard of hearing individuals face on a daily basis. Barbara Pacourek is responsible for providing services to consumers with independent living needs with an emphasis on the deaf and hard of hearing community, persons with verbal communication issues as well as those who experience communication barriers. Barbara Pacourek advocates for positive social change, raising community awareness about disability-related issues.

Video Phone: (630) 984-4251
Email: bpacourek@aim-cil.org

Community Placement & Independent Living Coordinator Jessica Price

JESSICA

Community Placement/Independent Living Coordinator

Hello, my name is Jessica Price and I am the Community Placement/Independent Living Advocate here at AIM-CIL! I graduated from Lewis University in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work, and I started working at AIM-CIL in September of 2017. I work with adults with various disabilities ages 18-59 in the Community Reintegration Program. This program assists adults that currently reside in Nursing Homes to move out into the community and live a more independent lifestyle.

Hello, my name is Jessica Price and I am the Community Placement/Independent Living Advocate here at AIM-CIL! I graduated from Lewis University in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work, and I started working at AIM-CIL in September of 2017. I work with adults with various disabilities ages 18-59 in the Community Reintegration Program. This program assists adults that currently reside in Nursing Homes to move out into the community and live a more independent lifestyle.

Hello, my name is Jessica Price and I am the Community Placement/Independent Living Advocate here at AIM-CIL! I graduated from Lewis University in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work, and I started working at AIM-CIL in September of 2017. I work with adults with various disabilities ages 18-59 in the Community Reintegration Program. This program assists adults that currently reside in Nursing Homes to move out into the community and live a more independent lifestyle.

Hello, my name is Jessica Price and I am the Community Placement/Independent Living Advocate here at AIM-CIL! I graduated from Lewis University in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work, and I started working at AIM-CIL in September of 2017. I work with adults with various disabilities ages 18-59 in the Community Reintegration Program. This program assists adults that currently reside in Nursing Homes to move out into the community and live a more independent lifestyle.

Hello, my name is Jessica Price and I am the Community Placement/Independent Living Advocate here at AIM-CIL! I graduated from Lewis University in 2015 with a degree in Criminal Justice and Social Work, and I started working at AIM-CIL in September of 2017. I work with adults with various disabilities ages 18-59 in the Community Reintegration Program. This program assists adults that currently reside in Nursing Homes to move out into the community and live a more independent lifestyle.

Phone: (630) 376-4283
Email: jprice@aim-cil.org

Independent Living Benefits Coordinator Stephanie Howanietz

STEPHANIE

Independent Living Benefits Coordinator

As an Independent Living/Benefits Coordinator, I assist individuals with disabilities in meeting their own, self-determined independent living goals such as communication, educational, vocational, advocacy and personal resource management to name a few. This is done through our core services which include independent living skills training to assist with independence, advocacy, and information and referral. I am also a certified Senior Healthcare Insurance Program (SHIP) Provider. I work to assist and educate consumers regarding Medicare coverage. I also answer questions about Medicaid and Social Security.

Phone: (630) 376-4274
Email: showanietz@aim-cil.org

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