Our Board of Directors

It’s a new year and that means some changes for our Board of Directors. Our 2015 Board Members Matt Gray, President Lucille Miessner, Vice President Alicia Galarza, Secretary Alexis Aubry, Treasurer Shelley Castetter, Director Leslie Binkley, Director Arthur Gould, Director Thanks to our Board for all they do for us!    

Celebrating the Start of 2015

[soliloquy id=”547″] As we step into the New Year, all of us at DEC wanted to take a moment to look back at how wonderful 2014 was, and tell you about our plans for 2015. We really did have an amazing 2014 with so many memorable moments including: Consumer events! Bowling, a Barnstormer’s Game, two picnics (the Lebanon consumer picnic … Read More

Memories of Caleb

With the holiday season, we’ve felt so much joy here at The Disability Empowerment Center.  We’ve also been carrying heavy hearts over the loss of a dear friend and colleague, Caleb Walker. Caleb was 18 years old when he was diagnosed with brain cancer and only 23 when it took him from us on December 3rd.  During that time, among … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Shannon Orehek

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we sit down with Shannon Orehek, Service Coordinator.  For more information about Service Coordination, click here. How did you end up working at DEC? I was referred to DEC by Hillary Hasson, the … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Jesus Domena

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we sit down with Jesus Domena, an Independent Living Specialist and Event Coordinator for DEC.  He also happens to be our decorator-extraordinaire.  If you’ve been to one of our events and see his … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Kim Carney

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center. Today we sit down with Kim Carney, our Independent Living Specialist.  Kim also provides ADA Training and Inspections for DEC.  For more information, read about our DEC Access program by clicking here. How did you … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Paula Moyer

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Paula Moyer, Independent Living Specialist in our Lebanon office. How did you end up working at DEC? I had found out DEC was hiring for a full-time Independent Living specialist in … Read More

10 Commandments of Communicating with People with Disabilities

Speak Directly to the person Always speak directly to the person.  Do not speak through a companion or a service provider. Offer to shake hands Always use the same good manners in interacting with a person who has a disability as you would with anyone else. Identify yourself when speaking to a person who is blind As common courtesy, always … Read More

Meet the DEC Staff: Gina Baum

We like to take a moment on our blog to introduce you to the hardworking people that make up our staff at the Disability Empowerment Center.  Today we sit down with Gina Baum, a Peer Mentor at DEC.  Gina is also a consumer and has been highlighted in our DEC Success series.  To read Gina’s DEC Success story, click here. How … Read More

Consumer Control…What it Means to You

Consumer Control, not a very common phrase, but it’s an important one. Consumer control means that the consumer has the control over issues that affect their life. As a Center for Independent Living, we take our consumer control philosophy seriously!  We are here to provide assistance and information to our consumers and to support them in the areas of their … Read More