The staff had their pictures taken at the Accessible, Ashley Nicole Dream Playground. They can be found more frequently at the disABILITY Resource Center.
Lillian Burch: Executive Director
Because of my relationships with friends and family members with disabilities,
I am very committed to the independent living movement philosophy and practice.
My responsibilities include the daily administration, management, direction and
operation of the disABILITY Resource Center programs, events, services, facilities,
and personnel. I enjoy meeting every person who comes to the DRC and watching
their progress. In addition, I represent the agency at local, state, and federal
levels. I am also a federal peer reviewer for compliance reviews and grant applications
for the Independent Living Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Just for fun, I love completing the yearly federal report!
Katherine Moore: Independent Living Specialist
As an Independent Living Specialist, I assist people with disabilities and their
families as they face day to day challenges. Being a person with a disability
provides me with the understanding of the many aspects of each individual need and
knowledge that people with disabilities are capable of reaching their hopes and dreams.
What an honor it is to be a part of someone's life as I watch them take each step as
they find their pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.
Basil Farris: Employment Coach
As a Job Coach/Peer Mentor I get to know the clients and assist them in finding
employment and housing. I build community relationships to further our database of
employers as well as housing organizations to help better opportunities for our
clients. I coordinate both the employment and housing application days, and lend an
ear when necessary.
Kathi Hollander: Office Manager
As Office Manager, I am responsible for bookkeeping and other office
management duties such as maintenance of office equipment and facilities.
In addition, I am the Program Manager for our Home and Community Based
Services called the CareWorks program. I ensure that people with disabilities
in their homes can live independent and meaningful lives in the community.
Melanie Potts: Independent Living Specialist
As an Independent Living Specialist and a person with a disability, I help people
with disabilities help themselves by providing them encouragement, support, and
inspiration to move forward. Sometimes all it takes to succeed is someone to
show you a different perspective; I am that someone.
David Samples: Disability Advocate
As Disability Advocate, I provide assistance to clients regarding legal
matters associated with their disabilities. I have a role in communicating
on behalf of clients when they feel that their rights are being infringed,
but I also empower clients to empower themselves and self-advocate for their
rights on their own terms. I am a law student at the University of Tennessee
and I work under the supervision of a licensed attorney to address clients'
DRC Board members
- Tim Hiles President
- Sandy Booher Vice President
- Polly McArthur Secretary
- Nicole Craig
- Mary Hodges
- Kirsten Sams Treasurer
- Joel Simmons
- George Welsh
- Don Dare
- Dennis Clark
- Carol Fusco