Aaron T. Baier serves as Executive Director for Access to Independence. Aaron oversees all operations and program staff to ensure high quality services. Aaron works with community partners to help deliver resources and advocacy to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Aaron strives to develop meaningful relationships with local nonprofits, businesses, donors and foundations, and community members to explore innovative and collectively promote independence and inclusion. The future is accessible because we are better together!
Susan Lewis serves as Independent Living Coordinator for Access to Independence. Sue provides independent living skills training and peer counseling to consumers one-on-one and in class settings. Sue is a Certified Benefits Counselor and manages the Agency’s work relating to nursing facility transitions and diversions. Sue also provides operations support for the management of consumer data.
Sherry Lewis serves as the Finance Manager for Access To Independence. In this role, Sherry will oversee all aspects of the Agency’s budgeting and bookkeeping as well as provide assistance in the areas of human resources and grant writing. Sherry brings her expertise and experience to help Access To Independence grow and continue work towards its mission.
Rachel Anderson serves as Accessibility Modification Coordinator for Access To Independence. Rachel oversees coordination of the Agency’s Accessibility Modification Program, including home and vehicle modifications, ramps and assistive technology. Rachel also provides outreach and education on the Accessibility Modification Program and helps people navigate the various programs and funding opportunities.
John M. Quinn serves as Senior Architectural Access Design Specialist for Access to Independence (ATI). John completes architectural drawings and provides essential scope-of-work design and development in the implementation of architectural barrier removal services provided through the DHCR Access to Home program, the DDSO and a variety of other fee-based programs. John is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist and has more than 30 years of experience in the construction field.
Alison McCabe serves as Education Advocacy Coordinator for Access To Independence. Ally provides education and outreach services to people with disabilities, their families and care givers, as well as to community organizations, businesses and government entities. Ally also advocates for disability rights on the local, state and national levels as a part of the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network.
Jean Rightmire serves as Fundraising & Grants Coordinator for Access To Independence. Jean oversees coordination of grant and fund development initiatives that will promote the independent living philosophy, support the Agency’s Mission and boost programming for people with disabilities in our community. Jean also coordinates Agency fundraisers and donation campaigns.
Todd Simmons serves as NY Connects Coordinator for Access to Independence. Todd works with people with disabilities, their families and caregivers to provide unbiased information and connections to providers of long-term supports and services, both by phone and in person. He conducts education and awareness presentations to community partners, groups, and individuals about NY Connects and local long term supports and services. Todd also coordinates the Agency's collaboration with the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging on its NY Connects initiative.
Terri Rigge serves as Transition Specialist for Access To Independence. Terri works with service providers, as well as social workers in nursing homes, to coordinate the access and delivery of supports and services to individuals interested in home and community-based services rather than institution-based services. Terri identifies and helps to eradicate barriers to community integration. Terri also provides essential support to the Agency's Olmstead Housing Subsidy (OHS) program.
Anne Marie Piche serves as Transition Specialist for Access to Independence. Anne works with service providers, as well as social workers in nursing homes, to coordinate the access and delivery of community-based supports and services to individuals interested in home and community-based sevices rather than institutional-based services. Anne identifies and helps to eradicate barriers to community integration.
Braedon Sopp serves as Administrative & Program Assistant for Access to Independence. Braedon provides advanced administrative and program support for the Agency’s various programs. Braedon provides primary oversight of reception protocols and coordinates the Agency’s consumer computer lab, community room, video & book resource loan closet, craft club and coloring club. Braedon also provides primary support for the Agency's various fundraising efforts.
Karla Hoag serves as Program Assistant for Access To Independence. Karla provides essential support to all Agency programs. Karla provides clerical support to the Accessibility Modification Program and assistance to the Agency’s Craft Class.