Alexandra Mikowski serves as Executive Director for Access To Independence. Alex oversees all operations and program staff to ensure high quality services. Alex works with community partners to help deliver resources and advocacy to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers. Alex 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 has provided Independent Living Skills Training and peer counseling to ATI's consumers one-on-one and in class settings for 20 years. Sue is a Certified Benefits Counselor and manages the Agency’s work relating to nursing facility transitions and diversions. Sue also provides advanced operations support for the management of consumer data.
Sherry Lewis serves as Finance Manager for Access To Independence. In this role, Sherry oversees all aspects of the Agency’s budgeting and bookkeeping needs and provides assistance in the areas of human resources and grant writing. Sherry brings many years of experience and expertise in business management that continue to help Access To Independence grow and work towards its mission.
Ally McCabe serves as Director of Community Impact for Access To Independence. Ally oversees all aspects of the Agency's outreach, fundraising, grant writing, & marketing efforts and assists with data tracking & reporting. With more than ten years of experience in Independent Living and nonprofit development, Ally also provides public education and outreach services to people with disabilities and their families, community organizations, businesses, and government entities.
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.
Rick Hinkle serves as Administrative Assistant for Access To Independence. Rick provides advanced administrative and program support for the Agency’s various programs. Rick provides primary oversight of reception protocols and coordinates the Agency’s consumer computer lab, community room, and video & book resource loan closet. Rick also provides primary support for the Agency's newsletter production process and fundraising efforts.
Erin Vallely serves as Advocacy Specialist for Access To Independence. Erin helps consumers develop self-advocacy skills and supports students and guardians as they navigate the education system. Erin also assists community partners with finding accessible and inclusive solutions to everyday problems faced by Cortland County residents. Additionally, Erin oversees ATI's participation in the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) and organizes educational workshops on advocacy and policy related topics that are open to the community.
Michael Eastman serves as Skills Specialist for Access To Independence. Michael comes to ATI with experience working with individuals with disabilities, problematic substance use, and criminal justice involvement. Michael's primary role is to provide Independent Living Skills Training (ILST) to ATI's consumers, which can include support in areas like self-care, household management, interpersonal skills, community transportation skills, and more. Michael also provides support to individuals approved for ACCES-VR services by helping them explore their career interests and find employment.
Amy Morris serves as NY Connects Coordinator for Access To Independence. Amy 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. She conducts education and awareness presentations to community partners, groups, and individuals about NY Connects and local long term supports and services. Amy also coordinates the Agency's collaboration with the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) on its NY Connects initiative.