Chad W. Underwood serves as Chief Executive Officer for Access to Independence and is responsible for the overall leadership of the agency. Chad works in concert with the Board of Directors to implement strategic plans, policies and programming that are consistent with the agency’s mission, vision and values. Chad is responsible for the development, design, operation and improvement of the agency’s programs, finances and operating systems. Chad actively represents the agency at the local, state and national level on issues relating to education, employment, housing, transportation and the civil and human rights of people with disabilities.
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.
Aaron T. Baier serves as Systems Advocacy & Architectural Barrier Programs Coordinator for Access to Independence (ATI). Aaron coordinates ATI’s Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) and local systems advocacy initiatives, including those relating to transportation and housing. Aaron is gearing up to coordinate ATI's various Architectural Barrier Programs, including its Access to Home, DDSO, Medicaid Waiver and Accessibility Construction Services (ACS) programs. Aaron provides youth transition, work readiness and independent living skills training as needed.
Stacee Sholar serves as Public Relations & Fundraising Coordinator for Access to Independence. Stacee works with ATI's CEO and program staff to coordinate the Agency's publications and communications for internal and external audiences. Stacee also coordinates ATI's annual fundraising plan, including the coordination and facilitation of events and the execution of the Agency's annual Friends of the Center campaign.
Rachel Anderson serves as Community Education Coordinator for Access to Independence (ATI). Rachel develops, coordinates and presents educational and outreach programs about disability issues to diverse audiences. Rachel coordinates ATI's participation in the Core Advisory Group (CAG) for Emergency Preparedness and the Taskforce for Increasing Disability Employment (TIDE). Rachel also provides specialized work readiness and youth transition services.
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 20 years experience in the construction field.
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. Anne also coordinate's the Agency's collaboration with the Cortland County Area Agency on Aging on its NY Connects initiative.
Todd Simmons serves as Transition Specialist for Access to Independence. Todd 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. Todd identifies and helps to eradicate barriers to community integration. Todd also provides specialized housing assistance services for the Agency’s Olmstead Housing Subsidy and Independent Living initiatives.
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.
Jarett Withers serves as Clerical Assistant for Access to Independence. Jarett provides behind-the-scenes administrative and operations support for the Agency’s youth transition, work readiness and systems advocacy programs. Jarett is also instrumental in providing data management support.
Scott Roman serves as Bookkeeper for Access to Independence. Scott maintains the agency’s journals, ledgers and books of account, including accounts payable and accounts receivable. Scott also maintains organization of all financial records consistent with program and agency policies and procedures and serves as primary agency liaison during annual fiscal audit and any other periodic audit, as needed.