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Darrell Jones Selected as NCIL Interim Executive Director

The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) Board of Directors is pleased to announce that it has named Darrell Jones (she / her) as its Interim Executive Director. Jones has more than 40 years’ experience in the disability and Independent Living movement, including being involved in the founding of the National Council on Independent Living.

Most recently, she served as senior advisor to the national training and technical assistance programs for CILs and SILCs at the Independent Living Research Utilization (ILRU) IL-NET project, where she previously served as Project Director for five years and Program Coordinator for six years. Prior to these positions with the IL-NET at ILRU, she served as Training Specialist for the National Council on Independent Living’s IL-NET sub-contract with ILRU. Jones was founding Executive Director of one of the first Title VII funded CILs in the nation in Rochester, New York, then served as founding Executive Director of the Association of Independent Living Centers in New York for seven years. Jones identifies as a person with a disability.

During the next several months, Jones will help to advise the organization through the transition by working with the Board of Directors and a Transition Team. The Transition Team will be assembled with members serving under the direction of NCIL President Kent Crenshaw, and will include members of the Board and external stakeholders that will continue the work of assessing the organization and planning for the future of NCIL.

At this time, we are also announcing that the search will begin immediately to fill the upcoming vacancy of Operations Director. The job posting will be shared on NCIL’s website in the coming days. We encourage any candidates that have interest in the position to apply. We hope to fill this position as soon as possible.

At this time, NCIL remains committed to our mission and activities of the organization continue to be fully operational. This includes legislative and advocacy work, projects and grant activities, and the preparation for the next Annual Conference.

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  1. Fred Newdom says

    Congratulations Darrell. NCIL has made a feat choice.

  2. Hi Ms. Jones. Susan Molloy and I just sent you a copy of a book of photographs called Canaries, by Tilde Jensen. This is about people who have Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and/or Electrical hyper sensitivity – an under served disability across the nation. I’ve also included three papers we have written as a group. A Case Statement, a paper about why HUD does not work for this disability, and a sort of logical argument about why the Fair Housing Principle leads us logically to the non-profit solution our disabled non-profit group has organized and needs to fund. If you have any questions please ask Susan Molloy – whom I think you know because she is on your housing committee, or me at 315-696-8777. Karenkenning.2020@gmailcom