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NCIL Announces New Operations Director and Says Farewell to Tim Fuchs

We are pleased to announce that Jenny Sichel, NCIL’s Program Coordinator, has accepted the position of Operations Director beginning March 1, 2022. Jenny has been on NCIL staff for a little over a year, most recently managing the Barrier Removal Fund project. She previously coordinated the Next. and LINK20 programs where she led over 500 disability advocates in developing and implementing social and policy change. She will complete her Master’s in Public Administration at Northeastern University in Boston in May, and also has a B.A. in Mathematics from Bryn Mawr College. Jenny is a Paralympic rowing coach and has previously won a Silver Medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games. Additionally, Jenny has been a keynote speaker on multiple occasions and excels at event coordination and planning. Please join us in congratulating and welcoming Jenny in this important role.

We also wanted to publicly say farewell to Tim Fuchs and thank him for his 18+ years of amazing service to NCIL and to the Independent Living community. Tim’s values, vision, and ethics have imprinted a deep and lasting legacy on NCIL’s character and we will miss him terribly (although he will always be connected to Independent Living and we know where to find him!). Thank you, Tim. And congratulations on your new adventures!