Our Team

Larry Grable
Executive Director
As Executive Director of SCIL I oversee the day to day operations at the center. I am responsible for grant writing and for fundraising. I am also responsible for developing and implementing new programs. I supervise the Dr. Lee Nattress San Gabriel Valley Disabilities Collaborative, and I am Vice Chair of the California Federation of Independent Living Centers and sit on their Public Policy Committee. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work here and serve our consumers.
Susan Pearson
Finance Officer
As Finance Officer, I am involved with every aspect of the agency’s fiscal responsibilities. I create budgets, track grant spending, facilitate payroll, and assist employees with human resources. I prepare reports, keep records, and compile all the necessary information for the annual audit. I enjoy my work and feel blessed to be a part SCIL’s mission to enable persons with disabilities to live independently in the community.
Chelsea Pearson
AT Coordinator/ILS
Hello, I am an Assistive Technology Coordinator and Independent Living Specialist here at SCIL. I work with the Assistive Technology Manager in helping consumers obtain the assistive technology devices they need to live independent lives. I also perform the duties of an ILS which consist of peer support, information and referral, and independent living skills training. I am pleased to also manage the event planning, website, speakers and email lists for the San Gabriel Valley Disabilities Collaborative. Managing, creating and maintaining the websites and social media is another facet of my job, as well as grant writing and group hosting. I am currently working with Patrick and Heidi to develop a Diversion Program and a Reuse Program as well. I am extremely happy that I have been given the privilege to work for SCIL and to assist those in the disabled community.
Patrick Tran
AT Manager
My name is Patrick Tran and I am a person with a disability. I became disabled at a young age that due to Steven Johnson syndrome. I am legally blind. I graduated with a BA degree in Market Management and a Minor in accounting at Baker College, Michigan. I am currently employed for Service Center for Independent Life as an Assistive Technology Coordinator at Claremont. I have been with the center since June of 2013. I utilize assistive technology such as PEARL, a screen reader, and a hand video magnifier to perform my daily work tasks. My responsibility at SCIL is to advocate for persons with disabilities and guide them in obtaining the assistive technology that they need in order for them to maintain self-sufficiency and live more independently at their home. I also promote disability awareness to the underserved population within the community. I always try to empower consumers to utilize the re-use program through the lending library to try things out before purchasing the equipment, as well as to access the ability tools website to check out monthly events and free webinar trainings and other valuable info for assistive technology.
Heidi Morales
Diversion Coordinator/ILS
Hola, I’m a Diversion Project Coordinator/ Independent Living Specialist. It is my pleasure to help our consumers at SCIL by providing them with devices or DME that will increase their ability to function better in their homes, and by promoting independence to our Disabled and Senior Communities through our Diversion or ReUse programs with the help of Chelsea and Patrick. I also help provide our consumers with the four core services: Information & Referral, Peer Support, Independent living training and Advocacy. In addition to helping them create their own personal goals, I will follow up and collect goal data. It is a great joy to have the opportunity to help people make a difference in their own lives. I also host our SCIL Amputee Support Group every second Monday of the month.
Janice Ornelas
Independent Living Specialist
Hello, my name is Janice Ornelas. I am an (ILS) Independent living specialist for SCIL. I have been with SCIL for 3 years now and I love what I do to help others and the disability community. We strive to help our consumers, and do so by helping them accomplish their goals in life. I provide them with I&R, advocacy, peer support, and help them with their independent living skills goals such as locating low income housing, employment, going back to school, etc. Aside from that, I also do transitioning. I assist with transitioning out of nursing home facilities, youth transitioning, and college and career planning to help prepare my consumers for an independent and successful life. I work to provide my consumers the most support and all the help I possibly can.
Jeanette Heitmann
Systems Change/ILS
I am an Independent Living Specialist and a Systems Change Advocate. As an ILS I provide a variety of services including advocacy and information and referral. I have a background in alcohol and drug rehabilitation and working with probation and parole. I help persons with disabilities learn how to get their needs met. As a Systems Change Advocate my focus is on community organizing and creating change for persons with disabilities by empowering them to use their voice to help themselves and others.
Brenda Marin
Independent Living Specialist
I am an Independent Living Specialist, as well as one of the facilitators for our Living Well with a Disability Program. I provide services to our disabled and senior citizen communities in both English and Spanish. Our mission here at SCIL is to assist our consumers in learning how to fulfill their goals and achieve a more independent life living as a person with a disability. We do so by providing advocacy and peer support, as well as information and referral to services and low-income resources. I try to provide my consumers with the most accurate affordable housing listing information by frequently updating this information. I am currently working with other facilitators here at SCIL on getting our LWWD Program up and running to teach people with disabilities how to lead better lifestyles through healthy eating, goal setting, and preparing consumers on transitioning out into the community upon release from hospitals into a more independent setting. It is a great pleasure to be able to assist consumers with as much help and support as possible and be allowed to be a part of their success. I look forward to continuing to do so and learning more along the way as well!
Angela Nwokike
Systems Change Advocate
Angela is a Systems Change Advocate and Independent Living Specialist at SCIL. She became disabled in 2001 due to technical blindness, but was able to overcome overwhelming odds to master the skills of independent living and reenter the workforce. She has committed herself to being an inspiration and advocate for disabled persons. Angela is currently active promoting the development and expansion of accessible transport for people with disabilities.
Gina Hernandez
Talking Fingers Braille Program Coordinator
Andrew Del Castillo
Talking Fingers Braille Translation Specialist
As a long time user of assistive technology for the blind, I welcome opportunities to educate others about how to make the most of what is available. At SCIL, I instruct and assist consumers in performing tasks such as using screen readers and print reading systems for the visually impaired. I also provide technical instruction and assistance to transcription staff as part of our Talking Fingers service. I perform research and work with translation software to insure that documents conform to appropriate standards and specifications.
America Morales
Anne Castillo
Talking Fingers Braille Specialist
Pong Brown
Talking Fingers Braille Specialist