About Independent Living Resources in Solano & Contra Costa County


Agency

Independent Living Resources of Solano & Contra Costa Counties began as a grass-roots effort by people with disabilities to help those with disabilities. This history gives ILRSCC the unique ability to provide services for and address issues concerning the Disability Community.

Now an organized entity, ILRSCC takes a multi-tiered approach to achieving viable solutions for their client base. By providing free assistive services to persons with disabilities, educating the public about the needs and abilities of the Disability Community, and advocating for systemic and social change, ILRSCC hopes to encourage autonomous living and community unity.

All services provided by Independent Living Resources are free of charge for persons with disabilities and disable seniors, their families and the agencies which serve them. Contact us today for more information about how we can serve you.

Our Mission

Independent Living Resources of Solano and Contra Costa Counties empowers people with disabilities to live independently through advocacy and support and partners with the community to expand opportunities for independent living.

STAFF

ILRSCC of Solano and Contra Costa Counties is supported by a dedicated staff.

Susan Rotchy

Executive Director

Susan Rotchy has played an instrumental role in advocating for people with disabilities and pushing for medical research. After becoming paralyzed from an automobile accident 19 years ago, Susan began her activism at the community college she attended and compelled the college to become ADA compliant. Realizing, she had an aptitude to bring the disability community and the able body community together from this experience, she proceeded straight to the capitol while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Golden Gate University.

In 2000 she helped pass the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act through her membership in Californians for Cures, which also took an active part in the passage of Proposition 71, the Stem Cell Research and Cures Act 2004. Additionally, she is one of the co-founders of Research for Cure, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization which raises money for neurological diseases, which has raised 500,000 dollars for the Reeve Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine. For her continuous work on raising monies for research she has been thanked by the late Christopher Reeves and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This rich experience has given Susan an intimate knowledge of the needs and issues facing ILRSCC consumers, as well as an understanding of how to operate an organization such as ILRSCC. Today, Susan sits on the In-Home Support Service advisory committee for Solano County and is a committee member for Solano Transportation for Senior’s and Disabilities. She is an active member of the Contra Costa Spinal Cord Group as well as vice president of Research for Cure. Other acknowledgements and awards that Susan has received she was crowned Miss Wheelchair California 2007 which is for women in wheelchairs based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation to represent Californians living with disabilities. She was also featured in an article of the “O” Magazine in January 2012 for her commitment to advocacy and fitness.

Roger Acuna

Systems Change Coordinator

Roger is an individual with a visual impairment roger lost his sight at the age of 5 he learned at an early age that he was really no different from everyone else. He played sports, road bikes and attended mainstream schools. His other senses compensated for his vision loss. Roger graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from California State University Chico. At that time, Roger learned to use accessible computer technology, and received his first Guide Dog. Roger has served on the Bart Accessibility Task Force, and the Para transit Coordinating Council. He has worked at Independent Living Resources for over 10 years in various positions. Roger develops advocacy strategies and coordinates them with the community. His main goal is to teach consumers and community members the tools to advocate for themselves. Roger is a competitive Goalball player, writes comedy and above all, enjoys seeing people overcome challenges.

Eddie Lopez

Assistive Technology Specialist, Concord Office

Jim Burnett

Assistive Technology Specialist, Solano Office

Claude Battaglia

Independent Living Specialist, Antioch Office

Claude Battaglia has worked for ILRSCC for over ten years. Claude helps clients obtain affordable housing, Para Transit service, and other helpful services. He also advocates for consumers who have been denied services and aids them through the appeals process. What Claude likes best about working for ILRSCC is seeing consumers faces light up when they get approved for housing and services. Claude loves helping people, and would one day like to run a non-profit company of his own. Originally form Pittsburg, California, Claude enjoys attending bay area sporting events, rooting for the Raiders, and concerts.

Alicia Roundtree

Independent Living Specialist, Solano Office

Alicia Roundtree began her career in the non-profit sector by providing math, English and reading assistance to those with disabilities. At ILRSCC, Alicia rounds out the team by greeting clients, answering their questions and making them feel at home. Alicia believes that ILRSCC provides an invaluable service and helps make their consumers lives whole. Originally from Logan, West Virginia, Alicia is working towards obtaining a Social Services degree.

Michael Hopfe

Independent Living Specialist, Concord Office

Michael is a C3 complete, Quadriplegic who came to us after 30 years of service with the Hayward Police Department, California. While at the Hayward Police Department, Michael held various positions, which included, Patrol Supervision and Management, Criminal investigations Supervisor, field Training Officer, Homicide investigations Instructor, Peer Counselor and Critical Incident Negotiations supervisor. Michael also was the President of Hayward Police Officers Association, in which he negotiated labor contracts and issues between the city of Hayward and Hayward Police Officers Association.

Michael has received several commendations from the Alameda County District Attorney’s  Office for exceptional criminal and narcotic investigations. He has received commendations and recognition for his service in Community Policing Efforts, which include community collaboration and participation with the public. Michael was an avid volunteer with the Special Olympics in Alameda County.

After Michael was injured in 2010, he enrolled in the University of Phoenix and pursed courses in Human Services and he is currently in his Senior year. Michael started the Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group in Concord.

Michael is the father of 3 adult children, Tommy, Brook and Shannon. He is an avid, Bay Area sports fan. Michael loves the outdoors, especially Mt. Diablo. Michael\’s dream is to someday, scuba dive with the Manatees in the Florida Keys.

Michael Says, “Disabilities Are A Life Condition, Not A Life Sentence.”

Lisa Hicks

Independent Living Specialist

Julie Berry

Assistant to Executive Director

Praise Adesida

Youth Specialist

Josselyn Martinez

Program Assistant

Seneca Gibson

Program Assistant

Theresa Cox

Program Assistant

Cindy Hayes

Travel Trainer

Rosa Vazquez

Travel Trainer

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ILR of Solano and Contra Costa Counties is supported by a dedicated board of directors made up of committed community volunteers and working professionals.

Learn more about how to become a board member.

Wilson Cheng

Board President

Wilson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013. He has been a member of the In-Home Supportive Services Public Authority Advisory Committee since 2009, and became its Vice Chair in February 2014. As a member of the Advisory Committee, Wilson provided consumer input into the IHSS program; advised and made recommendations to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on issues regarding Public Authority policy, program development, activities, services, and budget. He has also made recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on pending state legislation and budget that impact the IHSS program, consumers, providers, and/or Public Authorities. As Vice Chair, he remains consistently informed about all Committee issues, Committee procedures and process, selecting & supervising subcommittee chairs, and on issues affecting the overall program; assists the Chairperson in all aspects of the Chairpersons position; and serves as the Chairperson when the Chairperson is absent or unable to serve. Wilson has been a member of the Board at ILR since July 2014, and became Board President in July 2017.

Helene Billeci

Vice President

Helene is a retired Registered Nurse she is very active in her community she volunteers for the Grief Support Group. She is very involved with assisting the seniors and people with disabilities in her community.

John Roe

Treasurer & Secretary

John has been serving on the board since April 2017

Monieca Jones

Board of Director

Monieca has been on the since June 2017

Sharda Parajuli

Board of Director

Sharda has been on the board since August 2017

Michael Hernandez

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