PILR STAFF

Main Hutchinson Office:

Erica Rivera, Executive Director

Email: erivera@pilr.org

I am the Executive Director, employed at PILR since 2007. I started my career as an Independent Living Specialist (ILS), was promoted to ILS Coordinator in 2011 and have now moved into the role of Executive Director effective February 2020. 

Andy Reichart, Assistant Director

Email: areichart@pilr.org

Bachelor of Science (BS) University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Certified ADA Coordinator, University of Missouri.  Employment with PILR, Inc.  Since October 2007.  Supervises the following programs: Employment Services (ES),  Working Opportunities Rewarding Kansans Program (W.O.R.K), and Assists with Home Modifications.

Debbie Goertz, Accounting Coordinator

Email: dgoertz@pilr.org

I am employed with PILR since October 2016 as the Accounting Coordinator.  I am a lifetime Hutchinson resident.

Christina Castor, Administrative Assistant/HR

Email: ccastor@pilr.org

I am the admin assistant/hr and I have been with PILR since July 2019. I am proud to be working for such a great organization that does so much for this community. .

Tammy Fuhr, Independent Living Specialist/Older Blind Program

Email: tfuhr@pilr.org

I am an Independent Living Specialist  and have been working for PILR since 2009.  When I first started with PILR I worked in the Pratt Office and moved to the Hutchinson Office in 2012.  Working with individuals who are blind or have low vision has brought so much joy in seeing them succeed at being more independent.  In 2019, I completed the “Introduction to Braille” course and am now able to read uncontracted braille.  I am currently working on the “Contracted Braille” course and am excited to finish it.  I have a daughter that keeps me busy.  She loves playing volleyball and I am the assistant coach for her travel softball team.  My hobbies include baking, makeup, and hanging out with family and friends.

Heather Jones, Independent Living Coordinator

Email: hjones@pilr.org

I am the Independent Living Coordinator for Independent Living Services and also provide Independent Living Counseling through the Work Opportunities Reward Kansans program.  I have been employed at Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, Inc. since 2001.

Adam Fortna, Employment Specialist

Email: afortna@pilr.org

I work with the EDK program and help those looking for work create a resume, network with employers, and explore employment opportunities. I started at PILR in 2016 and have a broad range of skills from my time working with several nonprofits. In my free time I enjoy long walks on the beach, but sense I live in Kansas I mostly just play board games and volunteer at my church..

Cindy Daniels, Employment Specialist

Email: cdaniels@pilr.org

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology – Fort Hays State University.  Employment with PILR, Inc. since September 2011.

Anthony Frischenmeyer, Employment Specialist

Email: afrischenmeyer@pilr.org

Hello my name is Anthony Frischenmeyer I am new in the employment department of PILR. I have been around PILR for quite a long time helping here and there as needed. Recently, I have been working as a Job Coach/Employment Specialist.

Nicole Scott, Independent Living Specialist

Email: nscott@pilr.org

Hello, my name is Nicole Scott from Hutchinson, Kansas.I am the new Independent Living specialist here at PILR. I have a double associate’s in arts and science with Hutchinson Community College. I have a twelve year old son who is very active in sports. Currently, I have three dogs and three chickens. I love gardening, exercising, and spending time with the family.

Seth Kelley, Business Account Manager

Email: skelley@pilr.org

My name is Seth Kelley and I’m the new Business Account Manager here at Prairie Independent Living Resource Center. I moved to Wichita when I was 16 and have been living here for the past six years. I recently graduated from Friends University with a Bachelors of Arts in Communications. I interned at Make-A-Wish where my passion for helping people only got stronger and I’m very excited to be helping the community here in Hutchinson.  Some of my hobbies include trying new local restaurants, watching the Minnesota Timberwolves, and playing video games when I can.

Satellite Pratt Office:

Linda Adelhardt, Service Coordinator

Email: ladelhardt@pilr.org

I am Linda Adelhardt from Nashville, Kansas.  I live on a farm that is in the middle of nowhere.  It is sure nice and quiet if only I was there longer.  I work part time for PILR as Information and Referral Specialist and Independent Living Counselor for the WORK program. I help raise my 6 year old granddaughter and  care for my 93 year old mother who lives in Pratt. I help out on the farm doing what I can do but my health has limited me somewhat. I have a  great husband that supports my silly ways.  I have one son, Kenny who lives at home.  I am very involved with my church.  I have a degree in Sociology with minors in psychology and management.  I love people and working with PILR.

Chelsey Rose, Independent Living Specialist

Email: crose@pilr.org

I was born and raised in a small Kansas town. In the past, I have taught preschool, worked as a para educator in the Autism room and I have worked in retail for 9 years. I started working with PILR in 2014 and I am currently an Independent Living Specialist. My hobbies are playing with my adorable pets, sewing, reading books, and watching classic television.

Tom Harrison, Employment Specialist

Email: tharrison@pilr.org

I’m Tom Harrison. My wife Alanna and I moved back to Pratt for the third time, on purpose. We invest our time in taking care of grandkids and one another. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve others in my age range as an employment specialist in the Pratt office.

Satellite Dodge City Office:

Phil Handsaker, Service Coordinator

Email: phandsaker@pilr.org

Although I am new to Prairie Independent Living Resource Center, I have been working with people as both a service provider and in developing programs to help people for over 30 years. I have a passion for helping others achieve their dreams and the firm belief that a goal is just a dream with a deadline.

Mignon Luckey, Independent Living Specialist/Older Blind Program

Email: mluckey@pilr.org

Mignon Luckey has been working at PILR, since 2011, in the Dodge City office as an Independent Living Specialist.

Rosa Mendoza, Information and Referral Specialist

Email: rmendoza@pilr.org

Hello my name is Rosa Mendoza. I have lived in Kansas for the last three years. I am the new Information and Referral Specialist in Dodge City. I graduated high school in Texas and obtained a dental hygienist assistant from PCI Health training center in Richardson Tx. I have a three year- old son who is very active and that keeps me busy. My hobbies are painting, sports, and watching movies. My favorite movies are Super hero movies. 

Danielle Mowery, Employment Specialist

Email: dmowery@pilr.org

My name is Danielle Mowery and I am the new employment specialist in Dodge City. I am married to my wonderful husband Milton and between us we have 7 children and 2 grandsons. I have a 24 year old daughter with Down Syndrome and a 16 year old son with ADHD. I worked in the education field as both a substitute teacher and a para in the Special education department for 10 years.  My passion in life is helping others. I enjoy camping, traveling and spending time with my kids and grandkids.