Erica Rivera, Executive Director
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.
Debbie Goertz, Accounting Coordinator
I am employed with PILR since October 2016 as the Accounting Coordinator. I am a lifetime Hutchinson resident.
Pam Krankenberg, Administrative Assistant/HR
I am the administrative assistant/HR and I have been with PILR since June 2020. I am proud to be working for such a great organization that provides core services to individuals with disabilities and their families in this community.
Tammy Fuhr, Independent Living Specialist/Older Blind Program
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
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, Independent Living Specialist
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 since I live in Kansas I mostly just play board games and volunteer at my church..
Cindy Daniels, Employment Coordinator
Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology – Fort Hays State University. Employment with PILR, Inc. since September 2011.
Anthony Frischenmeyer, Employment Specialist
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
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, Employment Specialist
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.
Bob Gilbert, OKEP Employment Specialist
My name is Bob Gilbert, I am an Employment Specialist at PILR. I am relatively new to this position but have been involved with PILR for over 20 years. I am a retired CPA and PILR was my client. During that time I developed a keen awareness and appreciation of the plight of people with disabilities. After I retired, I became aware of this position and jumped at the opportunity to join the team. [/fusion_text]
Linda Adelhardt, Independent Living Coordinator
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
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.
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Phil Handsaker, Independent Living Coordinator
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
Mignon Luckey has been working at PILR, since 2011, in the Dodge City office as an Independent Living Specialist.
Claudia Lucero, I & R Specialist
I am Claudia and I started working for PILR on December 14, 2020. I have three children and 1 grandchild. I enjoy helping others and making sure no one takes advantage of them. I love to read, listen to all types of music, crochet, watch movies and play board games with my family. I am happy to have joined the PILR Team!