Board of directorS




  • BS in Nuclear Physics from TCU - 1988

  • I am very much interested in technology for the visually impaired - specifically Apple products.  I also collect Lionel trains.

  • I was drawn to PILC first as a consumer when I began to ride SpecTrans and become more independent in my mobility.  I am a true believer in the mission of PILC and the independence of all people with disabilities.


Vice President

  • B.s. Radio/TV from WTAMU M.A. Speech Communication WTAMU

  • Faculty member in the Speech department at Amarillo College

  • I love to listen to audiobooks and podcasts. I love to try new things. Right now, I am learning to play golf.

  • I am a board member at PILC because as a disabled person, I have been fortunate to have a rewarding career, and I want to help people with disabilities find  their own success either by achieving independent living or vocational skills.




  • Master's Degree in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal justice. I have worked in the insurance and financial industries. I have been on the Texas State Independent Living Council for 1 1/2 years. I am currently the Vice Chair on that council.

  • I enjoy doing historical-based renaissance re-creation. This includes fencing, cooking, and brewing beer and wine. 

  • I have a passion for advocating for those with disabilities. 


Board Member

  • Bachelors of Disciplinary (Special Education)

  • My hobbies are gardening, camping, and hiking.

  • I want to share my expertise in education and transitioning young adults into the real world.


  • Joe


    Chief Executive Officer

    • 8 Years of Experience working with people with Disabilities

    • Golden Gate University Masters in Public Administration

    • I enjoy Radio Broadcasting

    • I am passionate about working for PILC because people with disabilities have the same right of self-determination as anyone else. I love seeing our consumers achieve their goals of living more independently.


    Chief Operating Officer

    • 8 Years of Experience working with Special Needs

    • West Texas A&M University

    • Licensed Promoter/Community Health Worker

    • My hobbies and interests are Traveling and Music.

    • I am passionate about working for PILC because it is a rewarding and exciting experience to see our consumers reach their goals of independence. We see first-hand the development and achievements of our consumers being advocates for themselves.

  • Emily


    Chief Compliance Officer

    • PhD in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Business, MBA with an emphasis in leadership, and a BBA in Marketing with a minor in Political Science from Texas Tech University

    • I enjoy hiking, biking, and being outdoors with my family in the glorious creation God gave us. 

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    Chief Financial Officer

    • BBA from University of Texas at Austin

    • I am naturally curious so meeting new people and learning new things is always interesting to me.  My husband and I love to travel and spend time in the great outdoors – from the mountains to the ocean.  We also renovate houses as a hobby so estate sales, HGTV and Home Depot are staples around our house.

    • I am passionate about serving our local community and feel PILC positively impacts lives and creates a brighter tomorrow for those we serve.


    Accounting Assistant

    • 20 years' experience in bookkeeping

    • Rose State College

    • My hobbies include traveling, reading, Oklahoma City Thunder basketball, and OU football.

    • I am passionate about working for PILC because I believe everyone deserves the best chance at life and PILC helps provide that opportunity.


    Program Director 

    • 15 years' of experience working with agencies in Amarillo providing services for individuals and families who have children with special needs. 

    • I enjoy taking continuing education classes at Amarillo College and attending workshops, conferences, and trainings to help me further my education and knowledge so that I can better prepare myself to help others.

    • Spending quality time with my family, traveling, staying healthy, and running road races.

    • It’s my heart’s desire to work with individuals with special needs to learn to be independent and become strong advocates for themselves.  I have a total of 30 years' experience working with individuals with special needs, beginning with my own daughter, Nikki. 


    Consumer Coordinator

    • A.A.S. Medical Office Administration

    • My hobbies include painting, arts and crafts, and taking walks with my dogs.

    • I enjoy working at PILC because it gives me a sense of fulfillment and give people in my community a sense of purpose. I have been serving the community since I was 12 years old and it was then that I developed my love for helping people. I love seeing my consumers achieve their goals and have the confidence knowing they can be independent.


    Consumer Coordinator 

    • I was a Dental Assistant for 10 years and taught Dental Assisting for 8 years, an employment specialist with the High Plains Lighthouse for the blind for 5 years, an Employment Specialist contracting with DARS (formerly TRC) for 15 years. I served on the board for another Independent Living Center for 5 years and on the Board for the Downtown Women’s Shelter for 2 years.

    • I have 1 son, 2 grandchildren, 2 cats and 2 dogs that are the joy of my life. I worked with my father for 6 years designing and selling tombstones. I love to paint.  I love anything creative. 
      I am a storyteller, it brings me joy. 

    • I love serving and learning how we can better our world by being more accepting of people in all walks of life. I want to be a part of the change that makes our world more accessible. I want to see more people being able to live independently because of what we did to make a difference. 


    Consumer Coordinator

    • Peer Support Specialist for 7 years, PSR Coordinator/Peer Support with Teambuilders Counseling.

    • I enjoy helping others, my son, and recovery.

    • I feel that the opportunity to work with consumers will allow myself to gain more knowledge and be a voice for many individuals.


    ILS Counselor

    • I currently hold three Associates degrees (Science, Psychology, and Arts) as well as a Bachelors in Psychology with a minor in Social Work. I also have a current and up to date Certified Nursing Assistant Certificate that I have used during my time working in surrounding nursing homes for the last six years.

    •  I love to spend time with my son. I find pleasure in taking part in his school activities as well as volunteering in the community. When able I really enjoy attending Texas Rangers baseball games with my family.

    • I have always wanted to use my education to the best of my abilities, and I believe that PILC is giving me an opportunity to do so. I have always been interested in helping others and learning more about disabilities and how our community does or does not accommodate individuals with disabilities.

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