The Board of Directors is responsible for setting policy, directing and conducting fundraising activities, and setting the budget. As required by the Federal Rehabilitation Act and the State Welfare and Institutions Code, a minimum of 51% of the Directors and Staff must be persons with disabilities.

The Staff consists of various Specialists who deliver our Core Services.

The Executive Director is responsible for the overall management of the organization, staff and all programs. She develops and manages the budget and oversees all expenditures. Our Executive Director has been with the agency since 1995.

The Director of Advocacy & Services is responsible for oversight and management of all service delivery. She supervises the Services and Advocacy Staff, plans and organizes outreach events, and develops training activities for staff and consumers. Our Director of Advocacy & Services has been with the agency since 2010.

  • Independent Living Advocates – provide all the Independent Living services to consumers including information & referral, peer support, independent living skills training, self-advocacy training, benefits counseling, long term services and supports needs including assistance with transition to community-based living or diversion from moving into an institutional residence, and assisting transition age youth in planning for adult life.
  • Personal Assistant Referral Specialist – coordinates and administers the activities of the Personal Assistants Registry and Referral Program.
  • Assistive Technology Resource Specialist – provides outreach, information, and resource coordination to facilitate acquisition of needed assistive technology devices for consumers.
  • Minor Home Modification Program Coordinator – coordinates and administers the Minor Home Modification Program to improve the accessibility and safety of consumers’ homes, and trains and supervises the Program Volunteers.
  • Systems Advocate – participates in the statewide systems advocacy network for disability rights, engages in community organizing with consumers for advocacy to educate local officials and other constituencies on any accessibility issues of concern, and trains consumers how to advocate for themselves.
  • The Office Coordinator is responsible for maintaining the daily office operations including greeting visitors, handling calls, processing mail, assisting with bookkeeping, and the ensuring the files are maintained as required.
  • Our Volunteers – we could not do all that we do without our volunteers. Particularly in the case of our Minor Home Modification Program, but also with fundraising events, volunteers make the difference between success and failure of the program. Our Volunteers often find the appreciation for their service on a human level far exceeds their expectations.

Our volunteers are a vital part of our program. We welcome skilled people to help with our Minor Home Modification Services.

Interested? Please call us at (530) 885-6100 and complete the Volunteer Application located on this site.

Board of Directors

PIRS Board of Directors

Michael Cummings, President
Laraine Hendrix, Secretary
Susan Miller, Treasurer

Board Members at Large

Bradley Fralick

If you have an interest in serving on our Board of Directors,
please call our Executive Director for more information.