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About Us

San Juan Center for Independence is a community based non-profit agency that was established by people with disabilities for people with disabilities. The Agency serves as a consumer driven community action program that provides services which help maximize independent living choices for all people regardless of the individual’s disability.

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living has a rich history that originated in Berkeley, California in the late 1960′s with a handful of disabled students who believed in their abilities to live active, productive, visible and satisfying lives. This small group has swelled to an international civil rights movement that is responsible for many victories, including the Americans with Disabilities Act. Together, this movement has paved the way for more meaningful lifestyles for all people with disabilities-as well as humankind in general. Independent living is a philosophy which states that individuals with disabilities, like all people, inherently know what they most need in order to succeed. This philosophy embraces some very basic tenents: Questions and Comments? Send us a e-mail here.

Our Staff is Here to Help You Along the Way!

Leslie Wright

Executive Director

505-566-5851

Aracelli Robles

Office Manager (Gallup)

505-726-2709

Beverly Harrison

PCS Billing Assistant

505-566-5830

Candra Justice

IL Program Assistant

505-566-5827

Mandy Pinto

IL Program Specialist Gallup Office

505-726-2709

Delores Begay

IL Program Assistant/Receptionist Gallup Office

505-726-2709

Alberta Farrell

PCS Program Manager

505-566-5839

Charlie Phelps

Assistant Director/Human Resources

505-566-5838

Damon Wright

AFP Program/Procurement Manager

505-566-5831

Lora Sowells

Receptionist/Admin Assistant

505-566-5827

Priscilla Largo

PCS Program Assistant

505-566-5850

Christy Blaine

IL Specialist

505-566-5834

Tonya Brown

Peer Support