Jimmie is a member of the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers. He was appointed to the State Independent Living Council (SILC) in 2013, and termed out in 2019. He is a proud member of the Bakersfield East Rotary Club since 2014.
Before moving to Bakersfield, Jimmie held the position of Director of Program Services at Fresno County’s Independent Living Center, a position he held since 2001.
Jimmie is passionate about the needs of people with disabilities. Disability has affected his own family with his own visual impairment and having a brother that is Deaf. In his spare time, Jimmie likes to spend time with his family, exercise, be outdoors, play poker, and watch NFL football.
Since returning to Bakersfield, Adelaida has been a Bakersfield Club of the Deaf committee member and helped organize events for Deaf Night Out. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with family and friends.
Lupe Del Rio
Being a cancer survivor, Lupe dedicates her time to serving the community during the annual Relay for Life Event. Alone, she has raised over $35,000 for cancer patients and survivors.
In her free time she loves fishing, weekend trips to the beach, a good movie and spending time with her 3 sons.
Assistive Technology (AT) Advocate / Older Individuals Who are Blind (OIB)
David specializes in adaptive technology for people with disabilities. With advancements in technologies offering new opportunities for education and employment, David found himself reaching out to visually impaired community and individuals with cross-disabilities to share the information. Current technologies are now more attainable than any other time in history, and David is passionate about raising awareness.
David is an inspiration to many. He has overcome his disability to become a successful and respected Assistive Technology Specialist. He is committed to helping others with disabilities live more independent and fulfilling lives.
Here are some of the things that David does as an Assistive Technology Specialist:
• Assesses the needs of individuals with disabilities to determine the best assistive technology solutions for them.
• Provides training on how to use assistive technology.
• Advocates for the rights of individuals with disabilities to access assistive technology.
• Conducts research on assistive technology.
• Develops and implements assistive technology programs and services.
David is a passionate advocate for people with disabilities, and he is committed to helping them live their best lives.
Older Individuals who are Blind (OIB) Specialist
Independent Living (IL) Specialist
Independent Living (IL) Specialist
Long Term Services & Supports (LTSS) Manager
Assistive Technology (AT) Specialist
Ian enjoys helping people and was drawn to ILCKC because of that. He believes that if at the end of the day he was able to help someone who needed it and put a smile on their face then that was a great day.
In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with his wife, playing some games, eating some food, and occasionally going out.
Ian is excited to add a spark to the agency! They look forward to promoting the agency’s mission, vision and goals.
Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Services Provider
Community Living Coordinator
Outside of ILCKC, Jessica has been with her spouse since 2005 and has 5 children. Jessica is also a huge fan of Pocahontas. Jessica’s favorite quote to live by is from Henry Ford “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”.
Jessica pushes herself every day in hopes of being a great role model for her kids and to her husband. In her spare time she loves spending time with her family and taking trips. Jessica’s dream is to one day open up a group home for special needs children. Jessica lives by the famous quote, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door” –Milton Berle
Laura’s previous field experience of 3 years working with individuals with disabilities in both educational and community settings indicates that she has a diverse skill set, encompassing both recreational opportunities and teaching independent living skills. Her involvement in a Transition Program for Students with Disabilities, where she provided personal, academic, vocational, behavioral guidance, and counseling services, highlights her commitment to assisting individuals with disabilities succeed in various aspects of their lives.
Laura’s role as a student teacher in the Fresno United School District further demonstrates her dedication to education and empowerment. Her belief in continuous learning from co-workers and consumers reflects her humility and open-mindedness, essential qualities for effective teamwork and progress in the field.
Laura takes pride in being part of the ILCKC team and is motivated by the opportunity to positively impact the lives of individuals with disabilities. Her background and passion make her an invaluable asset to the organization and the people it serves.
Deaf Advocate/IL Specialist
Patty has experience as a Licensed Realtor for over 10 years helping people buy and sell homes in the Bakersfield area. Patty brings her background, experience, and skills to ILCKC with a love for aging adults and people with disabilities. As ILCKC’s receptionist, enables Patty to assist with helping those in need, and at the same time, assuring they get to the right person for help. Her knowledge in business and working with people of all ages and avenues of life gives an advantage to help in understanding those in need of all walks of life. Patty has interpersonal skills and compassion, along with understanding and listening abilities, to assist people with disabilities.