Executive DirectorView Bio
As a Center for Independent Living (CIL), Independent Connection was designed by individuals with disabilities, for individuals with disabilities, and more than 51 percent of our board and team members are people with disabilities. As such, we are passionate about working with people of all ages and disabilities to locate services and eliminate barriers so that living independently is made possible for all.
Angie Saenger joined Independent Connection in 2021 as the Executive Director. Angie oversees operations of ICI, works to increase funding and partnerships, and collaborates with the ICI Board of Directors. Her career spans 17 years in early childhood system building and non-profit administration. She has a strong background in human resources. Angie holds a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State University in Business Management. She has called the Salina area home for most of her life. She and her husband have three daughters, who keep them busy with school activities and sports. She enjoys reading, time at the lake, and all kinds of family activities. Her personal connection with disabilities grew while supporting her daughter who was born with health issues. As the support she needed shifted, Angie began advocating for support with learning needs.
Christen Robinson joined Independent Connection in 2022 as the Health and Wellness Program Coordinator. Christen’s role is to work together with other Centers for Independent Living, community partners and consumers to break down barriers associated with public health/health & wellness. Her career spans 18 years in long term care administration; she has a strong background in advocacy. Christen holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a Human Resource emphasis from Kansas State University. She has lived in the Salina area since 2000. She and her husband have three daughters. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, attending school activities and rodeos, golfing, and enjoying the outdoors. Her personal connection with disabilities occurred when her husband experienced a traumatic brain injury from an accident 13 years ago. While he has recovered, Christen’s awareness and passion for helping others has grown even stronger since that experience.
Nayenci Lamar joined Independent Connection in 2021 as an Independent Living Specialist. Nayenci assists customers in attaining their goals to become more independent. She provides a variety of independent living skills services including peer support, training, and transition services. In her free time, she spends time with her family and enjoys attending church. While working at Independent Connection she has learned about having disability pride.
Janetta Buttery joined Independent Connection in 2021 as an Administrative Support Specialist. She provides information and referral services, keeps our office running, and is the friendly voice on the other end of the phone when you call our office. In her free time, Janetta enjoys spending time with her family, reading on her porch swing, and spoiling her grandchildren.
If you have questions about any of our independent living services, please contact us at (785) 452-9580. We look forward to speaking with you!Contact Us