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Independent Connection, Salina, KS

Dedicated to Serving Others

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 well. 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.

Our Staff

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Angie Saenger

Executive Director

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Angie Saenger

Executive Director

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 many years. 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.

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April Rickman

Independent Living Specialist

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April Rickman

Independent Living Specialist

April Rickman has worked for Independent Connection since 2018 as an Independent Living Specialist (ILS). April works with customers to achieve goals they set for themselves. Additionally, April provides Pre-Employment Transition Services to students in high school throughout our nine county service area. Before working for Independent Connection, April worked for OCCK Inc., so she came to us with knowledge of services and resources available. In her free time, April likes to spend time with her husband and daughter and go to the races!

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Chelsey Copeland

Independent Living Specialist

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Chelsey Copeland

Independent Living Specialist

Chelsey Copeland joined Independent Connection in 2021 as an Independent Living Specialist. She provides transition services to customers wanting to return home from a nursing facility, institution, or are returning home from a hospital, prison, or mental health facility. Chelsey enjoys assisting those struggling with mental health and/or addiction because she believes that everyone is capable of much more than they give themselves credit for; her mission (and motto) in life is to do something much bigger and better than just herself! In her free time Chelsey loves to spend time with her husband and their children. She looks forward to nice weather and enjoys making memories with her family and friends.

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Nayenci Lamar

Independent Living Specialist

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Nayenci Lamar

Independent Living Specialist

Nayenci Lamar joined Independent Connection in 2021 as an Independent Living Specialist.  Nayenci assists customers to attain their goals to become more independent.  While working at Independent Connection she has learned about having disability pride.  Outside of working, she and her family like to read the bible and go to church.

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Janetta Buttery

Administrative Support Specialist

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Janetta Buttery

Administrative Support Specialist

Janetta Buttery joined Independent Connection in 2021 as an Administrative Support Specialist. If you call the Independent Connection office, you will most likely speak with her! Janetta enjoys spending time with her family, reading on her porch swing, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Our Board of Directors

  • Gary Martens

    Chairperson

  • Eryn Wright

    Vice-Chairperson

  • Deborah “Deb” Furgason

    Secretary

  • Gina McDonald

  • Shelia Nelson-Stout

    Ex Officio

Interested in Our Services?

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!

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