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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

Independent Connection Team Kristi Marco

Kristi Marco

Executive Director

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Kristi Marco

Executive Director

Kristi Marco started working for Independent Connection in 2013 as an Independent Living Specialist (ILS) and has been the executive director since 2015. Kristi has an associate’s degree in human services from North Platte Community College and a bachelor’s degree in sociology and psychology from Fort Hays State University. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family, especially her grandson, going to auctions, camping, fishing and learning to sew and quilt. 

Independent Connection Team April Rickman

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 Independent Connection’s 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 has been with Independent Connection since January and will be providing Transition services to folks wanting to return home from nursing facilities, institutions or returning home from a hospital, prison, or mental health facility  her mission and motto in life is to do something much bigger and better than just herself.  Chelsey enjoys assisting those struggling with mental health and/or addiction because she believes that everyone is capable of much more in life than they give themselves credit for.  In her free time Chelsey loves to spend time with her husband and their children.  Chelsey looks forward to nice weather and enjoying 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 been working for Independent Connection since February  as an Independent Living Specialist.  Nayenci assists customers to attain their goals to become independent.  While working with Independent Connection Nayenci has learned about having disability pride.  Outside of working, Nayenci 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 began working for Independent Connection in March as a Administrative Support Specialist.  If you call the Independent Connection office you will most likely be speaking 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

  • Makayla Hollerich

  • 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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