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 navigating some health issues and while supporting her daughter who was born with health issues. As her daughter’s needs shifted, Angie began advocating for support in the learning environment.
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.
Karady Nash joined Independent Connection in 2022 as an Independent Living Services Coordinator. Karady’s role is to work with consumers to identify goals and provide support. She supports youth as they develop self-advocacy skills and learn new independent living skills. She also focuses on peer support. Karady previously worked two years as an advocate in a non-profit organization. She holds a master’s degree in Business Administration from Grantham University. Salina has been home for her entire life; in her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and family. Karady has experienced the value of support as she learned to apply strategies that have helped her with her disability. She enjoys being a part of an organization that is constantly growing and adapting in order to reach as many people as possible to help them find their voice and pursue success.
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.
Kathy Hall joined Independent Connection in 2022 as an Administrative/Information & Referral Specialist. Kathy assists individuals who call seeking information about a variety of community resources, she keeps our consumer resource information updated, and supports administrative activities. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and bargain shopping. Kathy has learned to navigate life with a disability and emphasizes empathy towards other.
Cindy Hardesty joined Independent Connection in 2023 as a Program Assistant. Cindy assists with program activities and reporting. Cindy recently retired but before that worked for many years at a local state government office. She has lived in a small town all her life where she and her husband raised two children. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, keeping up with her six busy grandchildren, and supporting her mom. She has learned how important support from others is as life changes and loved ones age.
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