Independent Connection Our Team
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 Kim George

Kim George

Office Manager

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Kim George

Office Manager

Kim George began working for Independent Connection in 2014 as a part-time administrative support specialist. Kim began her duties as the office manager in 2015 while maintaining her duties as an administrative support specialist. Kim has an associate’s degree in business administration from Marymount College and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Kansas Wesleyan University. Kim has lived in Salina most of her life and enjoys spending time with her family and friends, reading on her porch swing, traveling and doing a bit of hiking.

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!

Independent Connection Team David Powell

David Powell

Independent Living Specialist

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David Powell

Independent Living Specialist

David Powell began working as an Independent Living Specialist (ILS) for Independent Connection in 2018. David is very passionate about his job because he enjoys assisting others in achieving their goals and gaining pride in their disability. On days off, David enjoys spending time with his fiancé and their four children.

Our Board of Directors

  • Gary Martens

    Chairperson

  • Eryn Wright

    Vice-Chairperson

  • Deborah “Deb” Furgason

    Secretary

  • Gina McDonald

  • Makayla Hollerich

  • Evelyn Nelson

  • 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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