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ILR of Solano and Contra Costa Counties is supported by a dedicated staff.

Susan Rotchy
Executive Director
Susan Rotchy has played an instrumental role in advocating for people with disabilities and pushing for medical research. After becoming paralyzed from an automobile accident 19 years ago, Susan began her activism at the community college she attended and compelled the college to become ADA compliance. Realizing, she had an aptitude to bring the disability community and the able body community together from this experience she proceed straight to the capitol while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at Golden Gate University.

In 2000 she helped pass the Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act through her membership in Californians for Cures, which also took an active part in the passage of Proposition 71, the Stem Cell Research and Cures Act 2004. Additionally, she is one of the co-founders of Research for Cure, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization which raises money for neurological diseases, which has raised 500,000 dollars for the Reeve Irvine Research Center at UC Irvine. For her continuous work on raising monies for research she has been thanked by the late Christopher Reeves and California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

This rich experience has given Susan an intimate knowledge of the needs and issues facing ILR consumers, as well as an understanding of how to operate an organization such as ILR.  Today, Susan sits on the In Home Support Service advisory committee for Solano County and is a committee member for Solano Transportation for Senior’s and Disabilities. She is an active member of the Contra Costa Spinal Cord Group as well as vice president of Research for Cure. Other acknowledgements and awards that Susan has received she was crowned Ms Wheelchair California 2007 which is for women in wheelchairs based on advocacy, achievement, communication and presentation to represent Californians living with disabilities.  She was also featured in an article of the “O” Magazine in January 2012 for her commitment to advocacy and fitness.

 


Roger Acuna
Systems Change Coordinator
Roger is an individual with a visual impairment roger lost his sight at the age of 5 he learned at an early age that he was really no different than everyone else. He played sports, road bikes and attended mainstream schools.  His other senses compensated for his vision loss. Roger graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from California State University Chico.  At that time, Roger learned to use accessible computer technology, and received his first Guide Dog. Roger has served on the Bart Accessibility Task Force, and the Para transit Coordinating Council.  He has worked at Independent Living Resources for over 10 years in various positions. Roger develops advocacy strategies and coordinates them with the community. His main goal is to teach consumers and community members the tools to advocate for themselves. Roger is a competitive Goalball player, writes comedy and above all, enjoys seeing people overcome challenges. 

Eddie Lopez
Assistive Technology Specialist, Concord Office
Coming soon

Jim Burnett
Assistive Technology Specialist, Solano Office
Coming soon

Claude Battaglia
Independent Living Specialist, Antioch Office
Claude Battaglia has worked for ILR for over ten years. Claude helps clients obtain affordable housing, Para Transit service, and other helpful services. He also advocates for consumers who have been denied services and aids them through the appeals process. What Claude likes best about working for ILR is seeing consumers faces light up when they get approved for housing and services. Claude loves helping people, and would one day like to run a non-profit company of his own. Originally form Pittsburg, California, Claude enjoys attending bay area sporting events, rooting for the Raiders, and concerts.

Alicia Roundtree
Independent Living Specialist, Solano Office
Alicia Roundtree began her career in the non-profit sector by providing math, English and reading assistance to those with disabilities. At ILR, Alicia rounds out the team by greeting clients, answering their questions and making them feel at home. Alicia believes that ILR provides an invaluable service and helps make their consumers lives whole. Originally from Logan, West Virginia, Alicia is working towards obtaining a Social Services degree.

Kyrre Helmersen
Independent Living Specialist, Solano Office
Kyrre comes with a background in Social Services graduated from Solano Community College.

Danielle Roundtree
Independent Living Specialist, Concord Office
Danielle Roundtree has lived as individual with a disability for the past 21 years. After a year long battle with bone cancer at the age of 8, she became an amputee. With the support of family and friends Danielle was able to accept, develop and learn how to transition into her new body and way of life. Danielle showed potential and skill for sports at an early age and played several sports competitively including softball, bowling and Varsity Basketball for two years during High-School, & Intramural Basketball while in College. After earning her A.A. In Liberal Arts from Solano Community College In 2001, she transferred to Howard University during the Spring semester of 2002.While at HU, Danielle was a Junior Achievement tutor at a local elementary school in Washington D.C. a member of “The California Club, and played two years of Intramural Women’s Flag-Football who competed for the National Championship in 2003 and 2004. After graduating in 2006, with a B.B.A. with concentration marketing she moved to NYC to work and live, and moved home to California in 2008. Danielle really enjoys serving the disabled population by helping them achieve there goals of living independently. In her spare time Danielle enjoys spending time with friends and family traveling and shopping.

Michael Hopfe
Independent Living Specialist, Concord Office
Michael is a C3 complete, Quadriplegic who came to us after 30 years of service with the Hayward Police Department, California. while at the Hayward Police Department, Michael held various positions, which included, Patrol Supervision and Management, Criminal investigations Supervisor, field Training Officer, Homicide investigations Instructor, Peer Counselor and Critical Incident Negotiations supervisor. Michael also was the President of Hayward Police Officers Association, in which he negotiated labor contracts and issues between the city of Hayward and Hayward Police Officers Association.

Michael has received several commendations from the Alameda County District Attorney\'s  Office for exceptional criminal and narcotic investigations. He has received commendations and recognition for his service in Community Policing Efforts, which include community collaboration and participation with the public. Michael was an avid volunteer with the Special Olympics in Alameda County.

After Michael was injured in 2010, he enrolled into the University of Phoenix and pursed courses in Human Services and he is currently in his Senior year. Michael started the Spinal Cord Injury Peer Support Group in Concord.

Michael is the father of 3 adult children, Tommy, Brook and Shannon. He is an avid, Bay Area sports fan. Michael loves the outdoors, especially Mt. Diablo. Michael\'s dream is to someday, scuba dive with the Manatees in the Florida Keys.

Michael Says, "Disabilities Are A Life Condition, Not A Life Sentence."


Teonia Selleaze
Program Assistant, Solano Office
Teonia Selleaze has been a resident of Solano County for about nine years.  She is a college student at Solano Community College majoring in Computer Science.  Her hobbies are sports, traveling and anything with computers.  She enjoys meeting and interacting with people and is currently working for Independent Living Resource as a Program Assistant, and it has been a great experience for her to be part of the disability movement. It is exciting for her to assist in services for people with disabilities and also helping provide those services to the people in the community.

Susan Edward
Program Assistant, Concord Office
Susan Edward’s involvement in volunteerism and her passion for social work have fueled her drive at ILR.  Susan’s goal of helping humanity and making the world a better place has led her to volunteer on the Red Cross Disaster Team, Community Emergency Response Team and the Salvation Army. At ILR, Susan assists consumers with their needs, refers them to resources and staff, and assist the staff in day-to-day activities. Currently, Susan is working towards her bachelor’s degree in Psychology and so that she may pursuer a career as a rehab counselor.





Main Office
1850 Gateway Blvd., Ste. 120
Concord, California 94520
Phone/TTY: (925) 363-7293
Fax: (925) 363-7296
  Contra Costa Office
3727 Sunset Lane #103
Antioch, California 94509
Phone/TTY: (925) 754-0539
  Solano Office
450 Chadbourne Rd, Ste. C
Fairfield, California 94534
Phone/TTY: (707) 435-8174
Fax: (707) 435-8177