Our Staff

April Wick

Executive Director


(916) 446-3074 ext 203

April joined Resources For Independent Living (RIL) as Executive Director in August 2018. April’s first exposure to the independent living movement came when she was a Youth Leadership Forum delegate. April started her professional ILC career as an Independent Living Advocate for Disability Services and Legal Center, eventually becoming their Advocacy Director. During this time…

Brandi Bluel

Program Manager


(916) 446-3074 ext 206

Brandi was born and mostly raised in Tehama County, and spent a year of high school in Lake County. During high school Brandi was involved with Student Government, Key Club, and was the school DJ for volleyball and basketball games. After graduating High School Brandi went to Shasta College and Butte College before transferring and…

Sean Rogers

Accounting and Grants Manager


(916) 446-3074 ext 220

Hello, my name is Sean Rogers and I am currently the Accounting and Grants Management Specialist here at RIL. I graduated from Eastern Washington University, (Go Eags), with a degree in accounting along with an MBA. I enjoy all sports and love helping people. I am very excited to help our independent living community and…

Russell Rawlings

Director of Advocacy


(916) 446-3074 ext 214

Russell is the Director of Advocacy at RIL. He first developed a passion for disability rights advocacy after serving for seven years as president of DOGFITE (Disability Organizing Group For Initiating Total Equality). Russell was also an early participant in Occupy Sacramento, which led him to develop a passion for community organizing.

 Russell currently serves…

Jazzmin Grigsby

Assistive Technology Coordinator


(916) 446-3074 ext 204

Jazzmin grew up in a city close by the Sacramento area. She graduated in 2017 with a bachelors degree from California State University-Sacramento in Family Studies and is currently perusing a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California. She is focused on social change justice and assisting those in her community. Jazzmin…

Kendra Connelly

Assistive Technology Coordinator

My name is Kendra Connelly, I am the new Assistive Technology Coordinator at RIL. I have a background in the medical field primarily working with people with disabilities and the geriatric population. I obtained an A.S. in Occupational Therapy Assisting from Sacramento City College in 2016. Most recently, I was a volunteer for the California…

Brandon Shintaku

Information and Referral Specialist


(916) 446-3074 ext 218

While I was born in Germany, I’ve lived the vast majority of my life in California. After obtaining an A.A. degree in English from Sacramento City College in 2004, I’ve returned to Cosumnes River College and am currently working towards obtaining an A.A. in Finance with the goal of eventually transferring to a four-year school…

Kaye Lamaestra

Youth Services Coordinator


(916) 446-3074 ext 217

Kaye Lamaestra has been working in the social justice and advocacy movement for over a decade. She attended UC Berkeley, Pepperdine University and The Wright Institute while obtaining her Bachelors and Masters degrees. In her free time, Kaye loves to paint with blow torches, go skiing, and make living walls. It has always been Kaye’s…

Leon Cain

Transitions Services Coordinator


(916) 446-3074 ext 210

My credo and joy in life have been to serve under-represented populations by advocating for the socio-economic independence, equality, accessibility of services and housing for persons with disabilities.

Maria Ramirez

Independent Living Specialist


(916) 446-3074 ext 212

I have always enjoyed working with people who wish to improve the quality of their life. Everyone who comes to RIL for service is looking for just that person who can assist them achieve their goals. Both as an IL Specialist for almost two months and as RIL’S Shelter Plus Care Case Manager for over…

Rhonda Miller

Front Desk

Hello, my name is Rhonda Miller. I work here at Resources for Independent Living (RIL). The staff here are amazing. I look forward to work every day. I learn so much for the team, the support each staff give to our clients makes for a great place to work. I like the willingness we have…

Diana McCall

Service Assistant

Diana has worked for RIL since March 2018. Diana heard about RIL through a local caregivers’ union. RIL has helped Diana increase her job skills and she has picked up new tasks such as filing and copying. In her spare time Diana enjoys cooking, sports and being a caregiver to various people with disabilities.

Cory Harasek


Cory has been a consumer since 2012, and now maintains employment at RIL! Cory finds RIL to be very passionate about helping people with disabilities. With the help of RIL Cory secured housing and is now in charge of his own finances! “RIL has been instrumental to me living independently with a disability.”