MARIE CARRUBBA, Esq.
Executive Director Marie T. Carrubba is the first and only Executive Director SILC has had. In 1983 Michael Raymond of The Resource Center hired Marie to be the Director. Marie is a graduate of the SUNY at Buffalo Law School and is a licensed attorney. Marie is active in the community having served as member and Chair of the Board of Directors of both The Resource Center and Chautauqua Opportunities. Marie's law degree has enabled her to represent persons seeking Social Security benefits at the Administrative Law Judge hearing level. Her duties also include directing the staff of SILC. She has received training in the field of implementation of the ADA, the Americans with Disabilities Act. Marie is available to address social and civic organizations on a variety of subjects. For more information, please contact SILC at (716) 661-3010.
Jim began this career with SILC in January of 2012 in the position of bookkeeper. Jim's responsibilities include financial bookkeeping, purchasing, and grant reporting. Jim is also involved in the Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Services Program (CDPAP) commonly referred to as 'Taking Control'. This program allows the qualifying participant to supervise their own personal assistance services. By utilizing this program, participants get to hire who they want ( subject to some restrictions ) to assist them, train them in areas important to them, and supervise their work on a daily basis. Jim also oversees SILC's loan closet and equipment rentals. Jim can be reached at (716) 661 - 3010.
Mark started his career with SILC in October of 2013. Mark is an Independent Living Specialist and assists participants with completing Social Security forms, selecting Medicare plans, Independent living skills training, and peer support. The assistance that Mark provides is free to the consumer. Before coming to work at SILC, Mark was employed by The Resource Center in vocational rehabilitation / employment services for 19 years. Mark can be reached at (716) 661 - 3010.
David started his career with SILC in 2016. He is responsible for the “Open Doors” program. Open Doors main objective is to focus on assisting people who currently live in nursing homes who would like to transition back into the community with home and community based services. This includes providing information and making referrals about the services and supports that are available to them in their local communities. Part of this program is to remove systemic barriers to the transition, thus enabling the person to live in a place that is more suited to their needs and liking. This program is grant based so it is free of charge to the consumer. David is a 2005 graduate of Jamestown Community College with a degree in Business Administration. David also enjoys a good game of Scrabble. He can be reached at (716) 484-4145.
Julie came to SILC in 2016. She is a 2015 graduate of Hunter College where she received a degree as a VRT - Vision Rehabilitation Therapist. Julie works as a Community Work Incentives Coordinator/ Independent Living Specialist III / Medicare Facilitated Enroller, Community Work Incentives Coordinators (CWICs). Julie works with individuals receiving Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) to provide in-depth counseling about their benefits and the effect of work on those benefits. In her role as a Medicare facilitated enroller, Julie assists participants with Medicaid to determine ongoing coverage and benefits upon becoming Medicare eligible, by directing them through the process of applying for Medicare. Julie would like to encourage you to give her call to see how she may assist you. Julie is also available to assist those with vision issues, utilizing her knowledge as a VRT. You can contact Julie at (716) 661 - 3010.
Robin joined SILC in July of 2018. Robin is a lifelong resident of Chautauqua County and is our Medicaid Facilitated Enroller. She will be assisting the elderly, legally blind and disabled persons in Chautauqua County. Robin's goal is to assist people in navigating the application process, and data collection process, that is involved in applying for Medicaid. Robin would like you to know that Medicaid is a great supplemental health insurance for those who already have other coverage, as it may be able to assist with remaining costs that your primary insurance doesn't cover, including co-pays, dental and prescriptions. She would also like you to know that her services are free of charge! Robin can be reached at (716) 661 - 3010.
Kevin came to SILC at the end of 2012 as a volunteer, and was hired part time in September of 2013. He is an Independent Living Specialist I, and also has the responsibilities of answering the telephone, filing, faxing, and performing other office duties as necessary. Kevin also assists with our Transportation services we provide. Kevin attended Jamestown Community College and has an education in accounting, business, and computers. Kevin has worked for a variety of businesses ( for-profit, government, non-profit ) and has found that working in the non-profit sector is where he is most happy. You can contact Kevin at (716) 661 - 3010.
Amy is SILC's Administrative Assistant. She came to SILC in 2015 a a volunteer and then became a part-timer in July of 2017. Amy attended Jamestown Community College. Amy is responsible for various office duties and is an integral part of the SILC family. She is responsible for answering phones, filing, and assisting consumers when they walk-in or call in. Amy also assists with our transportation services. You can contact Amy at (716) 661 - 3010.
In Sept of 2018, Jerry Nutt joined the team at SILC as a part-time driver. When not behind the wheel, he can be found organizing records in the archives and assisting other staff as needed. When filling in at the switchboard, Jerry is happy to help schedule transportation or direct your call to the appropriate person. Jerry can be reached at (716) 661 - 3010.
Don is one of our van drivers. He is currently part-time / semi-retired. Don has been at SILC since 1995. Don's schedule takes him to all parts of Chautauqua County and beyond! SILC offers transportation that is wheelchair accessible and door-to-door. With a grant providing funding, Don also drives during the evening and weekend hours. Don is also responsible for vehicle care, assisting with the scheduling of transportation, and office and equipment maintenance.
Judy joined the staff at SILC in September of 2017. Judy is a Person / Family Centered Counselor, NY Certified Case Manager and Independent Living Specialist. Judy has completed the training in Albany to facilitate the NY Connects / No Wrong Door System program, which is a program that is a collaboration of three agencies: The Department of Health, Southwestern Independent Living Center and Office of the Aging. The NY Connects / No Wrong Door System is open to all persons, of all ages, regardless of income, ability / disability, and is free of charge to the consumer. The purpose of this program is to assist persons in deciding what services would be best suited to their needs, as well as assisting other agencies within Chautauqua County. Judy works closely with local law enforcement, school districts, attorneys, hospitals and physicians' offices, food banks, churches, and all other agencies within the county. Judy works closely with all organizations in Chautauqua County to ensure she is up to date on their programs so that she may better assist her participants. Judy also is instrumental in developing various community events, that include other service providers, with the purpose of inviting the public to come and visit and learn about services that are offered within the county. Judy can be reached at (716) 661 - 3010, or on her cell phone 716 - 450 - 3960.