Here For You

At Independence Place we have one goal—empowering people with disabilities to live life to the fullest. We are advocates, partners, and facilitators. We come alongside individuals of all ages and disabilities to teach skills that build toward self-directed achievement of independence and community inclusion.

As a consumer-driven, community-based Center for Independent Living (CIL), our non-residential organization provides the following independent living services: information and referral systems and individual advocacy, peer support and mentoring, independent living skills training, and transition and diversion services. We believe equal opportunities and rights are for everyone. 

Who are We?

Emily Nugent

AmeriCorps VISTA

Emily has been with IP just short of a year. As a capacity builder, she researches fundraising, grantwriting, and other opportunities to power IP. She finds the IP philosphy very unique and is happy to make a difference.    

Sarah Van Vooren

Employment Agent

Sarah holds a bachelor of science in business administration from Columbia College. She began working for IP in January of this year, and is an enormous proponent of volunteerism and community engagement.

Ryan Guyder

Independent Living Coordinator

Ryan holds a bachelor’s in psychology from Lemoyne College and a master’s in gerontology from University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is on the advisory council to the Kentucky Congress on Spinal Cord Injury and served the IP board before joining the staff in October 2016.

Angela Wallace

Independent Living Coordinator

Angela is one of our independent living coordinators. She graduated from Caplin University with an emphasis in health administration and started working at IP in 2014, serving some of the finest folks in Kentucky.

Erin Young

Employment Agent

Erin is one of our employment agents. She came to us from Special Olympics, where she managed Team Sports for 10 years as the program director.

Willis Deitz

Executive Director

Willis has been with IP since 2015 and has nearly a decade of experience working in the disability field. He is a graduate of Campbellsville University, a husband, and a father, and loves good books and coffee. 

Megan Coleman

Operations Manager/Employment Agent

Megan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a master’s in social work, has been working at IP since 2015, and has been working with individuals with disabilities for about six years. She enjoys spending time with her husband and family, hiking, and walking her dog.

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