Jim acquired his disability in a car accident in 1977 in which he sustained an incomplete spinal cord injury at the 4th & 5th lumbar level, which later necessitated the amputation of his right leg below the knee. He worked as a community educator familiarizing school children with what it is like to live with a disability. After leaving that job, he worked in the public schools in the San Diego area for several years in a special education class as a teacher’s aide. He left there to train as a draftsman, later to include training in auto-cad. In time, he obtained certification as a peer advocate for amputees from the Amputee Coalition of America in 1999.
In 2011, he joined the Fresno Disability Advocacy Team. Accomplishments as a team member include: contributing to the educational videos the DAT team produced, training to run a “Get Out the Vote” campaign, and becoming a facilitator for the DAT. He was also an early Community Leadership Academy graduate. Additionally, Jim has represented RICV and the DAT in radio and television interviews
Frances Reyes Acosta
Frances Reyes Acosta was born and raised in Fresno, Frances Reyes Acosta has extensive background and experience at different levels of Business and Community Affairs. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara she worked to improve, administer and develop programs for the University of California, San Mateo Unified School District and Wells Fargo Corporate Professional Development. While in Southern California, she owned her own firm representing businesses from California, Europe and South America, providing consultancy services in Marketing, Public Relations and Governmental Affairs.
Frances was also the Public Affairs Director/Executive Producer for KJEO-TV Channel 47 and KFSN-TV Channel 30, here in Fresno. Most recently she has worked as a Senior Marketing Executive for CBS-Radio and Clear Channel Broadcasting. Frances currently works with local companies and organizations to explore and develop the sensitivities and opportunities regarding ABLE PEOPLE with hearing, visual, mobility and cognitive challenges.
Assistant Professor, CSUF Rehab Counseling Program
Dr. Alicia Brown Becton is a Professor in the Masters of Science in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling program at California State University, Fresno. Dr. Becton has presented on special topics related to counselor implications for co-occurring disorders, student veterans and transition issues, and the effects of disability on the family system. Cultural competency has always been an essential component of her background. Her current research and grant writing ventures focus on multicultural competency, dual diagnosis, family systems, and effective treatment modalities for special populations.
My name is Tammy Morris. I have been associated with RICV for the last four years. I was a previous client in the Job Club program through the Department and Rehabilitation. Also, I received services from Independent Living Specialist who assisted me with acquiring suitable housing and daily living skills.
I decided after six months in Job Club, to switch gears and pursue working towards my first degree at Fresno City College. I started in January 2015, and hope to be completed in Summer 2018. I am majoring in Social Work and Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling. In January 2017, I started working on a part-time basis with a county agency.
I have been a current board member for over a year now. I was elected to Secretary of the Board in October 2016. I believe in this organization and see the impact it has on individuals and the community. The services offered are a crucial and necessary part for anyone with any disabilities in becoming successful in all aspects of their lives..
Shail Lopez-Ortiz – Secretary
Executive Director, CSUF Wayfinders
Biography Coming Soon
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