Our Staff

April Marie Dawson

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…

Kaelea Lucas

Community Organizer

Kaelea graduated from the University of California, Davis in the Spring of 2019 with a degree in Political Science. During her time there, she engaged with many diverse communities that taught her so much. She worked on local campaigns, interned at under-served schools in Sacramento, joined the executive board of a campus organization pushing for…

Jazzmin Grigsby

Cal Fresh 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…

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.”

Tony Vi


Hello, my name is Tony Vi and I am currently the Bookkeeper at RIL. Apart from being a Bookkeeper at RIL, I am also a YO! Volunteer at California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). I graduated from California State University, Sacramento with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Accountancy.…

Joe Wilson

Assistive Technology Coordinator

Joe Wilson is the Assistive Technology Coordinator at RIL and previous YLF delegate. He moved to Sacramento in 2010 and completed his Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies at California State University, Sacramento in 2016. Joe discovered a passion for helping others through volunteering as a crisis counselor for the California Youth Crisis Line. Joe has…

Emily Miyaoka

Youth Services Coordinator

Hello my name is Emily Miyaoka and I am the youth services coordinator at RIL. I attended Sacramento State University where I got my BA in Deaf Studies with a minor in Cultural Anthropology. I am fluent in ASL and have always enjoyed studying/ working with people who are different than me. I enjoy learning…

Angie Guerrero

Assistive Technology Coordinator

Angie was raised in Sacramento most of her life. She attended Sacramento City College and studied Journalism. She is an activist and an advocate for people in disadvantaged communities. Angie became a volunteer at a community-based organization in July of 2019 where she recently became cadre to the cause of advocating for low-wage and unrecognized…

Angelique Coleman


I started working at RILin February of this year. I have learned so much more about Sacramento even though I have lived in Sacramento my whole life. I love helping people so help with even pointing people in the right direction or to the right person is something i truly love doing. I have over…

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

Service Assistant

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.