Coalition for Independence Welcomes New Executive Director!
The Board of Directors of the Coalition for Independence (CFI) is excited to announce D. Garrett Drake as our new Executive Director. Mr. Drake brings vitality, creativity, skill and vision to CFI. His success in managing financial activities, disability advocacy, working with multiple stakeholders and building beneficial partnerships in his previous endeavors speaks to the bright future CFI has under his leadership.
CFI has worked tirelessly for the last 27 years to make Kansas City a more inclusive and accessible community to all its residents. As we celebrate our past accomplishments and 25 years of the Americans with Disabilities Act we are thrilled to continue toward realizing our vision with the leadership of Mr. Drake. He will be an asset to CFI, the Center for Independent Living community and the Kansas City area as a whole.
Angela Byers, who served as Interim Executive Director, has moved to Indiana to be closer to family and continue her education and avid community service. The Board of Directors thanks her for her years of service in various capacities for CFI and wishes her the best in her upcoming endeavors.
The entire leadership team at the Coalition for Independence has worked diligently to ensure that this transition is seamless and will not impact our work with our consumers and the community.
Alison Beloin Dean
Chair, Board of Directors