These are the faces of a dedicated team of professionals who guide the daily operations of Community Interface Services.
Danielle Rowley, Coordinator
Danielle graduated with her bachelor’s in psychology from Cal State Fullerton in 2015. She has always had a passion for community-based, non-profit work. Prior to joining Community Interface, she worked as a Program Facilitator with Girls INC. where she led an after-school program for girls ranging from first through fifth grade. After moving to San Diego from Huntington Beach, Danielle found Community Interface Services and started as a Resource Counselor. After seven months, she was quickly promoted to a DYW/IL/SE Program Assistant and then Day Your Way Coordinator a year later. Danielle says, " I really enjoy being part of something that is bigger than myself and leaves the world as a better place."
Diego Montoya, Coordinator
Diego graduated from National University in Colombia with a degree in history. In 2006, he worked as a high school teacher at a private school in his native city of Medellin. After being chosen by the students as best teacher of the year in 2007, Diego decided to embark on a new challenge and moved to New York City in 2009. Thanks to a friend's recommendation, Diego came across AHRC-NYC, an agency which provides services to individuals with developmental disabilities. He started working for them and fell in love with this field. Diego, as part of a team, helped to develop a program called "Day Habilitation Without Walls," which is a community-based program. With great support from the management, Diego was able to use his creativity to find resources in the city and create activities such as music therapy and personal growth classes. In 2015, Diego's and his wife relocated to San Diego, CA, where he found Community Interface Services. Grateful for the opportunity of growing professionally as a Coordinator, Diego will continue to help the people we serve to reach their goals of being active members in their communities.
Deanna Osborn, Coordinator
After graduating summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in social work Deanna began her career in human services. Deanna was quickly promoted to a management role after working as a direct support professional in the Chicago suburbs. While planning a move from Illinois to Southern California, Deanna knew she wanted to continue to serve individuals with disabilities. Deanna realized that CIS was where she wanted to continue her career after reading about their belief that “people with developmental disabilities are in the best position to determine how they want to live.” Deanna is excited to be a part of such a capable, positive, and hardworking team and to work every day in a role she is passionate about.
Jasmine Morrow, Coordinator
Jasmine started with CIS in 2013 as a part-time Vocational Substitute. After some on-the-job training with the vocational program, she took on a caseload that included clients supported by the Day Your Way, Independent Living, Supported Employment, and Supported Living programs. After completing her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development with an emphasis in Counseling from Cal State University San Marcos, Jasmine transitioned to full time work in the IL/SE/ DYW programs and was quickly promoted to Coordinator in Supported Living. Jasmine says, “I enjoy working for an agency that is filled with positive energy. It is rewarding to be able to help so many people reach the goals they have set for themselves.”
Jessica Ellis, Coordinator
Jessica graduated from Texas Christian University with a degree in Anthropology. After working as a case manager for refugees in Texas for several years, she moved back to her hometown of San Diego, where she joined CIS as a Program Coordinator. Jessica is grateful for the opportunity to grow as a Coordinator within an agency that is so passionate about their clients and assisting them in becoming the best versions of themselves.
Kirsten Cassedy, Coordinator
Kirsten joined Community Interface Services as a Program Assistant for the Community Integration Training (CIT) program in 2015. Shortly after, Kirsten was promoted to Day Your Way Coordinator where she provides each client with services tailored to the individual’s unique needs. Kirsten graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology emphasis in Public Health from Cal State University, San Marcos. In college, Kirsten was involved with organizations such as Autism Speaks and the Multiple Sclerosis Society where she would raise public awareness and volunteer in fundraising events. Prior to joining CIS, Kirsten worked on the Quality Assessment Project where she performed QA interviews and identified essential changes necessary to improve the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities. As a coordinator, Kirsten is proud to be a part of such a hard working team that continues to help clients reach their individual goals.
Lora Juarez, Coordinator
Lora joined CIS in 2007 as a resource counselor in the Community Integration Training (CIT) department before being promoted to CIT Coordinator in 2013. During her time in the field, she worked closely with several individuals with behavioral needs, helping them to become vital members of their communities. Lora continuously strives to deepen her understanding of the CIS philosophy by upholding its standard in all facets of her job. Lora says, "I feel like I get to be part of a puzzle where each piece is so different yet we come together to make one beautiful picture. We come together as a team to truly make a difference in people's lives."
Lori Piccirillo , Coordinator
After finishing college and attending the therapeutic riding head instructor program at Cheff Center in Michigan, Lori was offered a position to manage a therapeutic riding program in the San Diego area. She accepted the job in 1987 and has never looked back. Lori has managed and taught in therapeutic riding for over 20 years. In order to get her “horse fix,” Lori still volunteers as an instructor. Lori came to CIS in 2016 as a resource counselor. Lori soon became a program assistant, writing curriculum and site developing for groups in CIT. As an unexpected bonus and pleasure, Lori has discovered that many of her former therapeutic riding students were CIS clients! She became a coordinator in 2017 and truly loves her job and working with all the clients. Lori has a special way of expressing the measure of her devotion, “ I feel like I’m home again!”
Vicki Driscoll, Coordinator
Vicki is a recent transplant to Southern California having recently moved from Upstate New York. She has her BA in Psychology and has worked in Human Services her entire career, with most of that time spent working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She has worked direct care, case management, mid-management and program administration, but is very happy to be capping off her career working with the Community Interface Family. While she has enjoyed each and every role she has experienced in the work environment, her most rewarding role has been that of “Mom” to her two adult children.
In 2013 shortly after earning her Bachelor’s Degree in Human Development from Cal State San Marcos, Yvette Scarcella joined the Community Interface Services team as a Resource Counselor in the Community Integration Training (CIT) department. During this time, she learned how much she enjoys building relationships, making a positive impact, and helping those to meet their personal goals. Yvette was promoted to CIT Coordinator in 2016. As Coordinator she is able to tackle new challenges all while still working with the individuals she loves. Yvette thoroughly believes in the mission of CIS and aims to apply it to her daily interactions.