About NCCI

Mission Statement

The Mission of the North Country Center for Independence is to help people with disabilities to live more independent and productive lives, and promote better policies and community understanding of disability issues. NCCI serves people with disabilities, families, and the community on issues related to physical and mental disabilities. NCCI is led and staffed mostly by people with disabilities. It is one of the 41 Independent Living Centers in New York State. There are also hundreds of similar centers throughout the United States. NCCI serves Clinton and Essex Counties, New York.

What is Independent Living?

Independent Living Centers are nonprofit agencies led and staffed mostly by people with disabilities. They provide services like: information & referral, independent living skills training, advocacy, and peer counseling. Centers also provide services and programs developed in response to local needs. Independent Living Centers are not residential facilities. They don’t offer “day programs.” Instead, Centers help each person develop their own goals and get the supports they need. Services are available to anyone who has an interest in any disability-related issue.

Independent Living is:

  • An approach that relies on people with disabilities helping and supporting each other.

  • A movement to unite people with all kinds of disabilities, of all ages and backgrounds, to promote equal opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion.

  • A way of viewing disability in terms of empowerment and consumer control, while using assistive technology and well-designed support services.

NCCI Services: By The Numbers - NCCI service statistics.
IL Services in New York State - from the New York Association on Independent Living.
Independent Living History and Philosophy Tutorial - from the New York State Independent Living Council

Board of Directors

Norman Koslofsky: President

Chelsea Scheefer: Vice President

Sean Brown: Treasurer

Andrew Pulrang: Secretary

Barbara Baughn

Tom Defayette

Linda Dubay

Patti King

Andrew Pulrang

Teresa Whitaker


Robert Poulin
Executive Director, Ext. 107

Debra Piper
Assistant Director, Ext. 102

Carissa Baiano
Olmstead Housing Specialist (OHS), Ext. 105

Lynden Davies
Open Door Transition Specialist, Ext. 111

John Farley
Accessibility Consultant, Ext. 108

Amy Gehrig
Long Term Care Ombudsman Program Coordinator, Ext. 104

Norman Karp
Benefits Specialist, Ext. 110

Patti Kileen
Assistant Ombudsman, Ext 116

Shelly Kozak
CDPAP PA Enroller, Ext. 115

Jenna McPherson
CDPAP Time Sheet Specialist, Ext. 112

Megan Lewis
NY Connects Specialist Ext. 101

Pam Moser
Office Manager / Ombudsman Ext. 100

Jacklyn Poff
Peer Counselor

Tina Recore
Finance Director, Ext. 106

Amy Rowe-Arsenault
Facilitated Enroller, Ext. 109

Michael Sherman
Peer Counselor Coordinator / Independent Living Specialist, Ext. 103

Christina Walton
NY Connects Specialist, 101

Leslie Wysko
CDPAP Consumer Enroller, 117


There are no open positions at this time.


There are two main ways to give to the North Country Center for Independence …

1. Make a donation …

2. Sign up and shop with AmazonSmile ...

You can also help support the North Country Center for Independence by shopping online through AmazonSmile. Click the link above and you will be prompted to log in to your regular Amazon account. Then go to the AmazonSmile page instead of the regular Amazon page whenever you shop, and Amazon will donate 0.05% of each eligible purchase to NCCI. It doesn’t add anything to the price you pay. It’s a great way to help expand NCCI’s mission. Click here to sign up

Click here for details on our 2nd Annual Winz N’ Pinz bowling fundraiser   Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11 AM to 3 PM North Bowl Lanes, Plattsburgh, New York

3. Click here for details on our 2nd Annual Winz N’ Pinz bowling fundraiser

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 11 AM to 3 PM
North Bowl Lanes, Plattsburgh, New York

Ticket prices

  • $25 for ages 18+

  • $15 for players under 18 years old

  • $100 for teams


Independent Living relies on people with disabilities advising and supporting each other. There are several ways you can help. You can join disability activism, volunteer, or donate money to help NCCI with its mission. Call us at 518-563-9058, or stop in for a visit to discuss how you want to be involved.