"I have been blessed with amazing clientele, parents, staff, social workers, rehabilitation counselors, employers, board members, funders, sponsors and fabulous friends. I am totally amazed of how ICS has grown since 1994. It has developed into a well respected service provider, cherished by so many who know and utilize our resources."
Donna Lemmon founded Integrated Community Services in 1994 on the premise that everyone has the right to live as independently as possible. Opening the doors with only 1 employee and 1 client, Donna grew ICS to serve hundreds of people each year with the help of over 40 staff. Her 21 years of service to ICS and to Marin County are deeply appreciated by all of those who know her. Though Donna has retired from ICS, she still works with clients and continues to provide support and mentorship to the organization.
Board of Directors
Janet Miller, President
Claims Vice President
Real Estate Agent
Community Volunteer and Fundraiser
"The idea of "the strength of diversity" has always sounded good to me but it wasn’t until I saw it in practice at ICS, that I fully understood how powerful, dynamic and successful inclusivity can be. I love ICS and feel so fortunate to be a part of a team that is fearless in building strong, equitable relationships with people with disabilities and our Marin community to create a thriving place for us all to live."
Prior to joining ICS as Executive Director, Abby worked across sectors; from an anti-poverty nonprofit as a fundraiser to a private equity firm as a researcher. Abby is a Marin native that has been a part of the ICS family since 2010. She is excited to bring the passion for systems change advocacy she gained while studying Disability Studies at UC Berkeley along with her love for change-making storytelling to the work she is doing with ICS and our community. When Abby isn’t at work or school, you can find her either behind a book or in front of a fancy cheese plate.
EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS Director
"Working with the disability community has been a part of my life for the past 24 years. I am proud to work for an organization whose mission it is to strengthen this community while encouraging those unfamiliar with disability to see the beauty and brilliance in diversity."
Lisa received her BA from UCLA in Jewish Studies, and her MS in Counseling from San Francisco State, with specializations in both Rehabilitation and Marriage and Family. Prior to joining the ICS team, Lisa facilitated support groups for parents of children with disabilities at Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center. Lisa joined ICS 17 years ago as a key figure in the Employment Services program, which she now manages. After work and on weekends Lisa enjoys the outdoors and hiking.
COUNTY PROGRAMS director
"I love the "out of the box" approach to partnering with clients -pulling on other resources within the community, connecting with others to develop strategies and ways for people to reach their goals. When people are heard and supported they bloom; life expands, in work, at home and with others."
Irene's passion for mental health services started when she was a child, growing up with a brother who had physical and psychological disabilities. Irene received her BA in Psychology, from the University of San Francisco and her MS in Rehabilitation Counseling specializing in Mental Health, from SF State. For nearly 10 years Irene volunteered as a Vocational Consultant with the County of Marin Volunteer Job Coach Program. Irene has been part of the ICS team for 18 years, and supervises the Community Mental Health programs. Hawaiian and Tahitian dancing has been one of Irene's passions for over 30 years.
INDEPENDENT LIVING SERVICES director
"There are many barriers to and difficulties in living in the community for people with disabilities. What is especially exciting about the work here is that we are often a part of big changes in people's lives, such as moving out and getting a first job. It is very satisfying to help people undertake these transitions, and to see how much they can grow from their endeavors."
Michael's received his BA in Psychology from Oberlin College, then went on to obtain a Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Life Chiropractic College West. For 7 years Michael worked at Lifehouse as the Supported Living Program Manager, all the while retaining a part time Chiropractic practice. Michael is currently attending Northcentral University working towards his MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, and has been part of ICS for 4 years. In winter you can find Michael skiing, a hobby which he hopes to teach his children as they get older.
"Working at ICS has greatly expanded my sense of the true meaning integration. At GEM, we work to create an environment where our clients feel connected to their work and to their community; we root for each other and share in each other's success; and we partner with our clients to help them achieve their goals."
Josh received his BA in Literature from Hampshire College, and his MA in Religious Studies from the University of Chicago Divinity School. After Chicago, Josh returned to Hampshire College where he taught in the Humanities Department. Josh joined the ICS team in 2015, and has greatly enjoyed his transition into the world of social services. In his free time, Josh can be found trail running in the Berkeley Hills, doing his best to outrun mountain lions and other large felines.
"My favorite part about working at ICS is our commitment to equity and visibility. I ran into a client hiking the hills of Marin with his family one time, while I was also hiking with my family. My eyes lit up as I recognized him in a different context; we both said hi like we had been friends for life!"
Miller graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Psychology with a specialization in Education. Her career in social services began at Community Vocational Enterprises, where she served individuals diagnosed with mental illness. For the past 18 years Miller has been a vital part of ICS, ensuring the organization's smooth operation for clients, staff, and as a whole. Most days of the week Miller can be found playing soccer for one of the 3 soccer leagues of which she is a member.