About Us

We are a community based non-profit organization. We provide an array of services to people with all disabilities and assist them to set their own goals and discover their personal power.

We are one of over 400 Centers for Independent Living in the United States. Centers for Independent Living (CIL) are non-residential, consumer-controlled, community-based, and cross-disability organizations. As such, the majority of our Board of Directors and staff are people with disabilities.  We embrace the Independent Living philosophy and believe that people with disabilities have the right to control and direct their own lives.

Who We Serve

We offer support and services to people with disabilities located within Anne Arundel and Howard counties in Maryland. Our Consumers are people of all ages with all types of disabilities.

What is the Independent Living Philosophy?

The Independent Living philosophy stresses Consumer control – the idea that people with disabilities are the best authorities on their own needs. They have crucial and valuable viewpoints to contribute and are worthy of equal access to services and programs.

People with disabilities should have the opportunity to decide how to live, work and take part in their communities, particularly in reference to services that affect their day-to-day lives and their access to independence.

Nothing about us without us.

James Charlton

History and Organization

Our History

Accessible Resources for Independence was incorporated in 2009 with the mission of supporting people with disabilities to obtain independence and equal community access. The volunteers that founded ARI began to build upon that mission by finding ways to provide donated medical equipment, build wheelchair ramps, and be a clearinghouse for disability related information. In 2010, ARI was awarded the contract as the Center for Independent Living for Anne Arundel and Howard Counties in Maryland and as such were able to hire our first paid staff. Since that time, we have grown the variety of programming available to maximize the independence of people with disabilities.


Our staff is a diverse group of people committed to working to meet the mission of ARI. If you are interested in working at ARI, visit our Employment page.

Chris Kelter
Executive Director

Erin Ashinghurst
Deputy Director / Director of Programs

Misty Harding
Independent Living Specialist

Betsy Hein
Assistive Technology Program Manager

Kelly Kryspin
Home and Community Based Services Program Manager

Joan Rumenap
Special Projects Manager

Brittany Rieman
Transition Specialist

Melissa Gibson
Housing Specialist

Nikki Savoy
Independent Living Program Manager

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is made up of individual volunteers from Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, and more than half of our Board members are persons with disabilities.

The Board of Directors of ARI provides strategic direction for the organization and supervises the Executive Director.

If you are interested in nominating someone for our Board of Directors, please fill out the Board of Directors nomination form or contact us for more information about the Board.

Cathy Raggio, Chair
Chris Zang, Vice Chair
Vacant, Treasurer
Ann Scholz, Secretary
Ginger Palmer
Chris Fuller
Michelle Shuman
Jeff Silverman
Marian Vessels
Anaya Smith
Justin Disborough
Regina Lee
Larry Myers
David Durfee