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Center for Independent Living Names New Executive Director

Tony DelisleThe Board of Directors for the Center for Independent Living of North Central Florida (CILNCF) is pleased to announce the selection of their new Executive Director. After an extensive nationwide search, the CILNCF has found an individual with long-standing community roots and a history of active involvement with local organizations and named Anthony (Tony) T. Delisle, PhD as its new Executive Director.

“Interestingly, although candidates were interviewed from all over the country, the CILNCF was able to take advantage of the incredibly rich pool of talent the Gainesville area has to offer,” said CILNCF Board President Joe Dyke.

Dr. Delisle’s commitment to working with youth and adults with disabilities is a common thread found throughout his educational and professional experience, including his current position as a Post-Doctoral Associate with the University of Florida’s Department of Health Education & Behavior. He has strived to enable individuals to maximize their personal health and to achieve their goals of becoming contributors to society as a whole.

According to Dr. Delisle, part of his desire to become Executive Director for the CILNCF stems from his own experiences in accessing and utilizing disability support services. “I am legally blind. I can testify to the fact that I would not be where I am today (professionally and personally), if it were not for the compassionate and talented professionals who provided me the resources, training, and support I needed to live the type of independent life I desired. To this day, I often find myself… drawing upon their support for guidance and inspiration on how I might be able to return the favor to others, and I strongly believe the CILNCF provides this type of opportunity.”

In addition to his education and work experiences, Dr. Delisle also serves as the chair of the Southwest Advocacy Group (SWAG). In this role, he helps coordinate the efforts of both governmental and non-governmental agencies as well as individual efforts to help improve health, safety and education inequities within Alachua County.

A statement from the Center’s board of directors said, “The board is incredibly proud of what the CIL has become thanks to the hard work and long-time dedication of the CIL staff, Associate Director Amy Feutz, Business Manager Colette Gromoll, and retired Executive Director William Kennedy. We know that Tony will make an excellent addition to the team. The CILNCF is already a strong organization, and we believe that by making Tony a member of the CILNCF family, he and his passion will help it grow into an even stronger entity.”

“I was struck by the passion everyone at the CILNCF has for their job, the incredible talents they possess in performing their duties, and the tight-knit cohesive relationships that exist at the CILNCF,” Dr. Delisle said of his new team. “I am both humbled and honored by the trust the CILNCF has placed in me, and I am fully committed to continuing its great services, bolstering the CILNCF’s profile in our community, advocating for disability rights, and ensuring a long and fruitful future for the CILNCF.”

Dr. Delisle will officially join the CILNCF in mid-August.

For additional information, please contact Amy Feutz, Associate Director at

Social Secuirty’s Vision 2025

Embarking on its 80th Anniversary of being a key piece of the Nation’s fabric, Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security, officially released Vision 2025. The vision will serve as a “North Star” to guide Social Security and show how the agency will accomplish and deliver three key priorities: superior customer experience, exceptional employees, and an innovative organization over the next decade and beyond.

Vision 2025 reflects Social Security’s full commitment—now and in the future—to offering customers choices in how they do business with us. This commitment includes sustaining a field office structure that provides face-to-face service and is responsive to members of the public who need or prefer face-to-face service.

Learn more about Social Security’s Vision 2025

Help HSHT’s Josh Fight Freidreich’s Ataxia

Screen Shot 2015-03-10 at 11.37.34 PMTo all of our CILNCF consumers and friends: Please read this message from the parent of one of our High School High Tech students and join us in supporting a great cause!

​Dear Friends,

I wanted to invite you to a fundraiser we are hosting on April 11, 2015 from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Town of Tioga Club House. It is a Wine, Cheese and Silent Auction Fundraiser to benefit the UF Foundation and specifically a gene therapy clinical trial that Josh is a part of. We are very excited about this research because it could be a potential cure but, sadly it is underfunded at the moment.

The tickets are $50 and all proceeds go directly to this research headed by Dr. Barry Byrne and Dr. Manuela Corti. We are limiting the number of guests to 100 due to space and wanted to make sure you had the chance to order tickets if you were able to attend. Please email me if you would like tickets and I will deliver them! Checks can be made out directly to the UF Foundation.

If you are unable to attend this event please consider a tax free donation to help with this cause. You can give directly online at or visit to find out more information. We are all very optimistic and hope you will share in our excitement. Please help keep this research going. Your donations have the potential to save our children’s lives.


Here’s a little more information from HSHT Director, Melissa Merrill

“Josh is a senior at Buchholz High School and he was diagnosed with Freidreich’s Ataxia at the age of 10 which affects his heart and nerves. This is a progressive disease that has drastically affected Josh’s ability to walk without falling and to use his hands to write, tie his shoes, or open doors. Josh use to be very athletic, but is no longer able to play sports and this year got his first wheelchair. This disease can also cause more severe problems like diabetes and heart problems which will most likely shorten his life span. Despite all of this, Josh is the happiest person you will ever meet. He never complains, he’s always positive and enthusiastic, and is always looking for ways to help others. Josh works part time at TJ Maxx and is a fantastic student. He is hoping to go on to be an engineer and completed an internship last year with a civil engineering firm who praised him for his wonderful work on their CAD programs. I can’t say enough about what an amazing person Josh is and how excited he and his family is at the potential for a cure that will allow Josh to be more independent. Please take some time to check out Josh’s video and pass along to your contacts. Thanks so much!!”