Rockland Independent Living Center (RILC) has appointed Dr. David E. Jacobsen as the new executive director/CEO for the non-profit organization which provides advocacy and leadership for people with disabilities throughout Rockland County.
Dr. Jacobsen, selected from over 100 applicants, will begin his tenure on Monday, February 29. Dr. Jacobsen replaces George Hoehmann who resigned to assume the elected position of Clarkstown town supervisor on January 1.
“I am honored to assume the stewardship of RILC. Under George Hoehmann’s leadership the organization dramatically increased the number of individuals it serves as well as the types of programs offered and the overall visibility in the community. My goal will be to work with the staff and board to build on the solid foundation established and continue the positive progress by listening to the people we serve and identifying how RILC can best meet their changing needs,” stated Dr. Jacobsen.
Introduced to the staff of Rockland Independent Living Center on February 12, Dr. Jacobsen laid out his vision for enhancing the organization’s position as the premier agency in Rockland County advocating for people in need of support services by expanding current programs including PACER and Independent Living Services, and the more recent employment initiatives including Connections Contact Center, the Independence Café and the Workforce Development Training Center. He also intends to increase awareness and implementation of ADA compliance and identify and pursue new funding sources for the organization.