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Liberty Resources Board of Directors

Deborah Russell

Deborah Russell

Deborah Russell has volunteered and worked in the field of Human Services, including services to low income families in crisis, children and youth, abled and disabled. She chose to pursue advocating with and for disabled people and their civil rights when she joined the staff of LRI in 1990. She was proudly the first full-time Supports Coordinator in Philadelphia and helped consumers become as active in the community as they chose-- from socialization to transitioning to their own home. Deborah also represented LRI as a member of the Grassroots Advocacy Project and the Statewide Advocacy team to impact policies that effect the lives of the disability community in Pennsylvania. In addition, she became Manager of Independent Living Services where she thrived, sharing peer counseling and organizing skills with staff and consumers so that many became involved and engaged in upholding their rights. Deborah is a long-time active member of Disabled In Action and National Adapt, two grassroots groups that use advocacy and activism to uphold the civil rights of people with disabilities.


Michael Bencrowsky, Chair
Cassie James Holdsworth, Vice Chair
Stephen Kibbe, Treasurer
James Goodwin, Secretary
James Curran
Aiko Dorr-Dorynek
Thomas Earle, CEO
Brandon Ezekiel
Stephen Gold
Sarita Kimble
Eric McNeil
Evan Moores
Jerry Morelli
Brenda Pedro
Iva Peterson
Jimmi Shrode
Deborah Russell
Erik von Schmetterling
Joseph Stramondo
Marsha Thrower
Joseph Yaskin
Theresa Yates, Member at Large

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Mission Statement
Liberty Resources, Philadelphia’s Center for Independent Living, advocates with disabled people, individually and collectively, to ensure our civil rights and equal access to all aspects of life in the community.