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Lester Ruesch

Lester is considered RRCI’s Timeless Board Member. He was on the original charter for the agency in 1997. In keeping with the bylaws, Lester has ‘termed off’ of the board on occasion. But, he always finds his way back to serve a community for whom he is passionate. Lester’s passion for the disability community guided his career and volunteer path throughout his life.

President

Jesse Stocking

Jesse has a sincere and extensive connection to the disability community. As a child, his family hosted a young man with a developmental disability. One of his best friends in high school was blind. And, he has had work opportunities though out his life where he worked with people with disabilities. Jesse’s life experience brings a balanced perspective to RRCI’s board.

Vice President

Thomas Brownlee

When residing in Provo, Thomas was an active member of Ability First, the Center for Independent Living serving Utah County. When his family moved to St. George, he didn't skip a beat and found RRCI right away. Thomas is a respected advocate for people with disabilities and has made presentations to the Utah State Legislature on their behalf. He has a job where he teaches disability advocacy to various agency staff members in the area. Thomas has served on multiple boards and is thrilled to contribute to RRCI in a meaningful way.

Secretary

Michael Mills

The father of staff member Allison Muir, Michael brings his financial management prowess to the board. His work as a Chief Financial Officer for a respected company lends great perspective to the fiduciary responsibilities of the board. He and his wife, Tanya enjoy grand-parenting Allison’s baby girl as well as creating a loving environment for their son who lives independently at home as an adult with a disability.

Treasurer

Dr. Angela Pool-Funai

Serving as the director of the Master of Public Administration program (MPA) at Southern Utah University, Angela brings a wealth of talent and passion to RRCI’s board of directors. She has a heart to see that individuals succeed to the best of their abilities whether that means in the classroom, workplace, life or in general. She has experience in proposal writing, budget management, and post award reporting. Angela serves on the board as a representative of Iron County.

Member

Brad Robinson

Brad comes to RRCI from Koosharem, Utah. He represents RRCI’s rural service areas with insight and sincere concern about the inclusion of all people with disabilities regardless of their zip code. Brad was a successful teacher for ten years and loved learning how to reach each student regardless of his or her disability. Brad is the husband of Rhonda Robinson, Independent Living Coordinator serving Sevier, Piute, and Wayne Counties.

Member

Diego Acosta

Diego uses his Bachelor of Behavioral Science Degree with a Social Work emphasis to support his clients at the Southern Utah Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. Besides volunteering at RRCI, Diego enjoys spending time with his family, helping animals in community shelters, and serving as youth camp guide.

Member

George Gehling

After retiring as the Executive Director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Utah and retiring to St. George, RRCI is most fortunate to have this knowledgeable and dedicated member of our board. With a history of program development, financial management, organizational leadership, public relations, and fund-raising, the organization knew that they had a great fit. George is committed to helping to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families.

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Kester Tapaha

Affiliated with the native American tribe, the Dine, Kester brings cultural awareness to the board. His employment plays to his strengths as he specializes in working with Blind and Visually Impaired by conducting Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling for Utah State Office of Rehabilitation. Kester has a special interest in intergenerational trauma, effects of colonization, labeling, disability issues, and same sex relations research and practices.  Kester represents the voice of the blind community on RRCI’s board of directors.  

Member

Darin Day

Darin represents the Iron County area. As the Ancillary Services Manager at Valley View Medical Center, he is able to help RRCI interface with clinical services in the southwestern area of Utah. Darin also serves on the Dixie State University Radio-logic Services Board. Darin’s connection to the community and compassion for those with disabilities has elevated RRCI’s standing in the community.

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