Nancy Penland

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Nancy Penland is the Director of Programs for LIFE Inc. in Lubbock, Texas. After earning her degree in Laser Technology and working on contracts with the Department of Defense, Nancy decided to make a drastic career change to pursue her passion in assisting individuals with disabilities. She joined the Independent Living Movement in 1992, working with a Center for Independent Living and later secured contracts with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission to provide Supported Employment and Job Readiness Training. In 1998, Nancy joined the LIFE staff as an Independent Living Specialist. In 2001, she became the Director of Programs, responsible for staff training, capturing and analyzing data to ensure effective service delivery to consumers and grant writing. During her tenure with LIFE Inc., Nancy has been instrumental in the establishment of two additional CILs and their continued service expansion.

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