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Chief Operations Officer

Dorothy Blubaugh is the chief operations officer and director of community day services ay Project Independence.  Previously, she served as director of operations for California-based Institute of Applied Behavior Analysis, which provides positive behavior practices in a range of services, for children and adults with disabilities and autism, both internationally and within the United States. She was previously IABA’
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Director of Development

Todd Eckert is the Director of Development for Project Independence. Todd serves as the leader responsible for creating a rigorous development program in support of Project Independence and for expanding on the current donor base. In partnership with the Chief Executive Officer, Todd works each day to raise awareness and support of PI. Prior to joining Project Independence in 2015, Todd worked for a hospital foundati
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Director of Independent Living and Supported Living

Mike Voegele is the Director of Independent Living and Supported Living at Project Independence.  Independent Living services teach the skills needed for consumers to live independently in their own apartments.  Supported Living services provide the needed in-home support and care that consumers may need in order remain successfully living in their own apartments. Mike began his career at Project independence as in P
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Controller

Bernard is the Controller for Project Independence.  Bernard started his journey with Project Independence in October 1999.  Bernard, a former Administrator for an Adult Residential Facility, manages Payroll and Accounting and oversees the IT functions of the organization.  Bernard, not only brings administrative skills but also hands on experience as well.
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Director of Human Resources

Meka Green has worked at Project Independence, initially in direct support of the clients directly and now in her current role as the Director of Human Resources. Meka works diligently to assure that Project Independence recruits, trains and supports staff that will go the extra mile to serve those who need us most. Meka takes great pride in the strong relationships she maintains with both field staff and management.
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Director of Employment Services

Tim Chervenak is the Director of Employment Services for Project Independence. Tim has worked in the field for over 20 years, and has worked at Project Independence since 2003. Tim oversees the Supported Employment program, serving almost 200 people employed in jobs throughout Orange County. In addition, Tim also manages the Work Incentives Planning and Assistance project, a cooperative agreement with Social Security
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President and Chief Executive Officer

Stepping up from his role as associate director at PI, he replaces retired CEO Debra Marsteller. In 2007, after 26 years leading former Vantage Foundation and building the first integrated work supports system for people with the most complex lives, Marsteller joined with Watson in conducting a successful merger with Project Independence that seamlessly blended the two programs into one, keeping the focus on those se
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