The Independent Living Center of Southern California (ILCSC), a non-profit disability service, has announced it has made Chrisopher Wells its new Executive Director. Mr. Wells succeeds Norma Jean Vescovo, who has retired after 45 years of disability advocacy and service.
"It's an honor to continue the extraordinary work of a pioneer like Ms. Vescovo," said Mr. Wells. "From painting the first blue handicapped curb in the nation and leading protests that made public transportation accessible in Los Angeles, to helping make the Forum and Staples Center wheelchair accessible, Norma's efforts have literally paved the way for people with disabilities across the city."
Mr. Wells has dedicated more than 10 years of his career to healthcare research, equity, policy, and global health programs, including time spent as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia. He began his working life as an epidemiologist for the Bureau of Women's and Children's Health within Arizona's Department of Health Services, and most recently served as National Program Manager for the Transamerica Center for Health Studies.