New Advances for People with Disabilities is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) California corporation. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors drawn from a pool of interested community members, parents of our clientele, and local business leaders.

The central business location for NAPD houses our administrative departments which coordinate cohesive services for all clients. These activities include fiscal management, accounting, human resources, client services, fund raising, and public relations.

Comprehensive training and orientation for all employees includes:

  • CPR/First Aid
  • Non-violent crisis intervention training
  • Medication certification
  • Water safety
  • NAPD policies and procedures
  • NAPD safety program
  • Intellectual/developmental disabilities information and training

Annual fund raising events include:

  • Crazy Games Bowl-A-Thon
  • Casino Nights Drawing
  • Walter H. Cochneuer Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Gayle W. Carlson Memorial Sporting Clays Shoot

Administrative Staff

  • Darla D. Benson - Executive Director
  • Shawn Kennemer - Associate Executive Director
  • Myrna Mawrence - Director of Human Resources
  • Richard Barenchi - Director of Operations & Finance
  • Javier Jimenez -  Director of Client Services
  • Deran Smith - Associate Director of Client Services 
  • Brianna Garcia - HR & Special Events Coordinator
  • Christina Rajlal - Director of Special Projects & Program Development
  • Judy Kyner - Administrative and AP Assistant
  • Sofia Ek - HR Assistant
  • Lee Ann Benham - Office Assistant

Board of Directors

  • Caryl A. Schweitzer - President
  • Cary J. Evans - Vice President
  • Dennis Tolliver- Treasurer
  • Yoko Shimoda - Secretary
  • Daniel T. Clifford - Director
  • Robert K. Fallon - Director
  • Stacy L. Ferreira - Director
“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference”
— ~Jane Goodall~