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
  • Walter H. Cochneuer Memorial Golf Tournament
  • Gayle W. Carlson Memorial Sporting Clays Shoot

Administrative Staff

  • Michael Shain - Executive Director
  • Melinda Harrison - Director of Quality Assurance & Improvement 
  • Myrna Mawrence - Director of Human Resources
  • Michele Nowell - Co-Director of Human Resources
  • Richard Barenchi - Director of Operations & Finance
  • Javier Jimenez -  Director of Client Services
  • Brianna Garcia - HR & Special Events Coordinator
  • Judy Kyner - Administrative and AP Assistant
  • Sofia Ek - HR Assistant
  • Lee Ann Benham - Office Assistant

Board of Directors

“Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference”
— ~Jane Goodall~