Billie Holloway, President
Daphne Smith, Vice-President
"Since ETCIL is the primary East Texas agency providing client directed services for people with disabilities, I felt that this agency’s mission very closely fit my own philosophy. As a person with a lifelong disability whose philosophy has always centered on personal control and direction of my life, I was glad to join with like minded board member to guide the agency’s implementation of independent living services to our community. I became a board member more than 10 years ago when ETCIL was first funded. The growth of the agency and its impact on the East Texas area has been exciting to watch. I am proud to have been on the board of directors under whose guidance many people with disabilities in our service area have had their lives enriched and changed by our services." - Billie Holloway
"In my life I've been fortunate to see many barriers fall. Sometimes it's a matter of perception-changing from "it" will never change to we will make "it" change. I want to be part of that change and being involved with ETCIL gives me that opportunity." - Debbie Bryan
An inspirational quote that I love and use most often is from a hard-of-hearing man, Thomas Edison: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
"I know people with disabilities want to give up after many attempts have failed. But, I believe there are solutions to any problem as long as we keep our faith and never give up. I decided to serve on the board because I will never give up in helping others find a solution to any problem that prevents them from living independently from others." - Daphne Smith
Judie is the Founder and Executive Director of POWER, Inc, a non-profit organization helping enable and maintain independence for people with disabilities through various programs.
"Being an individual with a spinal cord injury and having been given countless opportunities to meet so many others who share similar circumstances has allowed me to learn more about the needs of people with disabilities in general. ETCIL helps give a voice to those needs and a place that will listen with compassion and acceptance. Most importantly, ETCIL preserves the dignity, independence and growth of the individual through their programs and I am honored and inspired to be a 'team member'!" - Judie Moffett
"Honestly, it is in my heart to continue to serve others in whatever capacity it might be. Whether it is giving a hug, give encouraging words, share my story, educating myself and others, or sharing informatino on the many resources that are available for everyone who may have a need. Also, having a part in making important decisions that will positively affect those in the community, and in the world around us, is all what I love being a part of.
The mission of ETCIL is wonderful and the mission is being fulfilled daily. I really like that. I've always been involved in this type of work. It is a priority in my life, and it goes right along with my purpose and destiny. I was designed to do this. To help people facing barriers related to their disabilities achieve full participation, greater independence, self sufficiency, and involvement in their communities, is a fantastic mission. This is my motivation and inspiration, for which I am very thankful for this opportunity." - Sondra Petties
"Being a part of ETCIL gives me a great sense of pride, knowing that what we are doing is influencing individuals lives for the greater good allowing them to gain independance, knowledge and empowering their human potential." - David Keown
"What has inspired me most is that ETCIL truly lives it’s mission statement.
Their actions speak louder than words. I feel so humbled and privileged to be part of such an awe inspiring and supportive organization." - Marty Allen