Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Meet our board of directors and advisory board

Innovative Community Living’s, Board of Directors, is our governing body. As such they are charged with the responsibility of setting our strategies and policies. overseeing, and approving activities, initiatives, and programs. Our Board of Advisors provide support and advice to the Board and includes members from across the community.

Our Board members are committed to developing our model of innovative community living throughout Delaware and beyond. We are parents, siblings, engineers, accountants, lawyers, doctors, behavior and disability specialists, computer technicians, business leaders, experts on aging, and most importantly people with intellectual and developmental differences.

In 2018,  Innovative Community Living was incorporated, and our 501c3 application was approved. 

Meet our Board of Directors:

Lawrence Isaacs is the President of Innovative Community Living. Larry and his wife Susan are the proud parents of two daughters, one of whom has special needs. They are currently the primary caregivers of Rachel who attends Easter Seals Day Program during the week. Rachel’s sister Lauren lives with her husband, Ben, in Philadelphia. Larry is a graduate of University of Delaware and is a Certified Public Accountant. Larry has owned his own CPA firm for the last twenty years and is located in North Wilmington. Larry has also served on the board of Jewish Family Services.

George Wells is Vice President of Innovative Community Living. He and his wife Paula are caregivers for their 42-year old twin boys, Tom and Mark, who have Fragile X Syndrome. Their older daughter, Amy, lives in Pennsylvania. George started his engineering career at the DuPont Company where his scope of work was worldwide. His last DuPont Company position was Senior Consultant. George obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Delaware and subsequently a Master’s degree in Business Administration. From 1990 to present George is the owner of an engineering design and consulting company providing services for the healthcare, chemical, electronics and pharmaceutical business sectors.

Ed Gootzait is Treasurer of Innovative Community Living.  Along with his wife Susan, he is caregiver to their 40-year old daughter Amy who has Down Syndrome. Ed and his family moved to Delaware in 2012 to be closer to their older daughter and her family, thinking ahead for Amy’s future caregiving needs. After a 40+ year career in industry and academia Ed retired as Director of a Virginia company that developed sensors for healthcare, military and homeland security applications. Ed has been an active volunteer in both Virginia and Delaware.  Currently he is a member of the Christiana Care Health System Patient and Family Advisory Committee, serves as a Master Financial Education Volunteer for the University of Delaware, and volunteers with the ARC of Delaware.

Carol Barnett serves on the Board of Directors for Innovative Community Living.  Carol is the primary caregiver to her brother and is a retired Special Education teacher.  Carol obtained her Master’s degree in Education from the University of Delaware with a focus on transition from school to work issues.  Carol was the Recreation Supervisor for New Castle County, offering programs and training for people with special needs and their families.  For twenty years Carol was a Planner for the Delaware Agency for Aging and Disabilities where she worked in marketing, grant writing, public speaking, training, and developed and updated the annual Guide to Services.  Additionally Carol chaired the New Castle County Committee on Employment of Persons with Disabilities and planned their annual job fair.  Carol serves with Easter Seals on the committee to plan their annual conference and she has served on the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, the Delaware Department of Vocational Rehabilitation Advisory Council, and the Community Legal Aid Society Advisory Council.  Carol was recently presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the State Council for Persons with Disabilities. 

Susan Patel currently serves as Secretary of Innovative Community Living and is the parent of a 25 year old son with profound autism and epilepsy.  She has been an active volunteer in her son’s schools and autism advocacy groups, both in N.J. and DE. since 1995. She was a founding member of Douglass Organization for Occupational and Recreational Support, an adult vocational support group affiliated with Douglass School at Rutgers University.  Over the years she has volunteered with COSAC (now Autism New Jersey), the Lower Delaware Autism Foundation, Autism Delaware (Board Member from 2011-2013), Special Olympics, and Families Speaking Up.  She worked as Assistant Volunteer Coordinator at The Matheny School in N.J.  for people with cerebral palsy.  Susan has a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hanover College.

Our Advisory Board:

Delaware State Representative Sean M. Lynn, Esq., The Law Office of Sean M. Lynn

Tanya S. Sellers, Esq., The Levinson Firm

Dr. Louis E. Bartoshesky, Pediatrics and Clinical Genetics, Christiana Care Health Services

Theodore Killheffer, Attorney, E.I. duPont de Nemours and company 1963-2002

Melissa Tice Martin, POW&R Assistant Director, Autism Delaware & Registered Behavior Technician

Steven Slotkin, Community Member

“Friends hold a mirror up to each other; through that mirror they can see each other in ways that would not otherwise be accessible to them, and it is this mirroring that helps them improve themselves as persons.”

-Aristotle

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P.O. Box 7203, Wilmington, DE 19803
ed.gootzait.icl@gmail.com
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