The ILR staff includes experts in the areas of workplace safety, transitional services for young adults, adolescent independent living and social science research through both direct and indirect service. We also employ young adults who are involved in our programming and with the range of area universities, we enjoy having interns serve ILR and our sister organization, SaySo. The young adults we employ and interns learn from also keep our team "on our toes!" Our team approach to all our projects make ILR a wonderful place to work and learn.  

The organization is managed by the ILR Owners listed below:

William V. Griffin, MSW, MPA, CEO

Bill has over a million years of experience and knowledge in the social service field including direct service, teaching, and public administration. He started Brendan Associates in 1984 (everyone has to name a company after their child) and ILR in 1987. Over the years, has created a range of resources and publications related to workplace safety and adolescent independent living. He also served on the federal committee responsible for the first independent living initiative passed in 1986.  As CEO, Bill also is the principal investigator for all ILR federal grants and therefore responsible for the overall dysfunction of the company. Often known as the guru of independent living, Bill has finally found his "happy place" on the golf course. His staff frequently encourages him to "go green."

Nancy Carter, MSW, ACSW, ILR Executive Director

Nancy has been with ILR since 1993 and serves as Executive Director, which means she brings a female perspective to management. Her vita includes a long and extensive 35 year social work career of working with adolescents in residential treatment, pregnancy support services, counseling, independent living, curriculum development, training, and community advocacy. Nancy also served as Executive Director of SaySo (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) from 2000 - 2010 years. Ms. Carter co-founded SaySo in 1998 with Ms. Michelle Huges (currently at NC CHILD) and a handful of young adult founding members. SaySo is a youth driven advocacy organization of young people in North Carolina who are or have been in substitute care and is currently run through the Children's Home Society of NC. Nancy coordinates all ILR projects including federal NIH grants and those related to youth programming, training, and consulting/contract services provided by ILR. In addition to her professional commitment to help youths reach self-sufficiency, Nancy has practiced teaching life skills at home with two sons who are now both self-sufficient and gainfully employed (whew!).