About US

The Remarkable History (10 min)

Who We Are

Since 1955, MERCI has been supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in maximizing the quality of their lives and in becoming integrated, contributing members of the communities in which they live.

MERCI strives to give a voice to those who can't speak for themselves and opportunities to those who are forgotten. Each individual we support inspires us to help others see their unique gifts and talents.

We offer a wide range of support services that are individualized and person centered. Support Services are community based giving each individual that opportunity to find meaningful volunteer positions, internships and competitive integrated employment.

Board of Directors

April Dominguez, Board President



Bobbi Breusch, Board Vice President



Rene Araiza, Board Treasurer



Christina Cisneros, Board Secretary

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Jillian Van Leuven, MPA Executive Director




Bernice La Scala, Associate Director of Programs



Christina Salazar, Chandler Site Coordinator




Christian Trasviña, DISCOVERY Coordinator



Lan Ly, Ernie's Place Residential                                  Administrator




Alex Stott, John & Mary's Residential Administrator



Laura Reyes, Residential Healthcare Coordinator



Ruth Laigo, Senior Accountant




Leslie Sanchez, Administrative Services Coordinator