Darrel Christenson serves as the Vice President of Community Integration at Ability360. In his position, Christenson oversees Independent Living skills training, home modifications, information and referrals, and Independent Living services to individuals with disabilities in Valley rehabilitation centers and nursing homes. All services aim to empower persons with disabilities to take responsibility for their lives and live independently in their community.
Before his post with Ability360, Christenson was the outreach coordinator for the Southeastern Minnesota Center for Independent Living (SEMCIL). During his time with SEMCIL, Christenson was responsible for the center’s expansion, which included opening three additional branch offices to serve the community better. Christenson also provided direct services in rural counties to persons with disabilities, their families, and the community at large.
Christenson, a Minnesota native, graduated from Mankato State University, Mankato, Minnesota, with bachelor’s degrees in both Psychology and Sociology. Christenson also earned his master’s degree in Guidance and Counseling from the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Menomonie, Wisconsin.
Since July 2014, Christenson serves on the Board of Directors for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).