Chief Executive Officer
Luana was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of BI in July 2013, having demonstrated success in strategic business planning and implementation as Agency Director. Under her leadership as CEO, Becoming Independent has seen significant positive outcomes in various areas. A program designed to support the unique needs of the rapidly growing numbers of young adults on the autism spectrum launched in 2016 thanks to an infusion of private sector funding, and is now at full capacity. In 2017, the agency launched a significant expansion of its Social Enterprise Division, allowing BI to create community based opportunities for job training and market wage employment while generating revenue to continue advancing quality services. Luana received The North Bay Business Journal’s (NBBJ) Nonprofit Leadership Award as well as their 40 Under 40 Award for the positive community impact made by Becoming Independent under her leadership. In 2014, Becoming Independent was awarded Business of the Year by the YPN for excellence in developing young professionals in the community and in the workplace. BI continues to be selected by The NBBJ as one of the North Bay’s Best Places to Work each year from 2013-2018.
Chief of Services
Director of Resource Development
Director of Community Services
Director of Operations