About Us

What is Community Living Alliance?

Community Living Alliance (CLA) was founded by people with disabilities, healthcare professionals and concerned community members. CLA’s history spans over three decades and is firmly rooted in supporting the values of the independent living philosophy.

The vision established at our beginning, is very much alive today. Our vision is simple. To improve access to services, develop responsive programs, listen to the voices of people with disabilities, chronic conditions, and older adults and honor the desire for independence and self-determination. CLA’s current services and supports include personal care, chore services, behavioral health, and service design and coordination.

CLA is committed to person centered service design and delivering supports that reduce the everyday challenges faced by individuals who choose to partner with CLA and their families.

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Community Living Alliance Board of Directors

The mission of Community Living Alliance (CLA) is overseen by a Board of Directors.  The board is represented by clients of CLA’s services and community members.

John Gardner, President and Treasurer
Terri Deist, Vice-President and Secretary 

Board of Directors

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John Gardner, President

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Terri Deist, Vice President

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Shannon DiPiazza

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Jennifer Ekloff

Katie Brietzman

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Sharon Larson

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Gregory Schmidt, MD

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Mike Jones

Joining the CLA Board of Directors
Individuals interested in supporting the mission of CLA are encouraged to email Todd Costello at costellot@clanet.org or call (608) 242-8335 to be considered for board membership. Board recruitment activities take place throughout the year, and new board members are introduced bi-annually.

Contacting the CLA Board
To learn more about CLA services, offer feedback or comments, please leave a message on the CLA Board of Directors Comment line at (608) 242-8335, Extension 1399 or email claboard@clanet.org.


CLA’s Board Meetings are virtual until further notice.

All meetings will be held over Microsoft Teams through June 2022
Meetings will be held in person (address below) as soon as we are able.
Room 104
201 W. Mifflin Street
Madison, WI

4:30 to 6:30 PM


January 24, 2022
February 28, 2022
March 28, 2022

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June 27, 2022