About Lighthouse

Our History

Tabias Cowan - Executive Director

Pamela Critchfield - Regional Director, North CA

Heather Irwin - Program Director, SLO

Amy Wright - Program Director, Monterey

Greta Maddox - Program Director, Santa Rosa

Rachel Critchfield-Ferrone - Program Director, Oroville

Karen Hubbard - Program Director, Red Bluff

Carol Hale - Program Director, Fairfield

Michelle Morris - Program Director, Placerville

Our History - We are Lighthouse Independent Living Services, "Your helping hands."

Lighthouse Living Services was established in 1999 By Executive Director Tabias Cowan. Tabias started working in Human Services in 1989 at a group home in Santa Barbara California. After many years of experience in various capacities, Tabias relocated to Sacramento California in 1993. Between the years of 1993-1999 Tabias worked as an ILS Instructor, SLS Instructor, Senior Care Provider, Job Coach, and also as a Supervisor. This helped Tabias gain a vast range of skills in the Human Services field and recognize the needs of the community. "Searching, Finding, & Guiding" was something Tabias not only believed in but lived out on a daily basis. On April 9, 1999 Tabias' vision came alive and the first Lighthouse Living Services office was opened in Vacaville California. As Lighthouse gained the communities trust its offices spread from Northern to Southern California. Lighthouse currently has 9 offices in the state of California and continues to improve its vision and fulfill the needs of the community by "Searching, Finding, & Guiding".

Tabias Cowan - Executive Director

Tabias Cowan is the Executive Director of Lighthouse Living Services. Tabias has been working in the Human Services field for over 23 years. He began in 1989 at a group home in Santa Barbara California where he developed his vision to help improve the lives of others. Tabias relocated to Sacramento in 1993 where he worked in various capacities as an ILS Instructor, SLS Instructor, Job Coach, as well as a Supervisor. This grew to Tabias starting Lighthouse Living Services in 1999 which continues to grow throughout Northern and Southern California.

Pamela Critchfield - Regional Director, North CA

Pamela Critchfield has been with LLS since 2000. She has 15 years of experience working with adults and children with intellectual disabilities. Pamela began working with adolescents with intellectual disabilities at Paradise High School as a teacher's aide in her junior year.

Pamela supervises two Program Directors and one Program Supervisor in the Far Northern Regional Center area, and two Program Directors in the North Bay Regional Center area. She also teaches independent living skills to adults with intellectual disabilities as well as co-facilitating a drug and alcohol peer support group for adults in the Far Northern Regional Center area. Pamela holds a 2 year Certificate of Achievement in Addiction Studies from Butte College, and is a recipient of the 2001 "People Who Make A Difference" award from Butte County Coordinating Council and "The Beacon Award" in 2002 from Lighthouse Living Services, Inc.

Heather Irwin - Program Director, SLO

Heather Irwin, MA started with Lighthouse in 2011 and is only the second Program Director for the San Luis Obispo branch office. Heather has a BS in Sociology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and a MA from Pacifica Graduate Institute with a degree in counseling. After working for the State of California for many years with the intellectually disabled prison population, she is enjoying working with the wonderful adults Tri-Counties Regional Center serves in SLO County. Her dynamic staff is made up of equally educated and experienced people who are dedicated, professional, and empathic and who have the respect of the community. Serving both people with independent living needs and supported living needs, Lighthouse Living Services SLO hopes to continue to offer quality service to all our current and future clients.

Amy Wright - Program Director, Monterey

Amy Wright is the Program Director out of the Monterey office. Amy has a degree in Human Development and over 15 years of experience working with adults with intellectual and neurological disabilities as a program director, social worker and direct care provider. Lighthouse Monterey serves Monterey and Santa Clara Counties, and offers ILS and SLS services through the San Andreas Regional Center. Our 1:1 services are tailored to serve the whole person, focusing on helping our clients to create independent and healthy lives unique to their individual interests and attributes.

Greta Maddox - Program Director, Santa Rosa

In March of 2009, I was privileged to accept the position of Program Director for Lighthouse Living Services in Santa Rosa, California. Previously I supervised an enclave of Intellectually Disabled adults at Agilent Technologies, and worked with at-risk youth for a Christian ministry. I have always had a passion for serving people and helping them realize their full potential.

Rachel Critchfield-Ferrone - Program Director, Oroville

Rachel has worked for Lighthouse Living Services since April 2003. She worked at the Lighthouse Drop-In Program in Oroville, before helping open the Lighthouse Day Program, and later helped start the Lighthouse Social Program. She is currently the Program Director in the Oroville office, where she concentrates on the Independent Living Skills and Social Programs.

Karen Hubbard - Program Director, Red Bluff

Karen Hubbard has worked for Lighthouse Living Services since November, 2006. She began as a Day Program Instructor at the Lighthouse Living Services Day Program in Oroville, California. Karen Hubbard soon became the lead staff at the Oroville Day Program and often taught Independent Living Skills as well. She was honored to receive an Award for "People who make a difference" at the 2009 Recognition Celebration by the Butte County Coordinating Council. In 2010, Karen Hubbard was promoted to the Program Directors position in the Lighthouse Living Services office in Red Bluff, California where she currently manages both the Independent Living Skills and the Community Integration Training Programs. Karen Hubbard is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others, empowering, encouraging and inspiring the consumers and staff to make and reach their goals. She enjoys witnessing and experiencing the many great successes of our programs participants.

Carol Hale - Program Director, Fairfield

Carol Hale has worked for Lighthouse Living Services, Inc. since December 2006 she started out in the Sacramento Office as an Independent Living Skills Instructor. She was promoted to Program Director of the Fairfield Office in December 2010 covering the Solano and Napa County areas managing the day to day Independent Living and Supportive Living Services Programs. Carol Hale has worked in the Human Services Field for over 20 years in diverse arenas. She provides diligent ongoing support and training to her staff to enhance their skills to provide nothing less than excellent services to the consumers they serve. Carol truly enjoys working with consumers to ascertain their personal and life skills goals.

Michelle Morris - Program Director, Placerville

Michelle Morris has been working at Lighthouse since 2006.She has worked as a staff with consumers, Office Administration, Staff Supervisor and Interim Management Specialist. In December of 2012 she was promoted to Program Director of the Placerville office. She enjoys working with the consumers and helping them to learn the necessary skills to become independent.

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