An Anixter Center’s team member and client using sign language to communicate

Necole Mills – Vice President of Disability Services

Necole Mills
Necole Mills Vice President of Disability Services

Necole Mills oversees program development and implementation of Anixter Center’s Residential, Day Program and Employment services. Ms. Mills brings 20 years of non for profit experience in developing programs for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other challenges, to achieve self-sufficiency through education, coaching and employment.

Prior to joining Anixter Center, Ms. Mills served as the Vice President of Community Programs at Community Support Services, Inc. During her 10 year tenure with the organization, Ms. Mills served on statewide rate, employment, inclusion and transition planning committees. She played an integral role in developing the agency’s first all abilities learning facility that would house community based programming, with an emphasis on Art Therapy, to individuals with and without I/DD in a shared learning environment. She was also instrumental in expanding the agency Supportive Employment program by 300 percent in her role as Manager of Vocational Services and grew the Bogard Specialized Services program by 50 percent under her leadership. Ms. Mills has also managed workforce development programming at Central States SER Jobs for Progress, Inc., which included SER Transitional Jobs, Job Start and DHS welfare-to-work programs. She spent 10 years at Avenues to Independence where she held multiple roles and responsibilities throughout the organization.

Ms. Mills holds a Bachelors and Master’s Degree in Human Resource Development from Northeastern Illinois University. In 2013, Necole was also selected to participate in Community Memorial Foundation’s (CMF) first Ladder to Leadership cohort lead by the Center for Creative Leadership. A 16-month curriculum aimed to enhance the capabilities and skills of early to mid-level professionals working in health related community-based nonprofit organizations.