Ayanna Hawkins is New Community Link Residential Assistant Director

May 15, 2024

Ayanna Hawkins is New Community Link Residential Assistant Director

Breese, IL- Community Link welcomes new Assistant Director of Community Living Programs, Ayanna Hawkins to its staff. Ayanna comes to Community Link with over 8 years of knowledge and experience of working with individuals with developmental disabilities.

Prior to Community Link, Ayanna has worked as a Program Manager for CILA homes throughout St. Clair County and worked with the developmentally disabled population since 2016. She has certifications as a QIDP and a QMHP, with over three years of supervisory experience. She has worked alongside Community Link in the past, when she served individuals who attended Community Link day program at the Fairview Heights location.

In her new role, she will be supervising Community Link’s Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) Program Managers and will be providing added support to the Team Leaders and all 8 of Community Link’s CILA homes. Ayanna is looking forward to settling into her new position and getting to know her staff and CILA residents.

Community Link’s Director of Community Living Programs, Krystal Gruenenfelder, stated “We are very excited to have Ayanna as a part of the Community Living Programs family at Community Link. Her years of experience, as well as her familiarity of our organization through her time working with our individuals served at Fairview Heights, make her a great fit for this new position.”

Community Link is dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals with disabilities through a person-centered approach that promotes self-directed living choices and community integration opportunities. The mission of Community Link is to offer opportunities for growth and independence for people with developmental disabilities. For more information visit commlink.org.