Our Mission is


North Country Independent Living is a non-profit agency serving people with disabilities in northwestern Wisconsin. As a consumer-controlled organization, at least 51% of our staff and board are people with disabilities.  Our staff provides information, training, and support to people with disabilities in making informed decisions about disability-related needs. All services are consumer-controlled, each individual decides which services they wish to participate in while working with staff to establish goals and determine steps to meet those goals.

The phrase "Empowering & Supporting the Independence of People with Disabilities"  is in the color bright green with the the 5 core services listed below.

Service Area

NCIL service area map.

North Country Independent Living is the Regional Center for Independent Living (CIL) serving Ashland, Bayfield, Burnett, Douglas, Iron, Price, Sawyer, and Washburn Counties as well as the Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac Courte Oreilles, and the St. Croix Tribal Communities. CILs are consumer-controlled, community-based, cross-disability, nonresidential private nonprofit agencies designed and operated in our local communities by individuals with disabilities to maximize their ability to live independently.

Board of Directors

Did you know North Country’s board of directors and staff are comprised of at least 51% people with disabilities? It is part of our way to ensure consumer control of the organization. We strongly believe that the lessons we learn from our disability experience provide valuable information to other consumers. We also like to have geographic representation. We have Parents, Native Americans, City Counselors, Bankers, Community Advocates, etc serving.

Board members set policy for the organization and attend quarterly board meetings in Superior, participate in committee meetings, training opportunities, etc. It is a volunteer board but we do reimburse for expenses. It is a lot for work but also fun and has many opportunities.

For more information, contact Jill Nyberg, 1(800)-924-1220, (715) 392- 9118 (Ext. 110), 711 (Relay), jill@northcountryil.org

  • President – Ben Barrett, Washburn County;
  • Vice President/Secretary – Jeff Fox, Washburn County;
  • Treasurer– Keith Trembath, Washburn County;
  • Mary Jane Grande, Ashland County;
  • Sarah Hanson, Douglas County;
  • Mikka Kauti, Douglas County;
  • Megan Bisonette, Sawyer County;
  • Nate Nez, Price County;
  • Joyce Jacobs, Burnett County


North Country Independent Living (NCIL) is updating policies and procedures to continue best protecting consumers, our staff, and the community.  With this in mind, we have determined that the NCIL office will continue to have doors locked to the public, but resume in-person services at the office and in the community on an appointment basis with proper CoVID protocols in place. To schedule an appointment, please contact the office at 715-392-9118 V/7-1-1 Relay or Toll-free at 800-924-1220 V/7-1-1 Relay.

For up-to-date information about the COVID-19 virus as we have set up a few links in our resource section.  Stay safe!