Regions Bank ADA Manager Receives Jack Gillrup Award

Jacksonville, Fl. The ILRC announced today that Kathy Lovell, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Manager, is the recipient of the Jack Gilrup Citizens Award. This Award is presented to the top nominee for dedication and hard work in the disability community.

As a 35-year veteran of Regions, Lovell recently partnered with the ILRC to benefit Regions customers who are deaf or hard of hearing by arranging to have Certified Sign Language interpreters available to them at the bank’s 25 branch locations in Jacksonville, Fla. This program will provide effective communication through the assistance of professional interpreters and will allow customers to conduct their banking business more independently and with ease.

“Kathy clearly has a passion for her work and helping others,” said ILRC Marketing and Development Director, Tyler Morris. “She’s the perfect recipient for this award.”

The award, named after The City of Jacksonville’s first Chief of Disabled Services, Jack Gilrup, is given every year to a nominated citizen at the ILRC’s Spirit of the ADA event at the Jacksonville Zoo. “We choose our nominees very carefully,” said Morris. “This award is given to individuals who truly stand out.”

Lovell is active in numerous community organizations. She currently serves as a board member of Paraquad in St. Louis, Mo.; Disability Rights & Resources in Birmingham, Ala.; and the Alabama State Rehabilitation Council. She also works closely with Mainstream in Little Rock, Ark.; Resources for Independent Living in New Orleans, La.; Independent Living Center Northwest Florida in Jacksonville, Fla.; Life of Central Mississippi in Jackson, Miss.; the Center for Financial Independence & Innovation in Atlanta, Ga.; Memphis Oral School of the Deaf in Memphis, Tenn.; the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities; the Center for Independent Living in Orlando, Fla.; and the Lighthouse of Central Florida.

“I always tell people that we don’t live in a perfect world, but Regions is trying to make it better,” said Lovell. “I want individuals with disabilities to be able to bank independently and with ease, that’s why I’m so dedicated to my work.”

About the Independent Living Resource Center

The Independent Living Resource Center has served the Northeast Florida disability community since 1978.

The ILRC’s mission is to empower all individuals with a disability to live independent, self-empowered lives.

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