Council Members

SILC Members

SILC members are volunteers appointed by the Governor. It is made up of 23 members, 18 of which have voting power. A majority of voting members must be persons with disabilities who do not work for state agencies or Centers for Independent Living. Voting members include persons with disabilities, parents, advocates, and representatives from private business, organizations serving persons with disabilities, and CILs. 

Non-voting members represent state agencies that provide services to persons with disabilities. As mandated by law, we have five non-voting members who represent state agencies: Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois State Board of Education, IDHS – Division of Developmental Disabilities, IDHS – Division of Rehabilitation Services and Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Members are from all regions of the state, represent a broad range of disabilities, and are knowledgeable about Centers for Independent Living and independent living services. Each member is appointed for three years and is eligible for two terms.

Executive Officers

Terri Finn – Chairperson

Term Ends: 06/30/17

Edward Heflin – Vice Chairperson 

Term Ends: 06/30/18                 

Jeri Wooters – Treasurer

Term Ends: 06/30/18

Jennifer Phillips – Secretary

Term Ends: 06/30/16

Council Members

Gianna Baker, Chicago
Term Ends: 06/30/17

Margarite Brooks, Bloomington
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Amy Foster, Alton
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Michael Griswold, Rockford
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Esther Lee, Arlington Heights
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Kevin MacDonald, Vienna
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Rachael Mellen, Peru
Term Ends: 06/30/19

Sarita Phadke, Schaumburg
Term Ends: 06/30/17

Sara Powell, Springfield
Term Ends: 06/30/16

Hadley Ravencroft, Urbana
Term Ends: 06/30/16

Barbara Stotlar, Pinckneyville
Term Ends: 06/30/16

Cynthia Swanson, Naperville
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Ex-Officio Non-Voting Members

John Eckert
Illinois Department on Aging
Term Ends: 06/30/16

MaryBeth Farmer
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Term Ends: 06/30/16

Melanie Fleenor
Illinois State Board of Education
Term Ends: 06/30/16

Troy Markert
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Term Ends: 06/30/16

Diane Cottrell
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Term Ends: 06/30/19

Board Appointment Information