Council Members & Advisory Groups

Council Members & Advisory Groups

SILC Members

SILC council 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

Kevin MacDonald – Chairperson
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Rachael Mellen – Vice Chairperson
Term Ends: 06/30/19

Michael Griswold – Treasurer
Term Ends: 06/30/21

Sara Powell – Secretary
Term Ends: 06/30/19

Council Members

Gianna Baker, Chicago
Term Ends: 06/30/20

Allison Boot, Urbana
Term Ends: 06/30/19

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

Douglas Gamble, Springfield
Term Ends: 06/30/21

Cathy Grochowski, Crystal Lake
Term Ends: 06/30/18

Christine Hultgren, Rock Island
Term Ends: 06/30/20

Matt Lakin, Bluffs
Term Ends: 06/30/21

Jae Jin Pak, Chicago
Term Ends: 06/30/19

Daniel Stupavsky, Quincy
Term Ends: 6/30/21

Grace Tsao, Des Plaines
Term Ends: 6/30/19

Non-Voting Members Representing State Agencies

Debra Alexander
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities
Term Ends: 06/30/21

John Eckert
Illinois Department on Aging
Term Ends: 06/30/20

Erik Hanson
Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Rehabilitation Services
Term Ends: 06/30/20

Connie Heinz
Illinois State Board of Education
Term Ends: 06/30/20

Norma Machay
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Term Ends: 06/30/20

Board Appointment Information