Rehabilitation Advisory Council, State

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Robyn Lewis

Contact Title

Manager, Workforce Development Unit, Division of Rehabilitation Services, DHS

Contact Phone


Contact E-Mail


The Council advises the Secretary of DHS and vocational rehabilitation administrator on issues affecting individuals with disabilities and provisions for rehabilitation services.


3 years and until successor is appointed and qualified. No more than 2 full terms.

Senate Confirmation



If an employee of DRS is appointed, that appointee serves as ex-officio, nonvoting member. The Chairperson and at least 12 other members of the Council shall have a recognized disability. One member shall be a senior citizen age 60 or over. A majority of the members shall not be employees of the Dept. of Human Services.




20 members appointed by the Governor: - 1 representative of parent training center - 1 representative of Client Assistance Program - 1 vocational rehabilitation counselor with knowledge and experience of vocational rehabilitation programs - 1 representative of community rehabilitation program service providers - 4 representatives of business, industry, and labor - at least two but not more than five representatives of disability advocacy groups including: -individuals with physical, cognitive, sensory, and mental disabilities; and -parents, family members, guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives for individuals with disabilities who have difficulty representing themselves or who are unable, due to their disabilities, to represent themselves - 1 current or former applicant or recipient of vocational rehabilitation services - 1 representatives from secondary and higher education - 1 representative from Workforce Innovation Board -1 representative of the Illinois State Board of Education who is knowledgeable about the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. - The chairperson of, or a member designated by, the Statewide Independent Living Council established under Section 12a of the Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Act. - The chairperson of, or a member designated by, the Blind Services Planning Council established under Section of the Bureau for the Blind Act. - The vocational rehabilitation administrator, as defined in Section 1b of the Disabled Persons Rehabilitation Act, who shall serve as an ex officio, nonvoting member.


Elected by the council


20 ILCS 5/5-550

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Jordan, Earl 07/01/2025 08/25/2023 Governor Member, Applicant/ Recipient of VR Services Cook
Tsao, Grace 07/01/2026 08/25/2023 Governor Member, Statewide Independent Living Council Cook
Compton, Erin 07/01/2023 08/25/2021 Governor Member, Disability Advocacy Group Cook
Vacant 07/01/2025 Governor Member, Client Assistance Program
Lulinski, Amie 07/01/2023 07/08/2022 Governor Member, Disability Advocacy Group Cook
Henson, LaDonna 07/01/2025 08/25/2023 Governor Member, Disability Advoacacy Group Jackson
Reese, Lee A. 01/01/2025 11/17/2023 Governor , Business, Industry, and Labor St. Clair
Pleasant, Shakira D. 07/01/2026 08/25/2023 Governor Member, Secondary/ Higher Ed Cook
McNeal, Alici 07/01/2024 11/17/2023 Governor Member, Business, Industry & Labor Cook
Sundquist, Jacqueline 07/01/2025 08/25/2023 Governor Member, Disability Advocacy Group Winnebago
Thompson, Kelsey 07/01/2025 07/22/2020 Governor Member, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor Cook
Vacant Governor Member, Comm. Rehab. Program
Friedman, David 07/01/2023 03/13/2020 Governor Member, Illinois Workforce Innovation Board DuPage
Vacant Governor Member, Business, Industry & Labor
Engstrom, Tim R. 07/01/2026 01/09/2023 Governor Member, Business, Industry & Labor
Vacant Governor Member, Disability Advocacy Group
Patrick, Rahnee K. 07/01/2022 07/20/2020 Governor Member, Vocational Rehabilitation Administrator Cook
Vacant Governor Member, Blind Services Planning Council
Fox-Crump, Allyson 07/01/2026 02/16/2024 Governor Member, Disabilities Education Act expert Cook
Poole Mutti, Megan 07/01/2025 12/01/2023 Governor Member, Parent Training/ Info Ctr. Woodford