Deaf-Blind Individuals, Advisory Board for Services for

Board and Commission Details

Contact Name

Bob Griffith

Contact Title

Chair of the Illinois Advisory Board for Persons who are Deaf Blind

Contact Phone

217 558 0565

Contact E-Mail


The Board advises State Superintendent of Education, Governor, and General Assembly on education and care of deaf/blind individuals; recommends standards and payment rates for facilities serving deaf and blind. The Advisory Board shall meet at least 4 times per year and not more than 12 times per year. (6 members of the Advisory Board shall constitute a quorum).


3 years.

Senate Confirmation



Each appointing authority, other than Governor, shall include at least one parent of deaf-blind individual, or a person who is deaf-blind. One person designated by each agency may be an employee of such agency. Board is to meet between 4 and 12 times year.


Non-State Employees are reimbursed for Expenses and can receive up to $50 per diem.


11 members: 3 appointed by Governor: 1 at least 60 years of age; 1 consumer who is deaf/blind; 1 parent of a person who is deaf/blind; 2 appointed by State Superintendent of Education; 4 appointed by Secretary of Human Services; 2 appointed by Director, Department of Children & Family Services. One person designated by each agency other than the Department of Human Services may be an employee of that agency. Two persons appointed by the Secretary of Human Services may be employees of the Department of Human Services. The appointments of each appointing authority other than the Governor shall include at least one parent of an individual who is deaf-blind or a person who is deaf-blind.


Chairperson is elected annually by the members


105 ILCS 5/14-11.02

Member Names

Name Member Expiration Member Since Affiliation Appointed By Position Title County
Deegan, Amy 06/30/2022 09/24/2019 ISBE Member, Employee Representative
Chapman, Corin 09/10/2022 09/10/2019 ISBE Member, Parent
VACANT 10/24/2022 DHS Member, Employee Representative
Jun, John 09/13/2022 09/26/2011 Governor Member, At least 60 years of age Grundy
VACANT Governor Member, Deaf-Blind Consumer
Salerno, Jason 06/30/2021 02/08/2018 DCFS Member, Deaf Blind Consumer
Patton, Rebecca 06/30/2020 11/25/2014 DCFS Member, Employee Representative Cook
Williams, Jessena 09/30/2022 10/01/2019 DHS Member, Employee Representative
Phillips, Derrick 09/04/2022 09/04/2019 DHS Member, Parent of Deaf Blind Consumer
Bohrman, Jeffrey 09/04/2022 09/04/2019 DHS Member, Deaf Blind Consumer Cook
Ellett, Eliza 09/11/2015 01/25/2013 Governor Member, Parent of a Deaf Blind Consumer Cook