The Minnesota Statewide Independent Living Council (MNSILC) has elected new officers.
Deborah Gleason of Hennepin County is chairperson. Rosalie Eisenreich of Ramsey County is vice chairperson.
Crystal Hellekson of Polk County is secretary and Stephen Larson of Crow Wing County is treasurer. Judy Sanders of Hennepin County will serve as parliamentarian and as member-at-large.
Agency members include Ed Leacher, State Services for the Blind; Anne Paulson, Vocational Rehabilitation; Jacob Schueller, Center for Independent Living Director (SEMCIL). Officers will begin their positions January 1.
MNSILC is a federally funded program. it is a federally mandated council of community volunteers appointed by the governor. The council works collaboratively with the state’s centers for independent living (CILs) and coordinates activities with other entities in the state that provide services similar or complementary to independent living services.
The duties of MNSILC are under authorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 and include developing the state’s plan for independent living; and monitoring, reviewing and evaluating the implementation of the plan.
Duties also include coordinating activities with other entities in the state that provide services similar to or complementary to independent living services, such as entities that facilitate the provision of or provide long-term community-based services and supports.
All council members are appointed by the governor for one, two or three-year terms. At least 51 percent of the council members must be people with disabilities. For more information, contact the council coordinator at [email protected].