President, Cedar Rapids
Vice President, Iowa City
Victoria (Ray) Carlson
Voting Member, West Des Moines
Voting Member, Clive
Voting Member, Iowa City
Voting Member, Des Moines
Non-Voting Member, IVRS
Non-Voting Member, IDB
Non-Voting Member, Iowa Dept on Aging
More About the Council
The Iowa SILC is a federally mandated, Governor appointed Council. The SILC has 12 Voting Member positions and three Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member positions, for a total of 15 positions. At least 51% of the SILC Council must be persons with disabilities who do not work for a State agency or a Center for Independent Living.
Of the three ex-officio positions,
- One must be filled by a staff member from the Designated State Entity (DSE), which is the State Agency that receives the federal Part B funds and the State funds for Independent Living for the SILC and the CILs, and who administers those funds to the SILC and CILs. In Iowa, the DSE is Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS). IVRS is also one of the State partners that utilizes a portion of those Part B funds, and matching Part B State funds, to operate Independent Living Services in their agency.
- One position must be filled by a staff member from the Designated State Unit (DSU), which is Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB). IDB is one of the State partners that receives a portion of the federal Part B funds, and matching Part B State funds, to operate Independent Living Services in their agency.
- The third ex-officio, non-voting position must be filled by a staff person from a state agency that works with disability issues. Historically that third position has been filled by a staff person from the Iowa Department on Aging (IDA).
The 12 Voting Members of the SILC must represent a broad range of individuals with different types of disabilities, from all across the state. The Council annually elects a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary from among the Voting Members of the Council.