Council Members

COUNCIL MEMBERS

The Iowa Statewide Independent Living Council has a total of 15 Members.  Twelve of these positions are Voting Member positions, and three are Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member positions representing State agency partners.  At least 51% of the Council Members must be individuals with disabilities who do not work for a Center for Independent Living or a State agency.

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Garret Frey

President, Cedar Rapids

Garret Frey’s hope is to gain experience and knowledge to be able to advocate to ensure that caregivers and people with disabilities have access and equity, and to help build a movement for all, including networking at the national level.

Matt Grillot

Matt Grillot

Treasurer, DeWitt

Matt Grillot shares that he is a 43-year-old power wheelchair using quadriplegic. For as long as he can remember, he’s spoken up for his rights as a person with a disability and those of others when and where he could.

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Kris Graves

Secretary, Iowa City

Kris Graves is employed as a Mental Health Peer Support Specialist at the Abbe Warm Line, where she has put her own struggles with a mental health diagnosis to good use to help others to overcome their own struggles.

Victoria Carlson

Victoria (Ray) Carlson

Voting Member, West Des Moines

Victoria (Ray) Carlson is the daughter of Iowa’s 38th Governor, and was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis at the age of 16. She has been involved in a number of government and disability organizations throughout her life, and has been a fierce disability rights advocate for many years.

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Reagan Crabtree

Voting Member, Clive

Reagan Crabtree says becoming a SILC member fits into her career of advocating for and creating awareness of dyspraxia. She has already started her career by advocating on several TV and radio interviews.

Edward Esbeck

Edward Esbeck

Voting Member, Iowa City

Edward Esbeck‘s dream is to help people around the world overcome their challenges with disability and to let other people see them accomplish their goals. In 2019, he began working for the University of Iowa hospital.

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Marie Ugorek

Voting Member, Cedar Rapids

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Applications are currently under review. An Applicant will be appointed by the Governor to serve on the Council.

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Applications are currently under review. An Applicant will be appointed by the Governor to serve on the Council.

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Applications are currently under review. An Applicant will be appointed by the Governor to serve on the Council.

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Applications are currently under review. An Applicant will be appointed by the Governor to serve on the Council.

Vienna Hoang

Vienna Hoang

Non-Voting Member, IVRS

Vienna Hoang has been serving Iowans with disabilities for almost 30 years. In her current role, she provides supports to counselors, Community Rehabilitation Providers (CRPs), and partnering agencies.

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Kim Walford

Non-Voting Member, IDB

Kim Walford is the Program Manager for the Independent Living Program at the Iowa Department for the Blind (IDB), one of two state agencies that collaborates with the SILC.

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Morgan Casey

Non-Voting Member, Iowa Dept on Aging

Morgan Casey has a Masters degree in Public Health from the University of Iowa College of Public Health and is the Community Coordination Director at the Iowa Department 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.

Become a Member of the SILC

Please consider joining us to help build a stronger voice for Iowan’s with disabilities!   The SILC meets at least four times a year.  Meetings are open to the public and public comment is welcome.  All are welcome to submit a Gubernatorial Appointment Resume to be considered for Governor-appointment to the SILC.