Governor Whitmer makes appointments to Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council

LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - Governor Gretchen Whitmer has appointed several individuals to the Michigan Statewide Independent Living Council.

The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is an independent agency created in accordance with the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 that requires each state to establish a SILC to be eligible for federal funding under the Act. The Council promotes a philosophy of independent living which includes the full integration and inclusion of people with disabilities into the mainstream of American society.

Glen Ashlock, of Brooklyn, is an assistive technology and information technology manager for Region 2 Area Agency on Aging and a member of the Nonprofit Network Board of Directors. He has been inducted into the Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame for athletic excellence and being a positive role model to the community. Mr. Ashlock is appointed to succeed Michael Hamm whose term expired May 2, 2019, to represent individuals with disabilities for a term expiring December 31, 2022.

Yvonne Fleener, of Grand Ledge, is the executive director of Helping Hands Respite Care in East Lansing and a member of the Michigan Nonprofit Association. Ms. Fleener is appointed to succeed Robin L. Bennett whose term expired January 2, 2019, to represent organizations that provide services for individuals with disabilities for a term expiring December 31, 2022.

Charles William Harrison, Jr., of Redford, is a peer facilitator for Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, and a member of the advisory committee for Michigan Family Voices grassroots collaborative and the Many Faces of Moebius Syndrome Board. Mr. Harrison is appointed to succeed Sara E. Grivetti whose term expired January 2, 2019, to represent individuals with disabilities for a term expiring December 31, 2022.

Theresa Metzmaker, of Lansing, is the assistant executive director of Michigan Disability Rights Coalition and founder of Her Power! Her Pride! Her Voice!, a four-day event where teen girls across Michigan challenge media stereotypes and shatter myths about what it means to be a teen girl with a disability. Ms. Metzmaker is appointed to succeed Rebecca Parten whose term expired December 31, 2018, to represent advocates of, and for, individuals with disabilities for a term expiring December 31, 2021.

Patricia A. Sterling, of Sault Ste. Marie, is the Child Care Development Fund Program Coordinator for Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Anishnaabek Community and Family Services. Ms. Sterling is appointed to succeed Lisa A. Cook-Gordon whose term expired January 2, 2019, to represent tribal communities and parents or guardians of individuals with disabilities for a term expiring December 31, 2022.

These appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.



 
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