Commission Members 


Appointed Members

Karen A. Yarbrough

State Representative

General Assembly

Sandra M. Pihos

State Representative

General Assembly

Michael W. Frerichs

State Senator

General Assembly

Carole Pankau

State Senator

General Assembly

Judson T. Childs


City of Cairo

Rev. Sid Mohn


Heartland Alliance

Maria Whelan


Illinois Action for Children

Robyn Gabel


IL Maternal and Child Health Coalition

Eithne McMenamin

Senior Policy Analyst

Chicago Coalition for the Homeless

Wendy Pollack

Director, Women's Law & Policy Project

Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Dan Schwick

Assistant to the President

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Michael B. Golden


Illinois Education Foundation

Catherine Holland

Executive Director

Stone-Hayes Center for Independent Living

Dwight A. Lucas

Chief Executive Officer

East Central IL Community Action Agency

Dennis Smith

Executive Director

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Zola Fuller



Jim Hires

Executive Director

Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Andy Kulczycki

Executive Director

Community Service Center of Northern Champaign County

Al Ridley

Executive Director

Illinois Coalition for Community Services

Mark A. Aguilera



Cheri Neal Ditzig


Zion Township

Jonathon Perry


Part One

Gaye Preston


Community Support Services, Inc.

Ex Officio Members

Grace Hou

Assistant Secretary

Department of Human Services

Brianna Baker-Carvell


Department of Corrections

Mike Jones

Office of the Director

Department of Healthcare & Family Services

Kara Teeple

Office of Placement and Permanency

Department of Children & Family Services

Amalia Martinez


Department of Human Rights

Antonio Baxter

Economic Development Manager

Department of Commerce & Econ Opportunity

Lanita Koster


Department of Education

Charles Johnson


Department of Aging

Dr. Damon Arnold


Department of Public Health

Fernando Chavarria

Community Relations Manager

Department of Employment Security

Diane Williams


Safer Foundation

Dr. Terry Solomon

Executive Director

African American Family Commission

Marisol Morales


Latino Family Commission

Andy Davis

Executive Director

Illinois Student Assistance Commission

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