Welcome to the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. Since 1979, the Commission has served the needs of incapacitated adults, through its
Office of State Guardian, and all other persons with disabilities through the
Human Rights Authority and the
Legal Advocacy Service. Please visit the rest of our web site to get important information about the work that we do.
Dr. Mary L. Milano
Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission
The Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission is comprised of eleven citizens appointed by the Governor for three-year terms. These Commissioners serve in a voluntary capacity to govern the agency, and are selected for a particular of expertise. An annual election is held at the end of each fiscal year, at which time the Commissioners elect a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer. Members of the Commission are:
Anthony E. Rothert, Chairperson
Anthony Rothert is the Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri. His previous experience includes six years as a staff attorney with the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission's Legal Advocacy Service. Mr. Rothert received an MSW and his Juris Doctorate from St. Louis University in Missouri. He has taught courses at Sanford Brown College in St. Louis at the Bachelor and Associate Degree levels. An active member of the Bar Associations, he serves on many committees in a variety of capacities, some include; The Committee on Human Rights, The Committee on Law- Related Education for the Public and The Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, The Committee on Mental Health and Committee of Supreme Court Rules. He has been an active member of IGAC's Human Rights Authority in the Metro East Region for the past two years and serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Guardianship Association.
Andrea M. Schleifer, Vice Chairperson
Andrea M. Schleifer has been a Cook County Circuit Court Judge since 2010. She had previously been an attorney in her own practice for thirty-one years. Ms. Schleifer specialized in general civil litigation. She served as the President of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers (2008-2009), and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Judges Association, the Jewish Judges Association, the Alliance of Illinois Judges and many other professional organizations. She volunteered with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services for 25 years and was elected to two terms on Board of Directors.
Her past accomplishments include 6 years with the Center for Conflict Resolution, formerly Neighborhood Justice of Chicago, as a mediator and member of the Board of Directors of the community-based dispute resolution service. She is a graduate of Indiana University and received her law degree from Loyola University of Chicago.
Brian N. Rubin
Attorney Brian Rubin, a practicing attorney since 1976, is the parent of three children, one of whom, Mitchell, has Autism. Brian's law practice, since 1982, when Mitchell was one year old, has been dedicated to serving the legal and future planning needs of his fellow families of children and adults with intellectual disabilities, developmental disabilities, and/or mental illness.
Brian is a past President of The Arc of Illinois; has been a member of the Board of Directors of Clearbrook (serving more than 7000 individuals with developmental disabilities) since 1989; is a former Director of Pact, Inc. (PAS/ISC Agent for DuPage County, also available to serve as Trustee of Special Needs Trusts, as well as available to serve as Guardian); is Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the SLSF, the foundation supporting the Northwest Suburban Special Recreation Association (NWSRA); served as the founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation of The Special Education District of Lake County (SEDOL Foundation); is a past Director of KESHET (Jewish Parents of Children with Special Needs); is a past Director of Northpointe Resources; serves on the Board of Directors of the Special Needs Alliance, the national, non-profit, association of experienced special needs planning attorneys (membership is by invitation only); served on the Special Needs Law Section Steering Committee, of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys; was a Charter Member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners; and is a Faculty Member & Text Book Author for the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE).
Brian is also the Past Chairman of the State of Illinois Statewide Advisory Council on Developmental Disabilities; is Chairman of the State of Illinois Autism Task Force since it was established by the Illinois Legislature in 2005; serves as a member of the State of Illinois Guardianship & Advocacy Commission; served on the State of Illinois Department of Human Services Office of Inspector General Quality Care Board; served on the State of Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Strategic Plan Team; served on the State of Illinois Disabilities Services Advisory Committee (The State of Illinois "Olmstead" Committee); and served on the State of Illinois, Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities Quality Committee, among many other State of Illinois Committees and Commissions. Brian also serves on the advisory board
of the encompass, formerly the Supported Community Living Initiative, a joint venture of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jewish Child and Family Services, and Keshet, regarding residential and day programming for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Brian is a former IRS Agent and a former IRS Estate Tax Attorney. Brian served by appointment on the American Bar Association's Sub-Committee on "Special Needs Trusts and Other Protective Vehicles". Brian has served by appointment of the President of the Illinois State Bar Association on that Association's "Section Council" on Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Law. Brian also has served, by appointment, on that Association's "Standing Committee" on the mentally disabled.
Brian served three, four year terms, twelve years, as an elected Village Trustee in Buffalo Grove, Illinois (population 45,000) and was the founder of and served as Chairman of the Buffalo Grove Commission for Residents with Disabilities. Brian is a Past President of the Rotary Club of Buffalo Grove and has also served as an Assistant District Governor for Rotary District 6440.
Sharon Jenkins-Collins, D.C.
Sharon Jenkins-Collins has been a Doctor of natural health care for 34 years. She holds both Doctor of Naprapathy and Doctor of Chiropractic degrees.
Dr. Jenkins-Collins is in private practice on the south side of Chicago. She has been married for 25 years and is the mother of four children. Her passion for the population that the Commission serves is derived in part from her experiences as the mother of a son with special needs.
Michael is a lifelong resident of the 20th legislative district and is serving in his tenth term. As a full-time legislator, he is the spokesperson on both the Healthcare Licenses and Veterans Affairs Committees. Additionally, Michael is a member of Appropriations on Public Safety, Healthcare Availability Access, Museums & Cultural Enhancement, Public Utilities, and the Tourism & Conventions House Committees.
He was chosen by Secretary of State Jesse White to serve on the prestigious Traffic Safety Advisory Committee. Michael has led the charge to pass legislation to support public safety, military and veterans, education and economic development.
Michael has been honored by numerous organizations for his unwavering commitment and service to his constituents including the Associated Fire Fighters of Illinois, Illinois Crime Commission, New Horizon School for the Developmentally Disabled, Illinois Committee of Blind Vendors, Illinois Athletic Trainers Association and Illinois Park Districts.
McAuliffe graduated from Holy Cross High School and attended Triton College. He lives in the 41st ward in the City of Chicago where he serves as the Republican Committeeman. Michael is married and the proud father of two young children.