Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) Advisory Committee


Advisory councils to the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS) residential Schools exist to offer recommendations and advice to the Schools and to express concerns relative to the educational services provided to children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, and/or physically disabled. The purpose of the Illinois School for the Deaf (ISD) Advisory Council is to advise and make recommendations to the school and to the Secretary of the Department of Human Services (DHS), through the Superintendent of the Illinois School for the Deaf, as to the best practice for the academic, vocational, and social education of children who are deaf and hard of hearing in Illinois. The Advisory Council will make recommendations to the Department of Human Services, ISD administration, and/or others concerning the education of students in the Illinois School for the Deaf and the school's facilities and services. You can see more information here:

Board/Commission/Task Force Requirements

Training Requirements

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Administrative Code

Administrative Code Section750.400-DHS DRS Residential Advisory Councils


Each council's membership shall consist of a maximum of 16 individuals. Ex-officio members are included among the 16 members and they are not eligible to vote or to hold office. The ex-officio members appointed to each council shall consist of the superintendent of the OHS-DRS residential School; the OHS-DRS Director or his or her designee; the OHS-DRS Education Liaison; and a Student Representative. As established in each council's bylaws or constitution, the remaining members are elected by the council as follows: one-third of the members shall be parents or guardians of current students; one-third of the members shall be persons with a disability (including school alumni); and one-third of the members shall be professionals in a field related to the disability accommodated by the School including former employees).

Member Name Affiliation Term Expiration
Jamie Butler Parent 2024
Glenn Eyer Parent 2022
Jamal Garner Deaf (Disability) 2024
Karla Giese Deaf Ed 2021
Taylor Ozee Deaf Ed 2022
Deloris Summers Deaf (Disability) 2024
Carrie Tucker Parent 2023
Pam Walker Deaf Ed 2024
Louis Hamer DRS Chief of Staff Ex-Officio
Kerrie Rawlings Educational Liaison Ex-Officio
Julie Nist ISD Superintendent Ex-Officio


2021 ISD Advisory Board Meetings

2020 ISD Advisory Board Meetings