Illinois School for the Visually Impaired (ISVI) Advisory Council


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 Visually Impaired (ISVI) 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 Visually Impaired, as to the best practice for the academic, vocational, and social education of children who are blind and low vision in Illinois. The Advisory Council will make recommendations to the Department of Human Services, ISVI administration, and/or others concerning the education of students in the Illinois School for the Visually Impaired and the school's facilities and services.

Council Requirements

Training Requirements

  • Open Meetings Act (upon appointment/entry)
  • Ethics Training Program for State Employees and Appointees

Administrative Code

Administrative Code


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
Arlana Henley Parent 1/1/2024
Greg Ketchum Alumni 1/1/2024
Mark Peters, Chair Alumni 7/1/2021
Becky Patton DCFC 4/1/2024
Aaron Singleton Lion's Club 1/1/2024
Andy Ezard Mayor of Jacksonville Ex-Officio
Louis Hamer DRS Chief of Staff Ex-Officio
Kerrie Rawlings DRS Educational Liaison Ex-Officio
Aimee Veith ISVI Acting Superintendent Ex-Officio


2021 ISVI Advisory Board Meetings

  • April 23, 2021 - Agenda & Minutes
  • January 29, 2021 - Agenda & Minutes

2020 ISVI Advisory Board Meetings

  • October 23, 2020 - Agenda & Minutes
  • July 24, 2020 - Agenda & Minutes
  • January 24, 2020 - Agenda & Minutes

Meeting Archives