Independent Living Advisory Council

group of teens in a huddleAs required by 409.1451(7) F.S., the Independent Living Services Advisory Council was created by the Florida Legislature with the "purpose of reviewing and making recommendations concerning the implementation and operation of the independent living transition services." Each year the advisory council prepares and submits a report to the Florida Legislature and the Department of Children and Families on the status of the services being provided, including successes and barriers to these services.

If you would like more information please contact Becky Pengelley, Campus Coaches Project Leader and ILSAC Coordinator, office phone (850) 717-4218 or email

 Independent Living Services Advisory Council
Appointment Term - Two Years

Barbara Alcena
BSW Student at Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, Florida

The Honorable Ronald V. Alvarez
Judge, Fifteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida

Jeannie Becker-Powell
Director of Policy and Programming
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Tallahassee, Florida

Allan Chernoff
Executive Director, City of Life Foundation
Orlando, Florida

Curtis Jenkins
Student Support Services Project/USF
Florida Department of Education
Tallahassee, Florida

Mathew Johns
4Kids of South Florida, Inc.
North Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

Dehryl McCall
Program Manager
CareerSource Florida, Inc.
Tallahassee, Florida

David Oropallo
Agency for Health Care Administration
Tallahassee, Florida

Grainne O'Sullivan, Esq.
Statewide Director, Children's Legal Services
Department of Children and Families
Miami, Florida

Trudy Petkovich
President, Florida State Foster/Adoptive Parent Association
Culter Bay, Florida

Ernst Pirrelouis
Florida State University Student
Tallahassee, Florida

Shila Salem
One-Stop and Program Support
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Tallahassee, Florida

Teri Saunders
Chief Executive Officer, Heartland for Children, Inc.,
Bartow, Florida

Diane Schofield
Chief Executive Officer, Hands of Mercy Everywhere, Inc.
Belleview, Florida

Pastor Ken Scrubbs
First Baptist Church of Leesburg
Leesburg, Florida

Sonia L. Valladares
State Director of Organizational Outreach & Training
Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office
Miami, Florida