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

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

Jeff DeMario
Chief Executive Officer, Vita Nova
West Palm Beach, Florida

Penelope A. Deutsch
Children's Services Council
Punta Gorda, Florida

Curtis Jenkins
School Counseling Consultant
Florida Department of Education
Tallahassee, Florida

Melody Kohr
Young Adult Services Unit Manager
FamiliesFirst Network
Pensacola, Florida

Jovasha Lang
Office of the State Courts Administrator
Supreme Court of Florida
Tallahassee, Florida

Sarah Markman
Family Services Senior Program Director
Family Support Services of North Florida
Jacksonville, Florida

Laura MacLafferty
Chief, Agency for Health Care Administration
Tallahassee, Florida

Dehryl McCall
Program Director/ Programs & Policy
CareerSource Florida
Tallahassee, Florida

Georgina Rodriguez
Young Adult, Independent Living
West Palm Beach, 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

Christina L. Spudeas
Executive Director
Florida’s Children First
Coral Springs, Florida

Grainne O'Sullivan, Esq.
Statewide Director
Children's Legal Services
Miami, Florida

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

Ms. Gloria West-Lawson
Director, Fostering Hope Florida
Clearwater, Florida

Harriet Wynn
Florida State Foster and Adoptive Parent Association
Jacksonville, Florida