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Council Members

The Idaho State Independent Living Council (SILC) was established in 1993 under the 1992 amendments of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Council members are volunteers who are appointed by the Governor. Members include regional representatives who have disabilities and representatives from the Centers for Independent Living, and from state agencies and nonprofits that provide services to Idahoans with disabilities.

The Council consists of 17-23 members, including four ex-officio members. A majority of the members are people with disabilities who are not employed by a Centers for Independent Living or a state agency. The Council is controlled and directed by Idahoans with disabilities.

Voting Members

  • Shiloh Blackburn (Chair and Executive Committee Chair)
  • Candy Harris (Vice Chair and Membership Committee Chair)
  • Erik Kimes (Co-chair Planning Committee)
  • Eric Peterson (Chair Policy Committee)
  • Tara Marie Adams
  • Sherri Boelter
  • Michael Lefevor (CIL Director)
  • Brittany Shipley
  • Brianna Tamayo

Ex-Officio (Non-voting) Members

  • Steve Achabal, Idaho Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Alan Aamodt, Idaho Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Erin Olsen, Idaho Commission on Aging
  • Russ Salyards, Idaho Department of Health & Welfare

The Council meets quarterly with meeting dates prescheduled during our summer meeting. All meetings are open to the public. The Council values your input and welcomes your participation.  To request accommodations for one of our meetings, please contact the SILC two weeks prior to the meeting you plan to attend.

The SILC is recruiting new members for immediate openings for the following positions:

  • Young adult (18-26)  with a disability from any region, applicants from rural areas are encouraged to apply-STATEWIDE
  • Adults with a disability-Region 5 (Camas, Blaine, Gooding, Lincoln, Jerome, Minidoka, Twin Falls, Cassia counties)- LINC Service Area

The SILC is also recruiting for seats that will open up in May 2022 from the following regions (applications encouraged by January 31.)

  • Young adult (18-26) with a disability from any region, applicants from rural areas are encouraged to apply-STATEWIDE
  • Adult with a disability- Region 1 (Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone counties)- DAC-NW Service Area
  • Adult with a disability-Region 7 (Lemhi, Custer, Clark, Fremont, Jefferson, Madison, Teton, Bonneville counties) -LIFE Service Area

Council Information

SILC Council Member Application

SILC membership FAQ

Council Committee duties

Ethics In Government

Open Meeting

SILC By-Laws


Note: All materials for distribution to Council members must be made available in accessible formats. Materials may be submitted to the SILC office and will be distributed to members only after accessible formats have been developed. Should you need assistance in acquiring alternative formats, please contact the SILC office.



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