Virginia Statewide Independent Living Council


Who We Are

The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) is an independent planning body working with the Centers for Independent Living (CILs) and Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services to increase the impact of Independent Living (IL) services in Virginia. The SILC is composed of gubernatorial appointees who represent people with significant disabilities across the state, the interests of CILs, and Independent Living programs and services.

What We Do

We are responsible for the development and implementation of the Statewide Plan for Independent Living (SPIL). The SPIL, which is required by Section 704 of the federal Rehabilitation Act, is updated on a triennial basis and delineates specific objectives and timelines for ensuring that the Commonwealth is providing the appropriate planning, financial support and coordination, and other assistance to appropriately address the needs of citizen with disabilities for independent living services

2013 SILC Council

2017 SILC Members

Sherri Coles

Sandra Cook, Vice Chairperson

Chris Grandle, Secretary
Stuarts Draft

Ivy Kennedy
Virginia Beach

Raymond Kenney

Alexis Nichols

Gerald O'Neill

Rob Targos

Petrina Thomas, Vice Chairperson

Shawn Utt

Karen Walker

Ex-Officio Members

Mary-Margaret Cash
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Dr. Rick Mitchell
Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired

Ronald Lanier
Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Are you interested in applying for an appointment to the Statewide Independent Living Council? One of the functions of the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth is to assist the Governor in his appointments of over 4,000 individuals to serve on Virginia's boards and commissions. That Office is deeply committed to the principle of including all segments of the Commonwealth's population into government, because this is what makes the theory of self-government a reality.

Individual member responsibilities include:

  • Full understanding and embracement of the Independent Living philosophy
  • Attendance at all assigned Council and Committee meetings, which are held at least quarterly and at various locations across Virginia. Some overnight travel is required.
  • Knowledge of the Rehabilitation Act, specifically Title VII
  • Understanding of funding streams for Council activities
  • Understanding of Virginia’s network of CILs and Designated State Entity (DSE)

If you wish to serve on the Statewide Independent Living Council, or recommend qualified candidates to serve, please visit

For a list of current vacancies or if you have any questions, please contact Lauren Snyder Roche, SILC Administrator, at .

Council Staff


Lauren Snyder Roche
Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Richmond, Virginia