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  2001 Press Releases  

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CONTACT: Jan Costello
Phone: 217-785-9020, TTY: 1-800-252-8966

September 20, 2001

Caregiver Advisory Committee Appointed

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Governor George H. Ryan today appointed 27 individuals from diverse professions to serve on a Caregiver Advisory Committee that will advise the Illinois Department on Aging on strengthening support systems for family caregivers.

"Illinois is taking an aggressive approach in its efforts to help those who are caring for an elderly spouse, parent or other relative," Governor Ryan said. "The advisory committee will help guide the Department on Aging on the best ways to provide information, trainings, respite and support services."

Lt. Governor Corinne Wood will serve as Honorary Chair of the new committee. Illinois Department on Aging Director Margo E. Schreiber will serve as chair.

The committee has been appointed to recommend ways to maximize the use of resources allocated to the state through the National Family Caregiver Support Program, which was created when the Older Americans Act was reauthorized in 2000.

Through the new program, Illinois received $4.7 million which is being distributed through Area Agencies on Aging. The funding will be used for: information and assistance, outreach; crisis intervention, counseling, support group establishment, training and legal services. Respite care, a supportive service that allows caregivers to take a break from the constant demands of caregiving, will also be offered in some areas of the state.

Lt. Governor Wood noted that the issue of caregiving was highlighted as a priority in the Year One Report of the Governor’s Children and Family Leadership Subcabinet.

"Caregiver assistance and the formation of a Caregiver Advisory body were included as top recommendations of the subcabinet," said Wood, who served as chair. "Caregiving affects everyone in the family, and I’m very pleased to be moving forward to address their concerns."

"The Caregiver Advisory Committee will be very instrumental in helping the Illinois Department on Aging create a visible, identifiable network so family caregivers know where to turn when they need help," said Director Schreiber.

The members of the Caregiver Advisory Committee are:

  • Steve Carter, Manager
    222 North LaSalle Street, Suite 710
    Chicago, Illinois 60601

  • Erin Houlihan, Prevention Coordinator
    Alexian Brothers Medical Center
    800 Biesterfield Road
    Elk Grove Village, Illinois 60007

  • Fran Hankin, Education Department
    Alzheimer's Association of Illinois
    c/o Greater Chicagoland Alzheimer's Assn.
    4709 Golf Road, Suite 1015
    Skokie, Illinois 60076

  • Valerie Bruggeman, Director
    Ameritech Communications Inc.
    225 W. Wesley Street
    Wheaton, Illinois 60187

  • Linda Siebert-Rapoport, First Vice President
    Bank One Corporation
    WorkLife and Flexible Work Design
    1 Bank One Plaza, Mailcode IL1-0404
    Chicago, Illinois 60670

  • Nikki Smith, Editor, LIFETIMES
    Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Illinois
    300 E. Randolph, 19th Floor
    Chicago, Illinois 60601

  • Kathleen Cross, Director
    Caregiver Interfaith Volunteer Services
    St. John's Hospital Pavilion
    800 East Carpenter
    Springfield, Illinois 62769

  • Rosemary Gemperle, Executive Director
    Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly
    53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 1301
    Chicago, Illinois 60645

  • Rosie Camille, EAP Coordinator
    Department of Central Management Services
    618 Stratton Building
    Springfield, IL 62706

  • Rev. David Anderson, Executive Director
    Illinois Conference of Churches
    2211 West Wabash
    Springfield, Illinois 62704

  • Eugene Verdu, Representative
    Illinois Council on Aging
    c/o Southwestern Illinois College
    Programs and Services for Older Persons
    201 North Church Street
    Belleville, Illinois 62220

  • Marsha Turner, Executive Director
    Illinois Home Care Council
    1926 Waukegan Road, Suite #1
    Glenview, Illinois 60025

  • Harriett O’Connor, Executive Director
    Illinois State Hospice Organization
    1525 East 53rd Street, Suite 400
    Chicago, Illinois 60615

  • Gen. John Johnston, Director
    Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs
    P. O. Box 19432
    Springfield, Illinois 62794

  • Willie Gunther, Executive Director
    Illinois Assistive Technology Project
    One West Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 100
    Springfield, Illinois 62701

  • Jean Wilkins, Director
    Illinois State Library
    300 South 2nd Street
    Springfield, Illinois 62701

  • Kay Englebrecht, Director, Post Acute Care
    Illinois Hospital and Health System Assn.
    1151 E. Warrenville Road
    Naperville, Illinois 60566

  • Michael Ayers, Executive Vice President
    Illinois State Chamber of Commerce
    215 E. Adams Street
    Springfield, Illinois 62701

  • Cindy Worsley, Representative
    Illinois Coalition on Aging
    927 North Latham Street
    Sandwich, Illinois 60548

  • Joan Brogdon, Director
    Kin Care, Inc.
    4113 North Lincoln Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60618

  • Thomas E. Jones, Chapter President
    National Caucus & Center on Black-Aged, Inc.
    1767 East 79th Street
    Chicago, Illinois 60649

  • Janet Ellis, Executive Director
    Northwestern IL. Area Agency on Aging
    2576 Charles Street
    Rockford, Illinois 61108-1605

  • Patricia Taylor, Representative
    Older Women’s League
    1876 Somerset Lane
    Northbrook, IL 60062

  • Mary Kay Buysse, Manager
    Parent Care Solutions
    911 North Elm Street, Suite 228
    Hinsdale, Illinois 60521

  • Harriet Ford, Director of Public Relations
    Del Webb’s Sun City at Huntley
    12555 Farm Hill Drive
    Huntley, Illinois 60142

  • Colleen Jones, Senior Vice President
    Senior Care
    Metropolitan Family Services
    14 East Jackson Blvd.
    Chicago, Illinois 60604

  • Rachel Schwarzendruber, Educator/Family Life
    University of Illinois Extension
    727 Sabrina Drive
    East Peoria, Illinois 61611



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