The CCP Services Task Force meetings are via video conference at two Illinois Department on Aging locations:
- Chicago: 160 N. LaSalle St. (Michael Bilandic Building), 7th Floor, IDoA Executive Conference Room
- Springfield: One Natural Resources Way, #100 (DNR Building), Rock River Conference Room
CCP Services Task Force Members
Jennifer Reif (Chair)
Deputy Director, Illinois Department on Aging, Director’s Designee
Jennifer Reif has been with the Illinois Department on Aging since 2010. She was hired at the Department to serve as the Division Manager of Benefits, Eligibility, Assistance and Monitoring and was promoted to the position of Deputy Director in April of 2015. Jennifer has previously held many leadership roles in the social service industry; Deputy Director of the Morgan County Probation Department, Director of Career Services at Illinois College, Director of Operations for Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Illinois and most recently as the 60- day term of Acting Director of the Department on Aging. Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Columbia College (1993) and has completed further graduate work in Counseling at Sangamon State University.
State Representative Terri Bryant (co-chair)
Representative Bryant serves on the Health Care Licenses; Higher Education; Judiciary - Criminal; Tourism, Hospitality & Craft Ind.; Aging (Republican Spokesperson); Community Care Program Subcommittee; Sentencing, Penalties and Criminal Committees. Representative Bryant is a resident of Murphysboro, where she resides with her husband Rick. Rep. Bryant is a wife, mother, and grandmother. Rep. Bryant is a retired 20-year veteran of the Illinois Department of Corrections, having served as a Public Service Administrator. Rep. Bryant is a former President of the Governing Board of the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series, Vice Chairman of the Jackson County Republican Party, Vice President of the Jackson County Republican Women's Organization, and Former Coordinator of Coalitions for the Illinois Republican Party.
State Representative David Olsen
Representative Olsen serves on the Appropriations-General Service; Elem Sec Ed: Licensing, Admin.; Financial Institutions; Mass Transit; Aging; Government Consolidation & Modern Committees. Rep. Olsen was elected to and served on the Downers Grove Village Council from 2013 to 2016 and as Mayor Pro Tem from 2015 to 2016. In 2016, he was appointed to fill a vacancy on the College of DuPage Board of Trustees and was elevated to the role of Board Vice Chairman. Apart from his elected positions, Representative Olsen serves on the Board of Directors for the District 58 Education Foundation and is an active member of his local Chamber of Commerce. Representative Olsen's professional background is as an ethics and compliance officer in the commodities trading industry. He is a 2011 graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned degrees in Finance and Management and served as Student Body President.
Representative Gabel serves on the Appropriations-Human Services (Vice-Chairperson); Elections & Campaign Finance; Environment; Human Services (Chairperson); Insurance: Health & Life; Business Growth & Incentives; Museums, Arts, & Cultural Enhancement Committees. Rep. Gabel served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, a nonprofit advocacy organization, from 1988 to 2010 and previously worked as legislative aid to Alderman (now Congressman) Luis Gutierrez. Her legislative priorities include affordable, accessible health care, environment and sustainability issues, education, and economic development. She has a B.A. from Beloit College, an M.S.P.H. from the University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health and an M.J. in Health Law from Loyola University Chicago. She has one daughter, Lilah.
State Representative Robyn Gabel (co-chair)
State Representative Anna Moeller
Representative Moeller serves on the Aging (Chairperson); Community Care Program Subcommittee (Sub- Chairperson) Construction Industry & Code Enforc; Elem Sec Ed: Charter School Policy (Chairperson); Energy; Environment; Health Care Licenses Committees. Rep. Moeller is a full-time legislator; BA History and MPA, Northern Illinois University; Edgar Fellow, University of Illinois: former Councilwoman, City of Elgin; former Executive Director, McHenry County Council of Governments; former member of the City of Elgin Planning and Development Commission and Human Relations Commission, former Vice-President of the Northeast Neighborhood Association, former volunteer ESL tutor for the Elgin Literacy Connection, former Treasurer for the Channing Elementary School PTO. Member of the Elgin Area Branch of the Association of American University Women; married, has two children.
State Senator Dale Righter (co-chair)
Senator Righter serves on the Senate Assignments; Appropriations I (Minority Spokesperson); Committee of the Whole; Executive Appointments (Minority Spokesperson); Appropriations II; Veterans Affairs; Human Services; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care; Subcommittee on Special Issues (HS); Sub. on Consequences of Fed.Policy; and Insurance Committees. Senator Righter earned his accounting degree at Eastern Illinois University, and JD at Saint Louis University School of Law. Senator Righter was of Counsel with a small law firm in Charleston, and part-time college instructor. Senator Righter has two children, Jonathon and Benjamin.
State Senator Dave Syverson
Senator Syverson serves on the Committee of the Whole; Gaming (Minority Spokesperson); Human Services (Minority Spokesperson); Public Health; Executive; Telecommunications & InfoTechnology; Insurance; Subcommittee on Election Law; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care (Minority Spokesperson); Subcommittee on Long Term Care; Sub. on Consequences of Fed.Policy; and the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform Committees. Senator Syverson was born June 29, 1957, in Chicago. Senator Syverson is a graduate of Guilford High School and Rock Valley College as well as a member of the Rockford Chamber of Commerce, the National Federation of Independent Business, Rockford Area Economic Council, Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, and National Conference of State Legislators. Senator Syverson works with Williams Manny, Inc. in Rockford. Senator Syverson is married to his wife, Shirley, and has two children.
State Senator Heather Steans (co-chair)
Senator Steans serves on the Appropriations I (Chairperson); Appropriations II (Vice-Chairperson); Committee of the Whole; Environment and Conservation; Executive; Government Reform; Human Services; Oversight Medicaid Mang. Care (Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (HS) (Sub-Chairperson); Sub. on Consequences of Fed. Policy Committees. Senator Steans was born May 8, 1963, in Lake Forest; B.A. in urban studies from Princeton; M.A. in public policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government; former budget director, Wisconsin Department of Industry, Labor and Human Relations and former strategic planner, Chicago Public Schools; married (husband, Leo Smith) with three children.
State Senator Iris Martinez
Majority Caucus Whip
Senator Martinez serves on the Committee of the Whole; Education; Energy and Public Utilities; Gaming; Labor; Licensed Activities and Pensions (Chairperson); Transportation; Subcommittee on Special Issues (LA) (Sub- Chairperson); Subcommittee on Special Issues (ED) (Sub-Chairperson); Comm. on State & Pension Fund Investment Committees. Senator Martinez was born Feb. 25, 1956, in Chicago; earned her bachelor's degree in Public Policy and Administration from Northeastern Illinois University in 2009; elected president of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators. She is also the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus Co-Chair; has one daughter.
Executive Vice President/Chief Development Officer, Addus HomeCare, Inc.
Mr. Anderson is in his twentieth year managing and developing In-Home Personal Care business for Addus which operates in 24 states, through 114 locations and serves over 34,000 consumers. Darby has twenty-seven years of experience in operations and business development of home care and home health services, running operations in excess of $400M in annual revenue. Mr. Anderson has been appointed or elected to board and advisory committee positions in multiple states through state administrations or trade associations, including currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Medicaid Partnership for Home Based Care.
Chief Executive Officer, Help At Home, LLC
Ron Ford is a seasoned healthcare executive with over thirty years of progressive experience as a provider of home and community based services. Mr. Ford has been the Chief Executive Officer of Help at Home, LLC since 2002, the largest provider of home care services in Illinois under various programs, including Illinois Department on Aging, Illinois Department of Human Services, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Help At Home, LLC provides Medicaid HCBS in 12 states thru a network of 165 offices while employing over 25,000 screened and trained direct care workers and providing more that 60 million hours of home care services annually, and is familiar with various Medicaid issues affecting home care. Prior to 2002 Ford was the Chief Financial Officer of Addus HealthCare. Ron holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ron Ford is a resident of Illinois and is the married father of eight children.
Mary Joyce Gallagher
Executive Director, Senior Service Area Agency on Aging, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services
Mary Joyce Gallagher is the Executive Director of the Planning and Service Area 12 (PSA 12), City of Chicago. Mary Joyce amended the State of Illinois Elder Abuse and Exploitation Act to include self-neglect and the training of bank personnel; Recommended to the Advisory Council for the National Elder Justice Act; Appointed by Chief Judge Timothy Evans to help create the division of Elder Court in Cook County; Appointed to the Illinois “Generations Serving Generations” Commission to encourage older adults to engage in volunteerism; Chair, Ageism Committee, Illinois; Coordinator of the World Health Organization (WHO), “Age-Friendly Project” in Chicago and lead in the Age-Friendly Village Interdependent Collaborative (VIC) and Vertical Interdependent Villages utilizing senior centers and high rises as non-fee based hubs to assist Chicago Seniors to age in place with dignity. Ms. Gallagher holds a Bachelor of Science from Loyola University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Communications from Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Illinois Chicago.
Waiver Manager, Division of Medical Programs/Bureau of Long Term Care, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services
Dan Holden has been with the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) since 2015. Prior to his employment with the State of Illinois, Dan worked in business development at HSHS Medical Group and was a pharmaceutical sales representative for Merck & Co., Inc. Dan got his start in healthcare as an administrator in the long-term care industry, both as a Nursing Home Administrator and later as an Executive Director of a Continuous Care Retirement Community. Dan received his undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and has a Master’s Degree from the University of North Dakota and a Master’s Degree from the University of Florida. Dan is very involved in his community with Board of Director positions on the Chatham Area Public Library District and the Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries. Dan is married and has three children that all attend Glenwood High School in Chatham.
Director, Corporation for National & Community Service’s Illinois Office
The Corporation is the nation’s largest Federal agency that awards grants that support national service initiatives. The mission of CNCS is to engage Americans of all ages and backgrounds in service that addresses critical community needs. John manages an office that oversees a network of 60+ national service programs that engage 16,000+ volunteers. John has extensive experience in community and economic development issues where service is a strategy to meet local needs. He serves on the United States Federal Executive Board, is an Ex-Officio Member of the Serve Illinois Commission and served on the Illinois Council on Aging for seven years and the Illinois Long Term Care Council on Aging for eight years.
Associate General Counsel, Office of the General Counsel, Governor Bruce Rauner
Christopher Kantas worked as a civil litigator for seven years before joining the Office of the General Counsel in January 2017. He manages litigation progress and strategy for the Executive Branch and serves as principal legal relations liaison for the Governor to the Attorney General and health and human service agencies of Illinois. Mr. Kantas received his Juris Doctor in 2010 from the University of Illinois College of Law, Urbana-Champaign. Christopher was a Public Policy Fellow in 2010 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Institute of Government and Public Affairs, Public Policy Fellow and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in History in 2007 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He currently resides in Chicago.
Case Manager Coordinator, DuPage County Senior Services, Case Coordination Unit
Brandy Shank has worked in the DuPage County Senior Services, Case Coordination Unit (CCU) for nearly 10 years in a variety of roles that have led her to be a lead worker and trainer for new Case Managers in the Senior Services Unit. Brandy graduated from Concordia University with a degree in Psychology with a concentration in the aging population. Brandy began her career in the CCU in the role of a Provider Liaison where she worked with the 31 Community Care Program Providers in ensuring that services for participants were being delivered as prescribed by the Care Plans that were created by the Case Coordination Manager. In 2010, Brandy was promoted to a Case Manager where she completed assessments for seniors needing services to keep them living independently in the community. Brandy conducted assessments for the Community Care Program including Interim assessments and Managed Care assessments. In 2013, Brandy was promoted to the Case Manager Coordinator role where she is one of the lead trainers for the CCU and continues to carry a caseload while training and mentoring new Case Managers. Brandy recently assisted with developing a Care Coordinator Manual to assist staff with understanding the Policies and Procedures for the Community Care Program and has been instrumental in working on other committees in the CCU to assist with looking at ways to increase efficiencies and streamline processes to help staff utilize their time and resources most effectively.
Deputy Director, Operations and Human Services, Governor’s Office of Management and Budget
Marc Staley has been the Deputy Director of the Operations and Human Services for GOMB since September 1998. Marc received his Bachelors of Business – Accounting in 1993 and a Masters of Business Administration in 2000.
Manager, Persons with Disabilities Program, Illinois Department of Human Services
Lyle VanDeventer has been working in rehabilitation of persons with disabilities since 1982, and has focused his efforts on advocacy, program and policy development, training, Medicaid waiver compliance and grant management. Lyle’s work has been focused on program development and service access for persons with disabilities within the contexts of vocational rehabilitation and in-home care. Lyle is a project coordinator for federal or state-funded brain injury research and demonstration projects, and has served as an agency trainer on the Home Services Program as well as services for persons with brain injuries. Lyle has a Bachelor in Education from Culver-Stockton College, Canton, MO, and a Master in Human Development Counseling from Sangamon State University, Springfield. Lyle resides in Chatham, IL, is married and has five children/step-children, and two grandsons.
Chief Executive Officer, Alternatives (for the Older Adult, Inc.) Care Coordination Unit
Alternatives is focused on supporting older adults and adults with disabilities to maintain as much independence as possible throughout a sixteen-county area in Midwestern Illinois. Alternatives works directly with the Illinois Department on Aging to provide Care Coordination, Adult Protective Services Ombudsman and augments supports through a Money Management Program, Caregiver Support and the Bridges Community Program. Before coming to Alternatives, Kathy was a Director for the Arc of the Quad Cities for more than twenty years followed by a tenure with Metropolitan Medical Laboratory as the Human Resource/Compliance Officer. Kathy has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, is a Six Sigma Black Belt and currently serves in the following roles: President, Illinois Council on Care Coordination Units; Board Member, Illinois Partners; President, Coordinated Care Alliance; Board Member (August) for the Illinois Coalition on Mental Health and Aging; Steering Committee Lead for the Quad City Open Network; Lead Coordinator of “Age Friendly Quad Cities.”