The mission of IICIL is to create and maintain independence options for people with disabilities by advocating for civil rights, providing services, and promoting full participation of disabled individuals in all aspects of the community.

Our Staff

  • Alfonso Ayew-ew

    Blind Independent Living Skill Specialist

    Past positions and employment Chaplin 84 through 88 with the Christian Training Center Madill, Oklahoma. Scoutmaster from 93 through 94 at Washington Elementary School Davenport, IA Assistive Devices Operator for the Students Support Services at Scott Community College 92-94. Sensory Public Speaker for Grades school in the Quad City 94-96. Was a member of the Advisory Board Committee for the Davenport City Bus. Served 3 years as Vice President of our NFB. Local Chapter, and presently a board member. Skills or expertise Braille, and mobility Instructor Computer Literate, (Highly Skilled) in operating/running assistive software’s such as JAWS, and other Screen-readers as well as Magnification program/software’s such as Zoom text and other Magnification programs. Education Attended six months accelerated Blind Independent Living Skill Training at the Enterprises For The Blind Little Rock, Arkansas Have. AA. Degree In Social work from Scott Community College, and BA. Degree in Behavioral Science from Teikyo Marycrest University.
  • Daylia Warden

    Community Education Advocate, In-Person Counselor

    Daylia Warden has been an employee at the Illinois/Iowa Center for Independent Living since September, 2013. She is a graduate of Argosy University in Schaumburg, IL, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and Master’s Degree in Community Counseling. Daylia has currently joined the team here at the center as an In-Person Counselor (IPC) for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Working along side with a fellow IPC, Daylia will be responsible for providing assistance to individuals, families, and small businesses that are seeking to enroll in new health coverage options and affordability programs that are available through the ACA. Daylia will be available to answer basic questions through public outreach events/presentations surrounding health insurance as well as assist Illinois residents through the Marketplace application process.
  • Hershel Jackson

    Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocate

    Work with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community in providing them advocacy, peer counseling, information and referral, and independent living skills training, as well as providing other services. I am fluent in two languages: English and American Sign Language. I serve as a commissioner for the Illinois Deaf and Hard of Hearing Commission. Also, I serve on several Iowa Transition committees in planning and providing parent/teacher workshops and training, as well as educating students with disabilities to be more independent and advocating for their rights
  • Jennifer Gerischer

    IICIL Interpreter Coordinator

    Jennifer has been interpreting for over 21 years. She has been with the IICIL since October, 1998. She is responsible for scheduling interpreters for various job assignments in the community. She has a 4.7 (out of a 5) on the EIPA (Educational Interpreter Performance Assessment), a Level 5 Transliterating/Level 3 Interpreting on the ISAS (Interpreter Skills Assessment Screening). She received her RID Certificate of Transliteration in 2001 and her RID Certificate of Interpretation in 2004. She holds a Master Illinois Interpreting license and a Permanent Iowa Interpreting license. She has had a variety of interpreting experiences including but not limited to: medical, mental health, legal interpreting, post secondary education- from people attending a community college all the way to someone who had their P.H.D.
  • Kathy Starling

    Independent Living Advocate

    Past employment employed at a Center for Independent Living Answered phones. Current employment Information and Referrals,Peer Counselor, Independent Skills trainer, transition individuals out of nursing homes, Individual and systematic advocacy, Mobility training. Assist individuals to find an locate affordable and accessible housing, Assist individuals in obtain benefits advocacy alerts. Serve on panels out in the community Expertise Information and Referrals, Benefit planning Education Masters of Science in Criminal Justice and a BA degree in Sociology and Social work
  • Liz Sherwin

    Executive Director

    Liz has been employed by the Illinois-Iowa Center for Independent Living (IICIL) since 1988 and became the Executive Director in 1998. The center is a civil rights and advocacy non-profit corporation that serves people with disabilities in western Illinois and eastern Iowa. She supervises a staff of 16 persons and manages an annual budget in excess of $850,000.00 She is past president of the Coalition of Citizens with Disabilities in Illinois and president of Association of Programs on Independent Living (APRIL). Liz developed a plan to improve services for unserved and under-served populations that addressed urban and rural communities with significant African-American and Hispanic population and the Center was awarded recognition for Outstanding Rural Outreach Services in 1992. She is a governor appointee to both the Illinois Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) and the IDOT Coordinating Committee on Transportation for Illinois. She conducts community training on the ADA and other legislation that protects the rights of people with disabilities is a national trainer and facilitator for both the National Council on Independent Living and APRIL. Locally, she is a commissioner on the Bi-State Regional Commission and has held that position since 1985 and represents Rock Island County.She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Rock Island County Chapter of the NAACP and planning committee for the State Conference that will be hosted by the Rock Island Chapter on October 12, 13 and 14at the Mark of the Quad Cities.
  • Shirley Holgorsen

    Staff Assistant

    Shirley Holgorsen is the Staff Assistant here at the IICIL. Shirley has worked at the IICIL for seven years, before that she worked for 27 years at Beling Consulants in the Payroll Department. She is responsible for answering the phones, taking interpreter requests, keeping the office supplies ordered and many other office tasks too numerous to name.
  • Tammy Duett

    Staff Associate

    Tammy Duett is a Staff Assistant/Driver. She has been with the IICIL for 13 years. She is responsible for taking Al & Kathy to various appointments with consumers. When she is not driving, she helps in the office answering phones, taking interpreter requests and various other duties.
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