About IARF
Our History
IARF was formed in the early 1970's by a small group of frustrated rehabilitation professionals. Both physical vocational rehabilitation organizations were represented. The Association arose out of the need for providers of community disability and mental health services and supports to be better represented in legislative and state policy decisions. On August 18, 1975, the Illinois Association of Rehabilitation Facilities was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in Illinois. Its primary purpose is to assist in the development and improvement of services to Illinois rehabilitation facilities and the clients and patients of those facilities through study, experiment, and exchange of experience.

As the Association grew to a viable force in human services issues statewide and nationally, it was decided that full time staff was necessary. On November 5, 1975, the first executive director was hired and subsequently, staff has been added to perform specific duties in service to the membership. With this staff, the needs of all members of the Association are promptly and effectively attended to. In January of 1980, as a means of financial stabilization, the Association purchased a building at 206 S. 6th Street in downtown Springfield. That location serves as the official IARF membership headquarters.

Who We Are Today
Since its incorporation, IARF has been the voice of human service organizations in government. In addition we have worked to provide agencies with individual consultation on issues that affect them specifically. IARF also commits itself to developing programs that return members’ investment of their dues.  Our purpose is clear, "To assist in the development and improvement of services in Illinois."
The Association represents nearly 80 member agencies providing services and supports in more than 900 locations across the state of Illinois from Galena to Karnak, Chicago to Metro East St. Louis, and Quincy to Danville. Our membership provides services and supports in 111 of 118 legislative districts representing a unique opportunity to shape public policy as our membership is active at the grassroots level.

The stated purpose of IARF, according to its bylaws, is:

  • to assist in the development and improvement of services...

  • to act as a clearinghouse for information...

  • and to develop progressive methods of effective service to persons with disabilities through study, experiment and exchange of experience.

The powers of the IARF Board of Directors are:

  • adoption of the fiscal year of the Association

  • adoption of operating budget and authorization to carry out the activities authorized by the budget

  • designation od the address of the Association

  • designation of persons to sign and countersign all checks, drafts, and orders for the payment of money to obligate the Association by signing of notes, orders, or promises to pay

  • designation of banks at which Association funds shall be deposited an authorization for the opening of bank accounts

  • receipt, use, holding and investments of any funds, gifts, bequests or endowments of the Association and use of the same

  • adoption of rules and procedures, and establishment of divisions/chapters

  • adoption of rules and regulations as may be necessary to carry out its responsibilities and effectively administer the affairs of the Association

  • delegation to the Executive Committee such authority as it deems necessary for the Committee to act for the Board between meetings

  • employment of the President/CEO.

The Board of Directors, in 1987 changes their structure to give more responsibility to the committees of the Association.  In addition to the role committees play in the discussion of selected topics and the development of recommended positions, they also provide grassroots input into the development of legislative and public policy agendas.

The committees are the "inner workings of the organization."  They keep the organization and members engaged.  We are especially proud of the fact that, on average, at least 80% of our members are actively engaged with at least one of the Association's committees.

2019 IARF Board of Directors

Executive Committee



Tony DiVittorio


Arlington Heights

Vice Chair

Ben Stortz
Cornerstones Services, Inc.


Charlotte Hammond

Challenge Unlimited




Kim Zoeller
Ray Graham Association


Immediate Past Chair
Dale Morrissey
Developmental Services Center


Members at Large


Michael Diaz

Misericordia Homes



Thane Dykstra

Trinity Services, Inc.

New Lenox


India Alexis Ehioba

Shore Community Services, Inc.



Tom Frederick
Elm City Rehabilitation Center


Jan Gambach

Memorial Behavioral Health



Michael Glanz

The Arc of the Quad Cities Area

Rock Island

Stephanie Hamilton

Kaskaskia Workshop, Inc.



John Lipscomb
Search Developmental Center


Mark McHugh

Envision Unlimited



Orville Mercer

Chestnut Health Systems

Granite City


Bill Nelson

Bridgeway, Inc.



Jane Nesbit
DD Services of Metro East


John Pingo
Goldie B. Floberg Center


Allison Stark

Orchard Village



Jeff Stauter
Kreider Services, Inc.


Gus van den Brink
Sertoma Centre, Inc.