IARF Staff



Janet Stover

Janet Stover

President/CEO

Janet was selected for her position by the IARF Board of Directors in April of 2000. Her responsibilities include all executive level functions of the organization, which represents community-based organizations, as well as governmental advocacy work on issues of importance to the membership. Prior to becoming President/CEO, Janet served as Associate Executive Director of IARF. All in all, her career with the Association has spanned more than 35 years beginning in November 1975 as a volunteer. Notable achievements during her tenure include recognition of IARF’s work by legislators and state agency personnel, coordination of a nationally recognized conference, several writing awards, presentations to organizations and families, and recognition by colleagues. Professionally, Janet is a member of the American Society of Association Executives; is actively involved in ANCOR, The American Network of Community Options and Resources as a member of the State Association Executives; the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare and ACCSES.

Josh Evans

Josh Evans

Vice President of Government Relations

In his role as Legislative Director for IARF, Josh works to advance and accomplish the Association's budget and policy priorities at the Statehouse. He works with Policy Staff and directs Association lobbyists on all facets of the legislative process, including monitoring, research, and analysis of legislation; strategy development and implementation, including legislative grassroots advocacy, and building relationships with legislators to support the Association's priorities. In his time as Legislative Director, Josh has lead efforts to pass several Association initiatives into law, managed grassroots advocacy campaigns to protect funding for community-based services and supports, and represented IARF on many broad-based coalition efforts.

Emily Miller

Emily Miller

Director of Policy for Behavioral Health

Emily represents the Association on behavioral health policy matters, including mental health and substance use disorder issues. She represents IARF and its members on workgroups and councils that engage in discussion important to our Behavioral Health Public Policy agenda, including the Illinois Mental Health Planning and Advisory Council, the Mental Health Summit and many more. Before joining IARF in October of 2012, Emily spent seven years as legislative liaison for several state human service agencies including the Department of Children and Family Services, the Department of Healthcare and Family Services and the Department of Public Health.

 
 
Maggie Henley

Maggie Henley

Executive Assistant

Maggie assumed her role with IARF in December of 2014. In her position, Maggie works closely with the President/CEO to accomplish the organizational work of the Association. In addition to supporting Janet, she works closely with the Board of Directors and Chairs of the IARF Committees to coordinate and inform them of meetings and special events. Primary to her responsibilities is the business of membership recruitment and retention. As members are the lifeblood of IARF, Maggie is central to implementation of our campaign to maintain a strong, engaged membership. Prior to IARF, she worked for Midstate Special Education as a Special Education Teacher's Assistant.