IARF Staff



 

Josh Evans

President/CEO

 

Josh became President & CEO of IARF on April 1, 2018 after nearly fifteen years working to advance the budget and policy priorities of the Association through the Illinois General Assembly.  During his tenure as Vice President of Government Relations & Operations, Legislative Director, and Legislative Liaison, Josh lead IARF efforts to pass several 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. Josh has also served on the American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) Government Relations Advisory Committee, DHS Social Services Advisory Council, the Developmental Disabilities Regulatory   Advisory Board, the Healthy Illinois 2021 Action Team, the DHS Management Improvement Team Initiative Committee, and other Committees and workgroups that work on issues intersecting with community-based services and supports.

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.

Sarah Myerscough-Mueller

Sarah Myerscough-Mueller

Director of Policy for Developmental Disabilities

Sarah joined IARF in October 2016 and represents the Association on developmental disabilities policy and legislative matters. She represents the IARF membership with the General Assembly on the passage of developmental disabilities legislation and State agencies on public policy for individuals with developmental disabilities. That policy work includes participation on various Boards and workgroups including the Developmental Disabilities Regulatory Advisory Board, the Assistive Technology Workgroup, and the DRS Facility Advisory Committee. Prior to joining IARF, Sarah worked for the State in various capacities including in the Governor’s Office of Legislative Affairs, the Department of Juvenile Justice, and the Department of Human Services where she managed Illinois’ work on Employment First.

Maggie Henley

Maggie Henley

Marketing & Membership

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. 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.

Rebecca Schnorf

Rebecca Schnorf

Associate Director of Education

Rebecca Schnorf has been with FIRM since 2008 and has served as the Associated Director for Education for IARF since early 2017. She serves as the liaison to IARF's Education Committee and oversees conference programming, the QIDP Training Program, IARFuture and webinar programming. Rebecca received both her Bachelor's Degree and her Master's Degree in Politics and Government from Illinois State University. Prior to joining FIRM, she worked in the State of Illinois' Washington, DC based government relations office.