IARF Staff



 
Josh Evans

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.

 

Daniel M.O. Frey

Vice President of Behavioral Health Policy

Dan joined IARF in January of 2019.and represents the Association on behavioral health policy and legislative and policy matters in the General Assembly and executive branch.  Dan was formerly the Director of Government Relations for the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, Development Manager for ReVive Center for Housing and Healing, also a former staff member with the Office of Speaker Michael J. Madigan, during which time he staffed significant committees of note, such as the Human Services and Appropriations – Human Services Committees.  Dan received his Master of Arts degree in Public Policy & Administration from Northwestern University and his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Political Science and History.

 
Sarah Myerscough-Mueller

Sarah Myerscough-Mueller

Vice President of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Policy

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

Director of Member Services

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.