Council Members

SILC Executive Committee

Steve Oldaker, President
Brunswick, GA
Steve.Oldaker@comcast.net

Steve Oldaker retired as an IT project manager with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. He is the chairman of the Brunswick-Glynn County Mayor’s Committee on Services for the Disabled. Oldaker sits on the board of directors for Living Independence for Everyone Inc. and Speech, Hearing and Rehabilitation Enterprises of Coastal Georgia. He resides in Brunswick.

Philip Chase, Vice-President
Athens, GA
pchase@uga.edu

Phil Chase is a faculty member of the University of Georgia, Institute on Human Development where he directs an online distance learning program in employment services. He has recently been elected president of the Georgia Chapter of the Association of People Supporting Employment First. Chase Earned a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and masters’ degrees from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Georgia State University. He and his wife, Suzy, have two children and six grandchildren. They reside in Athens.

Mark Schreiber, Treasurer
Savannah, GA
markschreiber91@gmail.com

Mark Schreiber is a veteran with a service connected disability. He is vice-president of the Board of Directors for Abilities Unlimited, a non-profit organization that provides assistance and trainers for those with disabilities. He also assists in coaching the Special Olympics power-lifting team. He is an active board member and treasurer for the LIFE (Living Independence for Everyone) Center for Independent Living in Savannah.

Mark is determined to make sure that everyone in Savannah has the same access to life activities. He started a non-profit business, Savannah Adapted Adventures, to help ensure that challenges do not prevent him or others from enjoying life. Mark holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration.

Scott Osborne, Secretary
Atlanta, GA
scottosborne1963@yahoo.ca

Scott Osborne moved to Atlanta from Tennessee to attend the Art Institute of Atlanta to study Interior Design He eventually received his Interior Design degree after recovering from brain surgery to repair a cerebral aneurysm.  He returned to school to study Communication and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Kennesaw State University.

Scott was instrumental in forming the DisAbility Resource group at Turner Broadcasting while employed as a CAD Designer. Additionally he worked at the disABILITY LINK Center for Independent Living as a Peer Support Coordinator in an effort to match persons successfully living independently in the community with those who could benefit from having such a mentor. Scott founded Osborne Design & Drafting Services where he works as an Interior Designer.

Other Council Members

Yaser Abdallah
Decatur, GA
yasplan@gmail.com

Yaser Abdallah is a district activist leader for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He is an advocate for the Georgia Money Follows the Person program, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Georgia Council for Developmental Disabilities. Yas earned a bachelor’s degree from Governors State University. He has one child and two grandchildren. Abdallah resides in Decatur.

Kim Gibson
Atlanta, GA
kgibson@disabilitylink.org

Kim Gibson is the executive director of disABILITY LINK. She is a member of several subcommittees for the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) and sits on the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living board of directors as the external vice president. Gibson received the 2014 NCIL “Women’s Caucus Hall of Family Award” for her mentorship of women with disabilities. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Brescia University. Gibson has one child and resides in Decatur.

Cecilia James
Atlanta, GA
Cecilia.Y.James@irs.gov

Cecilia James began her career with the Internal Revenue Service in 2009 as a Tax Analyst here in Atlanta in the National Partnerships area of the Wage & Investment Division. Her primary responsibility involved working with the “Taxpayers with Disabilities” program. This program strives to provide more widespread access to tax information and free tax preparation to taxpayers with disabilities as well as asset building strategies to improve their economic well-being. In addition to her roles and responsibilities, Cecilia presents at national conferences on awareness of the tax benefits and free tax preparation for people with disabilities. She has interfaced with many non profit organizations building a stronger relationship to ensure that people are educated and aware of their benefits.

Cecilia is deaf in one ear and hard of hearing in the other ear along with distortion in speech due to her hearing impairment. She has an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Marian McCormick
Pelham, GA
vonniemae54@yahoo.com

Marian McCormick is the principal chief of the Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe. She is the counselor for the tribe’s program Muskogee Vocational Rehabilitation. McCormick earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology at Oval Bible College. She and her husband, Nealie, have two children and three grandchildren. They reside in Pelham.

Deborah McDonald
Albany, GA
Deborahk63@aol.com

Deborah McDonald is executive director and founder of Limb Support, Inc. She is secretary and treasurer of the Southwest Georgia Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind and secretary of Southwest Georgia Mended Hearts Chapter 165. She also serves on the City of Albany Barrier Free Design Board and the Albany Transit Paratransit Advisory Group. She is active in the LifeLink of Georgia Transplant Advocacy Group, SOWEGA Council on Aging, Aging and Disability Resource Connection Advisory Council and the Georgia Care, Senior Medicare Patrol Board. McDonald earned an associate’s degree from Darton State College and is a graduate of Leadership Albany.

Charles “Charlie” Miller
Kennesaw, GA
charliemiller3@gmail.com

Charlie Miller is a student at Kennesaw State University in the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth. He is currently an intern with the Academy for Inclusive Learning and Social Growth and has sat on the Cobb County Paratransit board for two years. Miller is a founding member of the Georgia Advocacy Group, which distributes information and promotes collaboration between advocacy groups around the state. He has advocated on both the state and federal levels. Miller resides in Kennesaw.

Ex Officio Members

Robin Blount

Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency
Robin.Blount@gvra.ga.gov

Robin Blount is the disability community liaison for the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. She is a board member for TASH. Blount earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a law degree from the University of Georgia. She and her husband, Daryl, have five children and live in College Park.

Cheryl Harris

Department of Human Services — Division of Aging
Cheryl.Harris@dhs.ga.gov

Cheryl Harris is the section manager for Access to Services through the Department of Human Services (DHS) Division of Aging Services. She was previously the state lead for Georgia’s Aging and Disability Resource Connection and the training coordinator for the Office of State Long-Term Care Ombudsman. Harris was appointed to the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission by DHS. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Education from the University of Georgia. Harris and her husband, Chris, have four children and five grandchildren. They live in Lawrenceville.

 

 

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