Membership

The Council is comprised of 14 members appointed by the Governor for staggered three-year terms. One Council position is reserved for the Governor's representative, and the rest are unpaid volunteers. At least six members must be people with physical disabilities, two members may be parents, guardians, or relatives of a person with a physical disability, and at least one member must be a service provider to people with physical disabilities. If interested in becoming a member, please visit the Join Us section of our website for a membership application and more information.

Council Members:

  • Benjamin Barrett, Chairperson
  • Jason Ostrowski, Vice Chairperson
  • Jackie Gordon, Secretary
  • Roberto Escamilla II
  • Noah Hershkowitz
  • Ronald Jansen
  • Karen Secor
  • Charles Vandenplas
  • Gabriel Schlieve
  • Nicole Herda
  • Vacancy, Representing Gov. Tony Evers' Office
  • Vacancy, Provider
  • Vacancy, Provider, Primary Consumer, or Public Member
  • Vacancy, Provider, Primary Consumer, or Public Member

Liaisons to the Council:

  • Jody Ullman and Eric Cormany, Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance
  • Heather Bruemmer, Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long-Term Care
  • Taqwanya Smith, Wisconsin Department of Transportation
  • Eva Kubinski, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
  • Colleen Larsen, Wisconsin Technical College System
  • Nicholas Zouski, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
  • Craig Wehner, Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development
  • Steve Dobratz, Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
  • Vacancy, Wisconsin Department of Administration
  • Vacancy, University of Wisconsin Systems

Council Staff Support:

Lisa Sobczyk
Independent Living Quality Specialist
Wisconsin Department of Health Services
1 West Wilson Street, Room 551
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659
Phone: 608-266-9354
Fax: 608-267-3203