Meet Our Staff
Brad Williams, email@example.com
Brad Williams earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political
Science from SUNY Albany in 1984 and a Master's Degree in Public Administration
from Russell Sage College in 1990.
Brad Williams has been the Executive Director of the New
York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC). for the past thirteen
years. Previously, he ran a CIL for almost ten years. Brad helped (with others)
to shape the direction of the Statewide Systems Advocacy Network (SSAN) and
directed it during its formative years. As the SSAN transitioned to the state
association (NYAIL), NYSILC continued to push hard on the voting access issue,
engaging in a wide variety of efforts to move the NYSBOE toward increase
compliance with HAVA and polling place and voting machine access for New
Yorkers with disabilities. Brad has provided support to the council to issued
several reports and surveys on topics like CIL consumer satisfaction, statewide
needs assessment, CIL technology and technical assistance needs, voting, and
housing. He has developed SILC best practices for SILC member recruitment and
orientation along with SPIL formulation and public input strategies, presenting
on them at conferences. This included work in the current cycle to develop a
SPIL evaluation practice with consultant Alan Krieger. Brad is a SILC
consultant with both the SILC-Net and APRIL.
During this time period, Brad served on the NCIL board, was
SILC Congress Treasurer, and was appointed to the original and follow up HAVA
State Implementation Task Forces. He has also been recognized for his work with
several awards: 2002 Ted Weiss Consumer Advocacy Award (Brain Injury
Association of New York State), 2003 Regional Advocacy Award (National Council
on Independent Living), 2004 National Thomas Paine Award (American Association
on People with Disabilities), 2005 Dr. Henry Viscardi, Jr. Award (NYS Assembly
Disability Awareness Day), and 2007 Justin Dart Award for Political Advocacy
((504 Democratic Club).
Brad Williams resides in Queensbury, New York with his wife
Cathy, son Ryan, and daughter Hannah.
Patty Black, firstname.lastname@example.org
Patty has been with NYSILC since 2006 as the office
Administrative Assistant. She earned her Bachelor's Degree in Human Services
and Diversity at SUNY Empire State in 2012. She enjoys her work at NYSILC which
includes administering and monitoring the Facebook page, helping oversee
quarterly Council meetings, editing the newsletter and helping to advocate for
Patty lives in Latham, New York with her wonderful daughter
Jessica and their wonderful menagerie of pets!