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IRIS (Include, Respect, I Self-Direct) Advisory Committee

The IRIS Advisory Committee (IAC) is a workgroup established to provide recommendations to Department of Health Services (DHS) program staff on programmatic issues related to administration of the IRIS program. Committee members are individuals who have relevant knowledge, experience, expertise, and community relationships that allow them to present ideas, opinions, or facts for the betterment of the IRIS program.

Committee meetings are open to the public.

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 The IRIS Advisory Committee (IAC) will be holding its meetings virtually until further notice. The public is welcome to observe the meetings. The Zoom link for each meeting can be found in the meeting's agenda.

Next meeting

Upcoming meeting dates

  • July 23, 2024
  • September 24, 2024
  • November 26, 2024

Previous meetings

Meeting information from previous years can be found on the Public Meeting Notices & Minutes website.


  • Fil Clissa | Board for People with Developmental Disabilities | Term ends 12/31/2024
  • Melanie Cairns | Disability Rights Wisconsin | Term ends 12/31/2025
  • Jason Glozier | Wisconsin Coalition of Independent Living Centers | Term ends 12/31/2024
  • Kathi Miller | Board on Aging and Long-Term Care | Term ends 12/31/2026

Self Advocates

  • Rosie Bartel | Term ends 12/31/2026
  • Martha Chambers | Term ends 12/31/2025
  • Ramsey Lee | Term ends 12/31/2025
  • Thomas Gierke | Term ends 12/31/2025
  • Danielle Dicentio | Term ends 12/31/2026
  • Andy Thain  | Term ends 12/31/2026
  • Vacant


  • James Valona | Ability Group LLC | Term ends 12/31/2024
  • Kathy Meisner | Disability Service Provider Network | Term ends 12/31/2025
  • Vacant
  • Vacant


  • IRIS consultant agency* | Alexa Butzbaugh (Progressive Community Services) | Term ends September 2024
  • Fiscal employer agency* | Jonathan Claflin (Premier) | Term ends September 2024
  • Self-directed personal care | Sue Urban (TMG)**

*Agencies contracted by the Division of Medicaid Services for purposes of administering the IRIS program appoint one liaison and backup to attend the IRIS Advisory Committee Meetings. Contracted agencies are represented by one agency on a rotating six-month schedule. For example, from April 2024 through September 2024 IRIS consultant agencies will be represented by Progressive Community Services and fiscal employer agents will be represented by Premier.

**TMG is contracted to serve as Wisconsin’s self-directed personal care agency through June 30, 2024.

If you have any questions, please email us at or call 608-261-6749.

Disclaimer about advisory council content

This content reflects the views and opinions of the advisory council. It may not reflect the official policy or position of DHS.


Last revised May 22, 2024