Liz Pazdral, Executive Director
Liz Pazdral, Executive Director of the California State Independent Living Council, has experienced the Independent Living (IL) movement from a variety of perspectives. Liz has been a consumer of services and has worked at IL Centers in California and Canada for 13 years, including serving in the capacity of executive director. Additionally, she worked in the IL Unit of the California Department of Rehabilitation. In the 1980’s, Liz started her disability rights career, which was featured in an Emmy Award winning documentary. In 1995, she testified before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Disability Policy on the employment provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Her career has emphasized disability rights issues, including employment, the ADA, earthquake response, and women's health. Liz lives near Sacramento with her husband and daughter.
Cheryl Kasai, Legislative Specialist
Cheryl Kasai joined the California State Independent Living Council (SILC) in February 2017, as the Legislative Specialist. She comes to the SILC with several years of experience at the Department of Rehabilitation (DOR) in independent living and community access services. Positions held at the DOR included work in the Independent Living and Assistive Technology Section as a Community Resources Development Specialist and Grants Coordinator. She was also employed there as a Training Officer I and an Orientation and Mobility Teacher for the Blind.
Cheryl holds a Master of Arts degree in Blind Rehabilitation from Western Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Speech Pathology from Eastern Washington University.
Personal hobbies she enjoys include reading, meditation, cooking, also spending time with family and friends.
Danielle Hess, Office Manager
Danielle Hess began working as the Office Manager for the California State Independent Living Council (SILC) in April 2015. Danielle brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to her position at the SILC having served as an Office Technician at the California Department of Public Health and a Student Assistant at the California Department of Rehabilitation in the workforce development section. Her responsibilities include administrative support and conference and meeting planning as well as tracking accounting information, orders and contracts.
Danielle previously worked with the SILC on the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities. In her current position, she welcomes the opportunity to expand her range of office support skills and management tasks in an environment where autonomy is valued.
Danielle graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. Outside of work, she enjoys quilting, sewing, crafts and board games as well as refining her cooking skills by experimenting with new recipes.