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Staff and board members at an event in the CIL.

Board of Directors

The Ann Arbor CIL Board of Directors meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 6 pm. Currently meetings are conducted via Zoom. Members of the public are welcome at board meetings! For more information on agendas, please contact alex@aacil.org.

Carrie Pilarski, Ph.D. – Chair

Dr. Carrie Pilarski is a Clinical Assistant Professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is a rehabilitation psychologist serving in the inpatient rehabilitation programs at both the University Hospital and Chelsea Hospital. At the University Hospital, she is the primary attending psychologist for spinal cord injury / disorders as well as neurological and complex medical patients. She also provides outpatient services at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care for adjustment with spinal cord injury, acquired injuries, and chronic health problems. She received her Ph.D. from Central Michigan University and conducted her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan. She has served on the CIL Board since 2018.

Ben Hunholz – Vice Chair 

David Esau – Treasurer

David Esau, AIA is an architect and the principal of Cornerstone Design Inc, along with a subsidiary MI Accessible Homes which focuses on designing homes and renovations for people with disabilities. After moving to Michigan about when the ADA took effect, David worked with the Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living to develop ADA in Action, an ADA consulting service, which through the 1990s conducted ADA evaluations of hundreds of government and business facilities, and informed architects and others about ongoing changes in state and federal regulations relating to designing for accessibility. David has continued to do ADA consulting, and to apply accessibility laws and best practices, in his architectural business, as well as designing or consulting on homes and additions for about 200 homes for people with disabilities.

Christina Lirones – Secretary

Audrey Bagnowski, CRC, LPC – Member

Audrey Bagnowski holds a BA and Master’s from Wayne State University. She served as a counselor for the State of Michigan Rehabilitation Services Monroe Office for 28 years. In this role, she worked with individuals with a wide range of disabilities on their pursuit of employment as well as self advocacy and empowerment skills. She currently works with students with disabilities at the Learning Bank. She has served on the state board for rehabilitation counseling and won the statewide counselor of the year award. She has served on the CIL Board since 2020.

Daniel Elkus – Member

Rebecca Lewis, MA, LPC, CAADC, SST – Member

Rebecca Lewis graduated with a Master’s Degree in Professional Counseling from Central Michigan University in 2006. She has worked as a Professional Counselor in Monroe, MI for the past 17 years. She is the founder and owner of Straight N Arrow Counseling Service, LLC. She provides behavioral health counseling to individuals who reside in Monroe County and the surrounding areas. In her free time she enjoys watching movies and spending time with family. She has been a CIL board member since 2020.

Pam McGuinty – Member

Pam McGuinty is a Board Member and the Talent Recruitment Committee chair. She has a BBA in Accounting and Financial Reporting from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. She is a Budget Analyst in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan. She was the past Disability Awareness Workshop coordinator at one of Ann Arbor’s elementary schools and she continues to volunteer each year at workshops for various schools in the area. She is an active member of several disability advocacy groups and has been an integral part of several conferences focusing on disability. In her free time she enjoys bowling, bike rides with her family and traveling. She has served on the CIL Board since 2017.

Feranmi Okanlami, M.D., M.S. – Member

Dr. Feranmi Okanlami is Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, and Urology at the University of Michigan, as well as Interim Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, Division of Student Life; Director of the Adaptive Sports & Fitness program in the Division of Student Life; Director of Adaptive Sports for the Michigan Center for Human Athletic Medicine & Performance; and Spokesperson for Guardian Life Equal & Able Partnership. He earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan and during his residency at Yale University experienced a spinal cord injury. He has given a long list of media appearances related to his experiences and serves on a variety of boards pertaining to medicine as well as diversity, equity and inclusion. He has been a member of the CIL board since 2020.