• Tue, December 31, 2019 9:41 AM | AALC Staff (Administrator)

    (Springfield, Ill) – The Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC), which represents approximately 10,000 seniors and persons with disabilities, announced today that its board of directors has chosen Karin Tilly Zosel as the organization’s new Executive Director. She takes over today, replacing AALC’s Executive Director, Wayne Smallwood, who is retiring after serving 14 years as the organization’s lead.

    “After a yearlong search, we are excited to have Karin come on board. Her background in state and federal government and her work in higher education makes her a great fit. She brings leadership and experience that will help her position the Supportive Living Program well in the ever-changing landscape of assisted living and long-term care. She has a deep appreciation for the important mission of the AALC and I feel confident that she will help grow the organization over the coming years,” said Wayne Smallwood, retiring Executive Director of the Affordable Assisted Living Coalition.

    In 2018, former Governor Rauner named Zosel as the Acting Director of the Illinois Department of Insurance (DOI). She began working with DOI in 2015 and during her tenure she has held a variety of roles including Executive Director of Get Covered Illinois, the consumer assistance program for the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as well as Chief Operating Officer overseeing all department operations. She also served as the Vice President at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Illinois and as an Intelligence Officer with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in Washington, DC.

    “I look forward to leading the AALC in the new decade and building on the great work that Wayne Smallwood has accomplished,” said Zosel. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use my experience and skills to promote, strengthen, and grow our partnerships with the Supportive Living Program community and its vendors.”

    Zosel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Yale University and a Master of Arts in International Policy Studies and Certificate in Nonproliferation Studies from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. In May 2018, she earned a Master of Laws in Taxation from the Charles Widger School of Law at Villanova University.

    She currently resides in Sherman, Illinois with her husband and three children.


  • Wed, November 13, 2019 3:26 PM | AALC Staff (Administrator)

    Wayne Smallwood and George Dinges present award to House of Representatives Majority Leader Gregory Harris.

    Wayne Smallwood and George Dinges present award to Representative Demmer Legislative Champion.



  • Fri, September 20, 2019 7:54 AM | AALC Staff (Administrator)

    Supportive Living Program
    Daily Medicaid Reimbursement Rates by Year Beginning 2001

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  • Fri, August 23, 2019 5:00 PM | AALC Staff (Administrator)

    Dementia Care Expansion Approvals have been announced.


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  • Thu, August 01, 2019 10:00 AM | AALC Staff (Administrator)

    The Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC) announces the upcoming retirement of Wayne Smallwood, to be effective December 31, 2019. Wayne has been Executive Director of AALC since 2006.

    Prior to becoming ED of AALC, Wayne was employed by the State of Illinois’ Department of Healthcare and Family Services for 33 years. While at HFS, Wayne helped create the Supportive Living Program (SLP). The SLP has been acclaimed as the best affordable assisted living model in the country.

    After leaving the State, Wayne entered his second career and became the ED of AALC, a position he will hold for 14 years. Wayne is considered a leading authority on the SLP and has ably lead AALC during his tenure. Wayne, through AALC, is the leading advocate of the SLP and has successfully promoted the SLP as a meaningful option for elders and persons with disabilities who need housing with services, regardless of income.

    Although Wayne is retiring, he plans to keep an affiliation with AALC in a limited capacity.

    AALC has formed a search committee and is in the process of finding Wayne’s successor. If interested in applying, please submit a letter of interest and resume electronically to Rod Burkett, Board President of AALC, at info@aalconline.org.

  • Fri, March 01, 2019 6:00 AM | AALC Staff (Administrator)

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

    March 1, 2019
    Contact: Bill Bradley
    (916) 213-5230
    bill@me-comm.com

    AFFORDABLE ASSISTED LIVING COALITION WELCOMES NEW GOVERNMENT RELATIONS DIRECTOR BEN LAZARE

    (Springfield, Ill) – The Affordable Assisted Living Coalition (AALC) is proud to announce the addition of Ben Lazare as the organization’s new Government Relations Director. Lazare will be responsible for guiding AALC’s legislative efforts during a very critical time for the state’s Supportive Living Program.

    “Ben brings a wealth of experience and policy expertise with him. His past victories and ongoing relations will be a key factor in ensuring the success of Supportive Living in Illinois.” said Wayne Smallwood, Executive Director of the AALC. “We are excited to work with him in this role and eager for all he has to offer our members and the Supportive Living Program.”

    Prior to joining AALC, Lazare worked for the Speaker of the Illinois House of Representatives for 10 years. He spent the first half of his employment for the Speaker as a personal assistant and the latter half as the lead staff member for all healthcare and human services issues. During his time as personal assistant to the longest-serving House Speaker in the United States, he created strong bonds and forged lasting relationships with Democratic leadership from both the House and Senate. Those connections, combined with his time spent as a healthcare and human services analyst, will be instrumental in his upcoming role with AALC.

    In his position as lead staff member for healthcare and human services, Mr. Lazare drafted, analyzed, and negotiated all Medicaid and human services legislation in the House of Representatives and Senate. He collaborated with all legislative caucuses, the Governor’s Office, and special interest groups to create the Medicaid portion of Illinois’ budget, which is over $20 billion annually.

    “While working with Wayne Smallwood and AALC, I became impressed by the dedication and determination Supportive Living communities demonstrate in providing compassionate services to their residents, they treat them like family members.” said Ben Lazare, Director of Government Relations for AALC. “In my new position with AALC, I look forward to helping them navigate the legislative process to further ensure that our SL communities are able to provide quality, reliable services.”

    “Ben’s expert knowledge of the state budget and understanding of policy provides incredibly rare insight and significant opportunities for the AALC moving forward,” stated Smallwood.

    MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE AALC IS AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.AALCONLINE.ORG.

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Springfield, IL  62704

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