The purpose of the CNMI State Independent Living Council (SILC) is to assist in the development of the State Plan for Independent Living, a detailed three-year plan that sets the parameters and establishes the goals for the provision of Independent Living services in the CNMI with other state agencies. Other roles of the SILC are systems advocacy, education of the public regarding disability-related topics, and provision of technical assistance concerning the Independent Living philosophy and approach. Members are a dedicated team of people who believe in the Independent Living philosophy.


The SILC is comprised of no more than fourteen voting members, and no less than three ex-officio members, who are appointed by the Governor, and who come from Saipan, Tinian and Rota. Unlike most organizations, the majority of the members of the Council must, by law, be persons with disabilities.



SILC 2018 Members


Gernadine Camacho - Chairperson, Representation: Advocate

Emeterio Fitial - Vice Chairperson, Representation: Advocate

Consolacion Atalig - Fiscal Officer, Representation: Advocate

Antonelli Rosario - Secretary, Representation: Rota

Estella Cabaobas - Sergeant-at-Arms, Representation: Advocate

Susan Satur - Member, Representation: Executive Director of the Center for Living Independently

VACANT - Organizations that Provide Services for Individuals with Disabilities

Carla San Nicolas - Member, Representation: Tinian

Stanley Benavente - Member, Representation: Business Representative

 Arlene Yamagata - M.S., CRC - Ex-Officio, Representation: Director of Designated State Entity