The Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council advises the Disability Law Center (DLC) on the priorities and policies which guide its work to protect and advocate for the rights of Utahns with mental illness. The Council is composed of consumers of mental health services, family members, providers, attorneys, and other interested persons from the community. The Council Chair also serves as a liaison to the DLC’s Board of Trustees.

Anyone interested in serving on the PAIMI Council, please review the information available at

The PAIMI Council meets the first Wednesday of each month at the DLC location, excluding July and December. Anyone interested in attending a meeting, please contact Evelyn Owen, PAIMI Program Liaison, at (801) 363-1347 or email

PAIMI Council Chair: Kenneth Gourdin

PAIMI Council Vice Chair: Ben Picklesimer

PAIMI Council Members: Ronald Webb, David Ivey-Divey, Alicia Scotter, Harold J. Fricke, Esther Israel, Jeanette Villalta, Ken Barnes, Matthew Caleb Fagen