Arkansas Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

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Council Information

The Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD or Council) consists of twenty-three members, appointed by the Governor.  Members include individuals with developmental disabilities, family members of individuals with developmental disabilities, directors of state agencies that serve people with disabilities and representatives from nonprofit and private organizations that provide services and supports for people with disabilities. The Council’s purpose is to provide oversight and management of Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act in Arkansas. The purpose of the Act is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of community services and supports that allow increased opportunities to live and work within their communities.

The Council works to address identified needs by conducting outreach, fostering systems change, and supporting capacity building efforts that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion. Key activities include: increasing and strengthening self-advocacy participation across the state; supporting programs which identify and remove barriers to information, services and supports; advocating for legislative and policy changes designed to increase competitive, integrated employment; developing and supporting coalitions; encouraging citizen participation; and keeping policymakers informed about disability issues.

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities are federally funded, self-governing organizations. GCDD is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration on Community Living (ACL) through the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

For additional information contact:  DDCStaff@dfa.arkansas.gov  or 501-682-2897.


Governor Asa Hutchinson appointees to the 23 member Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities:


Carrie Hollis-Anthony, Hot Springs.  Non-Profit. Special Education Instructor, First Step, Inc. Appointment expires December 1, 2017.

Katherine Donoven, Sherwood. Parent Advocate. Attorney, Donoven Law, Little Rock, AR. Appointment expires December 1, 2021.

Syrad Evans, Fayetteville.  Non-Profit. Chief Executive Officer, Arkansas Support Network. Appointment expires December 1, 2020.

C.W. Gardenhire, Beebe.  Parent Advocate. Alternate Education Advisor, AR Department of Education. Appointment expires December 1, 2019.

Mark George, Little Rock. Parent Advocate. Investment Advisor, Heritage Asset Managers, Inc. Appointment expires December 1, 2019.

Ke’Arus Henderson, Little Rock.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2018.

Kacey Hodges, Springdale.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2020.

Kimberly Horton, Malvern.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2017.

Chris Johnson, North Little Rock.  Parent Advocate. Chief Financial Officer, Dillard’s, Inc. Appointment expires December 1, 2018.  **Selected by Governor to serve as Chairman.

Ludwik Kozlowski, Jr., North Little Rock. Self-Advocate. Business Analyst, Centene Corporation. Appointment expires December 1, 2019.

Annette Mencer, Benton.  Parent Advocate. Guidance Counselor and Testing Coordinator, Rite of Passage, Inc. Appointment expires December 1, 2017.

Andrea Reaves, Benton.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2020.

Stacey Sebree, Little Rock.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2018. 
**Selected by Governor to serve as Vice-Chairman.

Christopher Tebbetts, Mountain View.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2017.

Maria Villagran, Lowell.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2021.

Judy Watson, Hope.  Institution - Parent or Guardian. Chief Executive Officer, Rainbow of Challenges, Inc. /Omega Home, Inc., Hope, AR. Appointment expires December 1, 2021.

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DD Network representatives:

David Deere, Director, Partners for Inclusive Communities; University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). Appointment expires December 1, 2019.

Tom Masseau, Executive Director, Disability Rights of Arkansas; State Protection & Advocacy System.  Appointment expires December 1, 2020.

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Per EO 15-19, Council members representing principal state agencies shall be appointed by the Governor without a term expiration date and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.
 

Craig Cloud, Director, Division of Aging and Adult Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services.

Alan McClain, Commissioner, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services; Parent Advocate.

Toni Roy, Policy Development Coordinator, Division of Medical Services, Program Development & Quality Assurance, Arkansas Department of Human Services; Parent Advocate

Rhonda Saunders, Coordinator, Special Education Division, Arkansas Department of Education.

Melissa Stone, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services.