[nfbmi-talk] snyder's mcrs appointments

Terry D. Eagle terrydeagle at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 25 23:34:12 UTC 2014


Once again no appointment representation by a truly blind person, advocate,
or consumer of the blind citizenry, on the only board that means anything
with regard to the government, related to rehabilitation services in
Michigan.  The only thing that can be said is that the governor did not
shock us with his disdain for the blind community of Michigan.  I hope it is
the final year this governor will be making appointments to boards and
commissions!

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Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Michigan Council for
Rehabilitation Services

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder today announced one appointment and five
reappointments to the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Human Services, the 17-member
council reviews and evaluates Michigan's rehabilitation programs and
services, and
advises the department director and governor. It works in partnership with
Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Michigan Department of Licensing
and
Regulatory Affairs' Bureau of Services for Blind Persons.

"I thank these talented professionals for their service on this important
council," Snyder said.

Appointed:

Jennipher Wiebold, of Kalamazoo, is an associate professor in the Department
of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University. She
holds
both a bachelor's degree in open studies and a master's degree in
rehabilitation counseling from the University of Minnesota - Mankato, and a
Ph.D. in
rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She will
represent disability advocacy groups and replaces Mary Ann Greenawalt.

Reappointed:

Trina Edmondson, of Wyoming, is the veteran supports coordinator and
employment specialist for Disability Advocates of Kent County. Previously,
she worked
as a disability program navigator for Disability Advocates of Kent County, a
transcriptionist for Great Lakes Loss Control, and a nursing assistant for
Spectrum Health Continuing Care Center. Edmondson holds a bachelor's degree
in paralegal studies from Davenport University. She will continue to
represent
disability advocacy groups.

Sara Grivetti, of Midland, is CEO of the Disability Network of Michigan,
where she has worked since 2011. Previously, she worked as executive
director at
the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, a rehabilitation counselor at SVRC
Industries and Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and program leader at a
Center
for Independent Living. Grivetti holds a bachelor's of business
administration in management from Northwood University, and a master's
degree in rehabilitation
counseling from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent
the Statewide Independent Living Council.

Rodney Jones, of Brighton, is president and CEO of Work Skills Corporation
in Brighton, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides employment and
training services to people with barriers to employment. He also currently
serves as president and CEO of Kahiko Koa Inc. in Brighton, a Service
Disabled
Veteran Owned Business offering products and services to local, state and
federal units of government. Previously, he worked as a supervisor for
Michigan
Rehabilitation Services in Detroit. Jones holds a bachelor's degree in
psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a master's degree in
rehabilitation
counseling from Wayne State University. He will continue to represent
business, industry, and labor.

Deanna Middlebrooks, of Detroit, is a counselor/therapist at KRANS
Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation in Royal Oak, and is an independent
contract tutor
at Future Foundations. Previously, she worked as an independent contractor
providing high-risk recovery programs, placement services, and
mentorship/maintenance
services for Diversified Support Services, as a multi-level marketing sales
representative for Amway, and as a specialized foster care provider for
children
with special needs. She is a member of the National Association for
Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns, American Counseling Association, and
Michigan
Rehabilitation Association. Middlebrooks holds a bachelor's degree in art
therapy and music, and a master of arts in rehabilitation counseling from
Wayne
State University. She will continue to represent vocational rehabilitation
counselors.

Aimee Sterk, of Jenison, is program manager at the Michigan Disability
Rights Coalition, a position she has held since 2004. Previously, she worked
as a
grant coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health, as an
advocacy specialist with the Disability Network/ Lakeshore, and as program
coordinator
for Citizens for Better Care. She is vice chair for the Association of
Assistive Technology Act Programs, and a volunteer for the Arc of Kent
County, the
Ottawa County Parks, and WGVU Women and Girls Lead. Sterk is a licensed
master's social worker and holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Hope
College
and a master of social work from Michigan State University. She will
continue to represent disability advocacy groups.

Members serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2016, and their
appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
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