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Developmental Disabilities Council

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Council Membership

According to Federal Law, the state council representing individuals with developmental disabilities must be composed of no less than sixty percent of people who are:

  • individuals with developmental disabilities;
  • parents or guardians of children with developmental disabilities; or
  • immediate relatives or guardians of adults with mentally impairing developmental disabilities who cannot advocate for themselves;
  • individuals must not be employees of a state agency that receives funds or provides services under this subtitle, and who are not managing employees (as defined in section 1126(b) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.132a-5(b)) of any other entity that receives funds or provides services under this subtitle.

If you are interested in becoming of a member of the Delaware Developmental Disabilities Council, please complete a Board and Commissions Application.

Current Council Members

Individuals with a developmental disability:

Daniese McMullin Powell, Vice Chair
Arte Mays

Deb Economidis
Joseph Meritt

Alvin R. Emory, Jr.
Amber Rivard

Derrick George

Individual now/ever in an Institution

Maitri Campbell

Parents or guardians of a child with a developmental disability, or immediate relatives or guardians of an adult with a mentally impairing developmental disability who cannot advocate for himself or herself:

Michael Harris, Chair
Nancy Lemus

Nadine Chance
Letonya Wilson

Andrea Creed

Patty Fazio

Members in accordance with other Federal requirements:

DD University-Affiliated Program:
Beth Mineo, Center for Disabilities Studies/University of Delaware

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act:
Dale Matusevich

Local and Non-Governmental Agency concerned with services for people with DD:
Susannah Eaton-Ryan, The Arc of Delaware

Older Americans Act of 1965:
Chris Oakes, Division of Services for Aging and Adult with Physical Disabilities

Private Non-Profit Agency:
Katie Macklin

Protection and Advocacy:
Laura Waterland, Community Legal Aid Society, Inc./Disabilities Law Program

Rehabilitation Act of 1973:
Cynthia Fairwell, DVR Rep

Title V of the SS Act/ Maternal and Child Health:
Isabel Rivera - Green, Division of Public Health

Title XIX of the SS Act/ Medicaid:
Jody Roberts, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services