Appointees named to boards and commissions

Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan have announced numerous appointments recently. Many of those appointments are to boards, […]

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Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan have announced numerous appointments recently. Many of those appointments are to boards, commissions and committees that serve people with disabilities.

Several people were named to the One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity. John Cunningham replaces Alice Roberts-Davis. Jean Kim Maierhofer replaces Jim Schowalter. Seth Strong replaces Dennis Olson. Winnie Sullivan replaces Heather Mueller. Halkeno Tura replaces Jan Malcolm, Mai Vang replaces Steve Grove.

Jennifer Ho, Rebecca Lucero and Tarek Tomes were reappointed.

The One Minnesota Council on Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity focuses on ensuring that those who are most affected by state government decisions are involved and centered in the decision-making process.

Appointments were announced to the Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council. David Shaw,  Apple Valley is the center for independent living representative, replacing Chanell Calhoun. The Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council provides consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice to the state for the planning, implementation, and evaluation of activities carried out under the federal Assistive Technology Act grant.

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities has returning members, . Abdi Matan, Mankato, was reappointed as a private nonprofit representative. Katie McDermott, St. Paul, was reappointed as a consumer member. Jenny Arndt, Waseca, and Jennifer Santema, Milaca, were reappointed as parent members.

Christine McVey, St. Paul, was reappointed as a parent representative.

The Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities works to ensure that people with developmental disabilities and their families receive the necessary supports and services to achieve increased independence, productivity, self-determination, integration, and inclusion in the community.

The State Rehabilitation Council has new and returning members. Nick Holzthum, Minneapolis, is a current or former recipient of vocational rehabilitation services. Holzthum replaces Delawoe Bahtuoh. James Ross, Red Wing, replaces Tyler Sadek as a business, industry and labor representative.

Anne Robertson, Minneapolis, was reappointed as a client assistance project representative.

Connie Berg, Red Lake, fills a new post for an American Indian vocational rehabilitation project representative. The State Rehabilitation Council is responsible for advising state government on the performance of Minnesota’s vocational rehabilitation programs.
Members were named to the State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind. Connie Berg, Red Lake, is the American Indian vocational rehabilitation project representative. Berg replaces Gloria Lafriniere.

Corbbmacc O’Connor, St. Paul, was reappointed as an industry representative.
Jeff Mihelich, Minneapolis, replaces Catalina Martinez as representative of American Council of the Blind.

Patrick Vellia, Minneapolis, replaces Trevor Turner as deaf-blind community representative.

The State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind advises the commissioner of Employment and Economic Development about programs for the blind and performs other functions as provided by law.

The Board of Executives for Long-Term Services and Supports has new and returning members Steven Chies, was reappointed as manager or owner of a proprietary nursing home or assisted living facility.

Deb Stock, Maple Grove, was reappointed as a public member. The Board of Executives for Long-Term Services and Supports licenses administrators of nursing homes and assisted living facilities, conducts studies of nursing home and assisted living administration, approves continuing education programs for administrators, and investigates complaints and allegations of rule violations.

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