Governor Tim Walz and Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan have announced several appointments.
Appointments were announced to the Council on Disability. Andrew Christensen of Northfield was appointed, replacing Katherine MacDonald. Randy Sorensen of East Grand Forks replacing Kathleen Peterson. Belo Cipriani was appointed, replacing Joshua Melvin. Hope Johnson of Waseca was appointed, replacing Nancy Fitzsimons.
Quinn Nystrom of Baxter was reappointed to the council.
Nichole Villavicencio of Maplewood was reappointed as acting chair.
The Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities saw the reappointments of Immaculata Anyanwu of Woodbury as Medical Review Subcommittee member and Emanuel Oppong of St. Cloud as representative of psychology.
Appointments were announced to the State Advisory Council on Mental Health. Rozenia Fuller of Minneapolis was appointed to replace Joseph DeBoer. Cynthie Christensen of Rushford was appointed as registered nurse representative, replacing Tarloh Quiwonkpa. Samantha Hedden of Ham Lake is the representative of Minnesota Mental Health Association, replacing Shannah Mulvihill. Sam Smith, Minneapolis is the representative of National Alliance on Mental Illness, replacing John Yanish.
Several additional appointments to the State Advisory Council on Mental Health include: Dave Lislegard of Aurora is a legislative representative, replacing Rep. Robert Barrett. Amanda Larson of Elk River is a family member representative, replacing Steve Hansberry. Angela Bartolomeo of Alexandria is a family member representative, replacing Melissa Balitz. Amy Jones of Shoreview is also a family member representative, replacing Amoke Kubat.
Al Levin of Minneapolis is a consumer representative, replacing Jode Freyholtz- London. Robert Bosl of Avon is a family physician representative, replacing Allison Stolz. Rodney Peterson of Kasson is a representative of rural county commissioners, replacing Kenneth Moorman. Ashwak Hassan of Columbia Heights is a marriage and family therapist representative, replacing Stephen Palmer.
Beth Prewett of Grand Rapids was appointed as professional clinical counselors representative, replacing Emmanuel Oppong. David Nathan of St. Paul is representative of psychologists, replacing Ken Ujifusa. Claudette Larson of New London is social workers, replacing Danielle Lien.
Mary Kjolsing of Willmar was reappointed as a parent representative.
Connie Rabideaux of Cloquet was appointed as a parent/ guardian member of the Minnesota Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities, replacing Randean Miller.
Kathryn Rose of Fergus Falls was appointed as Northwest Advisory Council representative for the Commission of the Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing, replacing Elizabeth Merz.