Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan have announced appointees, including people who will serve on disability-related groups.
The State Rehabilitation Council has two new appointees. Crystal Hellekson, East Grand Forks, is the disability advocacy group representative. Hellekson replaces Addyson Moore. Katie Legrid, Minneapolis, fills a new seat as a current or former recipient of vocational rehabilitation services.
The State Rehabilitation Council is responsible for advising state government on the performance of Minnesota’s vocational rehabilitation programs.
One new appointee is on the Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities. Jamie Harthan, Two Harbors, replaces Lisa Harvey. Harthan is the consumer representative.
The Ombudsman Committee for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities advises and assists the ombudsman in developing policies, plans, and programs to benefit persons with mental illness, developmental disabilities, chemical dependence, and emotional disturbance.
The State Rehabilitation Council has four new members. Ben Coady, Rochester, is business, industry or labor representative, replacing Karen Leddy. Deanne Curran, Farmington, is parent training and information center member, Barb Ziemke.
Thomas Delaney, Becker, is Minnesota Department of Education representative, replacing Lindsey Horowitz. Deborah Gleason, Minnetonka, is statewide independent living council representative, replacing Linda Lingen.
The State Rehabilitation Council works jointly with the Minnesota Vocational Rehabilitation Program to develop goals and priorities, assess customer satisfaction, conduct needs assessments, and seek citizen input through public forums.
The Governor’s Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles has new and returning members. Heidi St. Clair, Inver Grove Heights, replaces Vicky Rizzolo.
Hannah Alstead, Minneapolis, replaces Amber Backhaus. Ryan Daniel, St. Cloud, was reappointed.
Neal Foster, Jr., Eagan, replaces Dan Chen. Phil Magney, Minnetonka, was appointed, as were Myrna Peterson, Grand Rapids; Damien Riehl, St. Paul; Kyle Shelton, Minneapolis; Bret Weiss, Golden Valley, and Patrick Weldon, Medina.
Tammy Russell, St. Paul, replaces Jacob Frey. Joan Willshire, Minneapolis, replaces John Hausladen.
The Governor’s Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles reviews developments in connected and automated vehicle technology and intelligent and emerging transportation technology, explores partnership opportunities to remain prepared for the widespread adoption of new technologies, and proposes policies to safely test and deploy connected and automated vehicles.
Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council members were announced. Harmony Kuller, Minneapolis, was reappointed. Nicole Peterson, Maplewood, was appointed to a new seat as a program representative.
The Minnesota Assistive Technology Advisory Council provides consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice to the state for the planning of, implementation of, and evaluation of activities carried out under the federal Assistive Technology Act grant.