Membership

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People with developmental disabilities and family members are appointed for up to two three-year terms by the Governor. By speaking from their lived experience, they play a key role in letting VTDDC know what is happening for those with developmental disabilities in Vermont communities.

Members work together to promote policies and best practices that will improve the lives of Vermonters with developmental disabilities and their families. They create the Council's Five-Year State Plan, adopt an annual budget, and make grant awards.  Members are expected to attend four day-long meetings each year and to be active participants on a Council committee. Members receive a small stipend, and they are reimbursed for travel expenses.

A group photo of VTDDC members in Newport.

VTDDC Members as of January 2019

VTDDC membership reaches statewide. All self-advocate and family members are first voted on by the full Council before they are recommended to the  Governor for a three-year appointment.  These members may serve for a second three-year term if authorized by the Governor.  State agencies and partner organizations select their own representatives who serve without term limits.

A map of Vermont's counties with plot-points to represent towns represented by Council Members.Self-Advocates and Family Members:

Miriam Stoll from Burlington. Chair and Family.
Kaiya Andrews from Waterbury. Member and Self-Advocate.
Gina Carrera from Essex. Member and Family.
Mike Gruteke from Derby. Member and Self-Advocate.
Terry Holden from Jeffersonville. Member and Family.
Steve Kieselstein from Burlington. Member and Family.
Dion LaShay from Bennington. Member and Self-Advocate.
Hannah Neff from Brattleboro. Member and Family.
Kay Stambler from Shelburne. Member and Family.

Self-Advocates and Family Members who are waiting to be appointed by the Governor:

David Frye from South Burlington. Member and Self-Advocate.
Candice Price from Addison. Member and Self-Advocate.
Courtney Quinlan from Burlington. Member and Family.
Havah Armstrong Walther from Hartford. Member and Family.
Crista Yagjian from Guilford. Member and Family.

Agencies Represented on the Council:

Julie Arel from Agency of Human Services: Department of Health
Betsy Choquette from Agency of Human Services: Vocational Rehabilitation
Carol Hassler from Agency of Human Services: Children with Special Health Needs
Ed Paquin: Disability Rights Vermont
John Spinney from Agency of Education: Transition Aged Youth
Jennifer Stratton from a Vermont Designated Agency, Lamoille County Mental Health
Jesse Suter from University of Vermont, Center on Disability and Community Inclusion
Melanie Feddersen from Agency of Human Services: Department of Aging & Independent Living

Join the Council and speak for your community...

A man writing his name with two prosthetic hands.

VTDDC recruits new members in the late spring, but applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To be considered for membership, please fill out the member application. You can type your application on the computer or print it out and hand write it. If you need support to fill out the application, or if you need an alternative format, please contact VTDDC.

The Council’s Membership Committee reviews all applications. They may ask for additional information or invite an applicant for an interview. The Membership Committee makes recommendations to the full Council, which will vote on whether or not to recommend the candidate to the Governor for appointment. 

Openings are limited. Please be aware that many factors are considered in selecting members, including the need to recruit a diverse group that represents the various regions, cultures, and experiences with disability that can be found in Vermont.

 


Downloadable Documents seen on this page:

2017membermap.pdf

2017memberapplication_type.pdf

2017memberapplication_write.pdf