Appointed by Governor to 5-year terms:
Joanna L. Pierson, Ph.D., Chair (chosen by Council in June, 2-year term), 1999
Marcelle L. Meisel, Vice-Chair (chosen by Council in June, 2-year term), 2001

Michael M. Brill; Ruth B. Coates; Jacqueline L. Golden; P. Sue Kullen; Joyce T. Mitchell; Allen Schepps; Susan J. Vaeth. Terms expire 1998.

Carol Ann Baglin; Cristine Boswell-Marchand; William R. Fields; Leslie Seid Margolis, Esq.; Joseph M. Millstone; James F. Rosner, Esq. Terms expire 1999.

Naznin R. Adams; James W. Burns; Laurence J. Eisenstein, Esq.; M. Gayle Hafner, Esq.; Judith M. Levy; N. Anthony Sampson. Terms expire 2000.

Santo A. Grande; Toni L. Jones; Gloria M. de Perignat Lane, Ed.D.; Maureen Curran Livingston; Jeffrey A. Rives; Kimberly L. Shuler. Terms expire 2001.

Diane K. Coughlin; M. Doreen Croser; Sarah E. Glenner; Elizabeth L. Jones; Richard W. Kommers, Esq.; Diane S. Pawlowicz; Ulysses S. Payne; Beatrice M. Rodgers; Richard S. Rowland. Terms expire 2002.

Mindy A. Morrell, Executive Director

c/o Office for Individuals with Disabilities
One Market Center
300 West Lexington St., Box 10
Baltimore, MD 21201 - 3435
(410) 333-3688
fax: (410) 333-3686

By Executive Order, the Governor created the Maryland State Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities in 1971 to carry out provisions of the federal Developmental Disabilities Services and Facilities Construction Act (P.L. 91-517), now the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act (P.L. 98-537; P.L. 103-230). To protect State eligibility for certain federal grants, a new council was appointed in 1973 to meet revised criteria of the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare for consumer members. Formerly housed in the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Council moved for administrative purposes to the Office for Individuals with Disabilities (formerly Office for Handicapped Individuals) in 1987 (Executive Order 01.01.1987.08). The Council received its present name in June 1993.

The Council advocates that persons with developmental disabilities can live successfully outside of institutions. To this end, it secures services for such persons and their families, particularly in employment, child care, and education. The Council, for example, helps persons with developmental disabilities hold jobs by hiring job coaches to train them at the workplace. It helps day-care centers prepare to care for a disabled child. Or the Council might offer parents an advocate who will convey a child's special needs to educators. Annually, the Council funds demonstration projects that enable citizens with developmental disabilities to become independent and productive in their communities.

The Council is an independent, self-governing body funded by federal monies. It reports directly to the Administration on Developmental Disabilities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (U.S. Code, Title 42, sec. 6024).

Appointed by the Governor, Council members serve five-year terms (Council Bylaws, Art. III).

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