The Council recruits and interviews potential members and makes recommendations to the Governor for appointment to three-year terms.
Roughly one-third of our members are people with developmental disabilities and one-third are parents or guardians of people with developmental disabilities. The others represent agencies required by state and federal law. When recruiting potential members, the Council seeks those who are committed to working to improve the lives of all people with developmental disabilities statewide. We strive for membership that is diverse and representative of the state. Council members are required to attend full Council meetings, currently from 1:00 – 3:00 PM on the second Thursday of every other month, and expected to participate in committee work. We have four engaging committees to get you involved:
- Policy – Keeps the Council updated on laws and policies that affect people with developmental disabilities and their families. Helps the Council develop its official position on any changes.
- Member Relations – Helps Council members to remain active and engaged and recruits new members.
- Finance – Monitors the Council’s budget to make sure it aligns with the five-year plan.
- Program and Planning – Advises the Council on the Small Grant Program and approves applications.
- James Piet, Council Chair, Finance Committee Chair
NH Dept. of Education
Adult Learning & Rehab (VR)
- Arielle Van De Water, Council Vice-Chair
- Forrest Beaudoin-Friede
- Shawnna Bowman, Policy Committee Chair
- Joanne N. DeBello
Department of Education
Bureau of Special Education
- Jean Crouch, Member Relations Committee Chair
Health & Human Services
Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services
- Carrie Duran, Policy Committee Vice-Chair
- Krista Gilbert
- Sarah Gray
- Denis Greenwood
- Karen Hatch
- Tim Houle
- Joshua Madison
- Sarah Menard
- Tammy Mills
- Deborah Opramolla
- Stephanie Patrick
Disability Rights Center
- Jennifer Pineo, Program and Planning Committee Chair
NH Family Voices
- Mary Schuh
UNH Inst. on Disability (IOD)
- Jan Skoby
Department of Health and Human Services
Bureau of Developmental Services
- Nate Webb
- Frank Vinceguerra
- Michael Phillips