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Council Members

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Member Relations – Helps Council members to remain active and engaged and recruits new members.
  3. Finance – Monitors the Council’s budget to make sure it aligns with the five-year plan.
  4. Program and Planning – Advises the Council on the Small Grant Program and approves applications.

Council Members

  • James Piet, Council Chair, Finance Committee Chair
    NH Dept. of Education
    Adult Learning & Rehab (VR)
    Concord, NH
  • Arielle Van De Water, Council Vice-Chair
    Concord, NH
  • Forrest Beaudoin-Friede
    Peterborough, NH
  • Shawnna Bowman, Policy Committee Chair
    Webster, NH
  • Joanne N. DeBello
    Department of Education
    Bureau of Special Education
    Concord, NH
  • Jean Crouch, Member Relations Committee Chair
    Health & Human Services
    Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services
    Concord, NH
  • Carrie Duran, Policy Committee Vice-Chair
    Wolfeboro, NH
  • Krista Gilbert
    Keene, NH
  • Sarah Gray
    Tilton, NH
  • Denis Greenwood
    Concord, NH
  • Karen Hatch
    Salem, NH
  • Tim Houle
    Raymond, NH
  • Joshua Madison
    Northwood, NH
  • Sarah Menard
    Crotched Mountain
    Greenfield, NH
  • Tammy Mills
    Plainfield, NH
  • Deborah Opramolla
    Rindge, NH
  • Stephanie Patrick
    Disability Rights Center
    Concord, NH
  • Jennifer Pineo, Program and Planning Committee Chair
    NH Family Voices
    Concord, NH
  • Mary Schuh
    UNH Inst. on Disability (IOD)
    Concord, NH
  • Jan Skoby
    Department of Health and Human Services
    Bureau of Developmental Services
    Concord, NH
  • Nate Webb
    Concord, NH
  • Frank Vinceguerra
    Concord, NH
  • Michael Phillips
    Salem, NH