Community Advisory Council

The Community Advisory Council (CAC) serves as the primary mechanism through which the voices of Michigan residents with disabilities, their families, friends, and supporters are heard. The CAC assures, through interactive partnership with MI-DDI, that individual, group, and community concerns and needs are addressed by the work of MI-DDI as it executes its five-year strategic plan.

List of CAC Members

Name Organizational Affiliation
Leslynn Angel UCP Detroit
Elizabeth Bauer Consultant/Family Member
Sherri Boyd The Arc Michigan
Willie Brooks Detroit-Wayne County Mental Health Authority
Ed Carlson Peer Mentor/Self-Advocate
Vendella Collins Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council
Russ Derry Epilepsy Foundation of Michigan/Family Member
Alice Frame Michigan Department of Health and Human Services/Self-Advocate
Kathleen Kovach Oakland Community Health Network
Jennifer Hirst Michigan Rehabilitation Services
LuAnn Loy Partners in Policymaking/Family Member
Chris Lerchen The Arc of Northwest Wayne County (Retired)
Mark McWilliams Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, Inc.
Neva Nahan Wayne State University, School of Social Work/Family Member  
Robert Stein Michigan Assisted Living Association
David Taylor Peer Mentor/Self-Advocate
Jane Turner Children's Special Health Care Services
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Barbara Valliere UCP Michigan/Self-Advocate
Janey Vermeulen Peer Mentor/Self-Advocate
Rita Walters Michigan State University/Family Member
Janis Weckstein Michigan Department of Education
Denise White-Perkins Henry Ford Health System