Council Membership

MDDC’s specific priorities are shaped by its governing council. The Council has 25 members.

Membership consists of:

  • 17 Governor appointed members. Of these:
    • at least 1/3 must be adults with developmental disabilities (DD)
    • at least 1/3 must be parents of children with DD or family members of adults with DD who are unable to advocate for themselves
    • 2 represent non-governmental/local agencies that provide services for individuals with DD
    • the remaining seats can be any combination of the first two designations listed above.
  • 6 members who represent State agencies administering federally-funded programs related to persons with disabilities.
  • 2 members represent the Council’s sister agencies, the Disability Rights Center and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, Orono.

COUNCIL MEMBERS

Patrick Adams
Family Member

Jan Breton
Department of Education

Alan Cobo-Lewis
Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies

Staci Converse
Disability Rights Maine

Deb Davis
Family Member

Kathryn Hersom
Family Member

Shannon Johnson
Family Member

Avery Olmstead
Self-Advocate

Christian Powers
Self-Advocate

Denise Ranger
Family Member

Marc Roix (Chair)
Self-Advocate

Jeffrey Shapiro
Dept. of Health & Human Services (Title XIX Adult Svs. rep)

Sarah Trites
Self-Advocate

Elinor Weissman
Department of Labor(Rehabilitation Svs rep)

Monica Wood
Self-Advocate

Jean Youde
Family Member

Vacant
Dept. of Health & Human Services (Title XIX Children’s Svs. rep)

Vacant
Dept. of Health & Human Services (Title V representative)