CTCDD: Council Member Bios

Council Member Bios

 

Members of the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities

 

Click here for a list of the Committees that Council members are on

 

 

CHRIS BLAKE

Chris Blake represents SARAH-Tuxis where he is liaison between the agency and people with disabilities.  He interviews the consumers residing at SARAH-Tunxis about their living situations and about their future goals.  He organized a group of people with disabilities who wrote a letter to Senator Joseph Lieberman in support of changing the phrase ‘mental retardation’ to ‘intellectual disabilities.’  Chris believes that people with disabilities should have the opportunity to work, to volunteer and to be respectfully heard.  He was appointed to the Council in 2012.  Chris serves as the Chair on the Legislative Program and Planning Committee and is on the Executive Committee.  He resides in East Haven.

 

THOMAS S. BOUDREAU

Thomas Boudreau lives in Coventry and is an Educational Consultant with the Bureau of Special Education within the CT Department of Education. Tom would like to support the Council in upholding its mission and in determining goals for the upcoming year.  He was appointed to the Council in 2012 and serves on the Proposal Review Committee.

 

JOHN CURTIN

John Curtin is a self-advocate who resides in Bolton.  He took an active leadership role in forming the state-wide advocacy group, Kids as Self-Advocates (KASA).  John has spoken about the importance of advocacy at conferences both in and out of state.  He thinks that people with disabilities should have the necessary accommodations so that they can work, vote and participate in their community.  John was appointed to the Council in 2010 and serves on the Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee.              

 

MICHELLE DUPREY

Michelle Duprey is the Director of the Department of Services for Persons with Disabilities for the City of New Haven. Michelle is a past president of the Americans with Disabilities Act Coalition of Connecticut and one of the founders of the Connecticut Women and Disability Network. She joined the council to help the disability community and specifically the residents of New Haven with developmental disabilities. Her hope is to make the council more effective in achieving its mission. She resides in East Haven with her dog, Violet and bird, Buttercup. She was appointed to the Council in 2013.

JACQUELINE JAMISON

Jacqueline Jamison is a parent of a young adult with a disability who lives in Hartford.  She has been involved in advocating for the rights of people with disabilities and believes that they should receive appropriate services and technology so they can be successful.  She would like the community to become more accommodating and welcoming to individuals with disabilities.  Jacqueline was appointed to the Council in 2011 and serves on the Membership and Support Committee.

 

MICHELLE JOHNSON

Michelle Johnson is a self-advocate who lives in Manchester.  She is an artist and owns her own business, “Right On Art.”  She was involved with the 2002 Collaborations Conference in Richmond, Virginia and has volunteered for three years with the Special Olympic World Games.  Michelle was the editor of a quarterly newsletter for an employment agency for people with disabilities.  She was appointed to the Council in 2009 and serves as the Co-Chair of the Membership and Support Committee.  

 

MARK KEENAN

Mark Keenan represents the Connecticut State Department of Public Health. He is a supervising Nurse Consultant for the Public Health Initiatives Branch and for the Family Health Section.  In addition, he oversees the Adolescent and Child Health Unit and is the Director for Connecticut’s Title V Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs. He strives to improve health services for children and youth with disabilities.  Mark was appointed to the Council in 2007 and serves on the Legislative Program and Policy Committee.  Mark resides in Newington.

 

 

ALICIA KUCHARCZYK

Alicia Kucharcyzk represents the Division of Rehabilitation Services (DRS), formerly known as the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS). She is a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor who works with people with disabilities on improving skills so that they can return to work.  She hopes to achieve equal opportunities in the workforce for people with disabilities. Alicia was appointed to the Council in 2012.  She serves as the Chair on the Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee and is on the Executive Committee.  She resides in Longmeadow, MA.

 

 

ZULEIKA MARTINEZ

Zuleika Martinez is a self-advocate who lives in Bridgeport.  She has done a variety of jobs including being an interpreter, working at J.C. Penny and being a companion to elderly people.  Zuleika enjoys being with people with disabilities and learning about how she can assist.  She was appointed to the Council in 2009 and serves on the Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee.

 

 

SABRA MAYO

Sabra Mayo is a parent of a son with disabilities who lives in Hartford. She is active with the African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP) and with the Department of Public Health’s Medical Home Advisory Board.  Sabra was appointed to the Council in 2009.  She serves as the Chair on the Membership and Support Committee and is a member of the Executive Committee. 

 

SHELAGH McCLURE

Shelagh McClure is a parent of a child with a disability who resides in West Hartford.  She is an attorney and brings her wealth of professional and personal experiences to the Council.  Shelagh seeks to expand employment opportunities as well as affordable housing for people with disabilities. She was appointed to the Council in 2012 and serves on the Proposal Review Committee.

 

MARGARET McDERMOTT

Meg McDermott is a self-advocate who lives in Unionville. She holds Associates Degrees in Business Administration and in General Studies.  Meg has worked as the Respite Hospitality Coordinator at United Cerebral Palsy and is now a volunteer at the UCONN blood lab.  Meg graduated from the Partners in Policymaking Class of 2001.  She is excited that she has been appointed to the Council and hopes to use her role on the Council to inform and to educate legislators about issues affecting people with disabilities. Meg was appointed to the Council in 2012. She is serving as the Vice-Chair of the Legislative Program and Policy Committee and serves on the Executive Committee. 

 

JAMES ROSEN

Rabbi James Rosen comes to the Council as a parent of an adult child with Down Syndrome and Autism.  Rabbi Rosen has been the Rabbi of Beth El Temple in West Hartford since 1992.   He hopes to help raise the profile of people with developmental disabilities in our state. He especially hopes that we can help secure a future for people with developmental disabilities in all realms of living including employment, housing and transportation.  Rabbi Rosen believes that the services and communities for people with disabilities are far better they were twenty years ago, but there is still a long way to go. He hopes hope to serve as a conduit to those groups and individuals with which he is familiar and to augment the programs he already knows about with additional insights and possibilities. Rabbi Rosen lives in West Hartford and was appointed to the Council in 2012. He serves on the Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee. 

BRENDA STENGLEIN

Brenda Stenglein is a parent of a child with a disability who resides in

Ashford.   For the last 26 years, she has been a special education teacher in Northeastern Connecticut. Brenda wants to share her knowledge, experiences and wisdom with the Council about the need to create more opportunities for children with disabilities.  She was appointed to the Council in 2011.  Brenda serves as the Co-Chair on the Advocacy, Public Information and Education Committee and is on the Executive Committee.

 

ADA SUAREZ 

Ada Suarez represents the Office of Protection for Persons with Disabilities where she is a Community Liaison Specialist.  She brings her knowledge of community organizing to the Council.  She is highly skilled at providing support to advocacy groups with an emphasis on providing support for the Latino community.  She believes in advancing the disability rights movement to ensure equal rights and justice for all.  Ada was appointed to the Council in 2012.  She serves on the Proposal Review Committee and is also on the Membership and Support Committee.  Ada lives in Windsor.

 

CHRISTINE SULLIVAN

Christine Sullivan represents the University of Connecticut A. J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Education, Research and Service (CT UCEDD).  She is a doctoral student in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Special Education.  She has a law degree and has been in private practice for over 24 years.  As a parent of a daughter with an intellectual disability, she wants to assist the Council in developing public policies that provide appropriate inclusive opportunities for children with intellectual disabilities in all aspects of their lives.  Chris was appointed to the Council in 2012 and serves on the Proposal Review Committee.  Christine resides in Waterbury.      

KATHY WOLKNER, COUNCIL VICE-CHAIR

Kathy Wolkner is Vice-Chair of the Council and was appointed in 2011. She has had much past volunteer experience including past officer positions with Farmington Special Education Parent Teacher Association, Translator for Special Olympics and Mentor for families new to an Autism diagnosis.  She is currently employed as a Client Development Director at Solidus, a company that provides Commercial Construction.  Kathy wanted to join the Council to bring awareness to issues faced by people with Developmental Disabilities.  She hopes to fulfill the goals of the Council’s mission statement and to advocate for those with Developmental Disabilities.  Kathy resides in Farmington.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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