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Updated 4/4/19

Board Officers:

Julia Chalker, President, Transition Specialist at the Prosper Independent School District

Sylvia Hodgins, Vice President, retired DARS-DBS Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor and Client

          Assistance Program caseworker living in Dallas

Patt Bourland, Secretary, Program Support staff at HOCTIL-IL Services

Gordon Meredith, Treasurer,  Residential Construction Specialist, City of Denton

Board Members:

Rochelle Chandler, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology at Prosper ISD

Margot Dickey, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty in Special Education, Texas A&M University, Department of

            Educational Psychology 

Carla Forman, Board Member Emeritus, Director of Paratransit & Contracted Services at Trinity Metro

Larry Hughes, retired DARS-DRS Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor living in Collin County

Brooke Lewis, TX Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation Services Older Individuals Who are

           Blind Program Worker in North Texas

Robert Petty, Disability Advocate living in Dallas County

Joe Rivas, Certified Rehabilitation Counselor & Attendant Care Training Specialist in Denton County

Sarah Rose, Ph.D.,Director, minor in Disability Studies & Associate Professor of History at the

            University of Texas at Arlington

Jose Santos, Firefighter/Paramedic, Dallas Fire Rescue

David Saunders, Disability Advocate living in Dallas County

Joyce Tepley, retired Licensed Social Worker and published book author living in Dallas County

Timothy Upshaw, Certified Community Health Worker at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Anne Wallace, LPC, Professional Art Therapist & Certified Special Education Teacher living in Collin County

Abu Yilla, Ph.D., Clinical Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Arlington Department of Kinesiology

Emeritus Council Members:

Penny Acrey, Advocate for People with Disabilities

Maria Bean, Inspection Specialist, Public Company Accounting Oversight Board in Irving

Pat Nehr, Disability Advocate, retired UPS employee in Dallas

Barbara Nwaigbo, Disability Navigator, ResCare Workforce Services, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas