Governor's Council on Disability

Truman State Office Building 301 West High Street, Room 840
PO Box 1668
Jefferson City, MO 65102-1668

Phone: (573)-751-2600
Phone 2: (800)-877-8249
Fax: (573)-526-4109

Email:
Website: disability.mo.gov

Details on Board or Commission

Authority: RSMo 37.735

Department: Office of Administration

Mission: The Governor's Council on Disability works to promote employment of people with disabilities and create a climate in which all Missourians with and without disabilities have equal opportunity for full participation in all aspects of community life. We educate the public to reduce stereotypes and promote more accurate images of disability in the community. We represent needs, issues, and concerns of people with all types of disabilities in the formation of public policy.

Function: The Governor's Council on Disability's makes persons with disabilities aware of their rights and opportunities; increases employment opportunities for job seekers with disabilities; expands access to equal and full participation for all individuals with any type of disability in their communities at local, state, and federal levels; and changes the delivery system for assistive technology devices and services.

SubCommittees:

Details on Meetings

Number of meetings: 4 meetings

Location of meetings: Jefferson City

Duration of meetings: 1 day

Preparation time for meetings: 1 to 2 hours

Total time commitment: 40+ hours annually

Details on Members

Total members: 21

Appointed members: 21

Term length: Four years; 1 reappointment allowed

Compensation: Members receive reimbursement for realized and necessary expenses.

Member Requirements: The majority of the council shall be comprised of people with disabilities; others must include individuals with a family member with disabilities or advocates for disability issues; all members must be knowledgeable about disability-related issues and have demonstrated a commitment to full participation of people with disabilities in all aspects of community life. The Chair of the board must be confirmed by the Senate, other members of the board are not.

Political Requirements: no

Geographic Requirements: yes, members must represent each congressional district

Senate Consent Required: No

Members

Mrs. Yvonne Renee Wright
Chair
New Bloomfield
Term begins: Jan 4, 2016
Term expires: Oct 1, 2019

Mr. James Trout
1st Congressional District
Webster Groves
Term begins: Mar 4, 2009
Term expires: Mar 3, 2013

Vacant Slot
2nd Congressional District

Mr. Todd Mayfield
3rd Congressional District
Jefferson City
Term begins: Feb 28, 2006
Term expires: Oct 1, 2009

Vacant Slot
4th Congressional District

Vacant Slot
5th Congressional District

Mr. Charles Comstock
6th Congressional District
Kirksville
Term begins: Jul 29, 2010
Term expires: Oct 1, 2013

Mr. Chip Hailey
7th Congressional District
Joplin
Term begins: Jan 6, 2017
Term expires: Oct 1, 2019

Rosemary Hendon
8th Congressional District
West Plains
Term begins: Jan 6, 2017
Term expires: Oct 1, 2017

Dr. Joan E. Bergstrom
Member 1
Lees Summit
Term begins: Mar 31, 2010
Term expires: Oct 1, 2013

Mr. Robert E. Wallace
Member 2
Town And Country
Term begins: May 10, 2010
Term expires: Oct 1, 2010

Ms. Mary Ann Harter
Member 3
Crestwood
Term begins: Nov 16, 2009
Term expires: Oct 1, 2013

Katie M Jones
Member 4
St. Peters
Term begins: Oct 27, 2017
Term expires: Oct 1, 2021

Ms. Betty Davidson
Member 5
St. Louis
Term begins: Nov 16, 2009
Term expires: Oct 1, 2011

Vacant Slot
Member 6

Ms. DeAnna Noriega
Member 7
Fulton
Term begins: Oct 2, 2009
Term expires: Oct 1, 2011

Ms. Susan Orton
Member 8
St. Louis
Term begins: Jul 19, 2005
Term expires: Oct 1, 2005

Mr. Opeoluwa Sotonwa
Member 9
Jefferson City
Term begins: Mar 7, 2018
Term expires: Oct 1, 2021

Mr. Ronald Hack
Member 10
Sunset Hills
Term begins: Oct 2, 2009
Term expires: Oct 1, 2013

Mr. Elijah R Mayfield
Member 11
Jefferson City
Term begins: Mar 14, 2018
Term expires: Oct 1, 2021

Vacant Slot
Member 12