Arkansas Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities

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The Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities Arkansas meets quarterly, on the second Thursday of March, June, September and December, from 10am-1pm (Central). In some instances, the Council Chairperson may change a quarterly meeting date or call a special meeting outside of this schedule, with reason. Public meeting information is shared in advance on this website, state and DFA website public meeting calendars; in some cases it will also be shared via email and on GCDD Arkansas social media channels.

GCDD Arkansas meetings are public meetings. If you plan to attend and need specific supports or accommodations, please contact staff as early as possible in order to give reasonable notice for our staff to make the arrangements. Contact Jon Taylor for links, locations and other details.

Contact: jonathan.taylor@dfa.arkansas.gov

2023 Meetings:

  • March 9 (Quarterly)
  • June 8 (Quarterly)
  • September 18 (Quarterly) REVISED DATE
  • December 14 (Quarterly)


Current Governor Appointees to the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities:

Carrie Hollis-Anthony, Hot Springs.  Non-Profit Representative, Little Bitty City Child Enrichment Center. Appointment expires December 1, 2022. Applied to serve another term.

Katherine Donoven, Sherwood. Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2026. **Selected by Governor to serve as Chairperson.

Syard Evans, Fayetteville.  Non-Profit Representative, Arkansas Support Network. Appointment expires December 1, 2025.

Cynthia Fong, Maumelle.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2024.

C.W. Gardenhire, Beebe.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2024.

Mark George, Rogers. Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2024.

Ke’Arus Henderson, Little Rock.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2023.

Kacey Hodges, Springdale.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2025.

Kimberly Horton, Malvern.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2022. Position pending appointment.

Ludwik Kozlowski, Jr., North Little Rock. Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2024. **Selected by Governor to serve as Vice-Chairman.

Ann Price, North Little Rock.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2025.

Amanda Sanders, Mountain Home.  Institution – Parent or Guardian (of an Arkansan who previously lived in or currently lives in an HDC). Appointment expires December 1, 2026.

Heather Shrader, Batesville.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2023.

Christopher Tebbetts, Mountain View.  Self-Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2022. Appied to serve another term.

Maria Villagran, Lowell.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2026.

Janette Williams-Smith, Cabot.  Parent Advocate. Appointment expires December 1, 2026.

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 DD Network representatives:

Karan Burnette, Director, Partners for Inclusive Communities; University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD). 

Tom Masseau, Executive Director, Disability Rights of Arkansas; State Protection & Advocacy System.  

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 Per EO 15-19, Council members representing principal state agencies shall be appointed by the Governor without a term expiration date and shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor.

 Vacant, Division Director, Division of Provider Services & Quality Assurance OR Division of Aging, Adult, and Behavioral Health Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services

Joseph Baxter, Commissioner, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services.

Toni Roy, Policy Development Coordinator, Division of Medical Services, Program Development & Quality Assurance, Arkansas Department of Human Services; Parent Advocate

Rhonda Saunders, Coordinator, Special Education Division, Arkansas Department of Education.

Melissa Weatherton, Director, Division of Developmental Disabilities Services, Arkansas Department of Human Services.