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Governor Granholm Announces Appointments to Advisory Council on Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Contact: Megan Brown 517-335-6397

March 3, 2010
 
LANSING - Governor Jennifer M. Granholm today announced the following appointments to the Advisory Council on Deaf and Hard of Hearing: 
 
Patrick Baker of West Bloomfield, director of labor relations for the Construction Association of Michigan, is appointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2013.  He succeeds Michelle Graham whose term has expired.
 
Helen Boucher of Brighton, manager of community interpreting with the Communication Access Center, is appointed to represent individuals knowledgeable in the field of deafness for a term expiring January 18, 2013.  She succeeds Debra Ann Self whose term has expired.
 
Liz Kobylak of Troy, hearing aid technician for Henry Ford Hospital-Lakeside, is appointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2011.  She succeeds Brett Holt whose term has expired. 
 
Helmi Lepisto of Rock, student aide and retired educator of the deaf and hard of hearing, is appointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2011.  She succeeds Janet Haines whose term has expired.   
 
Daniel McDougall of Ferndale, chair and associate professor of sign language studies with Madonna University, is appointed to represent individuals knowledgeable in the field of deafness for a term expiring January 18, 2012.  He succeeds Celeste Johnson whose term has expired. 
 
Brenda Neubeck of White Lake, Deaf H.E.A.L. program director for Deaf Community Advocacy Network, is appointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2012.  She succeeds Brian Sheridan whose term has expired.  
 
Laura Scott of Ann Arbor, parent consultant for the Early Hearing Detection and Intervention Program with the Michigan Department of Community Health, is appointed to represent individuals knowledgeable in the field of deafness for a term expiring January 18, 2012.  She succeeds Deierdre Weir whose term has expired. 
 
Larry Trayner of Royal Oak, processing clerk for the United States Postal Service, is appointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2012.  He succeeds George Griffiths whose term has expired.
 
Melissa Whalen of Ann Arbor, clinical psychology doctoral fellow at Eastern Michigan University, is appointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2013.  She succeeds Frank Bystrycki whose term has expired.  Ms. Whalen is also designated to serve as chairperson of the council for a term expiring at the pleasure of the governor. 
 
Tanya Wyatt-Dennis of Grosse Pointe Park, school and medical social worker, is appointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2013.  She succeeds Brenda Cartwright whose term has expired.
 
Robert Anthony of Grand Rapids, supervisor of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program with Northview Public Schools, is reappointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2011. 
 
Nancy Asher of Ypsilanti, executive director of the Michigan Association for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, is reappointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2011. 
 
Jill Gaus of Jackson, nurse and advocate for the hard of hearing, deaf and deaf-blind, is reappointed to represent deaf or hard of hearing persons for a term expiring January 18, 2012.
 
The Advisory Council on Deaf and Hard of Hearing assists the State Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing in their mission to affirm the right of deaf and hard of hearing persons to secure effective communication.  The council and the division work to provide technical support, information and referral services, and interpreter information and services to state constituents in need.
 
These appointments and reappointments are not subject to disapproval by the Michigan Senate.
 
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