Snyder makes appointment, reappointments to Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced one appointment and five reappointments to the Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services. 

Housed within the Michigan Department of Human Services, the 17-member council reviews and evaluates Michigan's rehabilitation programs and services, and advises the department director and governor. It works in partnership with Michigan Rehabilitation Services and the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs' Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. 

“I thank these talented professionals for their service on this important council,” Snyder said. 

Appointed:

Jennipher Wiebold, of Kalamazoo, is an associate professor in the Department of Blindness and Low Vision Studies at Western Michigan University. She holds both a bachelor’s degree in open studies and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from the University of Minnesota – Mankato, and a Ph.D. in rehabilitation psychology from the University of Wisconsin. She will represent disability advocacy groups and replaces Mary Ann Greenawalt. 

Reappointed:

Trina Edmondson, of Wyoming, is the veteran supports coordinator and employment specialist for Disability Advocates of Kent County. Previously, she worked as a disability program navigator for Disability Advocates of Kent County, a transcriptionist for Great Lakes Loss Control, and a nursing assistant for Spectrum Health Continuing Care Center. Edmondson holds a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies from Davenport University. She will continue to represent disability advocacy groups. 

Sara Grivetti, of Midland, is CEO of the Disability Network of Michigan, where she has worked since 2011. Previously, she worked as executive director at the Disability Network of Mid-Michigan, a rehabilitation counselor at SVRC Industries and Michigan Rehabilitation Services, and program leader at a Center for Independent Living. Grivetti holds a bachelor’s of business administration in management from Northwood University, and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent the Statewide Independent Living Council. 

Rodney Jones, of Brighton, is president and CEO of Work Skills Corporation in Brighton, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides employment and training services to people with barriers to employment. He also currently serves as president and CEO of Kahiko Koa Inc. in Brighton, a Service Disabled Veteran Owned Business offering products and services to local, state and federal units of government. Previously, he worked as a supervisor for Michigan Rehabilitation Services in Detroit. Jones holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling from Wayne State University. He will continue to represent business, industry, and labor. 

Deanna Middlebrooks, of Detroit, is a counselor/therapist at KRANS Integrative Cognitive Rehabilitation in Royal Oak, and is an independent contract tutor at Future Foundations. Previously, she worked as an independent contractor providing high-risk recovery programs, placement services, and mentorship/maintenance services for Diversified Support Services, as a multi-level marketing sales representative for Amway, and as a specialized foster care provider for children with special needs. She is a member of the National Association for Multicultural Rehabilitation Concerns, American Counseling Association, and Michigan Rehabilitation Association. Middlebrooks holds a bachelor’s degree in art therapy and music, and a master of arts in rehabilitation counseling from Wayne State University. She will continue to represent vocational rehabilitation counselors. 

Aimee Sterk, of Jenison, is program manager at the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition, a position she has held since 2004. Previously, she worked as a grant coordinator for the Michigan Department of Community Health, as an advocacy specialist with the Disability Network/ Lakeshore, and as program coordinator for Citizens for Better Care. She is vice chair for the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, and a volunteer for the Arc of Kent County, the Ottawa County Parks, and WGVU Women and Girls Lead. Sterk is a licensed master’s social worker and holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hope College and a master of social work from Michigan State University. She will continue to represent disability advocacy groups. 

Members serve three-year terms expiring Dec. 31, 2016, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. 

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