Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments to Advisory Council on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Ann Liming, of Lansing, and KT Maviglia, of Dundee, to the Advisory Council on Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing.

Housed within the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, the 13-member council advises the department on matters pertaining to deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing persons. A minimum of seven members must be deaf or hard of hearing.

"I am confident Ann and KT will do good work to support Michigan’s deaf, deafblind and hard of hearing community. I thank them for their willingness to serve," said Snyder.

Liming, now retired, most recently worked as a hard of hearing specialist for the Michigan Division on Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has served on several boards, including the Michigan Rehabilitation Council and the Mental Health Advisory Council for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People. She represents deaf or hard of hearing persons and replaces Mel Whalen, who resigned.

Maviglia is the founder of the KT Maviglia Foundation for Hearing Disabilities and the co-author of a legislative bill aiming to improve services and insurance coverage for children with hearing loss. Maviglia was also crowned Miss Michigan in June 2014. She earned a bachelor’s degree in dance performance from the University of Michigan and replaces Freida Morrison.

Liming will serve the remainder of a three-year term expiring Jan. 18, 2016. Maviglia will serve a three-year term expiring Jan. 18, 2018. Appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

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