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Snyder makes appointments to Michigan Rehabilitation Council

Tuesday, May 15, 2012 


LANSING, Mich.-Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointment of Brian Sabourin, of Midland, and the reappointment of Carol Bergquist, of Escanaba, to the Michigan Rehabilitation Council.


The council reviews, analyzes and advises Michigan Rehabilitation Services, within the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, regarding all rehabilitation programs and policies administered in Michigan under the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973.


"These individuals bring decades of experience and will help uphold the council's charge to provide rehabilitation services for Michigan residents," said Snyder.



Sabourin has more than 20 years of experience working with individuals with cognitive and physical disabilities. He is the employment team director for Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services Inc., where he manages its day-to-day operations. Sabourin holds a bachelor's degree in communications from Central Michigan University. He will represent the client assistance program established under section 121 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.



Bergquist is director of vocational rehabilitation services for the Hannahville Indian Community, where she directs a program that provides rehabilitation services for Native Americans residing on reservations. She is a certified rehabilitation counselor, special education supervisor, special education teacher, teacher consultant and vocational evaluator. Bergquist earned a bachelor's degree in exceptional education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a master's and Ph.D. from Michigan State University in rehabilitation counseling. She will represent the director of a project providing vocational rehabilitation services grants to the governing bodies of an Indian tribe or to a consortium of tribal governing bodies.


Appointees will serve three-year terms that expire Dec. 31, 2014, and their appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the state Senate.