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Gov. Rick Snyder makes appointments, reappointments to Statewide Independent Living Council
February 05, 2015
Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder today announced the appointments of Diana Maddox, of Lansing, and Wanda Travis, of Westland, and the reappointments of Robin Bennett, of Canton, Sara Grivetti, of Midland, and Rebecca Parten, of Dearborn, to the Statewide Independent Living Council.
The 15-member council works to ensure statewide representation of residents with disabilities.
“This is a dedicated and committed group of appointees and I thank them for their willingness to serve on the council,” Snyder said.
Maddox is the resource development manager for the Capital Area Center for Independent Living. She earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Michigan State University and a master’s of social work from Eastern Michigan University. She represents advocates of, and for, people with disabilities and replaces Kenneth Browde.
Travis is associate director of the Disability Network Wayne County-Detroit. She earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing and management from the Dearborn College of Business, a bachelor’s degree in medical case management from Davenport University and a master’s degree in mental health counseling from Siena Heights University. She will represent people with disabilities and replaces Constance Lou Kiggins.
Bennett works with Canton Leisure Services, where she engages participants with special needs in therapeutic recreation activities and summer camp. She earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing from Eastern Michigan University. She continues to represent individuals with disabilities.
Grivetti is CEO of the Disability Network of Michigan. She is a graduate of the Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership Institute and earned a bachelor's degree in management from Northwood University and a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Michigan State University. She continues to represent individuals with disabilities.
Parten is a research associate for the rehabilitation department of the University of Michigan Health System, where she is also a website designer. Parten earned a bachelor’s degree in public communication and culture studies from the University of Michigan-Dearborn and a master’s of social work from the University of Michigan. She continues to represent advocates of, and for, people with disabilities.
Appointees will serve three-year terms to expire Dec. 31, 2017. Appointments are not subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.