Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services

Housed within the Michigan Department of  Labor and Economic Opportunity, the 17-member Michigan Council for Rehabilitation Services reviews, analyzes, and advises Michigan's rehabilitation programs and services, and advises the department director and governor. This is in partnership with Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS) and the Bureau of Services for Blind Persons. Sixteen of the 17 members are appointed by the Governor and one appointment is made by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. The State Directors of MRS and BSBP serve as ex-officio, nonvoting members. 
 

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Contact:
Karsten Bekemeier Ph.D, CRC, LPC
Policy Unit Manager
Michigan Rehabilitation Services
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity 

Office:  (517) 241-5333

Current Members:

 

David Szydlowski, Alpena

Represents community rehabilitation program service providers

Term expires 12/31/20

 

VACANT

Represents current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services

Term expires 12/31/20

 

Carol Bergquist, Escanaba

Represents the director of a project carried out under Section 121 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, providing vocational rehabilitation services grants to the governing bodies of an Indian tribe or to a consortium of tribal governing bodies

Term expires 12/31/20

 

Tiffany Guthrie, Alma

Represents parent training and information centers established under Section 671 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

Term expires 12/31/20

 

Lisa Cook-Gordon, Melvin

Represents Disability Advocacy Groups

Term expires 12/31/22

 

Elham Jahshan, East Lansing

Represents represent the client assistance program described under Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Term expires 12/31/21

 

VACANT

Represents the Statewide Independent Living Council

Term expires 12/31/19

 

Todd Culver, East Lansing

Represents Disability Advocacy Groups

Term expires 12/31/22

 

Kimberly Kennedy, Byron Center

Represents Disability Advocacy Groups

Term expires 12/31/22

 

Travar, Pettway, Canton

Represents Disability Advocacy Groups

Term expires 12/31/22

 

Jacqueline Tahtinen, Pelkie

Represents Vocational Rehabilitation Programs

Term expires 12/31/22

 

Mikyia S. Aaron, Taylor

Represents Business, Industry or Labor

Term expires 12/31/20

 

Elizabeth K. Abdnour , Lansing

Represents Business, Industry or Labor

Term expires 12/31/2021

 

Myrtel Brown, Flint

Represents Business, Industry or Labor

Term expires 12/31/2021

 

Karen T. Schulz, Lansing

Represents Business, Industry or Labor

Term expires 12/31/2022
 

Janet Timbs

Designee of the Superintendent of Public Instruction