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

Aaron M. Andres, Marquette
Represents the Statewide Independent Living Council
Term expires 12/31/22

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