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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

Jonathan Bischoff, MA, LPC, CRC, CBSP
Department Specialist
Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS)
Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO)
Mobile: 248.234.0557
Email:  bischoffj1@michigan.gov

Current Members

VACANT
Represents Business, Industry or Labor, term expires 12/31/20

Elizabeth K. Abdnour, Lansing
Represents Business, Industry or Labor, term expires 12/31/21

Myrtel Brown, Flint
Represents Business, Industry or Labor, term expires 12/31/21

Elham Jahshan, East Lansing
Represents the client assistance program described under Section 112 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, term expires 12/31/21

Lisa Cook-Gordon, Melvin
Represents Disability Advocacy Groups, 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

Karen T. Schulz, Lansing
Represents Business, Industry or Labor, term expires 12/31/22

Yvonne Fleener, Grand Ledge
Represents the Statewide Independent Living Council, term expires 12/31/22

Brent Mikulski, Canton
Represents community rehabilitation program service providers, term expires 12/31/23

Kellie Blackwell, Lansing
Represents current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services, term expires 12/31/23

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 12/31/23

Tiffany Guthrie, Alma
Represents parent training and information centers established under Section 671 of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, term expires 12/31/23

Russ Kavalhuna, Dearborn
Represents the Michigan Workforce Development Board, term expires 12/31/21

Janet Timbs
Designee of the Superintendent of Public Instruction