State Rehabilitation Council
The Colorado State Rehabilitation Council is a board of volunteers who serve at the pleasure of the Governor. State Rehabilitation Councils were established in the Rehabilitation § 34 361.16(a) (2) in 1992. The Council is authorized to operate in Colorado by Executive Order B 014 07.
The Colorado State Rehabilitation Council increases opportunities for Coloradans with disabilities to pursue success at work as they define it. Our members work in service of equity and access to full participation in all aspects of life, by advocating for the budgetary and programmatic integrity of the vocational rehabilitation program in the Centennial State, a resource for increasing employment and economic advancement.
The Colorado State Rehabilitation Council envisions a day when Coloradans with and without disabilities have the necessary resources to fully participate in all aspects of life; and when rates of employment and economic advancement are comparable regardless of perceived or confirmed disability.
Statement of Partnership and Common Purpose
The Colorado State Rehabilitation Council leads an active, constructive and enduring partnership with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment. We share a common commitment to cultivating credibility and trust in our partnership by sharing information, program and performance data, experience and expertise. Together we ensure that eligible Coloradans seeking vocational rehabilitation services can be confident that vocational counseling and guidance will be individualized and effective. The Council strengthens the vocational rehabilitation program and the state of the environment the program operates in, by asking strategic questions; examining internal and external pressures which influence service delivery and the program’s capacity to recruit, support, promote and retain knowledgeable, skilled professionals to administer operations and provide direct services; and, make recommendations to improve policy and practice. The desired outcome of our partnership is to enable each participant to identify a specific employment goal and then empowering him or her to develop and implement a plan for achieving it.
Marilee Boylan, Member at Large, Chair
Katherine Carol, Representative of Parent or Guardian of a Person With a Disability, First Vice Chair
Ben Wankel, Representative of Business, Industry and Labor, Second Vice Chair
Anna French, Representative of Client Assistance Program
Beth Schaffner, Representative of Parent Training & Information Center
Brenda Mosby, Representative of Business, Industry & Labor
Lee Wheeler-Berliner, Representative of the CO Workforce Development Council
David Noftsker, Recipient of VR Services
Katie Oliver, Representative of Colorado Department of Education
Robert Lawhead, Representative of Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
Sheena Bassett, VR Counselors Representative
Stephan Heidenreich, Representative of State Independent Living Council
Kristin Corash, Director, DVR
Susan Richardson, Representative of Community Rehabilitation Program
Bobbie Rosa, Representative of Tribal VR
Timothy Postlewaite, Representative of a Disability Advocacy Group