September 2020 Council Minutes

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Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Inc.
Full Council Meeting Minutes
September 25, 2020

Members Present: Susan Kabot, Chair, Amanda Baker, Dick Bradley, Conney Dahn, Sarah Goldman, Elly Hagen, Cherie Hall, Eddie Hall, Laurie Harlow, Dennis Hart, Yolanda Herrera, Kevin Johnson, April Katine, Jack Kosik, Lisa Miller, TJ Moon, Barbara Palmer, Jan Pearce, Elizabeth Perkins, Tom Rice, Jean Sherman, Kali Wilson, Victoria Zepp


Members Absent: Frank Shalett, Louis Towson,


Staff Present: Valerie Breen, Safee Broxton, Kristen Conlin, Misty Grimm, Sheila Gritz-Swift, Holly Hohmeister, Margaret Hooper, Vanda Jenkins, Rick Lockenbach, Kay Spence, Lisa Taylor


Others Present: Lynne Daw, Christine DeMeo, David Dobbs, Margaret Lynn Duggar, Karen Hagen, Renee Jenkins, Kristin Korinko, Cherie Neville, Christine Sexton


The face-to-face committee meetings were held via zoom on Thursday, September 24th from 10:00 am – 3:30 pm. The full council meeting was also conducted via zoom on Friday, September 25th from 9:00 am – 1:45 p.m.


Kabot called the full Council meeting to order at 9:00 a.m. on 09/25/2020.  Roll Call was established.


  1. Approval of the Minutes

The minutes from the May 15, 2020 meeting were approved as presented with no corrections.


Action Taken:   Johnson made a motion to accept the May 15, 2020 minutes with no corrections. Perkins seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.


Kabot requested a motion regarding our bylaws and elections.  She referenced the e-mail sent out to council members on September 18th explaining the recommendation to the full Council to suspend Article VI of our bylaws and allow the current Executive Committee members to serve in the official roles as officers for one more year.


Action Taken:   Perkins made a motion to suspend the language in Article VI- Elections Part A in our bylaws.  Wilson seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.


  1. Chair/Vice-Chair/Executive Director Report

The following information was shared during this report.


Kabot informed the council that TJ Moon was recently appointed to the Florida Assistive Technology Advisory Council and the Board of Director for the Florida Alliance for Assistive Services and Technology.  She also shared with the council her participation in the virtual training session of the Technical Assistance Institute where she was learned details regarding the new state plan, fiscal updates and program performance requirements.


Baker reported on the weekly update calls with the Executive Director and Chair where discussions range from information regarding the council to Florida Sand and their involvement in forums.


  1. Executive Director

Breen highlighted the lives of John Lewis, Bobbie Lake & Ruth Bader Ginsburg and highlighted their contributions to persons with developmental disabilities. During her presentation she also mentioned how instrumental she was in getting the state to allow the use of EBT for online grocery.  The highlight of her report was the restructuring of the FDDC website.


  1. Conflict of Interest Discussion

The council’s attention was drawn to the opinion letter from the Council’s legal firm Nabors, Giblin and Nickerson and the opinion memo from the federal Information and Technical Assistance Center Director, Sheryl Matney.  This led into the council’s discussion on conflict of interest with Margaret Lynn Duggar, our contracted facilitator. It is her intent to assure that the council complies with conflict-of-interest standards set forth and that we abide accordingly.  We will continue this discussion at our next council meeting with her findings. 

  1. State and Sister Agency Reports

Reports were provided by Tom Rice, Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Elizabeth Perkins, The Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, Jean Sherman, Mailman Center, Cherie Hall, Disabilities Right Florida, April Katine, Department of Education, Bureau of Exceptional Education Services, Jan Pearce, Department of Education, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Renee Jenkins, Department of Health, Children’s Medical Services.


  1. Presentation by Terri Daly

Daly gave a presentation on targeted disparity.  Report will be available for members.


  1. Public Policy Committee Report

Refer to attached Public Policy Committee Summary Report.


Action Taken:   Perkins made a motion to accept the Public Policy report as presented. Kosik seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.


  1. State Plan Committee Report

Refer to attached State Plan Committee Summary Report.


Action Taken:   Wilson made a motion to accept the State Plan report as presented. Johnson seconded.  Motion passed unanimously. Hall, Pearce and Baker abstained.


  1. Finance Committee Report

Refer to attached Finance Committee Summary Report.


Action Taken:   Sherman made a motion to accept the Finance report as presented. Goldman seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.


  1. Executive Committee Report

Refer to attached Executive Committee Summary Report.


Action Taken:   Kosik made a motion to accept the Executive report as presented. Hart seconded.  Motion passed unanimously.

  1. Public Comment


The meeting was adjourned at 1:45 p.m.

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