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The Idaho Council on Developmental Disabilities is a 23-member volunteer board, created by federal and state law, whose purpose is to advocate for Idahoans with developmental disabilities to assure they have access to needed community supports, individualized services, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and inclusion in Idaho communities. Individuals are appointed by the Governor for three-year terms, starting July 1 of each year. Representation is from the following:

  • Six people with developmental disabilities
  • Seven family members of people with developmental disabilities
  • One guardian or relative of a person in an institution
  • A representative of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • A representative of the State Department of Education
  • A representative of Title XIX – Medicaid
  • A representative of Title V Maternal and Child Health
  • A representative of the Office on Aging
  • Idaho Center on Disabilities & Human Development Idaho’s University Center for Excellence or UCEDD)
  • Disability Rights Idaho (Idaho’s Protection and Advocacy Agency)
  • A local agency concerned with DD
  • A non-governmental or private organization concerned with DD
  • A non-profit organization concerned with DD

Current Council Members

Bott, Ian JamesSelf-Advocate
Carson, JaniceUniversity Affiliated
Case, MichaelMedicaid – Title XIX
Cunningham, AmyProtection & Advocacy
Garrett, JennaParent
Hunt, DeedraCommission on Aging
Johnson, JenniferFor Profit /Non Gov. Organization
MacGuffie, Michael "Mike"Vocational Rehab.
Maria JuarezParent
Moreno, Maria "Marilu" De Laluz Parent
Pellens, NataliParent
Petersen, EmilyLocal Agency Non-Profit
Reff, Danielle “DR”Self-Advocate, CHAIR
Rochelle LarsenParent
Sandvig, MichaelParent
Saxe, Carly A.Self-Advocate
Seamans, AdrienneParent
Streagle, KarrenDept. Of Education
Walters, StephanieMaternal and Child Health – Title V
Wyatt, NickSelf-Advocate
Zuniga, EdgarSelf-Advocate
Pending AppointmentParent
Pending AppointmentSelf-Advocate


Christine Pisani, Executive Director
General administration and oversight of staff; federal and state legislative liaison; liaison to the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities, the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, The Idaho Consortium for Idahoans with Disabilities, Community Care Advisory Council, Collaborative Workgroup on Adult Developmental Disability Service Redesign, Aging, and Disability Resource Center, Community Advisory Committee with the Center on Disabilities and Human Development at the University of Idaho, Quality Assurance for Adult Self-Direction, Project Areas: Public Policy, Quality Assurance, Cultural Competence, Leadership Development, Dual Diagnosis, and Advocacy.

Richelle Tierney, Policy Analyst
Review and Analysis of Policy and Legislative Issues, Coordination of Statewide Advocacy Coalition

Miguel Juarez, Program Specialist
Partners in Policymaking and the Culturally Responsive Advisory Group

Jill Smith, Program Specialist
Person-Centered Planning, Transition to Adulthood, and Employment

Marieke Edwards, Research Analyst
Federal reporting and planning, data collection, and analysis

VACANT, Administrative Assistant
Budgets and support

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