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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

New Member Orientation Guide

2020 New Member Orientation Video

Current Council Members

Bott, Ian JamesSelf-Advocate
Cunningham, AmyProtection & Advocacy
Dawson, LydiaNot for Profit
Evans, Art L.Medicaid – Title XIX
Fodor, Julie A.University Affiliated
Garrett, JennaParent
Gassman-Sandoval, AnthonyFor Profit Provider/Non Gov.
Hanchett, Nanna GVocational Rehab.
Hansen, Alan JackSelf-Advocate
Hunt, DeedraCommission on Aging
Hurst, ValerieParent
Johnson, GinaSelf-Advocate
Lopez, SarahMaternal and Child Health – Title V
Pellens, NataliParent
Moreno, Maria "Marilu" De Laluz Parent
Petersen, Emily LynParent, Council CHAIR
Reff, Danielle “DR”Self-Advocate VICE-CHAIR ’19-‘20
Sandvig, MichaelParent
Saxe, Carly A.Self-Advocate
Seamans, AdrienneParent
Streagle, KarrenDept. Of Education
Tuinstra, La DonnaParent
Zuniga, EdgarSelf-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.

Tracy Warren, Program Specialist
Strategic Plan and Annual Reports, Project Areas: Person Centered Planning, Transition to Adulthood, Employment.

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

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

Trisha Hammond, Office Manager
Budgets, Grants/Contracts, Staff Support.

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