The council is created under state law and the Federal Rehabilitation Act. Members are appointed by the governor. The council guides decisions about Minnesota's Vocational Rehabilitation Services program, which serves thousands of people with severe disabilities statewide by helping them reach their vocational goals.
The council advises state government on the performance of Minnesota's vocational rehabilitation services programs, particularly on the extent, scope, and effectiveness of vocational rehabilitation services. Duties include:
|Christine Bauman||VR Counselor Representative|
|Scott Berscheid||Business, Industry and Labor Representative|
|Emma Corrie||Business, Industry and Labor|
|Steve Ditschler||Governor's Workforce Development Council|
|Al Hauge||Department of Education|
|Mickey Kyler||SILC Representative|
|Gloria LaFriniere||121 Project|
|Clayton Liend||Community Rehabilitation Provider|
|Andrea (Andie) Moore||PACER|
|Anita Olson||VR Participant|
|Kimberley Peck||VRS Director|
|Sherri Rademacher||Former VR Participant|
|Anne Robertson||Client Assistance Project|
|Bob (Robert) Wagner||Former VR participant|
|Nick (Nicholas) Wilkie||Advocate|
All meetings are open to the public. Time is set aside at each meeting for the public to address the council. If accommodations are required, please request them no later than one week in advance. All meetings are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. unless otherwise noted. For more information, contact Gail Lundeen.
There are no scheduled executive committee meetings at this time.
There are no scheduled sub-committee meetings at this time.
The State Rehabilitation Council will meet on the following dates at the designated times and locations. All meetings are open to the public.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
DEED – Skyway Level
332 Minnesota St.
St. Paul, MN 55101-2146
2013 Meeting Minutes
June - Public Forum: Minnesota Olmstead Plan: Freedom of Choice and Opportunity for People with Disabilities
September 2013 Joint Public Forum
2012 Meeting Minutes
Any Minnesotan is eligible for membership. Appointments are made by the Governor based on considerations that include personal qualifications for service and the Council’s need for statewide representation. The Council's membership must always include representation of persons with disabilities, former or current consumers of Vocational Rehabilitation Services, community rehabilitation programs, Vocational Rehabilitation Services counselors, parents, advocates, business, industry, labor, and members of traditionally under-served populations. Approximately five appointments are made annually. Appointments are made for terms of three years.
The Council meets 10 times annually on the fourth Wednesday of the month, usually in the Saint Paul area, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Application forms, including applications in alternative formats, are available from the Secretary of State, 651-215-1440; TYY 800-627-3529; or on the Secretary of State's website
Center-Based Employment: The Continuum of Employment Supports for People with Disabilities
A summary report of the public forum sponsored by the Minnesota State Rehabilitation Council and Vocational Rehabilitation Services.
View reports for previous years:
For more information, contact Gail Lundeen at 651-259-7364 or Marlys Staples at 651-259-7375.
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
First National Bank Building
332 Minnesota St Ste E200
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55101
800-627-3529 Minnesota Relay Service
877-627-3848 Speech-to-Speech Telephone Re-Voice