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Governor Appoints Six to Council on Developmental Disabilities

March 20, 2001 (St. Paul, MN) Governor Jesse Ventura today announced the appointments of Ann Zick, Patricia Tietz, Bonnie Jean Smith and Cynthia Yongvang, Kathryn Jacobson and Jackie Mlynarczyk to the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Ann Zick, of Osage, comes from a family with varied disabilities. Her experience has led her to become an advocate for children with disabilities in four different school districts. Zick will serve a three-year term, which expires January 5, 2004.

Patricia Tietz, of Shakopee, has a child who has multiple disabilities. Her commitments to ensure that her son enjoys life to the fullest have provided the opportunity to create the most inclusive community and school environment possible for children who have disabilities. Tietz will serve a three-year term, which expires January 5, 2004.

Bonnie Jean Smith, of Minneapolis, is a parent to children who have disabilities and works at a north Minneapolis school for special needs teens. She also helps the parents of these teens and other parents of special needs children in the community to access services that are available to them. Smith will serve a three-year term, which expires January 5, 2004.

Cynthia Yongvang, of Saint Paul, is a trainer for leadership development of Asian women and has served on several non-profit boards. Yongvang will serve a three-year term, which expires January 5, 2004.

Kathryn Jacobson, of Thief River Falls, is a parent of twin six year old boys who have Autism Spectrum Disorder along with Sensory Integration Dysfunctions and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Jacobson, along with another parent, started a support group for families of children with special needs in Thief River Falls. Jacobson will serve a three-year term, which expires January 5, 2004.

Jackie Mlynarczyk, of North St. Paul, has worked with people with developmental disabilities for the past 28 years. Mlynarczyk is reappointed for a second term, which expires on January 5, 2004.

Consisting of 27 members, the council supervises the development of a three-year state plan describing the quality, extent and scope of needed services being provided to persons with developmental disabilities. The council also monitors and evaluates the implementation of the state plan and reviews state service plans with developmental disabilities.

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