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Governor Appoints Twelve to Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities

February 21, 2002 (St. Paul, MN) Governor Jesse Ventura today announced the appointments of Ella Gross, Emily Knight, Nina Mae Moss, Jeffrey Skwarek, Virginia Smith and Sarah Thorson and the reappointment of David Dunn, Anne Henry, Sharon Heuring, Steve Larson, Ordean Rosaasen and Thomas Schwartz to the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities. In addition, the governor also reappointed Jackie Mlynarczyk chair of the council.

Dunn, Rochester, is reappointed as a public member for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005. Dunn has served on the council since 1999.

Gross, Minneapolis, replaces Beverly St. John as a parent of an adult child with developmental disabilities for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005.

Henry, Minneapolis, is reappointed as a protection and advocacy member for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005. Henry has served on the council since 1999.

Heuring, Litchfield, is reappointed as a parent of an adult child with developmental disabilities for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005.

Knight, Minneapolis, replaces Cindy Shevlin-Woodcock as a representative of the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005.

Larson, St. Paul, is reappointed as a representative of the Minnesota Department of Human Services a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005.

Moss, Minneapolis, replaces Claudia Carlisle as a self-advocate member to complete a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2003.

Rosaasen, Willmar, is reappointed as a self-advocate member for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005. Rosaasen has served on the council since 1999.

Schwartz, Eden Prairie, is reappointed as a parent of an adult child with developmental disabilities for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005. Schwartz has served on the council since 1999.

Skwarek, Minneapolis, replaces Avis Kruger as a self-advocate member for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005.

Smith, Inver Grove Heights, replaces Kathleen Lynch as a parent of an adult child with developmental disabilities for a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005.

Thorson, St. Paul, replaces Nancy Vandenburg as a representative of the Minnesota Department of Health a three-year term that expires on January 3, 2005.

The Minnesota Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities supervises the development of the state plan describing the quality, extent and scope of services being provided to persons with developmental disabilities. The council consists of 25 members appointed by the governor

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