Community Advisory Board

General Purpose and Mission 

The Institute’s services, interdisciplinary education, research, technical assistance, and outreach programs have been developed with the support and guidance of individuals with disabilities and family members, in order to promote the independence, inclusion, and productivity of individuals with disabilities. As part of its programming, MMI receives funding for and is designated as a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) by the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. In accordance with this designation, the MMI UCEDD convenes a Community Advisory Board (CAB).

The CAB serves in an advisory role assisting the UCEDD Director and staff with the mission and activities of the UCEDD.   A primary goal of the CAB members, in an effort to be as representative as possible, is to reach out to and garner input from disability stakeholders across the state in order to carry forward their comments, concerns, and questions to the UCEDD Director and staff.  The CAB’s advisory role helps to insure that the perspectives of individuals with disabilities are infused into and represented in all Institute efforts.  

Board Activities

The Board meets quarterly or as otherwise necessary. The Board is staffed by a Family Coordinator to the UCEDD, whose primary position objective is to support the consumer-related concerns of the Center and Institute. The Board’s activities include:

  • Assist in setting priorities for UCEDD activities.
  • Review and recommend revisions to the UCEDD’s Mission Statement.
  • Assist in the development and implementation of the UCEDD’s programmatic activities.
  • Assist in UCEDD policy development as it relates to UCEDD activities and services.
  • Provide input and assistance in developing proposals for specific initiatives.
  • Provide linkages with other relevant programs, organizations, or networks to facilitate collaborative activities.
  • Advocate for and on behalf of the UCEDD.

Board Members

Rosemary Cook
Rosemary Cook
Family Member
Jamia Garrett
Jamia Garrett
Self Advocate
Sue Hamilton
Sue Hamilton
Family Member
Cindy Holdforth
Cindy Holdforth
Family Member
Richard Koci
Richard Koci
Self-Advocate
Chair 
Candi Koenig
Candi Koenig
Family Member 
Susan Kringle
Susan Kringle
Family Member
Toya McIntosh
Toya McIntosh
Self Advocate
Dave Merrill
Dave Merrill
Agency
Representative
Graciela Sharif
Graciela Sharif
Family Member
Tim Shaw
Tim Shaw
Disability Rights
Nebraska
Representative
Jeff Swanson
Jeff Swanson
Family Member
Dee Valenti
Dee Valenti
DD Council Representative

For more information about the Consumer Advisory Board, contact:

Sarah Swanson
Community and Family Resource Specialist
The Munroe-Meyer Institute UNMC
Phone: (402) 559-4573
Toll Free: 800 656-3937 ext. 9-4573
Fax: (402) 559-4757

Kellie Ellerbusch
UCEDD/LEND Associate
Phone: (402) 559-2264

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