Teresa has an extensive background in the issues surrounding Alaskans who are living with disabilities. Teresa was originally hired by the Council in April 2008 were she served as the Program Coordinator for the Council’s Education and Early Intervention Committees. She quickly moved forward to become the Operations Director for the Council. In addition to her work with the Council, Teresa worked for the Disability Law Center of Alaska as a special education advocate to a grassroots, self-advocacy organization for people with developmental disabilities on both state and national levels. Prior to this, she worked as case manager for the Arc of Anchorage. As Executive Director for the Governor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education, she will be responsible for assisting the Council to create change that improves the lives of individuals with disabilities. Her focus will be to help ensure people with disabilities have control over their lives, are able to make their own choices and have equal opportunities in: housing, employment, early intervention, special education, lifelong learning, independent living and inclusion in the community.
Teresa has been married for 20 years and has two teenage children. She is also the parent of a child who received special education services for a learning disability. She enjoys outdoor activities including skiing, gardening, hiking and traveling. For photos of the Holt family adventures, click here.