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Council Meetings

September 29 - 30, 2021

Committee Updates

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

To participate remotely:


9:30 a.m. Council Business Meeting
  1. Call to Order, Heidi Lieb-Williams
  2. Roll Call and ZOOM Reminders, Kristin Vandagriff
  3. Land Acknowledgement, Heidi Lieb-Williams
  4. Developmental Disabilities Shared Vision:
    • Heidi Lieb-Williams, Chair - "Alaskans share a vision of a flexible system in which each person directs their own supports, based on their strengths and abilities, toward a meaningful life in their home, their job and their community. Our vision includes supported families, professional staff and services available throughout the state now and into the future."
    • "I live the life I choose with the supports I direct."
  5. Announcements and Introductions
  6. Approval of May 2021 Meeting Minutes
    SAMPLE MOTION:I make a motion to approve the May 2021 Council meeting minutes as presented.
  7. Approval of the Agenda
    SAMPLE MOTION: I make a motion to approve the Spring Council meeting agenda as presented.
  8. Conflict of Interest Declarations
  9. Chair/Executive Director Report, Heidi Lieb-Williams and Kristin Vandagriff

  10. ***Mini Stretch Break***
  11. Council Budget
  12. COVID-19 Update, Lanny Mommsen
  13. "Living Well on the Last Frontier" Update, Kristin Vandagriff
  14. Other New Business from the Floor

10:30 a.m. Bylaws Amendment (Second Council Meeting Reading)

Kristin Vandagriff

  • Second reading of proposed bylaws changes - Kristin Vandagriff
  • Discussion - Heidi Lieb Williams
  • Vote - Heidi Lieb Williams

11:30 a.m. Executive Session
1:00 p.m. Lunch Break
2:00 p.m. Department of Health and Social Services Update - Comissioner Crum
3:00 p.m. Additional Executive Session Time
3:45 p.m. Break
  • Reminder: Please sign out of the current Zoom, and into the Public Testimony Zoom below.

4:00 p.m.

Public Testimony - Jena Crafton, Vice Chair

  • Theme: How can we best empower individuals with developmental disabilities to live an, "I am, I can" type of meaningful life during the pandemic? Are there silver linings about the pandemic to be shared (i.e. things we learned that were helpful and perhaps should be continued)?
  • Public Testimony ZOOM Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84286552432?pwd=N0dYWUF2MnY1Rm5qMEpOZnpScjArZz09
    • Meeting ID: 842 8655 2432
    • Passcode: 229991
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4:30 p.m. Recess

Thursday, September 30, 2021

To participate remotely:


9:30 a.m. Call Back to Order- Heidi Lieb-Williams
  • Roll Call, Announcements, and Introductions
  • Changes to Agenda, if any
9:45 a.m. State 5-Year Plan Update and Implementation Discussion - Kristin Vandagriff and Myranda Walso
11:30 a.m. Lunch Break
12:30 p.m. Partner Reports:
  • 12:30-12:45PM: Peer Power Alaska - Ric Nelson
  • 12:45-1PM: Key Coalition - Michele Girault
  • 1-1:30PM: Division of Senior and Disabilities Services - John Lee, Director
  • 1:30-1:45PM: Department of Education and Early Development - Heidi Teshner, Acting Deputy Commissioner
  • 1:45-2:00PM: Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority - Mike Abbott, Chief Executive Officer; Steve Williams, Chief Operating Officer; and Jimael Johnson, Program Officer
  • 2:00-2:15PM: Alaska Association on Developmental Disabilities - Lizette Stiehr, Executive Director
  • 2:15-2:30PM: Division of Vocational Rehabilitation - Duane Mayes, Director
  • 2:30-2:45PM: Disability Law Center - Dave Fleurant, Director
  • 2:45-3:00PM: UAA Center for Human Development - Karen Heath, Co-Director
  • 3:00-3:15PM: Special Education Services Agency (SESA) Update - Patrick Pillai, Director
3:25 p.m. Vote on Winter Council Meeting Dates- Poll Administered by Lanny Mommsen
3:30 p.m. Adjourn-

Schedule of Upcoming Council Meetings

  • February (TBD) 2022: Juneau/ZOOM
  • May (TBD) 2022: Anchorage/ZOOM
  • September (TBD) 2022: Anchorage/ZOOM

Previous Council Meetings