The Council

GCDD Council members with Ron Wakefield, director of DBHDD’s Division of Developmental Disabilities at GCDD’s July Council meeting.

The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, also known as “Georgia’s DD Council” is one of 55 entities of its type in the United States and territories that report to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Administration for Community Living. It is authorized under Public Law 106-402, the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act Amendments of 2000.

Our activities are governed by a 27-member board, appointed by the Governor and comprised of at least 60 percent individuals with developmental disabilities and family members. Other members include policymakers that represent various agencies and organizations having a vested interested in persons with developmental disabilities.

Originally established as the Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities, our name was changed in July 2009 to the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities, in accordance with legislation that ordered the reorganization of the Department of Human Resources (DHR), Department of Community Health (DCH) and the newly created Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD).

Today, the GCDD continues to serve as an advocate for all persons with developmental disabilities. We are charged with creating systems change for people with developmental disabilities and their families by increasing opportunities for independence, inclusion, integration, productivity and self-determination. Activities include public policy research and analysis, reform, project demonstrations, education and training.

Since our inception in 1971, GCDD has been a powerful advocate for more than 1.7 million Georgians with developmental disabilities and their families. The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities wishes to thank those members who rotated off the Council this year. Below is a list of current Council members.

Council Members / Advisory Board Members

Becky Brightwell
Institute of Human Developmental & Disability – University of Georgia - Designee
Athens
Christine Clark
Parent Advocate/Advisory Member
Woodstock
Photo of Thomas Connelly Thomas Connelly
Self-Advocate
Albany
Daniel Crimmins
Center for Leadership in Disability - Georgia State University
Atlanta
Photo of Viviana Fernandez Viviana Fernandez
Parent Advocate/Advisory Member
Johns Creek
Photo of Parker GlickParker Glick
Self-Advocate
Decatur
Photo of Dorothy Harris Dorothy Harris
Self-Advocate
Fitzgerald
Photo of Teresa Heard Teresa Ann Heard
Local Nonprofit/Provider
Albany
Photo of Deborah Hibben Deborah C. Hibben
Parent Advocate
McDonough
Photo of Nandi Isaac Nandi Isaac
Self-Advocate
Macon
Stephen McGarity
Self-Advocate/Advisory Member
Carnesville
Photo of Heidi Moore Heidi Moore
Parent Advocate
Alpharetta
Photo of Ruby MooreRuby Moore
Georgia Advocacy Office
Decatur
Photo of Renee Pruitt Renee Pruitt
Georgia Advocacy Office (Alternate)
Decatur
Photo of Brenda Liz Munoz Brenda Liz Muñoz
Parent Advocate
Duluth
Photo of Evan Nodvin Evan H. Nodvin
Self-Advocate
Atlanta
Photo of Madeline Petrone Madeline Petrone
Self-Advocate
Kennesaw
Photo of Mitzi Proffitt Mitzi R. Proffitt
Parent Advocate
Brooklet
Dr. Zelphine Smith-Dixon 
Georgia Department of Education
Atlanta
Dr. Zolinda Stoneman
Institute of Human Development & Disability - University of Georgia
Athens
Photo of Lynn WalkerLynn D. Walker
Georgia Department of Human Services - Designee
Atlanta

State Agency Partners

Commissioner Frank Berry Georgia Department of Community Health
Commissioner Robyn A. Crittenden Georgia Department of Human Services
Commissioner Brenda Fitzgerald, MD Georgia Department of Public Health
Commissioner Judy Fitzgerald Georgia Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities
Commissioner Camila Knowles Georgia Department of Community Affairs
Executive Director Sean Casey Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency