The Council

GCDD Council presents thank you plaque to Georgia Governor Nathan Deal Jan 2019 (l to r) Member Parker Glick, Executive Director Eric Jacobson, Gov. Deal, Deputy Director Kate Brady, Member Brenda Munoz

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, 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.

Applications for Council Membership

Applications for Council membership are always welcome and members of the disability community, including family members, are encouraged to apply at any time during the year. All applicants must complete and submit an application for consideration of endorsement to the Office of the Governor. If you are interested in applying to be considered as a Council member, please download the application below.

Applications can be emailed to or mailed to:

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities
Attention:  Eric E. Jacobson, Executive Director
2 Peachtree Street, Suite 26.240
Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Council Member Application (Word Doc)     Council Member Application (PDF)

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

Photo of Jeff AllenJeff Allen
Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency – Designee

Photo of Becky BrightwellBecky Brightwell
Institute of Human Developmental & Disability – University of Georgia – Designee
Photo of Lori CampbellLori Campbell
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities – Designee
Photo of Mark CrenshawMark Crenshaw
Executive Committee Member
Center for Leadership in Disability - Georgia State University – Designee

Photo of Brian DowdBrian Dowd
Georgia Department of Community Health - Designee

Photo of Wesley FordWesley Ford
Photo of Dorothy Harris Dorothy Harris
Photo of Rena HarrisRena Harris
Georgia Options, Inc.
Photo of Teresa HeardTeresa Ann Heard
Vice Chair
Parent Advocate
Photo of Deborah HibbenDeborah Hibben
Executive Committee Member
Parent Advocate
Photo of Nandi Isaac Nandi Isaac
Photo of Dana LloydDana Lloyd
Georgia Advocacy Office – Designee
Photo of Ruby MooreRuby Moore
Georgia Advocacy Office
Photo of Lisa NewbernLisa Marie Newbern
Parent Advocate
Photo of Evan Nodvin Evan H. Nodvin
Executive Committee Member
Photo of Nick PerryNick Perry
Council Chair
Stone Mountain
Thom Snyder
Georgia Department of Human Services - Designee
Photo of Dr. Zolinda StonemanDr. Zolinda Stoneman
Institute of Human Development & Disability - University of Georgia
Photo of Ron Wakefield Ronald Wakefield
Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

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