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New Executive Committee Council Members 2021

Georgia Disabilities Council Welcomes New Executive Committee

February 12, 2021 (Georgia) – The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) has appointed five of its members to its executive committee for the 2021-2022 year. The committee is part of the 27-member board appointed by Governor Brian Kemp. 

Below are details about the council’s executive committee:

  • Chairperson Nick Perry is a sibling of a person with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD), a foster parent to children with I/DD and a professional in the disability field. He lives in Stone Mountain.
  • Vice Chair Teresa Heard is a resident of Albany and is a parent advocate for her 20-year-old son.
  • Member-at-Large Mark Crenshaw is the director of interdisciplinary training at the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. He is an Atlanta resident.
  • Member-at-Large Deborah Hibben is a parent advocate and a retired high school educator. She resides in McDonough.
  • Member-at-Large Evan Nodvin is an active self-advocate for people with Down Syndrome. He resides in Dunwoody.

The executive committee will lead and guide the council’s efforts to bring about social and policy change for people with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the state.

By collaborating with, supporting and funding projects across Georgia, the council promotes innovative programs and activities creating opportunities to enhance the quality of life for Georgians living with disabilities. 

Since its start in 1971, GCDD has advocated for more than 1.7 million Georgians with developmental disabilities and their families. The council is composed 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 interest in persons with developmental disabilities.

For more information about GCDD or to apply for the council, visit the council webpage.


About the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities: The Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD) is the State's leader in advancing public policy on behalf of persons with developmental disabilities. Its mission is to bring about social and policy changes that promote opportunities for persons with developmental disabilities and their families to live, learn, work, play and worship in Georgia communities.


Hillary Hibben
Media Relations Director
Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities