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Executive Committee Minutes, February 2022

Date:  February 21, 2022
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:20 PM
Members Present: Bryan Dooley (Chair), Aldea LaParr, Cheryl Powell, Ryan Rotundo, Marjorie Serralles-Russell, Donna Spears
Members Absent:
Charlrean Mapson
Staff Present: Pam Hunter Dempsey, Chris Hendricks, David Ingram, La’Quadia Smith, Melissa Swartz, Talley Wells, Tamira White, Shar’ron Williams, Philip Woodward, Letha Young
Guests/Council members Present: Dave Owens


I.     Call to Order
Bryan Dooley called the meeting to order of the Executive Committee and welcomed the members calling in.


II.   Approval of Minutes
The draft minutes for the January 18, 2022 Executive Committee meetings were reviewed and considered for approval.
MOTION: Aldea LaParr made a motion to approve the draft minutes for the January 18, 2022 Executive Committee meetings. Marjorie Serralles-Russell seconded the motion. The motion was passed with unanimous vote.


III. ED Update – The following were discussed:

  1. Membership/Membership Ad Hoc Committee – Talley provided and update on Membership.
    MOTION: Marjorie Serralles-Russell made the motion to establish the Membership Ad Hoc Committee. Aldea LaParr seconded the motion. The motion was approved by unanimous vote.

  2. Employer Virtual Forum – Tamira White presented the Draft Summary and the EC discussed.
    MOTION: Donna Spears made a motion to approve, with the listed contingencies and recommendations, Disability:IN North Carolina to implement the Employer Virtual Forum initiative for $50,000 with a required minimum of 25% non-federal matching funds ($16,667) starting no sooner than March 1, 2022 and ending no later than September 30, 2022. Aldea LaParr seconded the motion. The motion passed with majority vote.


  1. Clarify the percentage of staff time/salary used for this initiative versus initiative staff time/work for rest of work responsibilities.
  2. Proposal says a core group of 6 self-advocates will be established. Ensure the 6 self-advocates identified in the proposal are all people with IDD and ensure these 6 are of diverse representation, in residence, disability, etc.


  1. Confirm with NCCDD the percentage of NCCDD funds being used for Executive Level Leadership for this initiative and in potential future concurrent NCCDD initiatives

  2. Raise number of self-advocates from 6 to 10 or more and ensure all self-advocates are people with IDD and are of diverse representation, in residence, disability, etc.

c. Economic Impact Study
MOTION FOR CONSIDERATION: Ryan Rotundo made a motion to Authorize the NCCDD Executive Director and staff to develop a sole source contract with an entity or entities that engages the work of RTI International and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro to conduct an Economic Impact Study initiative, in an amount up to $25,000 with a minimum 25% match from the Arc of North Carolina (i.e., $8,333), beginning no sooner than March 1, 2022 and ending no later than December 31, 2022. Cheryl Powell seconded the motion. Motion passed with unanimous vote.

  1. Staff Development funds: Talley Wells updated EC on use of funds to review and training on development on Budget from JoAnn Toomey.

  2. Avoiding potential conflicts/disclosure: Talley Wells shared information on Laura Wells’ position as the Executive Director of HOPE.

  3. Input on New Masking Guidance for Upcoming Townhall on new Guidance relaxing mask mandates with EC discussion.

  4. DD Awareness month – Potential Crip Camp Video Showing

  5. Programming for the May Council Meeting in Asheville.

IV.     Financial Report and Expenses/Match Update Shar’ron reviewed the financial reports for the NCCDD

V.      Council Meeting/Member Survey Review
David Ingram led the review of the draft agenda for the February 2022 Council Meeting.

VI.     Conference Funding Request
Arts Access Request of $3,000 for support of Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activist, interview with tentative plans including a discussion raising awareness of lived experience of people living with disabilities for 5.14.22 event. No motions were initiated (tabled until March) due to requested clarification from NCCDD on Conference Funding policy criterion and scope.

VII.    Ad Hoc Committees/Updates
No updates on Ad Hoc Committees

VIII.   Adjourn
Bryan asked for a motion to adjourn.
MOTION: Ryan Rotundo made a motion to adjourn the EC meeting. Cheryl Powell seconded the motion. The motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 12:20 PM.





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