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Advocacy Development Committee Minutes, February 2019

Advocacy Development Committee
Thursday, February 14, 2019
3:00pm - 5:00pm
Hilton Garden Inn, Cary, NC

Members Present: NaKima Clark, Bryan Dooley, Mary Edwards, Jason Faircloth, Katie Holler, Gary Junker, Kelly Kimple, Aldea LaParr, Cheryl Powell, Nessie Siler, Deborah Zuver

Members Absent: Eric Chavis, Rep. Verla Insko 

Staff in Attendance: Melissa Swartz, JoAnn Toomey, Yadira Vasquez

Guests:  Paula C., Corye Dunn, Jayke Hamill, Karen Hamilton, Jamila Little, Dave Owen, Lizzie R. 


The Advocacy Development Committee started with self-introductions and welcomed new members: Aldea LaParr and Jamila Little, alternate for Gary Junker from the Department of Public Safety.

Approval of Minutes:

Mary Edwards made a motion to approve the November 2018 Advocacy Development Committee (ADC) minutes. Gary Junker seconded the motion. The motion was approved.

Status Update: Inclusive Leadership Development Training Initiative:

Chair, Nessie Siler read a message from Virginia Knowlton Marcus, Executive Director of Disability Rights North Carolina conveying regrets for her absence because of an emergent family matter out of state. The message further conveyed appreciation for the Council’s consideration for a no-cost extension of the Leadership Development Training initiative due to personnel changes at DRNC and an invitation to answer any additional questions by the Council upon her return. 

Corye Dunn, Policy Director of Public Policy at DRNC and Leadership Development Training initiative coordinator, and Jayke Hamill from the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL), subcontractor to the initiative, provided a status update on initiative personnel, activities and next steps. Jayke opened the presentation with an introduction to CCL and the “Direction, Alignment, and Commitment” model that will guide a collaborative process toward developing an inclusive leadership development training.

Initiative Update Details:

  • Susan McLean, DRNC Director of Development and Communications joined initiative personnel. Susan is responsible for administrative, logistical, and direct contact with initiative participants.
  • By March 1st, initiative staff from DRNC, CCL, and NCCDD will agree on an Advisory member list. A ten-member advisory will guide the training curriculum development. Advisory Committee Responsibilities include:
  • Bimonthly meetings
  • Trainee Recruitment
  • Review Focus group findings
  • Review data collection plan
  • Tentatively, in early April the advisory will receive “on-boarding training.” 
  • Some of the advisory members will participate in the Pilot Training Program - and some of those will participate in the train the trainer program.
  • The pilot training program is tentatively planned for 6 months after the 1st meeting of the advisory.

Advocacy Development Committee members expressed concern for training materials accessibility standards. Both DRNC and NCCDD staff committed to monitoring this closely, including sharing initiative materials with ADC members. 

MOTION:   Mary Edwards made a motion for a no-cost extension to December 31, 2019 to Disability Rights North Carolina for the Inclusive Leadership Development Training initiative.  Cheryl Powell seconded. The motion carried unanimously.

Initiative Update NC ADA Network Coordination, Technical Assistance and Fiscal Intermediary:

Karen Hamilton provided an initiative update on the ADA Network Coord/TA/FI initiative. The initiative is making progress according to the contracted scope of work.

Initiative Update NC Empowerment Network:

Cheryl Powell provided an initiative update about the NC Empowerment Network. The initiative is making progress according to the contracted scope of work. 

Adjournment:  Motion to adjourn was made by Deb Zuver. The motion was seconded by Gary Junker. The motion was approved.


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This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001NCSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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