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Board & Staff

Role of the Council

The Council promotes systemic change and helps build community capacity so persons with developmental disabilities can live, work, play, and learn in the communities of their choice. This is accomplished by planning and implementing innovative service or support model programs, funding research, training advocates, and educating policymakers.

Council Members

DDCO is composed of 22 volunteer members, all of whom are appointed by the Governor. In accordance with federal law, at least 60 percent of its members are adults with developmental disabilities or immediate family members of people with developmental disabilities. One member must live in or must have lived in an institution in the past, or be an immediate family member of the same.  At least one member must represent a local non-governmental organization.

Position Members
Chair AJ Griffin, Edmond
Vice Chair Vacant
Secretary Vacant
Parliamentarian Alicia Murie, Stillwater
Finance Committee Chair Sharon Garrity, Guthrie
State Plan Committee Chair Shelly Greenhaw, Edmond
Advocacy, Training, and Outreach Committee Chair Janie Fugitt, Oklahoma City ;
Council Members David Blose, Yukon ; Mindee Brown, Edmond ; Brett Cunningham, Oklahoma City ; Debra Espinosa, Oklahoma City ; Lori Hauge, Sapulpa ; Susan Jorski, Choctaw ; Michelle Kelley, Oklahoma City ; Andria Lewis, Broken Arrow ; Blaine Murdock, Meeker ; Daniel Prock, Collinsville ; Lindsey Spoon, Owasso ; Devin Williams, Lawton

Agency Representative Council Members

DDCO must include representatives of principal state agencies which provide services to persons with developmental disabilities.

Department Members
Department of Education, Special Education Services Todd Loftin, Mustang; Lori Chesnut, Designee
Department of Health/Maternal and Child Health Vacant
Department of Human Services, Aging Services Jeromy Buchanan, Oklahoma City; Karla Selmon, Designee
Department of Human Services, Developmental Disabilities Services Beth Scrutchins, Oklahoma City; Christopher Hobbs, Designee
Department of Rehabilitation Services Janie Fugitt; Melinda Bunch, Designee
Representatives of the Council's Developmental Disabilities Network Partners The Oklahoma Disability Law Center and the Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD
Oklahoma Disability Law Center Melissa Sublett, Tulsa; RoseAnn Duplan, Designee
The Center for Learning and Leadership/UCEDD Valerie Williams, Oklahoma City; Wanda Felty, Designee

DDCO Staff

Jenifer Randle
Executive Director

Jenifer’s (you can call her Jen) GOOD LIFE includes teaching, reading, writing, watching sports, and anything Star Trek.  She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, Master’s Degree in Special Education from the University of Kansas, and a Certificate in Competitive Integrated Employment for People with Significant Disabilities from Utah State University.  Jenifer was a Special Education Teacher for fourteen years, spending most of her years teaching students with significant disabilities.  Jenifer is a credentialed trainer for Person Centered Thinking and a Charting the LifeCourse Ambassador. Learn more about Jenifer by reading her one-page introduction.

Melissa Gituma
Planning & Grants Management Director

Melissa Gituma is an experienced public servant with a demonstrated history of working in the civic & social organizations.  She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Family Relations and Child Development (FRCD), with a focus on Individual, Family and Community Services, from Oklahoma State University in 2002.  She also earned her Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Arkansas State University in 2017.  She is skilled in Leadership, Collaboration, Government, Program Evaluation, Case Management, and Grant Administration. Melissa has over 20 years of experience in working with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities. Melissa’s good life includes freedom to experience new things, family time, daily movement, and plenty of sunshine. Learn more about Melissa by reading her one-page introduction.

Bradley Mays
Advocacy Training Coordinator

Dr. Bradley Mays is the Advocacy Training Coordinator for the Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma. Mays coordinates the Oklahoma Youth Leadership Forum, a five-day summer camp, which provides students with disabilities opportunities to learn skills they will need to advocate for themselves after high school.

Mays also coordinates Partners in Policymaking. PIP is an eight-weekend disability advocacy training for parents of children with a disability, adults with a disability, and professionals in the field of developmental disabilities or related fields. The goal of PIP is to help participants engage effectively with legislators, state and/or local policymakers, and others to advocate for change. 

Mays earned a Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma in Adult & Higher Education and his research interests focus on improving experiences and outcomes for students with disabilities. As a person with cerebral palsy, Mays had a challenging journey on the way to complete his Ph.D., which included two master’s degrees and a bachelor’s degree. This wasn’t the plan, but it helped him understand his passion-helping people with disabilities reach life goals.

Alissa Patterson
Administrative Officer

Alissa Patterson is the Administrative Officer for the Developmental Disability Council of Oklahoma. She studied business administration at New Mexico State University and teen and adolescent development psychology at Southern New Hampshire University. 

Mrs. Patterson is also responsible for the overall social media presence of the council on all social media platforms. She spends a lot of time on these platforms providing Oklahomans with helpful information and resources that reflect her passion for this job.

Among her many interests, Alissa enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, trying new foods, and collecting plants. She is also an avid reader and lover of literature. 

Mark Lewis
Financial & Data Management

Mark Lewis has over 20 years tenure with DHS and the Council. He currently serves dual roles as Deputy Director over Finance & Data Management for Developmental Disabilities Services at DHS and Comptroller for the Council. 

Last Modified on Mar 16, 2023
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