Developmental Disabilities Advisory Committee

Disabilities Assistance
Developmental Disabilities

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What you need to know

The Advisory Committee on Developmental Disabilities is governed by Nebraska Revised Statute §83-1212.01.


The advisory committee advises DHHS on funding and delivery of services. This includes:

  • Providing oversight to make sure people placed in the custody of the department under the Developmental Disabilities Court-Ordered Custody Act receive the least restrictive treatment and services necessary
  • Overseeing the design and implementation of the quality management and improvement plan

DHHS-DD informs the advisory committee of proposed changes at least thirty days before changes start so the advisory committee may respond.


The advisory committee includes representatives of:

  • A statewide advocacy organization for persons with developmental disabilities and their families
  • Nebraska's protection and advocacy organization
  • The Nebraska Planning Council on Developmental Disabilities
  • The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability Education, Research and Service

There may be up to 15 additional members. At least 51% of members are people with developmental disabilities and their family members.

Members are appointed by the Governor for three year terms, with a designated chairperson.  

Member List

Name, Representing, City

Lori Broady, Family Member, Johnson
Lorrie Bryant, Interested Citizen, Lincoln
Gail "Butch" Crookedfoot, Participant, Sidney
Diana DeLair, Protection & Advocacy, Lincoln
William Ehegartner, Interested Citizen, Papillion
Diane Focht, Family Member, Lincoln
Linda Jespersen, Family Member, Alliance
Margaret Huss, Family Member, Omaha
Kristen Larsen, Developmental Disabilities Council, Lincoln
Cathy Martinez, Family Member, Lincoln
Jennifer Miller, Statewide Advocacy, Bellevue
Lisa Pruitt, Participant, Alliance
Lorie Regier, Family Member, Madrid
Mary Ann Schiefen, Family Member, Omaha
Wayne A Stuberg, University of Excellence, Omaha
Michelle Summers, Interested Citizen, Lincoln
Joseph Valenti, Family Member, Omaha
Angela Willey, Interested Citizen, Elmwood

Member list updated March 2020.

Upcoming Meeting

December 3, 2020 at 10:00 AM CST. Location will be determined closer to the date.

Meeting Minutes

2017 Minutes 07.28.pdf2017 Minutes 07.28
2017 Minutes 09.08.pdf2017 Minutes 09.08
2017 Minutes 11.03.pdf2017 Minutes 11.03
2018 Minutes 01.11.pdf2018 Minutes 01.11
2018 Minutes 03.09.pdf2018 Minutes 03.09
2018 Minutes 05.10.pdf2018 Minutes 05.10
2018 Minutes 07.12.pdf2018 Minutes 07.12
2018 Minutes 09.06.pdf2018 Minutes 09.06
2019 Minutes 02.22.pdf2019 Minutes 02.22
2019 Minutes 04.18.pdf2019 Minutes 04.18
2019 Minutes 06.20.pdf2019 Minutes 06.20
2019 Minutes 08.22.pdf2019 Minutes 08.22
2019 Minutes 10.10.pdf2019 Minutes 10.10
2019 Minutes 12.05.pdf2019 Minutes 12.05
2020 Minutes 06.25.pdf2020 Minutes 06.25
2020 Minutes 08.20.pdf2020 Minutes 08.20