Consumer Advocacy
Developmental Disabilities

What would you like to do?

What would you like to do?

What you need to know

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; and
  • Assisting, providing feedback, and guiding the implementation of the family support program under Nebraska Revised Statute §68-1530.​

DDD 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

Dorothy Ackland, Participant, York
Stacy Bliss, Interested Citizen, Fremont
Lori Broady, Family Member, Johnson
Dianne DeLair, Protection & Advocacy, Lincoln
Vicki Depenbursch, Family Member, Lincoln​
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 
Mark D Shriver, University Center for Excellence, Omaha
Michelle Summers, Interested Citizen, Lincoln
Kizzie Vaughn, Interested Citizen, Omaha
Suzanne L Wahlgren, Family Member, Gothenburg
Angela Willey, Interested Citizen, Elmwood
Christina Zeleski, Participant, Hastings

Member list updated January 2022.

Upcoming Meetings

The advisory committee meetings fall under the Nebraska Open Meetings Act. The following meetings are upcoming.

  • August 11, 2022
    • ​10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Central Time 
    • Public Comments 10:15 AM 
    • Conference Room P, 5220 South 16th St​, Lincoln, NE​
  • October 13, 2022 
    • ​10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Central Time 
    • Public Comments 10:15 AM
    • Conference Room P, 5220 South 16th St , Lincoln, NE
  • December 1, 2022  
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM, Central Time 
    • Public Comments 10:15 AM 
    • Conference Room P, 5220 South 16th St , Lincoln, NE​

Meeting Minutes

2022 Minutes 4.14.pdf2022 Minutes 4.14
2022 Minutes 02.10.pdf2022 Minutes 02.10
2021 Minutes 10.21.pdf2021 Minutes 10.21
2021 Minutes 04.08.pdf2021 Minutes 04.08
2021 Minutes 02.11.pdf2021 Minutes 02.11
2020 Minutes 10.08.pdf2020 Minutes 10.08
2020 Minutes 08.20.pdf2020 Minutes 08.20
2020 Minutes 06.25.pdf2020 Minutes 06.25
2019 Minutes 12.05.pdf2019 Minutes 12.05
2019 Minutes 10.10.pdf2019 Minutes 10.10
2019 Minutes 08.22.pdf2019 Minutes 08.22
2019 Minutes 06.20.pdf2019 Minutes 06.20
2019 Minutes 04.18.pdf2019 Minutes 04.18
2019 Minutes 02.22.pdf2019 Minutes 02.22
2018 Minutes 09.06.pdf2018 Minutes 09.06
2018 Minutes 07.12.pdf2018 Minutes 07.12
2018 Minutes 05.10.pdf2018 Minutes 05.10
2018 Minutes 03.09.pdf2018 Minutes 03.09
2018 Minutes 01.11.pdf2018 Minutes 01.11
2017 Minutes 11.03.pdf2017 Minutes 11.03
2017 Minutes 09.08.pdf2017 Minutes 09.08
2017 Minutes 07.28.pdf2017 Minutes 07.28