NEW! Prospective client orientation launching online
Every Wednesday, you will have two new opportunities to learn more about GVRA. Find additional info here: https://gvs.georgia.gov/press-releases/2021-09-15/gvra-rolls-out-virtua…
State Rehabilitation Council Members
Kate Brady, Ph.D. ABD - Chair - Individuals with a Physical Impairment
Kate Brady has worked in the field of disability policy, services, and systems advocacy for nearly two decades. Kate is Deputy Director for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities with extensive experience in vocational rehabilitation, Medicaid, Social Security, systems change, and workforce development. She lives in Hapeville with her wife Michelle, two children, and three huskies.
Tina Aldridge - Individuals with a Visual Impairment
Since 2013, Tina Aldridge has served as a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Aldridge holds a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. She lives in Atlanta with her partner, Paul Green. She has two children, Italy Turner and Roddricus Aldridge, and four grandchildren.
Deborah Hibben - Parent of Individual with an Impairment
Deborah Hibben is a retired educator who previously worked for Henry and Clayton county schools, and her highest degree is that of Education Specialist from Lincoln Memorial University. Deborah serves on the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. Hibben lives in McDonough, Georgia, and she has two children, Hillary Anne and Hannah Elizabeth.
Peggy Venable - American Indian VR Program
Christina Peggy Venable has over 40 years of experience with vocational rehabilitation services, case management, job placement and vocational evaluation, among other areas of expertise. She is certified in work adjustment, vocational evaluation, job placement and worker’s compensation.
Peggy is the project director of The Muskogee Vocational Rehabilitation Program and has served as a family, individual and mental health counselor with various other agencies. She is a member of the Georgia and National Rehabilitation Association, Georgia State Rehab Council and the Georgia Statewide Coalition on Blindness. She also serves as treasurer on the Executive Board of the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR). She holds a Master’s in Psychology, a Doctorate in Theology, a Ph.D. in Philosophy and received her Doctorate of Divinity, Summa Cum Laude.
She is a member of The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe and the Project Director for the Muskogee Vocational Rehabilitation Program. She is a singer, songwriter, author and serves as the tribal historian of The Lower Muskogee Creek Tribe in Whigham, Georgia.
Deborah Lovell - Individuals with Visual Impairments
Deborah Lovell is the family outreach coordinator at the Augusta Blind Rehabilitation Center at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. She was previously employed by the state of Georgia as a rehabilitation counselor and senior case manager. She is a member of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association, Georgia Association for the Education and Rehabilitation of the Blind and Visually Impaired and a member of the Georgia Council of the Blind. Lovell is a graduate of Shorter College and earned master’s degrees at Auburn University and Western Michigan University. She and her husband, Todd, live in Augusta.
Mike Pryor - Community Rehabilitation Program
Mike Pryor is the Sr. Director of Real Estate & New Business at Goodwill Industries of North Georgia. He has previously served as president of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association. Pryor earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in Human Services from Bellevue University. He and his wife Myndi live in Clarkesville, and they are expecting their first child in April of 2020.
Austin McDonald - Former VR Client
Austin McDonald is a physical education teacher with Cornerstone Christian Academy in Peachtree Corners, Georgia. He has seven years of experience in both private and public schools, and he has used his time as a physical education teacher to help students overcome their unique barriers and provide encouragement. He lives in Dunwoody, Georgia with his wife, Christine, and their child, Ryelee.
Cherise Mlott - Business/Individuals with an Impairment
Cherise Mlott is Director of Corporate Real Estate Portfolio Management and Transactions at AT&T. Mlott has worked for AT&T for twenty-three years. Mlott earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and an MBA from Georgia State University. Cherise is a strong advocate for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and has cycled for the last 19 years raising over $310,000 to fund a cure for MS. She is a native of Atlanta and lives in Brookhaven, Georgia with her husband Brent and Katie, their Irish Setter.
Brian Mosley - Individuals with Visual Impairments
Brian Mosley is a former Assistant Program Manager for Walton Options for Independent Living (WOIL) South Carolina office. He is currently self employed. Brian is a former Walton Options and Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency client.
Brian continues to serve individuals of all ages with all types of disabilities through his work with the WOIL CIL. Previously, Brian spent nine years as a consumer and student, obtaining education concerning disability, advocacy and transitioning from being non-disabled to living with a disability. Afterwards, through his employment with Walton Options for Independent Living in Augusta, he successfully taught gaining preparedness skills and employment skills classes to job seekers with disabilities and pre-transition classes to students with disabilities. He has over 20 years of experience working in, for and with the disabled community in Georgia.
Brian is a 2003 graduate of Augusta State University, with a BA in Psychology. He is also a graduate of the 2008 “Partners in Policy-Makers” class, Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. He has served as a Sate Advisory Panel member for the Georgia State Board of Education, including one year as chairman. In 2010, Brian was the first and only teacher to receive the Golden Apple Award for outstanding teaching. In 2011, he was awarded the Community Impact Award by Parent to Parent of Georgia. In 2012, Brian was awarded the Assistive-Technology Achievement Award by Tools for Life of Georgia for his successful ability to learn and teach JAWS to Blind/Visually-Impaired consumers.
Brian resides in Martinez, Georgia. He has a son and daughter and four grandchildren.
Jennifer Page - Client Assistance Program
Jennifer M. Page is the Director of the Georgia Client Assistance Program and has worked for this agency for the past 13 years. She has worked with the disability community for 18 years. Jennifer is a member of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association, the Georgia Rehabilitation Counselors and Educators Association and attends workshops and trainings to improve her knowledge and skills to better assist her clients. CAP is involved in community outreach to inform and educate those who are not aware of the services GVRA and CAP can provide. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University and a master’s degree in Counseling from Webster University and resides in Atlanta.
Lisa Leiter - Transition Resource Specialist
Lisa Leiter is a Transition Resource Specialist for the Cobb County School District. Lisa earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education, with a concentration in Intellectual Disabilities from the University of Georgia and a Master of Science in Education Degree with an emphasis in Secondary Special Education and Transition from the University of Kansas. Lisa is an active member of the Metro Atlanta Transition Council and the Statewide Interagency Council. Lisa and her husband, Jason, have four children and live in Marietta. She and her family served as the ambassador family for the 2013 March of Dimes Cobb Signature Chefs, she was named 2014 “Volunteer of the Year” by Cobb Life Magazine, and she was awarded the 2018 “Teacher of the Year” award from the Marriott Foundation’s Bridges from School to Work Program.
Brenda Bentley-Parrish - Business
Brenda Bentley-Parrish is a management and program analyst and the local accessibility coordinator for the Internal Revenue Service. She enjoys having oversight of the employees with disabilities in the Accounts Management business unit. Brenda earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Knoxville College, in Knoxville, Tennessee. She has two children: a son Theodore and a daughter Brionne. Last year, she was blessed with granddaughter Dallas Kynnedi Simone Smith. She lives in Dekalb County, Georgia.
Dawn Johnson - Individuals with Cognitive Impairments
Dawn Johnson is the Director of Employment Services with the Hi-Hope Center and the former director of adult programs for the Frazer Center. She represents Georgia as a legislative liaison on the National Association of People Supporting Employment (APSE) First Public Policy Committee and sits on the board of directors for the Georgia chapter of APSE. Dawn also sits on the board of directors for the Service Providers Association for Developmental Disabilities and is a member of the UNLOCK! Coalition, which advocates for child and adult disability services in Georgia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of South Carolina Aiken and a master’s degree in English from Queens University of Charlotte. Dawn and her husband, Joe, have two children and reside in Winder.
Wina H. Low - Georgia Department of Education
Wina Low is a program manager senior of the Division for Special Education Services and Supports with the Georgia Department of Education. She was previously the director of student services for Carrollton City Schools and worked as an educational diagnostician and a classroom teacher. Wina earned a bachelor’s degree in Middle Grades Education from Brenau University, as well as a master’s degree and an education specialist degree in Special Education and Special Education Administration from the University of West Georgia. She and her husband, Michael, have two children and two granddaughters. They reside in Big Canoe in the North Georgia Mountains.
Karen Addams - Parent to Parent
Karen Addams is a Vice President at Parent to Parent of Georgia, where she has worked for over 13 years. She had previously worked for 6 years for Georgia State University as a Parent Educator for the Babies Can’t Wait program. Karen has a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Commonwealth University and has been supporting the disability community since the birth of her daughter over 30 years ago. She and her husband, Peter, live in Lilburn and are the parents of two daughters.
Col. Dr. Samuel Verniero, Jr. - Individuals with an Impairment
A resident of Woodstock, Georgia, Samuel Verniero, Jr. has previously served as a Kentucky Colonel, Arkansas Traveler and Ambassador, United Nations World Humanity Commission Deputy High Commissioner-Ambassador, member of the DeKalb County Community Service Board, member of the Selective Service System Appellate Judicial Board, and member of the Department of Behavioral Health Advisory Council.