The Office of Gov. Nathan Deal has announced two appointments to the Employment First Council, completing the 14 member body established by Georgia’s Employment First Act. Signed into law in May, House Bill 831 promotes inclusive, competitive work opportunities for people with disabilities and establishes employment as the first and preferred option for individuals receiving public services who want a career.

The Council, which will hold its inaugural meeting this month, is chaired by Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency’s Executive Director. Its membership is comprised of members of the disability community, a family advocate, an employer, and representatives from state agencies serving people with disabilities.

New appointees are:

Parker Glick
Glick is the media and outreach coordinator for the Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia. He sits on the board for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities and is active with the Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living’s youth leadership council. Glick earned an associate degree in Education from Daytona State College. He resides in Decatur.

Brandt White
White is a certified peer specialist and a member of Cohort 5 of My Voice. My Participation. My Board. He is active with Stevens Creek Community Church in Martinez and volunteers with local animal shelters. White earned a degree in Business Technology from Augusta Technical College. He lives in Evans.

Previously appointed:

Dr. Conrado Marion-Landais

James Stinchcomb

David C. Ward

John B. Wells III

Todd Youngblood

State Agency Representatives:

Sean T. Casey, Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

Tim Evans, Georgia Department of Labor

Eric E. Jacobson, Georgia Counsel of Developmental Disabilities

Paula Poulicek, Georgia Department of Education

Amy R. Reidesel, Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities

Rossany Rios, Technical College System of Georgia

Felita Williams, Board of Regents

Read more:

Employment First Act signed into law

Georgia Employment First Council members named

About Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

GVRA is the state’s Vocational Rehabilitation organization. It was established through legislative action in 2012 with the goal of helping every Georgian with a disability who wants a career to attain success. The organization incudes five programs: vocational rehabilitation, Roosevelt Warm Springs and Cave Spring Center, Georgia Industries for the Blind, the Business Enterprise Program and Disability Adjudication Services. More information is available at

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