State Rehabilitation Council Members

Rossany Rios - Chair - Georgia Department of Economic Development
Rossany Rios is the disability employment initiative state lead and a certified rehabilitation counselor for the State of Georgia. She previously served as a vocational rehabilitation manager and business relations director. Rios earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. She and her husband, Balfre, have two children and live in Hampton.

Kenneth Slade - Business
Kenneth Slade currently serves a college facilities officer with Georgia State University. He previously served as the director for Georgia Project Access and as a Georgia Accessible Community Transportation Initiative Coordinator. He implemented the first Disability Navigator Project in Georgia. Slade earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University. He resides in Atlanta.

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 director of Program Development for 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, Renee, have four children. They reside in Clarkesville.

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 currently works in Employment Services as an IL/Youth Program Coordinator and Skills Trainer out of the WOIL Augusta office. 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 daugher and four grandchildren. 

Jennifer Page - Client Assistance Program
Jennifer Page has worked for the Georgia Client Assistance Program for the past seven years. She has worked with the disability community for 14 years. She is a member of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association and attends workshops and trainings to improve her knowledge and skills to better assist her clients. Page has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a master’s degree in Counseling. She resides in Atlanta. 

Joy Norman - Individuals with Hearing Impairments
Joy Norman serves as the director of the Columbus State University’s Office of Disability Services. Prior to this job, she worked as a workforce development counselor for Goodwill. She has served as vice-chair for the Columbus Mayor’s Committee for Persons with Disabilities and currently serves on the board of directors for CONTACT Disability Resource Center. Norman earned a bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree from Columbus State University in Community Counseling. She and her husband, Mickey, have two children and two grandchildren. They reside in Columbus.

Christopher Moder - Business
Chris Moder serves as an associate director of Corporate Relations for the University of Georgia. Among his many professional business and education affiliations are the ARC Atlanta Regional Workforce Board, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education Council, Georgia Economic Developers Association, Metro Atlanta Chamber, and the Technology Association of Georgia. Moder earned a bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Georgia and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech. He and his wife, Stephanie, have one child. They reside in Peachtree Corners.

Lewis Wheaton - Business
Lewis A. Wheaton, PhD is an Associate Professor at Georgia Tech in the School of Biological Sciences. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine.  He has a doctorate in Neuroscience and Cognitive Science from the University of Maryland (College Park) and has a long track record of private and federally-funded research in neural injury and rehabilitation. 

Lewis is passionate in understanding the interaction of cognitive and motor systems in motor control. Among his interest are in enhancing the rehabilitation potential in persons with upper limb amputation and stroke.  His research extends into the classroom where he teaches undergraduate and doctoral students in human neuroanatomy, motor learning and neuroimaging.  Presently, he is a recipient of the College of Sciences Cullen-Peck Fellowship, which seeks to fund excellence in research.  He has published over 40 peer reviewed research papers, authored several review articles and book chapters in rehabilitation, and presented at numerous national and international conferences on his research on cognitive motor control. He is a member of several organizations that focus on neural health and rehabilitation, such as the American Society for Neurorehabilitation, Society for Neuroscience and the Society for the Neural Control of Movement. In addition, he serves as co-Director for the Race and Racism in Contemporary Biomedicine Working Group, a collaborative between Georgia Tech, Spelman College and Emory University.

In the community, Lewis has been active in student engagement in science at various schools. He is a Director for a Middle School Teacher Training Program in science and mathematics at the Fulton Leadership Academy (East Point, GA). He serves as a Den Leader for Cub Scout Pack 22 (Smyrna GA). He is also the Chair of the Campbell Middle School Council for 2017-2018 and as the co-Director for the Nickajack Elementary School Foundation Teacher Grant program. He and his wife Teri reside in Smyrna, GA with their two sons.

Steve Oldaker - Statewide Indepedent Council 
Steve Oldaker retired as a IT Project Manager with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick. He is Board President of the Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) of Georgia; the SILC representative on the Georgia State Rehabilitation Council; Chair of the Brunswick Glynn County Mayor’s Committee on Disabilities; Board Treasurer for Living Independence for Everyone (LIFE), Inc. the coastal region's Center for Independent Living in Savannah and a member of the Georgia Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund Commission Public Policy Committee. Steve lives in Brunswick with his family.

Kayla Wilson - Former VR Client
Kayla Wilson is currently employed as an accounting coordinator at Sherman and Hemstreet Real Estate in Augusta. She participated in the Georgia Department of Labor’s Vocational Rehabilitation program through college, the High School High Tech Program while in high school, and has returned as a speaker, communicating with high school students across Georgia preparing to pursue higher education. Wilson graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Georgia Southern University. She resides in Evans.

Lisa Leiter - Transition Resource Specialist
Lisa Leiter is a Transition Resource Specialist for the Cobb County School District. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education with a concentration in Intellectual Disabilities from the University of Georgia. Lisa is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Education Degree with an emphasis in Secondary Special Education and Transition from the University of Kansas and will graduate in May of 2019. Lisa is a member of the Professional Association of Georgia Educators, the Metro Atlanta Transition Consortia, Georgia Interagency Transition Council, Georgia Rehabilitation Association, National Rehabilitation Association, the Council for Exceptional Children, and the Division on Career Development and Transition. Lisa and her husband, Jason, have four children and live in Marietta. She and her family served as the ambassador family for the March of Dimes Cobb Signature Chefs Auction in 2013, and she was named “Volunteer of the Year” in 2014 in Cobb Life Magazine.  In November 2018, she was awarded the “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 disability coordinator for the Internal Revenue Service. She is a member of the Rebirth Church of Atlanta. Bentley-Parrish earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Knoxville College. She has two children and lives in Ellenwood.

 

Dawn Johnson - Individuals with Cognitive Impairments
Dawn Johnson is the 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. Johnson 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. Johnson and her husband, Joe, have two children and reside in Winder.

Carl S. McKinney - Individuals with Hearing and Physical Impairments
Carl McKinney retired as a special education teacher for the Griffin-Spalding County School System. He was previously a member of the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Human Rights Council and the DBHDD Executive Quality Council. McKinney earned a bachelor’s degree in Special Education from the University of Georgia, a master’s degree in Special Education from Illinois State University and an education specialist degree from the University of West Georgia. He and his wife, Patty, have one son and live in Griffin.

Wina H. Low - Georgia Department of Education
Wina Low is a program manager 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. Low 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 Atlanta.

Ruby Kaspers - Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Ruby Kaspers is a certified rehabilitation counselor for the Vocational Rehabilitation Division of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency. She sits on the board of the Georgia Rehabilitation Association. Kaspers earned bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Journalism and a master’s degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Georgia State University. She and her husband, Tyler, have one child and live in Macon.

Karen Addams - Parent to Parent
Karen Addams is a Vice President at Parent to Parent of Georgia where she has worked for 10 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 30 years ago. She and her husband, Peter, live in Lilburn with their two daughters, Mary Anne and Caroline.