The Maine State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is the consumer voice for the Maine Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) program.
Members of the Council represent a board range of individuals with disabilities, former VR clients, disability advocates, community rehabilitation providers, businesses, VR counselors, and other community partners interested in the provision of vocational rehabilitation services in Maine. Federally mandated membership requirements include a broad range of stakeholders and ensure that this voice reflects a variety of constituencies.
Council members are appointed by the Governor of the State of Maine after soliciting recommendation from the citizens of the State, representatives of organizations representing a board range of individuals with disabilities, and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities. To the extent possible, the SRC strives for its membership to reflect the cultural diversity of the State of Maine.
The SRC for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) is fortunate to have members who are familiar with the vocational rehabilitation system and are dedicated to helping improve VR services for Maine’s citizens with disabilities.
If you are interested in playing an active role in improving Maine’s vocational rehabilitation services and improving employment outcomes and opportunities for Mainers with disabilities, Maine’s SRC is an excellent opportunity for you to make a difference. To learn more about becoming a member, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Current Council Members
J. Richardson Collins, Chair– Oversight & Advisory Board for Developmental Services; Disability Advocacy seat
Nicole Achey, Vice-Chair – University of Maine Farmington; Business, Industry & Labor seat
Riley Albair, Treasurer – Disability Rights Maine; Disability Advocacy seat
Betsy Hopkins – Director of the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation; Director seat
Kathy Despres – C.A.R.E.S., Inc.; Client Assistance Program seat
Eric Dickey – Current or Former VR client seat
Darcy Gentle – Wabanaki Vocational Rehabilitation Program; Director 121 grant seat
Anne Long – Maine Parent Federation; Parent Training & Information Center seat
Sitara Sheikh – Vocational Rehabilitation; VR Counselor seat
Peaches Bass – Disability Employment Initiative, Maine Dept. of Labor; Public Member seat
Sue Primiano – Vocational Rehabilitation; VR Counselor seat