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Members' Bios & Photos

ORC's Advisory Council members are an impressive group. Here, we offer their biographies and a recent photo.


Renee Sansom
Program Director, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council

Renee Sansom began her role as Program Manager in June 2015. She has experience working with underserved populations with disabilities in Oklahoma as she is bilingual in Spanish. Renee has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and served as a DRS Bilingual Counselor for the Department of Rehabilitation Services from 2006 to 2015.

Renee Sansom, Program Director, ORC


Linda Jaco
Associate Director for Sponsored Programs
Department of Wellness, Oklahoma State University

Linda Jaco is the Associate Director for Sponsored Programs, Department of Wellness, Oklahoma State University. She received her M.S. in School Psychology from Columbia University in 1977 and her B.S. in Secondary Education and Child Development from University of Houston in 1974. In February 2006, Linda was appointed Assistant Director for Sponsored Programs in the OSU Department of Wellness where she oversees a number of private, state, and federal grant programs totaling in excess of $4 million annually. Linda has served on a number of national, state, and local task forces and boards related to disability and agricultural issues. Additionally, she has worked with many agencies, organizations, as well as non-profit entities making policy change and advocating for individuals with disability, substance abuse or agricultural concerns. She has been very active both at the state and national level working on legislative issues. Linda currently serves on the board of directors for the Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs, as well as Stillwater Group Homes. She is married to William Jaco who holds the Grayce B. Kerr and Regents Professor of Mathematics at Oklahoma State University. They have two sons.

Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs

Carolina Colclasure
Assistant, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council

Carolina Colclasure is the ORC Assistant and she joined on February 2017. She worked at the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services interpreting and translating for Spanish speaking clients from 2013 to 2016. She provides administrative support to the ORC Program Manager.
 

Carolina Colclasure, Assistant, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council


Melinda Fruendt
Project Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
ORC - DRS Committee Liaison

Melinda Fruendt is the Project Coordinator for the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. She provides direct administrative support to the chief of staff. Melinda coordinates and manages projects and programmatic activities, including strategic and workforce system planning for organizational decision making.  She serves as agency liaison to state agencies and stakeholders, plans and coordinates special projects and studies for immediate and long-term program impact. Melinda received her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science Degrees from Oklahoma State University.

Melinda Fruendt


Jean Jones
DRS Legislative Information Representative
ORC - DRS Committee Liaison

Jean has been employed 40 years in disability programs, most recently for 18 years with DRS in legislative, policy and public information roles. Previous employers included the state Office of Disability Concerns and Oklahoma Employment  Security Commission. Her work throughout the years has involved legislative research, reporting, and advocacy focused on disability issues in employment, transportation, services, education, health and civil rights. 

 


Kim Osmani
Statewide Transition Coordinator, Oklahoma State Department of Education
ORC - DRS Committee Liaison

As Transition Coordinator, Kim Osmani supports students with disabilities as they plan for post-school goals: gainful employment, post-secondary education or training, independent living, military, and/or group living. Kim holds a Masters in Education from the University of Florida and the University of Oklahoma. She is a former Special Education Teacher and is a member of CSAVR, NRA, NARL, NAIL, CEC, and DCDT.
 

Kim Osmani


Rebecca (Becky) Bradshaw
Senior HR Manager
Cintas Corporation

Rebecca works at Cintas in Oklahoma City and has coordinated closely with the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services and Dale Rogers Training Center recruiting for the company. For their achievements in the workforce, Cintas, a company providing corporate identity uniforms and other industrial products, received several awards recognizing their performance (Mayor of Oklahoma City Award, Governor's Award and OKDRS Employer of the Year Award). Becky has also worked for the Oklahoma League for the Blind. She received a bachelor's degree in business from the University of Central Oklahoma and she enjoys reading, antiquing, and being with her daughter and two grandsons.

Becky Bradshaw

Lori Chestnut
Secondary Transition Specialist
Oklahoma State Department of Education

Lori Chestnut has a Master’s Degree in Special Education. As a former Special Education teacher, Lori has worked with students with many types of disabilities. She has served on the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the Division on Career Development and Transition (DCDT), and the Oklahoma Transition Council. Lori and her husband, Darren, have two children and two dogs. They all enjoy hiking and camping and Lori also enjoys reading, decorating for the holidays and Pinterest.

Lori Chestnut


Jane Ciorba
Executive Director
Council for Development Disabilities d/b/a ABLE

Jane Ciorba has a Masters degree in Special Education from the University of Oklahoma. She is the Executive Director of ABLE, an organization providing residential and vocational services for adults with disabilities. She also participates in the DRS Work Adjustment Training program for high school students with disabilities and spent a summer administering Applied Behavior Analysis for preschool-aged children. Jane has links to the Cleveland County disABILITY Coalition, OU Student Council for Exceptional Children, OU Division on Career Development and Transition, Oklahoma Transition Institute, the United Way of Norman and the Norman Chamber of Commerce.

Jane Ciorba

Cody D. Cox
Area Manager, Oklahoma Employment Security Commission (OESC), Isabel, OK

Cody has served 19 years with OESC in several capacities: TANF/Welfare to Work program coordinator, office manager, and Interim Assistant Director for the Customer Service Division. He graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University. He is married to Lisa and they have three children and one grandchild. Cody has been a board member of the McCurtain County Historical Society and served as Mayor and Councilman for the City of Valliant before moving to Isabel.

 

Ekutan Dannelley
Current Consumer / Client

Ekutan Danelley describes himself as “currently a consumer attending Rose State College in Oklahoma City.” He is a member of the National Wheelchair Basketball Association and in addition to basketball, Ekutan enjoys reading, writing, and going to church.

Ekutan Dannelley

Rick DeRennaux
President / CEO
Tech-Now Inc.

Rick earned a master’s degree in education and has over twenty years experience working with students with disabilities in public education and private groups. He is a member of The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) and CEC’s Division of Career Development and Transition (DCDT). His hobbies and interests include computers and related technologies, product development, and audio/video production.

Rick DeRennaux

Nici Duncan
Director of Corporate Human Resources
Ditch Witch / Charles Machine Works
 

 

Bill Dunham
Area Clinic Manager
Amputee Empowerment Regional Coordinator
Hanger Clinic, Oklahoma Clinics
Bill Dunham

Audrey Farnum
Staff Attorney / Administrative Hearing Office
Oklahoma Tax Commission

Ms. Farnum graduated from the University of Tulsa with a Bachelor of Arts degree and then, went on to the School of Law, Oklahoma City University, and received a JD in 1999. She has many professional associations including the National Federation of the Blind of Oklahoma (serves as First Vice President), and National Federation of the Blind where she is Vice President. Audrey has links to ABLE Tech’s Advixory Council, United States Association of Blind Athletes, and the OKC Riversport Advanced Masters rowing team. She enjoys rowing, tandem cycling, reading, being an avid sports fan and technology junkie.

Audrey Farnum

Brenda Fitzgerald
Program Director
Cherokee Nation VR Program

Brenda Fitzgerald is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is the Program Director for the Cherokee Nation Vocational Rehabilitation Program. She has worked in the vocational rehabilitation profession for over 25 years in jobs such as: VR Counselor, Human Resource Development Manager, and Job Developer with the OK Department of Rehabilitation Services; VR Case Manager with Integris Health; and as Disability Navigator with Workforce OK. Brenda has a Master’s Degree in Human Relations, and is a certified professional with the National Association of Workforce Development Professionals. Brenda is married to Dr. Brett Fitzgerald, Criminal Justice Professor at Northeastern State University. They have two children, Tyler and Abby, and reside in Tahlequah, OK.

Brenda Fitzgerald

Diana Garrett
Executive Director
Dynamic Independence

Diana Garrett

William Ginn
Client Assistance Program (CAP) Director
Office of Disability Concerns

William Ginn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. Within the Office of Disability Concerns, William has served for 12 years as program specialist and 4 years as director of CAP (Citizens Advisory Council). He has also worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as a case manager (10 years). William enjoys reading, vegetable gardening, riding his bicycle and his two cats!

William Ginn

Terrisha Osborn
VR Specialist
Department of Rehabilitation

Terrisha Osborn received a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling and works at DRS as a VR Specialist IV. She has worked with DRS for 10 years as a transition caseload member of the Norman Disability Coalition. Terrisha enjoys watching sports and hanging out with family and friends.

Terrisha Osborn

Elizabeth Reeve
Ms. Abilities America National Coordinator and Founder
American Majestics National Ms. Diversity, 2016-2017

Elizabeth Reeve is an advocate for individuals who happen to have disabilities. She has a BA in History, BBA, MS in Special Education, and ABD for Organizational Leadership. She is currently studying for her MBA at Western Governors University. After completing her MBA, she plans to go on to study for her DBA. She is a certified educator in Oklahoma and Texas in Special Education (k-12), Elementary 1-8, and English as a second language (Prek-12). She is the founder and National Director of Ms. Abilities America. She has held Pageant titles in American Majestics (National Ms. Diversity 2016-2017 and Legacy (lifetime) Queen), Today's International Woman (formally known as Today's American Woman [National Elegant Mrs. 2015], Ms. Wheelchair Oklahoma (USA) 2012, and Ms Wheelchair Oklahoma (America) 2008-2009. Ms. Reeve has earned the Presidential Volunteer bronze, silver, and gold service awards. She has also received various awards for being an advocate. Ms. Reeve has written several books on service dogs. She currently holds various offices in SILC and in her pageants. She works on a limited schedule as an English as a second language instructor at Oklahoma City Community college.

Elizabeth Reeve

Noel Tyler
Interim Director
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

Noel Tyler stepped up from a DRS division-level position to provide executive direction and leadership as interim DRS director in 2016 at the request of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services. She currently directs 1,000 staff and administers an annual budget of $148.7 million for 25 major programs in six DRS divisions.

A member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XX, Ms. Tyler served 15 years as division administrator of DRS Disability Determination Services where she directed operations necessary to determine medical eligibility for Social Security Administration disability benefits for Oklahoma and 20 other states. She led Oklahoma DDS to the No. 2 ranking in the U.S. with a 97.6 percent accuracy rate in determining initial claims for disability benefits and coordinated construction of two DDS facilities.

Noel has earned numerous awards including the DRS commissioners' and director's awards, and SSA's Phoenix award, Andy Marioni memorial award, three regional commissioners excellence in leadership awards and one citation. Noel Tyler was raised in Canton, Ohio and educated at John Carroll University and the University of Oklahoma. In 1980, after her service in the Air Force, she and her family settled in Oklahoma. Noel enjoys boating on Oklahoma lakes and spends leisure time with her husband, grandchildren, nieces and nephews, and occasionally a good book.

Noel Tyler


Wade Walters
Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

Wade Walters is currently a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist III with DRS. He previously worked 16 years as VR Counselor with tribal vocational rehabilitation and is himself, a person with multiple disabilities who was a former Status 26 client with Cherokee Nation VR. Wade holds a Master’s in Rehabilitation Counseling from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Tribal Rehabilitation Certification from San Diego State University. He is married to Valorie and has two children. He enjoys coin collecting, playing golf, bowling and collecting baseball cards.

 

Suzanne Williams
Program Manager
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (ODMHSAS)

Suzanne Williams has a Masters Degree in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University. As Program Manager at ODMHSAS, she works to fulfill its mission which promotes healthy communities and to provide the highest quality care to enhance the well-being of Oklahomans. Suzanne, and her husband, Travis, have four children and she enjoys traveling, watching her children participate in sports, and reading a good crime novel.

Suzanne Williams


Katie Woodward
Program Manager
OK Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP)

Katie Woodward holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Organizational Behavior and is working towards a Masters in Administrative Leadership. She directs the activities of OKDMERP and, in its 5 years of existence, the program has collected over 4,200 pieces of durable medical equipment. They then re-furbish and re-distribute this equipment to Oklahomans in need. As of summer of 2016, OKDMERP has saved the state and individuals over $2.9 million through this effort.
 

Katie Woodward