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Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council members are appointed by the Governor with the majority having a recognized disability.

All members serve on committees and have active responsibilities

Membership includes representatives from:
  • Disability and advocacy organizations
  • Business, industry, and labor
  • Community rehabilitation service providers
  • Client Assistance Program
  • Vocational Rehabilitation/Visual Services Counselors
  • Current or former consumer of DRS Services
  • Parent Training Information Center
  • OK State Department of Education
  • Statewide Independent Living Council
  • American Indian VR Program
  • Director of DRS
Carolina Colclasure, Program Director, ORC

Carolina Colclasure
Program Manager, Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council

Carolina Colclasure began her role as Program Manager in March 2018. She has experience working with underserved populations with disabilities in Oklahoma and the fact she is bilingual in Spanish helps her communicate with a larger number of citizens. Carolina's work experience includes serviing as Grant Coordinator for Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP) since 2016 and working at Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services prior to that.

 
Linda Jaco, Associate Director for Sponsored Programs

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.
 
Kelli Bates

Kelli Bates
Regional Staffing Manager
Galt Foundation
312 NW 13th St
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
(405) 235-4490
kbates@galtfoundation.org

Kelli Bates has over a decade of leadership experience in the fields of staffing, communications, and employee development. She currently works as a Regional Staffing Manager for the Galt Foundation, an organization that provides, promotes, and expands employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. Kelli oversees the Staffing Departments in the states of Oklahoma and Pennsylvania. This includes supervising the Service Managers, Coordinators, Payroll and office support staff. The Staffing team recruits, educates, retains, and finds the “right matches” for Galt’s clients.

She is the proud parent of a National Honor Society high school student. Her leisure time is spent reading, laughing with her daughter, and perfecting her craft. Kelli’s favorite quote: “I don’t have a dis-ability, I have a different-ability.” – Robert M. Hensel

 
  Melanie Berry
Information & Training Specialist, Director of Youth & Family Outreach
P.O Box 512
Holdenville, OK 74848
(405) 883-6046
mberry@oklahomaparentscenter.org

Melanie Berry is the Director of Youth and Family Outreach and a Parent and Child Advocate for The Oklahoma Parents Center (OPC). The Oklahoma Parents Center is a nonprofit that receives the majority of its funding from the Federal and State Department of Education through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act or IDEA. As a Special Education Advocate covers the state of Oklahoma, she provides training and information to families that can change the direction of the child’s future. Melanie received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of Central Oklahoma in 1998.  As a student in public school, Melanie’s learning disabilities went unidentified until just before graduating high school.  Now a parent of 4 children with learning and attention issues she has seen there is still an issue for students to be correctly identified and provided services in public schools.  Melanie and her husband, Don, spend their free time watching their children participate in their many activities, including Football, Tumbling, Wrestling, Dance, and Swimming. 

 
 
Lori Chestnut

Lori Chesnut
Secondary Transition Specialist
Special Education Services
Oklahoma State Department of Education
Oliver Hodge Building
2500 North Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
(405) 521-4820
lori.chestnut@sde.ok.gov

Lori Chesnut 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.

 
Rick DeRennaux

Rick DeRennaux
President / CEO
Tech-Now Inc.
621 Brookwood Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 640-7606
derennaux@hotmail.com

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.
 
Bill Dunham photo

Bill Dunham
Area Clinic Manager—Oklahoma
South Central Regional Inventory Coordinator
Hanger Clinic
6052 South Sheridan Road
Tulsa, OK 74145
(918) 879-0306
bdunham@hanger.com

In 1989, Bill was severely wounded while serving in the United States Army with the 75th Ranger Regimen. Initial attempts were made to save his leg, but three years and 21 surgeries later, doctors were forced to amputate his right leg above-knee.

Today Bill is the Area Clinic Manager for and patient of Hanger Clinic. He is able to communicate from experience the superior level of clinical care available at Hanger Clinic to other amputees and the medical community at large. Bill works closely with prosthetic designers to test and develop advanced and better functioning prosthetic devices.

 
Audrey Farnum

Audrey Farnum
Staff Attorney / Administrative Hearing Office
Oklahoma Tax Commission
3700 N. Classen Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
(405) 319-8507
atfarnum@icloud.com

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.
 

Melinda Freundt
Executive Director
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services
3535 NW 58th St., Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 951-3400
mfuendt@okdrs.gov

Melinda Fruendt, was appointed as Executive Director of the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services on Monday, November 5 2018. Fruendt was previously DRS chief of staff for DRS’ seven divisions with 25 statewide programs focused on employment, education, independence and the determination of medical eligibility for disability benefits. Her past positions include executive-level project coordinator for DRS and program manager of the Oklahoma Rehabilitation Council, a DRS partner. She earned a Master’s of Science and Bachelors of Science degrees from Oklahoma State University. Fruendt and her husband Paul farm and ranch in Guthrie where they have a cow-calf and stocker operation, as well as diversified crops production.
 
William Ginn

William Ginn
CAP Director
Office of Disability Concerns
2712 Villa Prom
Oklahoma City, OK 73107-2414
(405) 521-3756 & (800) 522-8224
william.ginn@odc.ok.gov

William Ginn has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma. Within the Office of Disability Concerns, William has served for as program specialist and as director of CAP (Citizens Advisory Council). He has also worked for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services as a case manager (10 years). And, recently, he has volunteered with People First, an organization that promotes socialization and self-advocacy by, and for, adults with a cognitive disorder. William enjoys reading, vegetable gardening, riding his bicycle and his two cats!
 
Shelley Gladden

Shelley Gladden
Program Manager
Oklahoma ABLE Tech
1514 W Hall of Fame
Stillwater, OK 74078
(405) 744-9863
shelley.gladden@okstate.edu

Shelley Gladden joined Oklahoma ABLE Tech in May 2012. As a Grant Coordinator, her primary role is the financial loan program for consumers to purchase assistive technology, Shelley assists in numerous roles with ABLE Tech, including the demonstration and loan program, fire safety grant,state department of education contract, and is a hearing support specialist to consumers, teachers, and professionals. She is a statewide trainer for Hearing Loss Association of America through the N-CHATT program, Network of Consumer Hearing Assistive Technology Trainers in which she collaboratively provides training to consumers with hearing loss, as well as professionals who work with consumers with hearing loss, on understanding Hearing Assistive Technology that can be used when hearing aids are not enough. She has spent her career working with individuals with disabilities in various settings in both Oklahoma and Texas and graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. degree in Therapeutic Recreation. She is currently seeking a Graduate Certification in Non-Profit Management through Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, OK.
 

Jeff Newton
Transition Specialist
Oklahoma City Public Schools
Former Consumer of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
jwnewton@okcps.org

Jeff holds a Bachelor's degree in Education from Northeastern State University and a Master's Degree in Special Education with an emphasis in Transition from the University of Oklahoma. Jeff has been a Transition Specialist for Oklahoma City Public Schools since 2009. Previously, Jeff was a Transition Specialist for Cherokee Nation.  Jeff and his wife, Kendra, have two children.  He enjoys hiking, camping, concerts, movies, swimming, and spending time with his family.

 
Kevin Kevin Randall
DRS Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist II
2401 NW 23rd St., Suite #74
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 522-7973
krandall@okdrs.gov

Kevin Aurelius Randall II has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist since April of 2016 for DRS. He previously worked in the private sector for an Oklahoma City mental health agency as a Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Specialist/Case Managers Level II. Kevin has been an advocate for people with disabilities since 2013. Currently, he is assigned to five high schools on the Southside of Oklahoma City. He is the lead DRS counselor for Project Search at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center in Oklahoma City. Kevin enjoys reading, playing chess, & listening to podcast.

 
 
Jen Randle

Jen Randle
Youth Advocacy and Training Coordinator
Oklahoma Developmental Disability Council
2401 NW 23rd St., Suite #74
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 521-4964
jenifer.randle@okdhs.org

Jenifer (or Jen) Randle’s good life includes hanging out with family and friends, reading, teaching, computers, writing sci-fi, and watching sports. Jenifer taught students who received special services for fourteen years before becoming the Youth Director for the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.
 
She holds a Master’s Degree from the University of Kansas in Special Education, specializing in Transition Education and Services, and a Bachelor’s Degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Special Education. Jenifer is also a credentialed trainer for Person Centered Thinking from the International Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. 
 
Donna Sanders

Donna Sanders
Center Manager, Brookwood Center
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission
9210 S Western Ave, Suite 9-A
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
(405) 234-5001
donna.sanders@oesc.state.ok.us

Donna has worked for Oklahoma Employment Security Commission since 1987. She is the center manager for one of the Workforce Oklahoma centers in Oklahoma City that is charged with preparing job seekers with writing resumes for today’s employers, interviewing skills/soft skills/overcoming barriers workshops, and unemployment benefits. She has coordinated 2 job fairs (Spring and Fall) every year for the past 10 years, that result in 110 employers and 1200 job seekers attending.  She helps coordinate the Employer Council Meetings (Continuing education opportunities for businesses offering seminars to local area human resource professionals and employers) that are held every month.

She loves to work in her flowerbeds, relax at the lake and read (real books…not an electronic device). She has 3 children, 4 grandsons (that are my greatest joys), 1 dog and 2 cats.

 
  Vikki Walls
SILC Chair
Oklahoma Statewide Independent Living Council
3535 NW 58th St, Suite 480
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 951-3581
smadden@oksilc.org
 
 
Wade Walters

Wade Walters
SBVI Counselor
Department of Rehabilitation
321 S. Third, Suite 2B
McAlester, OK 74501-5410
(918) 302-4213
wwalters@okdrs.gov

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 L. Williams, MCJ
Manager of Employment, Housing, and Homeless Initiatives
Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
2000 N. Classen Blvd, Ste E600
OKC, OK 73106
(405) 248-9358
suzanne.williams@odmhsas.org

Born and raised in rural northwest Oklahoma, Suzanne L. Williams graduated from Southwestern Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in 1994 and then went on to receive her Masters in Criminal Justice from New Mexico State University in 1996.  She began her career in corrections in New Mexico and Arizona.  In 2001, she and her family moved back to Oklahoma where she began her career working with homeless populations for a community mental health center.  She left in 2007 to be a self-employed consultant to local governments, faith-based organizations, school districts and non-profit organizations providing grant and proposal writing, staff training, and program and policy development and implementation.  In 2016, she joined the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services where she is providing leadership in developing homeless, housing and employment initiatives for the State. 
 
Tim

Timothy Yeahquo, Jr.
Vocational Rehabilitation Director
Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes
100 Red Moon Circle
Concho, OK 73022
(405) 262-0345
tyeahquo@c-a-tribes.org

Mr. Yeahquo is the Director of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Vocational Rehabilitation Program. He says of his work, "I was unfamiliar with disability work until I began working for the tribes. My goal was to find employment that would allow me to help Native Americans in any way and it turns out VR is perfect for that goal. I strive to serve my Indian people in a good way."

Timothy has ties to the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation (CANAR) and Oklahoma Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (OKTVR).

He is married and has 6 children. He loves the outdoors, camping and watching Netflix.