Council Directory

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 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 serving as Grant Coordinator for the Oklahoma Durable Medical Equipment Reuse Program (OKDMERP) since 2016 and working at the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services prior to that.

Allyson Robinson

Director of Sponsored Programs,
Department of Wellness, Oklahoma State University

Allyson is Director for Sponsored Programs, Department of Wellness at Oklahoma State University. She graduated from Oklahoma State University in 2006 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and from the University of Kansas in 2008 with a Master of Arts in Speech Pathology. Allyson has been with Sponsored Programs at OSU for 10 years where she currently assists with overseeing a number of private, state, and federal grant/contractual programs. She has worked with many agencies, organizations, as well as non-profit entities advocating for individuals with disabilities.

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.

Debbie Davenport

Director of Vocational Rehabilitation
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

580-642-6006
ddavenport@choctawnation.com

Debbie Davenport is the Director of the Vocational Rehabilitation program for the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. She graduated from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in business management and is also a graduate of the Northwestern Indian College – Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Institute with a certification in Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Studies. Debbie started her career with the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma in 1998 and began her TVR career in 1999 as a VR Counselor. She was promoted to Director in 2006 and currently holds this position.

Debbie has one child who is starting her college career. She loves traveling to new places and creating new experiences.

Melissa Davis

Information and Training Specialist
Oklahoma Parent Center
Direct Number 405-367-3440

Melissa Davis is a native Oklahoman and graduated from Lawton High School in 1980. After living in numerous states, she and her husband moved back to Oklahoma to be near their families. Their family has grown substantially over those years with the addition of fourteen grandchildren. Several of Melissa’s grandchildren have been identified as child with a disability. She came to the Oklahoma Parents Center in March of 2018 after using their services and learning about parent’s rights in special education. She has helped a multitude of families learn about their rights and use their voice to advocate for children with disabilities to get the services they need in school. It is Melissa’s goal to learn more about special education and rehabilitative services so that the lives of children with disabilities can be nurtured and flourish.

Lucia Frohling

Director of Parent Services
Oklahoma Parents for Student Achievement
309 NW 13th Street, Suite 109
Oklahoma City, OK 73103
LFrohling@okpsaedu.org

Lucia Frohling holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a minor in Education from the University of Texas at Arlington. She has several certifications including an Oklahoma 1st – 8th grade Elementary Education teaching certificate, SHRM-Certified Professional, and a Master IEP Coach®. Lucia is a former public school teacher and has a background in non-profit development and instructional design. She currently serves as the Director of Parent Services for Oklahoma Parents for Student Achievement. 

Lucia’s passion for helping families ensure their loved ones have access to resources was ignited after her youngest two children were diagnosed with dyslexia and dysgraphia. She is committed to empowering and connecting Oklahoma families with resources and walking alongside them to champion their children’s education and future. Lucia and her husband, Chip, have three school-aged children. 

Lucia is active in the community and serves on several boards, including Payne Education Center, the Oklahoma Medical Board Occupational Therapy Advisory Council, and the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse OPNA Advisory Committee. She is also a community reading tutor and a founding member, and Past Chair, of The STEAM Engine. She and her family are active in their church and kids’ schools. Lucia enjoys spending time with her family, friends, at church, and learning new things.

Melinda Fruendt

Executive Director
Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services

3535 NW 58th St., Suite 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
(405) 951-3400
mfruendt@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

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.

Sharon Harrison

Workforce Development and Community Partnerships. Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance.
sharonharrison@harrison-consultants.com

Sharon, a native of Northern Ireland, has lived and worked in Oklahoma for over 20 years. She has a long and established career in training and development and consulting. Sharon has worked in many industry sectors, including Hospitality and Tourism in the US and UK, Finance in the US, and over the last ten years she has focused on Manufacturing in Oklahoma. Sharon is the founder and President of Harrison Consulting, a Workforce and Training company.  Harrison Consulting facilitates the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliances Workforce strategies as the Director of Workforce and Community Partnerships was and is responsible for focusing on facilitating employer driven workforce solutions among manufacturers in partnership with key state stakeholders. In addition, Sharon and her team conduct workforce research, grant applications and program implementation. Additionally, Sharon is a business Professor at Rose State College, where she teaches management, project management and supply chain.

Angela Jaworski

DRS Vocational Specialist III
2401 NW 23rd St., Suite #51
Oklahoma City, OK 73107
(405) 543-2646
Ajaworski@okdrs.gov

Angelamarie Jaworski has been a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor/Specialist with DRS since 2016, working primarily with adult consumers with hearing loss in Tulsa but recently transferred effectively in June to Oklahoma City taking over the transition caseload. Angelamarie is hard of hearing and reads lips fluently with the use of American Sign Language as her preferred mode of communication. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Idaho State University and a Master’s from Western Oregon University in Rehabilitation Counseling with over 10+ years of experience in the counseling and rehabilitation fields, not limiting to life and job coaching in three different states: Washington, Texas, and Oklahoma. You will find Angela as a committed individual with pride in being direct, spontaneous, and communicative with focus serving or providing services to the deaf and hard of hearing but not limiting to teaching and educating the community, employers, educators, and many more on how to work in collaboration to better serve this unique population.

Nikki Jolly

Chief Program Officer
The Bridges Foundation

918.299.2656
South Campus
https://www.bridgestulsa.org/

Nikki Jolly is a proven leader with a demonstrated history of success in improving outcomes. She is skilled in nonprofit organizations, public speaking, and counseling, her skills have been developed through experience in the public school sectors and nonprofit work. Nikki is passionate about helping individuals with special needs reach their full potential and make positive changes in communities. She graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education, she later completed her certification in Special Education and received a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Harding University. After a career in education, she is now the Chief Program Officer at The Bridges Foundation. Nikki and her husband, Justin, have three children. They enjoy serving their community together through their church and Bridges, attending college football games, and their children’s sporting events.

Julie Lackey

Director – OK IPSE Alliance
julie@okipsealliance.org
www.okipsealliance.org

Julie is the Director of OKIPSE Alliance. OKIPSE Alliance has the goal to educate, advocate, assist and collaborate for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education (IPSE) options for students with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities in Oklahoma.  Julie is the Founder of LeadLearnLive, a non-profit organization that partnered to begin the first IPSE program in OK at Northeastern State University, as well as her alma mater – Oklahoma State University. She also serves on the national Technical Assistance team for Think College.  She is proud to be a mom to a young adult who travels to his own drumbeat and loves anything outdoors, especially with her husband and son.

Scott Mullins

Financial Advisor
Merrill Lynch
4811 Gaillardia Parkway
Oklahoma City, OK 73142
Scott.mullins@ml.com

Scott works for Merrill Lynch as a Financial Advisor in Oklahoma City.  He’s been on the board for the Epilepsy Foundation of Oklahoma since 2014 and is the current Vice Chairman. He has a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University and a master’s from The University of Oklahoma.  Scott’s also a member of the DRS Business Advisory Council. Having a disability himself allows him to be a vested champion for those with disabilities.

He loves traveling, spending time with family, Rotary club activities and college football.

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.

Cameron Whitham

Workforce Staffing Manager
Amazon

Cameron has a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, both from Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Cameron is the Work Force Staffing Manager for Amazon, leading a team that hires all tier-1 warehouse workers in Oklahoma. In his past 11 years of work experience, he has worked directly with hiring, onboarding, training and leading employees, many with disabilities. His passion for the council’s mission comes from these experiences and wanting to support programs that result in the success of persons with disabilities in the workplace. 

Cameron and his wife, Deanna, have two children. They enjoy running and spending as much time as possible outside as a family.

Charity Woods

Counselor III
Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Department of Rehabilitation Services

Charity Woods has worked for DRS, specifically Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired for the last 5 years. Charity earned her degree from East Central University, where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Science with a focus on Clinical Mental Health and Clinical Rehabilitation for both degrees. Charity primarily worked with adult clients previously and is now working with adult and Transition students in Ada and her surrounding Counties. Charity is passionate about making a positive impact on the lives of individuals with disabilities and is excited about the opportunities for growth and contribution in her future endeavors.

Charity has her own story of raising her daughter with multiple disabilities and is trying to be an inspiration to others, illustrating the transformative power of a mother’s love and the resilience that can emerge in the face of adversity. Charity’s journey shows others the importance of empathy, compassion, and the impact a single individual can have on the lives of those they serve.