CCEPD Membership

The Committee consists of appointed and mandated public and private members. Committee membership includes:

  • Four (4) individuals with disabilities representing disabled persons, one each appointed by the Senate Committee on Rules and the Speaker of the Assembly and two appointed by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services.

  • Three (3) business representatives with experience in employing persons with disabilities, to be appointed by the Secretary of California Health and Human Services.

  • The Directors of the Employment Development Department, State Department of Health Care Services, State Department of Developmental Services, State Department of Social Services, and Department of Rehabilitation, and the Chair of the State Independent Living Council.

  • A representative from the California Health Incentive Improvement Project.

  • A representative from the California Workforce Development Board who is nominated by that board.

  • A representative from a local one-stop or local workforce development board, to be nominated by the California Workforce Development Board.

  • At the discretion of the Secretary of California Health and Human Services, representatives from any other department or program that may have a role in increasing the capacity of state programs to support the employment-related needs of individuals with disabilities.

Current CCEPD Membership Roster:

  • Maria Nicolacoudis, Chair, Executive Director, Respite and Research for Alzheimer's Disease

  • Dennis Petrie, Vice-Chair, Deputy Director, Workforce Services Branch, Employment Development Department (Designee for Patrick Henning, Director, Employment Development Department)

  • Nancy Bargmann, Director, Department of Developmental Services

  • John Ervin III, Director of Community Affairs, Modesto City Schools

  • Robert Fried, Attorney, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

  • Angel Garcia, Staff Services Manager I, (Designee, California Workforce Development Board)

  • Patrick Henning, Director, Employment Development Department

  • Vacant, Designee of the Senate Rules Committee

  • Jennifer Kent, Director, Department of Health Care Services

  • Will Lightbourne, Director, Department of Social Services

  • Alex Montoya, Designee of the Speaker of the Assembly

  • Liz Pazdral, Executive Director, State Independent Living Council

  • Russell Stacey, Transmission Supervisor, CBS Television Network

  • Joseph Williams, CEO, Youth Action Project (Designee of the California Workforce Development Board)

  • Anita Wright, Manager of Business Development & Proposal Operations, Northrop Grumman Corporation

  • Joe Xavier, Director, Department of Rehabilitation

Department Directors Designees:

  • Michele Villados, Deputy Director, Office of Civil Rights, Department of Health Care Services (Designee for Jennifer Kent, Director, Department of Health Care Services)

  • Denyse Curtright, Work Services Section Chief, Department of Developmental Services (Designee for Nancy Bargmann, Director, Department of Developmental Services)

  • Dennis Petrie, Deputy Director, Workforce Services Branch, Employment Development Department (Designee for Patrick Henning, Director, Employment Development Department)

  • Irene Walela, Deputy Director, Independent Living and Community Access Division, Department of Rehabilitation (Designee for Joe Xavier, Director, Department of Rehabilitation)

 

CCEPD Contact Information

California Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities

(855) 894-3436
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

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