State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) members are appointed by the Governor and serve three year, staggered terms. According to federal law, members on the SRC must represent various communities that work with the Department of Rehabilitation. Each year, the SRC chooses new officers for the new Federal Fiscal Year, beginning October 1 - September 30.

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Napa County
Disability Advocacy Group Representative

Theresa is the Executive Director for CA Association of Local Behavioral Health Boards & Commissions, where she previously served as President. Theresa was an associate at Complex Property Tax Specialists from 2009 to 2016. She was an office manager at Hope Episcopal Church and at St. Michael's Day School from 2007 to 2008. Theresa was an office manager at Performance Packaging from 1996 to 1998 and a sales representative at Nikon Inc. from 1994 to 1995. She was software applications manager at Focused Imaging Technologies Inc. from 1992 to 1994. Theresa is also a member of the Napa County Mental Health Board. 

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Alameda County
Business, Labor & Industry representative

Marcus has been military and disability recruitment programs leader for Kaiser Permanente since 2015. He was director of recruiting at Phacil Inc. from 2009 to 2015 and a recruiter at MediaCross Inc. from 2008 to 2009. Marcus served active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 2008. Marcus earned a Master of Business Administration degree in human resources management from Upper Iowa University.       

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Fresno County
Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Ex-Officio Member

Inez has been senior vocational rehabilitation counselor, qualified rehabilitation professional at the California Department of Rehabilitation since 2012, where she was a rehabilitation counselor at the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation from 2006 to 2011 and a job developer in 2004. Inez was a rehabilitation counselor member at the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council from 2008 to 2010 and a vocational consultant at Vocational Designs Inc. from 2004 to 2005. Inez earned a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from California State University, Fresno. 

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Los Angeles County
Disability Advocacy Group representative

Kecia has been a self-advocacy and community liaison for the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Tarjan Center, since 2012. She was advocacy director at People First of California from 2011 to 2012, where she was interim executive director in 2011, president in 2010 and state advocacy reporter from 1996 to 1999. Kecia was a teacher assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension Pathway Program from 2008 to 2010 and a coordinator for self-advocacy at the Westside Regional Center from 1998 to 2010. She is a member of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Arc's National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability.  

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Sacramento County
California Department of Education representative

Nicolas has been an educational programs consultant of the Quality Assurance Unit at the California Department of Education since 2018, where he was an educational programs consultant of the Focused Monitoring and Technical Assistance Unit from 2016 to 2018. He was vice principal at Al Sadara Model School from 2014 to 2016 and head of the English Department at Al Nahyaneia Model School from 2013 to 2014. Nicolas was a teacher at Al-Hayer School for Boys from 2010 to 2013 and at Al-Arqam College Preparatory from 2003 to 2010. He earned a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from the University of Leicester. 

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Los Angeles County
Current or Former DOR Consumer Representative

Benjamin has been an associate at Revolution Financial Management since 2017 and a financial professional at World Financial Group Inc. since 2014. He was a receptionist at the Glendale Community College High Tech Center from 2007 to 2008 and an associate at Pre-Paid Legal Inc. in 2006. 

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Yolo County
Business, Labor & Industry representative

LaQuita has been a human resources specialist at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation since 2011. She was a human resources specialist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2008 to 2011 and at the U.S. Geological Survey from 2004 to 2008, where she was a human resources assistant from 2002 to 2004. LaQuita was a program coordinator at Peregrine Systems from 2000 to 2001, a contracts administrator at American Tower Corporation from 1999 to 2000, a project coordinator at Xoma Corporation from 1998 to 1999 and an administrative assistant at Remedy Personnel in 1998. LaQuita was a housing manager at the U.S. Navy Public Works Center, San Francisco Bay Area in 1997, where she was a housing management assistant from 1989 to 1997, a computer specialist from 1994 to 1995, a manpower personnel support clerk from 1986 to 1989 and a personnel clerk from 1985 to 1986. 

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Sacramento County

In 2014, Joe Xavier became the Department of Rehabilitation's Director. Prior to his being Director, he served as Deputy Director for the Specialized Services Division since 2010, responsible for Blind Field Services, the Orientation Center for the Blind, the Older Individuals who are Blind Program, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Section, and the Business Enterprises Program.Joe has over 28 years' experience in business and public administration, as well as many years participating in advocacy and community organizations.    


  • Community Rehabilitation Program Representative

  • Client Assistance Program representative

  • California Workforce Development Board representative

  • State Independent Living Council representative

  • Native American VR Program representative

  • Parent Training and Information Center representative

  • Two Business, Industry and Labor representatives