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.
David DeLeonardis, Chair
(Community Rehabilitation Program Service Provider representative)
Recently retired, David DeLeonardis served as the President/CEO of Crossroads Diversified Services, a nonprofit social enterprise based in Sacramento, which provides education, training and on-going support to empower persons with disabilities or other social barriers to achieve sustainable employment.
David is an active participant in the Sacramento Metro Chamber's Education & Workforce Development committee demonstrating his commitment to job creation and workforce development. He is a former Surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), a member of the member of the Executive Committee of the Golden Sierra Workforce Investment Board, and is a member of the National Council of Work Centers and the California Association of Social Rehabilitation Agencies (CASRA). David has served on numerous government task forces and committees, including those which redesigned Sacramento County's mental health treatment system and the County's Welfare to Work program (Cal Works).
Danielle Anderson, Vice-Chair
As a former consumer, Danielle Anderson is the Executive Director of the Independent Living Resource Center. She brings ten years of experience working and volunteering within the disability community to the position. Danielle has served a Community Living Advocate in Ventura County, assisting disabled consumers with a variety of independent living services such as transportation, peer support and transportation.
Prior to working at the Independent Living Resource Center, she worked for the California Department of Health Care Services preparing department-wide training and budget management. As part of her position at the California Department of Rehabilitation, Danielle handled the logistics and other issues for the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities.
Danielle is completing her Bachelor's Degree in Communications at California State University Channel Islands.
Patricia Collins-Day, Treasurer
Santa Barbara County
(Disability Advocacy Group representative)
Patricia Collins-Day is the Chief Operating Officer at the Mental Wellness Center in Santa Barbara. She brings over 20 years of management and program development experience in the non-profit sector working with persons living with mental health disabilities.
She is passionate about developing opportunities for people with disabilities to bring their skills and lived experience to the workforce. She contributes to the development of the mental health community by implementing Mental Health First Aid and by working with a number of community based organizations to develop employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Patricia received her bachelors degree in Communications from University of California, Santa Barbara and her Master's Degree in Quality Assurance in Health Care from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Jacqueline Jackson, Policy Chair
San Diego County
(State Independent Living Council representative)
Jacqueline Jackson is a Non-profit management consultant and an Advocate for people who are differently-able. She has over 25 years of management experience working in the non-profit business sector. In 2013, Governor Brown appointed Jacqueline to the State Independent Living Council and in 2014 the Governor appointed her to the State Rehabilitation Council. Since 2012, Jacqueline has served as the Blind and Low Vision Representative for the Public Utilities Commission, and the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Equipment Program Advisory Committee.
Jacqueline is a passionate community volunteer. She is the President of the San Diego Braille Club, an affiliate chapter of the California Council of the Blind. She serves on the County of San Diego Committee on Disability Issues, The Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee, and The Neighborhood House Association Adult Day Health Center Advisory Committee. She is the Advocacy Chairperson for Rady Children's Hospital Axillary South East Cluster Unit.
Jacqueline received her Master's Degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Non-Profit Business Management from the University of San Diego and is a San Diego State University Alumnus. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the founding President of The San Diego Delta Foundation.
Manuel Cons, Unified State Plan Chair
Los Angeles County
(Business, Industry, & Labor representative)
Manuel Cons has been the Director of ResCare Workforce Services for Los Angeles County projects since 1998. Prior to joining ResCare Workforce Services, which is the nation's leader and largest private provider of employment services, Manuel served in the public and non-profit sectors in areas relating to employment training, community, business and economic development.
Manuel served as Corporate Regional Director for the Center for Employment Training (CET), a pioneer and highly acclaimed national non-profit organization for job training, from 1991 to 1997 where he was instrumental in establishing new training centers throughout Los Angeles and Orange Counties. Manuel has worked for the City of Los Angeles in several capacities and as an Assistant to the former Assembly Speaker Willie Brown.
Manuel is a founding member of the Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce and actively serves on the Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. Archdiocesan Youth Employment Services Advisory Board. He earned a Master of Science degree in Urban Planning from Pepperdine University.
Michael Torres, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee Chair
(CA Department of Education representative)
As an Education Programs Consultant for the California Department of Education, Michael monitors special education programs and provides technical assistance to local education agencies and parents in the Los Angeles County region.
Prior to working for the California Department of Education, he was a Math and Science teacher in Sacramento. During his nine year tenure, Michael taught at-risk youth and students with disabilities. He has also served as his school's Acting Vice-Principal, Activities Director, School Site Council, and Leadership team.
Michael has worked the Biotechnology field for six years as a Scientist in a Davis Biotech Company. His team was responsible for researching and developing a high throughput genotyping system for cattle research and diagnostics.
Michael received his Master of Arts in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix and received Bachelor's of Science in Genetics from the University of California, Davis.
(Parent Training & Information Center representative)
As a parent of an adult son that is labeled severely physically and developmentally delayed, Victoria has advocated both professionally and personally for educational entitlement, inclusion and Person Centered rights throughout the nation.
In 1992, she began work as a special education educational trainer and advocate for the Central California Parent Training and Information Center. Since 2003, she is the Director of SOAR! (Self Awareness, Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Success, Reaching for the Stars), a Parent Information and Training Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitative Services Demonstration and Training Program.
As Director, she participates in the presentation and organization of various community, regional, state and national trainings and conferences on topics including: Early Intervention, IEP, Adult Transition, Inclusion and Supported Living.
Inez De Ocio
(Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Ex-Officio Member)
San Diego County
(American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Programs representative)
Lesley Ann Gibbons
(Business, Industry, & Labor representative)
Lesley Ann Gibbons is a director and an owner of Sterling Adaptives, a company that provides assistive technology products and services for people with disabilities. Lesley Ann also serves on the board of EmploymentLINK California Corporation, which is a non-profit organization working to increase employment, financial independence, and economic stability for persons with disabilities in California.
Raised and educated in the United Kingdom, Lesley Ann has a wealth of experience as both an administrator and employer, and as an advocate for people with disabilities.
San Francisco County
(CA Workforce Investment Board representative)
San Luis Obispo County
(Disability Advocacy Group representative)
Deanna Strachan has 19 years of management experience in the mental health and public health fields. In her current role as Program Manager for Transitions-Mental Health Association, Deanna developed the Employment Services Program in San Luis Obispo and North Santa Barbara Counties. This accredited program provides employment services for people with mental illnesses and educates employers about mental health workplace issues. She believes in the importance of work for all especially as it relates to one's overall wellness, sense of identity, social connections and independence.
Deanna holds a B.A. Degree in Psychology, from Cal State Fullerton, a certificate in Psychiatric Vocational Rehabilitation from Boston University and is a designated Disability Management Specialist. In her personal life, she is an artist, musician and outdoors enthusiast. Creating art has been a source for her own healing and mental wellness. Her art is currently being shown through "Art About Town" with the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art.
La Quita Wallace
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(Business, Labor & Industry representative)
Joe Xavier, Ex Officio Member
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.
1 Business, Labor and Industry representatives
1 Client Assistance Program representative
For more information on SRC membership, please contact the SRC office at (916) 558-5595, or e-mail Stacy.Cervenka@dor.ca.gov.