Doubletree Hotel Tallassee
101 s. adams street
tallahassee, FL  32311

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Meeting called to order at 8:10 AM with the pledge of allegiance following roll call.

Council Members Present:  (15)

Bruce Miles, Paul Edwards, Robert Kelly, Donté Mickens, Sandra Martin, Lenora Marten, Ben Grzesik, Christopher White, Jesus Garcia, Sheryl Brown, Sylvia Stinson-Perez, Vicky Magliocchino, Leanne Grillot, Paul Kaminsky and Robert Doyle, Director. 

Council Members Present via Teleconference: (4) Dwight Sayer, Gloria Mills, Patricia Lipovsky, Joe Minichiello,

Council Members Absent: (1) Dan O’Connor

Council Staff: (1) Alise Fields

DBS Staff: (4)

Antionette Williams, Bureau Chief of Client Services, Lauren Williams, Wayne Jennings.

Attendees: (13)

Kathy Hebda, Chief of Staff of FL Dept. of Education, Minna Jia, Becki Forsell, Lenora Brighton, Eric Marten, Barbara Ross, Becky Kearse, David Herron, Roy Crossgrove, Molly Gosland, Mike Russ, Heather Marcgrove, Ronee Silverman, Emily Taylor.

A motion to adopt the Agenda received followed by a second and passed.

Elections of Officers: 
Nomination to First Vice Chair: Dwight Sayer, and accepted.
Nomination to Second Vice Chair: Joe Minichiello, and accepted all in favor and acclimated.
Nomination to Chair: Bruce Miles remains and is accepted.
Chairman Miles welcomed Kathy Hebda to the meeting.

Kathy Hebda brought official greetings on behalf of the Commissioner of Education.

Mr. Doyle thanked Kathy Hebda for her support of DBS

Director’s Report

Robert Doyle presented the following:            

DBS General Update


*Paul Edwards asked relating to the VR issues, why hasn’t the community concerned themselves with the US House Bill that has passed? The House Bill demotes the Commissioner of Rehabilitation Services Administration. Speaking on behalf of his consumer services organization, the organization would rather not have the rehabilitation services administration Presidential appointment.
*Mr. Doyle responds that there was not much momentum in the House Bill being accepted because it is not Bi-Partisan. The main concern is the Senate Bill because it is Bi-Partisan and Senator Harkin is pushing the Bill prior to his retirement. The Bill is attracting more Congressional attention as opponents speak up about the provisions. Efforts continue through organizations to promote the education of the Bill on Capitol Hill.
*Chairman Miles asks should the rehab Council support the letter sent to us by the Director.
*Paul Edwards motions the endorsement and signing of the letter and Jesus Garcia seconds the motion.
*Robert Kelly suggests that the letter be resent on the initiatives to our Congressional Delegation for maximum visibility.
*Paul Edwards will compose the letter on the Council Letterhead. Attached 4/17/14.
****All in Favor***

Job Placement Overview


Supported Employment Workgroup

*Lenora Marten recommends that the FRCB ask the NFBF for more clarification/investigation as it relates to the NFBF resolution. Lenora suggests that a Committee be developed to ask that the resolution be revoked and so that the FRCB can be more proactive.
*Joe Minichiello has contacted the author of the resolution to ensure that the NFBF has proper        documentation. At this present time the resolution stands.
*Chairman Miles requests a written copy of the resolution for review and response.
*Joe Minichiello will provide the Council Chair with a written copy of the resolution.
*Director Doyle recommends collaboration of Council
*Patricia concerned about the collaborative efforts between agencies and counselors.
            -Patricia Lipovsky will send Antionette the names of the persons having trouble for follow up. *Update 4/17/14- All parties that were involved did not want to pursue this any further.

District Administrator’s Report

Ana Saint-Fort, DA provided the Council with the following report: Attached

Employer Recognition

Ana Saint-Fort, DA recognized Children’s Medical Services as the recipient of the Employer’s Award. CMS has provided technology and assessments for equipment needed for clients.

A group photo was taken of Bruce Miles, Robert Doyle, Ana Saint-Fort, and Becky McGuire, Regional Director CMS representatives.

Morning Break

Lighthouse of the Big Bend Report

Barbara Ross, Executive Director of Lighthouse of the Big Bend provided the Council with a copy of her report. She will forego her report at this meeting.

VR Goals Update

Wayne Jennings provided the Council with his report and data previously.

New Braille Code

Leanne Grillot presented the following:

FRC November Meeting Report

Paul Edwards discussed the following information:

Lunch Break

Meeting resumed at 1:05 PM

DBS Policies

Lynn Ritter and Antionette Williams provided the following information:

Policy 6.07 Purchase of Access and Rehabilitation Technology –



Policy 2.10 Self-Employment Services -


Mr. White has concerns with the language of the policy and it should be based more on the needs of the clients, B-8 specifically.

Mr. Doyle states that the language is designed to conserve resources.

Transportation Ad Hoc Committee

*Mr. Doyle recommended that David Darm work with the committee to improve the challenges.
*Sylvia Perez states that the issues are that there are not any transit routes in many areas.

Client Satisfaction Survey Review

Dr. Minna Jai gave a brief overview of the data collected since the last survey ended.


*Council concerns with the phone number that is being used to make contact with participants.

Afternoon Break

Council Business

Approval of October Minutes -

Location and dates of February 2015 meeting -

Agenda Items for April 2014 meeting

Previous/New Business/Open Discussion

Meeting adjourned at 4:15 PM.

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