PADD Advisory Council


The primary role of the PADD Advisory Council is to make recommendations to DRNY about the priorities of the PADD Program and to discuss the issues and problems individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities face in New York.

PADD Advisory Council Members





Maria Dibble

Central Region September 30, 2024

Karen Gillette

Central Region September 30, 2024

Kelly Thomas

Central New York September  30, 2026

Nita Singh

Western New York

 September 30, 2026

Robert Terry

Western New York

September  30, 2026

Jacqueline Fan

New York City

September  30, 2026

Michele Lawton

Hudson Valley

September  30, 2026


Become a Member

The PADD Advisory Council is comprised of approximately 9 people.  A majority of the members must be individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who are eligible for services, or have received or are receiving services or parents or family members,(including those representing individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities who live in institutions and home and community based settings), guardians, advocates, or authorized representatives of such individuals. The PADD Advisory Council meets no less than three times annually.  Members must be able to attend all meetings.  DRNY will cover the reasonable travel costs to attend.  The Advisory Council is responsible for advising DRNY on its priorities and advocacy for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. 

To be considered for membership to the PADD Advisory Council,  please submit an application. All Advisory Council Members are  appointed by DRNY’s Board of  Directors.