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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




Ann Scherff

Western Region June 30, 2022

Maria Dibble

Central Region June 30, 2024

Karen Gillette

Central Region June 30, 2024

Richard Hermanson

Western Region June 30, 2024

Melanie Hecker

Capital District June 30, 2025
Robin Hickey

Capital District

June 30, 2025

Become a Member

The PADD Advisory Council is comprised of approximately 7-9 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.