Maine Developmental Disabilities Council

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About the Council

Upcoming Meeting Dates

Current Council Members

Minutes from Past Meetings

Other Council Documents


About the Council

MDDC’s specific priorities are shaped by its governing council. The Council has 25 members.

Membership consists of:

  • 17 Governor-appointed members. Of these:
    • at least 1/3 must be adults with developmental disabilities (DD)
    • at least 1/3 must be parents of children with DD or family members of adults with DD who are unable to advocate for themselves
    • 2 represent non-governmental/local agencies that provide services for individuals with DD
    • the remaining seats can be any combination of the first two designations listed above.
  • 6 members who represent State agencies administering federally-funded programs related to persons with disabilities.
  • 2 members represent the Council’s sister agencies, the Disability Rights Center and the Center for Community Inclusion and Disability Studies at the University of Maine, Orono.

Click here for Defining Developmental Disabilities


If you are interested in becoming a Council member, click here.



November 8th, 2023

February 7th, 2024

May 8th, 2024

July 10th, 2024

September 11th, 2024


Council meetings are open to the public. Please contact us if you would like to attend a meeting.



Our next Council Meeting is Wednesday, November 8th, 2023 via Zoom - this meeting is open to the public, but for security reasons, please reach out to Brenda Charneski at 207-480-1478 or toll free 833-713-2618 or click here: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the meeting link.



Jean Youde (Interim Co-Chair)
Family Member

Abbott Philson (Interim Co-Chair)

Andrea Dole
Family Member

Anita Trivanian
Family Member

Candace Johnson

Cheryl Stalilonis-Francis
Family Member

Craig Patterson
Office of Aging and Disability Services Representative, Department of Health & Human Services

Elissa Wynne
Office of Child and Family Services, Department of Health & Human Services

Leigh Larderi
Department of Education

Jon McGovern

Kile Pelletier

Kim Moody
Disability Rights Maine (Sister Agency)

Department of Labor (Rehabilitation Services rep)

Maggie Hoffman
Family Member

Maria Lamb
Family Member

Mariah Murdock
Family Member

Maryann Harakall
Children with Special Health Care Needs, Department of Health & Human Services

Maryann Preble

Monique Stairs
Executive Director – SUFU (Sister Agency)

Nicole Achey
Family Member

Roberta Lucas
Child Development Services, Department of Education

Stacy Smart

Sue Russell
University of Maine, Center for Community Inclusion & Disability Studies

Tracey Webb
Family Member



Click on the links below for PDFs of Council meeting minutes

July 12, 2023

May 10, 2023

April 12, 2023

February 8, 2023

November 9, 2022

September 14, 2022

July 13, 2022

May 11, 2022

February 9, 2022

November 10, 2021

September 8, 2021

August 11, 2021

July 14, 2021

May 12, 2021

March 10, 2021

January 13, 2021

November 18, 2020

September 9, 2020

August 4 & 7, 2020

May 13, 2020

November 13, 2019

September 11, 2019

July 17, 2019

May 8, 2019

March 20, 2019

November 14, 2018

September 12, 2018

July 18, 2018

May 9, 2018

February 14, 2018

November 8, 2017

September 13, 2017

July 17, 2017

May 10, 2017




Click on the titles for links to these documents

MDDC Bylaws

Conflict of Interest Policy

Sexual Harassment Policy

Website Privacy Policy

COVID Office Policy

Acronym Guide

MDDC Remote Participation Policy



This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001MESCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.




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Maine Developmental Disabilities Council
526 Western Avenue  Unit 2
Augusta, ME 04330



139 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333


Phone: 207-480-1478 or toll free 833-713-2618