Minutes — May 2020 Executive Committee Meeting

2020 Council and Committee Meetings

Attendance

  • Committee Members Present
  • Mary Durheim, Council Chair
  • Kimberly Blackmon
  • Gladys Cortez
  • Andrew Crim
  • Lora Taylor
  • Regional Coordinators Present

  • Rosa Guel 
  • Skyler Mueller 
  • Richard Williams
  • Council Members Present

  • Randell Resneder
  • Robert Schier III
  • Eric Shahid
  • John Thomas
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  • Guests Present

  • Mary Ciura
  • Sharon Cheng
  • Joey Gidseg
  • Sabrina Gonzalez
  • Nancy Hernandez
  • Rebecca Japko
  • Linda Litzinger
  • Laura Marquez
  • Alda Rivas
  • Staff Present

  • Beth Stalvey, Executive Director
  • Martha Cantu
  • Scott Daigle
  • Robert Garcia
  • Genessee Klemm
  • Linda Logan
  • Evan Marczynski
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Richard Rendon
  • Mary Rochford
  • Joshua Ryf
  • Koren Vogel 
  • Rosalin Willis
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Call to Order

Pursuant to the Governor’s March 16, 2020 suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Executive Committee of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities met virtually using the Zoom platform on Wednesday, May 6, 2020. Council Chair Mary Durheim called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM. A quorum was present.

  1. Introductions
    Committee members, staff and guests were introduced.

  2. Public Comments
    No public comments were offered.

  3. Consideration of Minutes
    The minutes were reviewed, and no additions or corrections were noted.

    MOTION: To approve the minutes of the February 5, 2020, Executive Committee meeting as presented.
    MADE BY: Kimberly Blackmon
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

  4. TCDD Quarterly Financial Report
    Executive Director Beth Stalvey provided updates on the performance period of federal funds due to COVID-19. The Administration on Community Living has made adjustments to spending timelines to allow for an additional 12 months for each of the three active funding years – FY 2018, FY 2019, and FY 2020.

    Operations Director Martha Cantu reviewed the FY 2020 TCDD Administrative and Expense budget as well as the Summary of Funds for FY 2018 – FY 2021 and discussed the projected balances for FY 2019 – FY 2021 with FY 2021 based on level funding from FY 2020. The Committee reviewed the status of current grantees and the stipends which have been funded for the fiscal year.

  5. Continuation Grant Awards
    Chair Durheim read a statement regarding Conflict of Interest prior to the consideration of funding for grant projects, reminding members, staff, and guests to excuse themselves from the conversation if a conflict of interest exists.

    Grants Management Director Rosalin Willis presented executive summaries for six projects to be considered for continuation grant funding.

    MOTION: To approve up to $125,000 in continuation grant funding to Educational Programs Inspiring Communities for the fourth year of a five-year Youth Leadership Development project.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Andrew Crim
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $160,851 in continuation grant funding to Special Olympics for the second year of a five-year Health and Wellness project.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Andrew Crim
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $100,000 in continuation grant funding to Texas Statewide Independent Living Council for the final year of a five-year Accessible Transportation Summits project.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Andrew Crim
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $85,000 in continuation grant funding to Texas Statewide Independent Living Council for the third year of a five-year Leadership and Advocacy Skills in Rural Areas project.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $125,000 in continuation grant funding to Texas Statewide Independent Living Council for the third year of a five-year Peer Support Specialists for Individuals Living in Institutions project with the request for clarification in reporting measures from subcontracting entities.  
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $110,000 in continuation grant funding to Texas Advocates for the second year of a four-year Next Chapter Club project.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously.

  6. New Grant Awards
    New grant funding was first considered for a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response project. The goal of this project is to reduce the number of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are victims of sexual assault through education on identifying and reporting instances of assault as well as providing appropriate supports for survivors. Public Policy Director Scott Daigle reminded members that the Council approved funding for up to five projects of up to $150,000 per year for up to five years per project. One application was considered from the University of Massachusetts INDEX Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center.

    MOTION: To approve up to $150,000 per year for up to five years to the University of Massachusetts INDEX Program, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center for a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response project.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

    Communications Director Joshua Ryf next presented applications for Community Inclusion Mini-Grants. Funding was previously approved for one-year projects of up to $15,000 each for up to ten projects. Funded organizations would identify opportunities and address barriers for people with disabilities to participate in the community-integrated activities of their choice. The Committee considered applications from:

    • 29 Acres, Inc.
    • Best Buddies International, Inc.
    • The Arc of the Capital Area
    • Summerhouse Houston
    • Goodwill Industries of East Texas, Inc.
    • Reach Unlimited, Inc.
    • Spectrum Fusion
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    MOTION: To approve up to $15,000 for one year to 29 Acres, Inc. for a Community Inclusion Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Kimberly Blackmon
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $15,000 for one year to Best Buddies International, Inc. for a Community Inclusion Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $15,000 for one year to the Arc of the Capital Area for a Community Inclusion Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To not approve the application from Summerhouse Houston for a Community Inclusion Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To approve up to $15,000 for one year to Goodwill Industries of East Texas for a Community Inclusion Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To not approve the application from Reach Unlimited, Inc. for a Community Inclusion Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Andrew Crim
    The motion passed unanimously.

    MOTION: To not approve the application from Spectrum Fusion for a Community Inclusion Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Andrew Crim
    SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
    The motion passed unanimously.

    The Committee next reviewed one application from the nonPareil Institute for a My Day, My Way Mini-Grant. Funding was approved for 10 projects under the name Meaningful Day Mini-Grant and five projects have been awarded. The name of the project has now been rebranded as My Day, My Way. The purpose of this one-year project, funded at up to $15,000 is to support people with I/DD find employment or engage in other non-work activities in their communities.

    MOTION: To approve up to $15,000 for one year to the nonPareil Institute for a Meaningful Day Mini-Grant.
    MADE BY: Lora Taylor
    SECOND: Gladys Cortez
    The motion passed unanimously.

  7. Peer Review Panel Members
    Communications Director Ryf discussed one application to join the pool of peer review panel members.
    MOTION: To approve one individual to the pool of peer review panel members.
    MADE BY: Gladys Cortez
    SECOND: Lora Taylor
    The motion passed unanimously.

  8. Grants Activities Reports
    Grants Management Director Rosalin Willis discussed the Independent Audit Status Report noting that no concerns were noted. She next reviewed the Risk Assessment Report to note that eight new projects were added, three concluded projects were removed, and four projects had changes in their monitoring strategies. Willis also noted that no grantee on-site visits were conducted during the previous quarter.

  9. Chair’s Report
    Chair Durheim reported the expected absence of Michael Peace.

  10. Executive Director’s Report
    Executive Director Stalvey reviewed stipend awards that were approved during the past quarter to the following applicants:

    • Volar Center for Independent Living: Translation Stipend for up to $2,055 for the Our Lives Disabilities Conference & Service Providers Expo on March 26, 2020, in El Paso.
    • Hear My Voice: Speaker Stipend for up to $3,000 for the Dual Symbol Immersion training on March 26-27, 2020, in Ft Worth.
    • Texas Tech University – Burkhart Center: Speaker Stipend for up to $7,500 for the Higher Education Think Tank on March 24-25, 2020, in Lubbock.
    • Summerhouse Houston: Speakers Stipend for up to $2,100 for the Building Business Connections and Relationships in Your Community Symposium on August 21, 2020, in Houston.
    • Texas Parent to Parent: Events Stipend for up to $7,500 for the 16th Annual Texas Parent to Parent Conference on August 22-23, 2020, in Austin.
    • Harris County Department of Education: Speakers Stipend for up to $7,500 for the ADHD Training on December 3, 2020, in Houston.
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  11. Stalvey discussed updates to TCDD staff to note applications for the Public Policy Analyst positions are being reviewed.

  1. Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    Committee members reviewed updated conflict of interest disclosure information for Council members and staff. No concerns were noted.

  2. Other Updates
    The next scheduled Executive Committee meeting is August 4, 2020.

Adjourn

Chair Durheim adjourned the Executive Committee at 4:38 PM.