Minutes — October 2020 Executive Committee Meeting

Council and Committee Meetings


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

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

  • Alisa Elliot
  • Joey Gidseg
  • Kathy Holdway
  • Laura Marquez
  • Regional Coordinators Present

  • Morgan Bradley
  • Skyler Mueller
  • Staff Present

  • Beth Stalvey, Executive Director
  • Barbara Booker
  • Martha Cantu
  • Scott Daigle
  • Robert Garcia
  • Lauren Gerken
  • Sabrina Gonzalez
  • Linda Logan
  • Evan Marczynski
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Richard Rendon
  • Mary Rochford
  • Koren Vogel
  • Rosalin Willis

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 Tuesday, October 27, 2020. Council Chair Mary Durheim called the meeting to order at 1:05 PM. A quorum was present.

  1. Introductions
    Committee members, staff and guests were introduced.
  1. Public Comments
    No public comments were offered.
  1. Consideration of Minutes
    The minutes were reviewed, and no additions or corrections were noted.
  • MOTION: To approve the minutes of the August 4, 2020, Executive Committee meeting as presented.
  • MADE BY: Lora Taylor
  • SECOND: Andrew Crim
  • The motion passed unanimously.
  1. TCDD Quarterly Financial Report
    Operations Director Martha Cantu reviewed the FY 2020 TCDD Administrative and Expense budget. Executive Director Beth Stalvey reviewed the Summary of Funds for FY 2018 – FY 2021 noting that TCDD received an additional $284,072 FY 2020 funds from the Administration on Community Living. Stalvey explained the new format of the Summary of Funds report which captures the projected balances for FY 2019 – FY 2021 to show unexpended funds in operating expenses and from grantees.

Committee members agreed that the format of the report allowed them to better understand projected balances and amounts that are available to award to grant projects.

Stalvey discussed the stipend program and noted that two Speaker Stipends were approved during the past quarter for virtual conferences. Because event stipends were intended to provide support for consumer travel to events which are not happening due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this funding opportunity is being temporarily removed from the TCDD website.

  1. 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.
  3. Grants Management Director Rosalin Willis presented the executive summaries for one project to be considered for continuation grant funding.
  • MOTION: To approve up to $77,500 in continuation grant funding to Texas Parent to Parent for the second and final year of a Developmental Disabilities Fellow project.
  • MADE BY: Lora Taylor
  • SECOND: Gladys Cortez
  • The motion passed unanimously.
  1. New Grant Awards
  2. Council Chair Durheim and Executive Director Stalvey reviewed funding available to award to projects and noted that there was approximately $438,000 available.
  4. New grant funding was considered for Older Adults with IDD and their Caregivers projects. The goal of this project is to develop new and innovative initiatives to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) who are aging and their caregivers. Public Policy Director Scott Daigle reminded members that the Council approved funding for up to two projects of up to $175,000 per year for up to five years per project. Three applications were presented for consideration from the Arc of El Paso, Baylor College of Medicine, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. A fourth application from Chrysalis Spectrum, LLC was evaluated by the peer review panel but was not recommended for funding consideration.
  6. MOTION: To approve up to $175,000 for the first year of a five-year Older Adults with IDD and their Caregivers project to the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston.
  7. MADE BY: Andrew Crim
  8. SECOND: Lora Taylor
  9. The motion passed unanimously.
  11. Daigle next presented applications received for the Money Basics Request for Applications (RFA). This project would increase the number of people with IDD with the knowledge and tools necessary to successfully manage their money. It will help individuals save money and build assets while building self-determination and independence skills. The Council previously approved funding for one five-year project for up to $150,000 per year. Applications were considered from LULAC Project Amistad, Guardianship Services, Inc., National Disability Institute, and From A-to-B.
  13. MOTION: To approve up to $121,470 for the first year of a five-year Money Basics project to LULAC Project Amistad.
  14. MADE BY: Lora Taylor
  15. SECOND: Andrew Crim
  16. The motion passed unanimously.
  18. Daigle next presented one application for the Planning Ahead for Family Support and Financial Security RFA. This project would increase the number of individuals, parents, and families who have effective family support and financial plan so individuals with IDD are supported through their life course. Daigle noted that one application was received from Family to Family Network.
  20. MOTION: To approve up to $100,000 for the first year of a two-year Planning Ahead for Family Support and Financial Security project to Family to Family Network.
  21. MADE BY: Lora Taylor
  22. SECOND: Kimberly Blackmon
  23. The motion passed unanimously.
  25. Committee members next discussed four mini-grant RFA applications with funding for these projects allocated at up to $15,000 for one year. Eight applications were considered for Community Inclusion mini-grants with the goal of the project to support individuals with IDD to achieve their potential for independence and inclusion in their communities. Applications were considered from:
    • Adapt-Able Foundation
    • Austen Autism Adventures
    • Honour Health Community Inclusion Project
    • Imagine Art: Art a Gogh Go
    • Voices for Children of San Antonio Community Research Center
    • Community Inclusion Now: Community for Permanent Supported Housing
    • Social Motion
    • Young Audiences Inc. of Houston
  26. Three applications were considered for Capacity Building: Self-Advocacy Groups mini-grants with the goal of the project to build organizational capacity within local self-advocacy groups. Applications were considered from:
    • Down Syndrome Association of Brazos Valley
    • Special Kids, Incorporated
    • Arc of Greater Houston
  28. Although one application was received for Capacity Building: Culturally Diverse Groups mini-grants with the goal of improving access to culturally competent services and supports for people with IDD, the application from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio was determined to not be a qualifying organization for this project.
  30. Eight applications were considered for My Day, My Way mini-grants with the goal of developing strategies that will improve existing program models that result in a person-directed meaningful day that incorporates an individual’s preferences for improved community access and integration. Applications were considered from:
    • 29 Acres
    • The Arc of the Capital Area
    • Community Options
    • Michelle Garcia, Psy. D. & Associates, PLLC
    • Hope Center 4 Autism
    • LifePath Systems
    • Special Olympics of Texas
    • TILT Performance Group
  32. After significant discussion of each application, Committee members reached consensus that the majority of applications did not meet the intent of the RFA and no projects would be funded for Capacity Building: Self-Advocacy Groups or My Day, My Way mini-grants.
  34. MOTION: To approve up to $15,000 per project for up to one year to Adapt-Able Foundation and Imagine Art: Art a Gogh Go for Community Inclusion mini-grants.
  35. MADE BY: Andrew Crim
  36. SECOND: Lora Taylor
  37. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Grants Activities Reports
    Grants Management Director Willis discussed the Independent Audit Status Report noting that the desk review of SAFE Alliance is awaiting additional documentation, but no other concerns were noted. She next reviewed the Risk Assessment Report including the addition of eight new projects, removal of five ending projects, and updates to 11 projections that recently received continuation grant funding. Willis also reviewed the Grant Projects Report that highlights projects that began and ended during the previous quarter as well projects that are in the final year of funding. This report also includes projects that have requested a budget extension due to COVID-19.
  1. Chair’s Report
    Chair Durheim reported expected absences of Molly Spratt and John Thomas.
  1. Executive Director’s Report
  2. Executive Director Stalvey reported two stipends awarded.
    • Autism Society of El Paso: Speakers Stipend for up to $700 for the 21st Annual Autism Conference for Parents on October 17, 2020, to be held online.
    • The Arc of Greater Houston: Speakers Stipend for up to $5,500 for the 5th Annual Positive Futures Conference on November 12-13, 2020, to be held online.
  3. She also reported the receipt of the initial notice of grant award for the first part of FY 2021 funding in the amount of $1,088,000, continued evaluation and changes to the TCDD budget analysis and reporting, and communications initiatives with our federal authorities. Stalvey also reported staff activity in preparation for annual reporting.
  1. Conflict of Interest Disclosure
    Committee members reviewed updated conflict of interest disclosure information for Council members and staff. No concerns were noted.
  1. Other Updates
  2. The next scheduled Executive Committee meeting will be held in early February with dates and times to be announced.


Chair Durheim adjourned the Executive Committee at 5:04 PM.