Minutes — October 2020 Project Development Committee Meeting

Council and Committee Meetings


  • Committee Members Present
  • Gladys Cortez, Committee Chair
  • Kimberly Blackmon
  • Maverick Crawford
  • Andrew Crim
  • Mary Durheim, Council Chair
  • Jennifer Hines, TWC
  • Scott McAvoy
  • Holly Riley, HHSC
  • Robert Schier III
  • Toby Summers
  • Keith Swink, TEA
  • Audrey Young, DSHS
  • Council Members Present
  • Ronnie Browning
  • Megan Orsag
  • Eric Shahid
  • Lora Taylor
  • Guests Present
  • Zaide Echegoyen
  • Sarah Gernsbacher
  • Joey Gidseg
  • Linda Litzinger
  • Jose Martinez
  • Laura Marquez
  • Angela Standridge
  • Shelby Vaughn
  • Brian White
  • Mary Jane Williams
  • Regional Coordinators Present
  • Morgan Bradley
  • Rosa Guel
  • Skyler Mueller
  • Anthony Ross
  • Richard Williams
  • Staff Present
  • Beth Stalvey, Executive Director
  • Martha Cantu
  • Scott Daigle
  • Robert Garcia
  • Lauren Gerken
  • Sabrina Gonzalez
  • Genessee Klemm
  • Linda Logan
  • Sylvia Medina
  • Evan Marczynski
  • Richard Rendon
  • Mary Rochford
  • Koren Vogel
  • Rosalin Willis
  • Committee Members Absent
  • Molly Spratt
  • John Thomas

Call to Order

Pursuant to the Governor’s March 16, 2020 suspension of certain provisions of the Texas Open Meetings Act, the Project Development Committee of the Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities convened virtually using the Zoom platform on Thursday, October 29, 2020. Committee Chair Gladys Cortez called the meeting to order at 9:32 AM. A quorum was present.

  1. Introductions
  1. Public Comments
  2. No public comments were offered.
  1. Consideration of Minutes
  2. The minutes were reviewed, and no corrections or additions were noted.
  4. MOTION: To approve the minutes of the August 6, 2020, Project Development Committee as presented.
  5. MADE BY: Andrew Crim
  6. SECOND: Scott McAvoy
  7. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Chair’s Remarks
  2. Chair Cortez reported absences of Molly Spratt and John Thomas. She also reported her activities from the past quarter and noted that she has taken online courses on mental health related to COVID-19. Cortez reviewed and discussed the FY 2020 Admin and Expenses Budget report and the Summary of Funds report for FY 2018 – FY 2021 along with the projected balances for FY 2019 and FY 2020.
  1. Members Quarterly Activities Report
  2. Committee members provided updates on their disability-related activities during the previous quarter.
  1. Staff Reports
  2. Grants Director Rosalin Willis reported on the five projects that started in the past quarter including four Community Inclusion Mini-Grants and one My Day, My Way Mini-Grant. She also reported on four projects that ended during the quarter and four projects that have entered the final year of funding. Willis noted that three projects requested budget extensions due to COVID-19. TCDD is currently funding 43 projects and10 projects are expected to be reviewed for continuation funding at the February 2021 Executive Committee meeting.
  1. Project Sustainability and Outcome
  2. The Committee had a broad discussion on the process for developing and sustaining grant projects and the role of the Committee. They reviewed the initial steps including ideas based in the TCDD State Plan, review of executive summaries, Request for Applications process, and review of outcomes with the emphasis of the discussion on the final two steps of project sustainability and lessons learned from the project. Members considered sustainability for projects that have recently ended and agreed that this should be a continued focus of the Committee.
  4. The Committee had an extensive conversation on the continued need to facilitate systems change regarding siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Members directed staff to explore strategies in this area.
  1. Selection of Nominating Committee
  2. Chair Cortez reviewed the role of the Nominating Committee that is established each year to bring forward nominations for the Council Vice-Chair and Consumer Member-at-Large to serve on the Executive Committee. The Public Policy and Project Development Committee each elect a Committee member to serve on the Nominating Committee, and a third member is selected from the Council. Holly Riley volunteered to be the Project Development representative on the Committee.
  4. MOTION: To select Holly Riley as the Project Development Committee representative on the Nominating Committee.
  5. MADE BY: Robert Schier III
  6. SECOND: Scott McAvoy
  7. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Future Project Funding Priorities
  2. The Committee reviewed the current list of projects that have been approved for funding and determined that there is no need to change the priorities.
  4. MOTION: To recommend no changes in the Future Project Funding Priorities list to the Council.
  5. MADE BY: Scott McAvoy
  6. SECOND: Robert Schier III
  7. The motion passed unanimously.
  1. Future Agenda Items
  2. The Committee directed staff to facilitate future discussions on virtual learning and employment for people with IDD and further projects on support for siblings of individuals with IDD.
  1. Other Discussion Items
  2. No other items were brought forth for discussion.


Chair Durheim adjourned the meeting at 12:27 PM.