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WRC Meeting Minutes

July 19, 2012
Eau Claire, Wisconsin

Present: Ben Anderson, Wendi Dawson, Jim Dobrinksa, Stephanie Drum, Julie Ferchoff, Steve Gilles, Mike Greco, Jodi Hanna, Alvin Hill, Ron Jansen, Patricia Lerch, Cindi Pichler (for Kristin Stern), Linda Vegoe,

Absent: Cayte Anderson, Rob Buettner, Monica Kamal, Tina Koehn, John Lui, Roxan Perez, Matthew Zellmer

Resource staff/guests: William Parke-Sutherland, JoAnna Richard, Randy Sommerfeld, Glenn Olsen

Recorder: Kristin Rolling

Call to Order

Linda Vegoe, Chair, called the meeting to order at 9:00 a.m.

Roll Call


WRC Member Recruitment/Appointments – Kristin is working with the DWD Secretary’s Office to move appointments and re-appointments forward.


A. Hill/B. Anderson moved/seconded to approve minutes with corrections.


Old Business


New Business



Independent Living Council - Wisconsin – Ron Jansen and William Parke-Sutherland

Wisconsin Disability Benefits Network – Stephanie Drum

Department of Public Instruction – Wendi Dawson

Vocational Rehabilitation for Native Americans – Patricia Lerch

WRC Member Question: Will you be seeking letters of support for a grant application?

Answer: Yes, in the spring of 2013.

Survival Coalition – Jodi Hanna

WRC Executive Committee – Linda Vegoe

WRC Member Suggestion: If a vote on an issue is anticipated, time on the agenda should be set aside to share background information on the topic.

Agenda Item: DVR Reports

Mike Greco, Acting DVR Administrator

Agenda Item: Workforce Development Area 8

Randy Sommerfeld, WDA 8 Director

WRC Member Question: What is the biggest challenge working with agriculture cases?

Answer: Helping farmers understand that they can re-think how they farm.

WRC Member Question: What percentage of graduates with degrees related to vocational rehabilitation come to DVR?

Answer: Most want to work in private rehabilitation.

Agenda Item: Disability Employment Initiative Update

Glenn Olsen, DWD Division of Employment and Training

DEI Fact Sheet
DEI Executive Summary
Service Areas (scroll to the bottom)

WRC Member Question: How does this new initiative differ from the Navigator project?

Answer: Disability Resource Coordinators can provide one to one services, while the Navigators could only work on systems change. This project only covers half of the state and Navigators were statewide.

Agenda Item: Order of Selection 101

Linda Vegoe, WRC Chair

Agenda Item: Public Hearing


A. Hill/B. Anderson motion/second to adjourn.

Meeting adjourned at 4:00 p.m.

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