Governor Stitt Appoints Former Senator AJ Griffin as Chair of the Developmental Disabilities Council
By: Developmental Disabilities Council of Oklahoma
Griffin, who is currently the Director of Government and Community Affairs at Paycom, believes her previous work in the Senate has prepared her for this new role.
"I have a clear understanding of our network of services and the challenge families face navigating those services. My experience with this service array goes back for almost three decades, and I look forward to putting that experience to use."
Griffin's role is an important one for the Council. Over the next 12 months, the Council, under her leadership, will develop its new State Plan. This federally-required plan drives the Council's innovation in the public and private service systems that support Oklahomans who have intellectual or developmental disabilities. The Council receives a non-competitive federal grant each year, which represents the largest purely discretionary funding in the state for the benefit of people with disabilities.
"AJ Griffin is an exciting addition to the Council, "Executive Director of the DDCO Ann Trudgeon said. "As a former legislator, particularly one who was very involved in supporting people with developmental disabilities, she brings an extraordinary perspective and knowledge base to the Council."
Griffin succeeds Mark Liotta, who has been the Chair of the DDCO for the past 22 years.
"I was very pleased Governor Stitt chose to replace me with former Senator Griffin. I know she will bring mission-focused leadership, and an understanding of the lives we affect through the DD Council," Liotta said.
Liotta's tenure as chair includes helping to establish the Oklahoma Self-Advocacy Network, which empowers individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to learn leadership skills. In tandem with the Oklahoma City Zoo, Liotta worked to establish the Dream Night at the Zoo event where families of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can enjoy the park to themselves.
Liotta remarked, "It has been my sincere privilege to serve the last 22 years with the DD Council, we have accomplished much to help Oklahomans with developmental disabilities build lives of independence."
Griffin, who began work on the Council in January, will preside over her first meeting on April 24.
"I am very excited to support the important work of the commission by convening self-advocates, families and service providers to identify ways to best support our citizens living with developmental disabilities."
For more information, please visit http://okddc.ok.gov or call 405-521-4984.