AT A GLANCE
Blue-ribbon panel members
Those named to the governor's blue-ribbon panel for developmental disabilities are:
• James Nicholson, of Oklahoma City, chairman. He retired earlier this year from the state Department of Human Services, where he worked for more than four decades. He served most recently as director of the agency's developmental disabilities service division.
• Ann Trudgeon, of Oklahoma City, will serve as ex officio member. She is executive director of the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council.
• State Sen. Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City, who is vice chairman of the Senate's health and human services appropriations subcommittee.
• State Rep. Jason Nelson, R-Oklahoma City, who is chairman of the House of Representatives budget subcommittee on human services.
• Wanda Felty, of Norman, who is the community leadership and advocacy coordinator for the Oklahoma Leadership Education for Health Care Professionals Caring for Children with Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities.
• Rene Daman, of Edmond, who is director of the Oklahoma Autism Network at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
• Michael Upthegrove, of Norman, who has an intellectual disability. He served on the Oklahoma Developmental Disabilities Council from 2001 to 2009.
• Deanna Banta, of Shawnee, who has an intellectual disability and is president of Oklahoma People First, a nonprofit self-advocacy group that promotes equality for people with developmental disabilities.
• Robin Arter, of Duncan, who is executive director of Duncan Group Homes, a nonprofit agency that provides assistance for people with intellectual disabilities.
• Nancy Ward, of Oklahoma City, who is co-chairman of the Oklahoma Self Advocacy Network, which seeks to strengthen the self-advocacy movement in Oklahoma and to increase the inclusion and independence of people with disabilities.
• Deborah Decker, of Norman, who is an FBI special agent and a parent of a child with an intellectual disability.