Who We Are

Our purpose is to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in and have access to needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote independence, productivity, integration and inclusion in all facets of community life.

State Councils on Developmental Disabilities operate under Public Law 106–402, 106th Congress: The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 work to address identified needs for individuals with Developmental Disabilities and their families.

Click here to download the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000

Click here to download the Spanish translation of the DD Act.

la traducción en español de La ley de Discapacidades del Desarrollo, “DD Act” (por sus iniciales en inglés).

For more information, visit the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act of 2000 page of the ACL website.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which the choices for persons with disabilities are not limited by others, in which persons with disabilities have choices about all aspects of their lives, in which their choices are respected and supported; a world without limits.

Key Beliefs

All people have value and ability.

Every person can make a contribution. People are free to live, work, learn and play in society.

We must always challenge one another to do better.

There is dignity in taking risks and value in making mistakes.

Who We Work For

The Wyoming Governor's Council on Developmental Disabilities advocates for the independence and inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in Wyoming.

What is a Developmental Disability?

Under state law, a developmental disability is defined as a list of conditions: brain injury, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism, Prader-Willi syndrome and/or intellectual disability. The condition must be permanent. Because the Council is funded in part by the federal government, it uses the federal definition of developmental disability. The federal definition is based on the level of need, not the underlying condition. Under federal law, a developmental disability is a severe, chronic disability caused by a mental or physical impairment, or both. The impairment must:

    • occur before a person’s 22nd birthday

    • result in serious limitations in three of the following areas:

      1. self-care;

      2. receptive and expressive language;

      3. learning;

      4. mobility;

      5. self-direction;

      6. capacity for independent living; and

      7. economic self-sufficiency, and

create a need for lifelong services and supports.

Our Members

The Council is a unique, governor-appointed body of people who have developmental disabilities, family members of people with developmental disabilities, and professionals who work together to promote choice, independence and the full inclusion of all people with developmental disabilities in community life.

If you would like to apply to be a member of the council, please contact Shannon Buller at: (307) 777-7332

Council Leadership:

Josh Bellamy, Council Chairperson

Jennifer Tatro, Council Vice Chairperson

Susan Oaks, Systems Advocacy Committee Chairperson

Brandon Douglas, Five-Year Plan Committee Chairperson

Council Staff:

Shannon Buller, Executive Director

Aleyta Zimmerman, Project Manager/ Policy Analyst and WYABLE State Administrator

Kayla Green, Administrative Specialist

Council Members

Callie Allred, Family Member

Fort Laramie, WY

Christel Barge, Advocate

Cheyenne, WY

Charles Barrett, Advocate

Laramie, WY

Lynda Baumgarder, Family Member

Torrington, WY

Karlena Bertagnole, Advocate

Cheyenne, WY

Ebony Borders, Advocate

Sheridan, WY

Josh Bellamy, Family Member

Rock Springs, WY

Amy Burns, Wyoming Independent Living

Laramie, WY

Jolene Cummings, Family Member

Casper, WY

Phylicia Davidson, Advocate

Sheridan, WY

Brandon Douglas, Family Member

Cody, WY

Jeff Graham, Family Member

Cheyenne, WY

Lee Grossman, WDH-DHF-DDS

Cheyenne, WY

Brittany Hankinson-McGovern, Family Member

Cheyenne, WY

Nicky Harper, DVR

Cheyenne, WY

Charity Henning, The Arc of Laramie County

Cheyenne, WY

Danielle Marks, WDH-PHD-MCHU

Cheyenne, WY

Angela Mason, P&A

Cheyenne, WY

Nikita Meyer, Advocate

Cheyenne, WY

Kathy Miller, Family Member

Sheridan, WY

Chris Nichols, Advocate

Cheyenne, WY

Susan Oaks, Advocate

Cheyenne, WY

David Ray, Advocate

Cheyenne, WY

Sandy Root-Elledge, WIND

Laramie, WY

Jennifer Tatro, Advocate

Cheyenne, WY

Melissa Theriault, Family Member

Cheyenne, WY

Jeanne Scheneman, WDH-AD-CLS

Cheyenne, WY

Susan Shipley, WDE

Cheyenne, WY

Contact Us:


Capitol Hill Building

320 W. 25th St. Suite 119

Cheyenne, WY 82002

Phone: 307-777-7230 | Email: wgcdd@wyo.gov