Disability Voices United Ambassadors

Disability Voices United is fueled by a network of representatives called Ambassadors comprised of clients and family members at each of the 21 Regional Centers throughout California. The Ambassadors serve as our "eyes, ears and voices" and play a vital role in our advocacy efforts statewide.

The Role of the Ambassadors

As our “eyes,” the Ambassadors will monitor activities of their regional centers by reviewing all materials from the regional centers including: board of directors agendas, materials, and minutes, contracts with DDS, performance plans and reports, annual reports, annual audits, demographic data, consumer expenditures, disparity data, plans to reduce disparities, vendor contracts, 990 forms, board of directors diversity data, and other relevant materials.

As our “ears,” the Ambassadors will listen to the concerns of individuals served by their regional centers and their families. They will attend and listen to discussions at boards of directors and committee meetings, disparity meetings, and other public meetings held by the regional centers. In addition, the Ambassadors will attend support groups and gatherings of community organizations to hear about other concerns of individuals and families.

As our “voices,” the Ambassadors will speak out on key issues of concern from the community and on priorities of the statewide organization. In addition, the Ambassadors, in cooperation with the Disability Voices United board of directors and statewide committees, will train community members to advocate for systemic changes at their regional centers.

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Our Regional Centers

Who are the Ambassadors of Disability Voices United?

The Ambassadors are all individuals served by regional centers or their family members. They regularly report back to the Disability Voices United Board of Directors and participate in statewide calls to share observations and trends. The Ambassadors will have access to a wide array of resources and support, including training opportunities, from the organization. We will enlist multiple Ambassadors for each Regional Center catchment area so that they can work together and share responsibilities for attending and reporting on meetings. Ambassadors will reveal any financial or loyalty conflicts of interest they may have, which may include receiving a salary or other compensation from a regional center or vendor or serving on a regional center board of directors or committee.

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  • Alta California Regional Center
  • Central Valley Regional Center
  • Eastern Los Angeles Regional Center
  • Cathy Liu
    Listette Duarte

  • Far Northern Regional Center
  • Frank D. Lanterman Regional Center
  • Michael Cooney
    Howard McBroom

  • Golden Gate Regional Center
  • Peter Mendoza
    James Ricks

  • Harbor Regional Center
  • Karen Cull
    Clinton Frosch
    Mayra Garcia
    Mari-Anne Kehler
    Cesilia Ortiz
    David Oster
    Kim Sinclair
    Mayra Zamora

  • Inland Regional Center
  • Maia Pawooskar

  • Kern Regional Center
  • Kelly Kulzer-Reyes
    Cherish Rindt

  • North Bay Regional Center
  • North Los Angeles County Regional Center
  • Tami Barmache
    Diane Bernstein

  • Redwood Coast Regional Center
  • Willie West

  • Regional Center of the East Bay
  • Alice Cantrell
    Judy Wang

  • Regional Center of Orange County
  • San Andreas Regional Center
  • Connie Boyer
    Anne Blenman Hare

  • San Diego Regional Center
  • Guille Cellilli
    Joyce Clark
    Laura Cervantes
    Jillian Parramore
    Abril Echavarria
    Ysaias Torres

  • San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center
  • Kristin Wullschleger

  • South Central Los Angeles Regional Center
  • Abner Antunez
    Sherry Johnson
    Maria Osoria Lopez
    Rubi Saldana

  • Tri-Counties Regional Center
  • Valley Mountain Regional Center
  • Westside Regional Center
  • Ana Andrade
    Elizabeth Gomez
    Myra Mezquita
    David Mezquita
    Mary Munoz