Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Governor Fletcher Appoints Members to the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, October 09, 2007  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Fletcher has appointed seven members to the Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children.

James J. Reed, of Bowling Green, is a graduate of the University of Chicago and a member of the Kentucky Partnership for Families and Children. Reed is a parent representative on the panel.

Vickie L. Nicholson, of Manchester, is a teacher in Clay County Schools. She received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Cumberland College, and she earned both a master’s in instructional leadership and a rank II in learning behavior disorders from Eastern Kentucky University. Nicholson and her husband, Les, are youth leaders at Greenbriar Presbyterian Church in Manchester. Nicholson is a parent representative on the panel.

Norman Caldwell, of London, is a mental health therapist with the Kentucky Department of Corrections. He is a graduate of Morehead State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in corrections and juvenile justice from Eastern Kentucky University. He is a member of the Fraternal Order of Police. Caldwell represents juvenile justice on the panel.

Dana K. Singleton, of Mount Vernon, is chair of the Department of Special Education at Rockcastle County High School. She received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a master’s and rank I in special education from the University of Kentucky. Singleton is a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Council for Administrators of Special Education, and serves as administrator for the Special Education Tracking System at Rockcastle County High School. Singleton represents educators on the panel.

Melanie Ann Tyner-Wilson, of Lexington, is a special needs and early childhood outreach coordinator with the Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Lexington, part of the Kentucky Injury Prevention and Research Center at the University of Kentucky. She received a bachelor’s degree in fine and applied arts and a master’s degree in exercise physiology, cardiac rehabilitation and health from the University of Illinois. She is married to Steve Tyner-Wilson and is a parent representative on the panel.

Virginia G. McManaway, of Hawesville, is a speech language pathologist with Hancock County Schools. She received a master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders from Brescia University and a master’s degree in communication disorders from Western Kentucky University. McManaway is a member of the American Speech Language Hearing Association and is married to Kevin McManaway. She represents state and local officials on the panel.

Rodger “Grant” H. Logsdon, of Louisville, is a student at Jefferson Community and Technical College. He is a founding member of the Kentucky Self-Advocates for Freedom and Families First Inc. and a volunteer with the Kentucky Special Parent Involvement Network Inc. Logsdon represents individuals with disabilities.

Five members were reappointed to the panel. They are:

  • Alexis J. Ford, of Sandy Hook, who represents juvenile justice.
  • Karen H. Frohoff, of Lexington, who represents higher education.
  • Roberta Alston, of Louisville, who represents parents.
  • April Gray Dyer, of Ewing, who represents parents.
  • Christy Brown Johnson, of Nancy, who represents teachers.

The Kentucky State Advisory Panel for Exceptional Children is made up of 21 citizen members appointed by the Governor.  The panel provides policy guidance with respect to special education and related services for children with disabilities in Kentucky and advises and assists the Department of Education regarding the provision of appropriate services for children aged birth through twenty.  The authority for the panel is mandated under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (20 U.S.C. 1400 et seq. as amended).


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