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State Rehabilitation Council

The purpose of the State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) is to work with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services (DVRS or VR) to expand vocational rehabilitation services. The council allows customers and stakeholders of vocational rehabilitation services to influence the policies and direction of the VR at the highest administrative level.

Members are selected from organizations representing individuals with disabilities and organizations interested in individuals with disabilities. Each member is appointed by the Governor, the President Pro-Tem of the Senate and the Speaker of the House to serve a three-year term.

Council Members



John Marens, Chair Raleigh Client Assistance Program

Baldwin Keith Renner, Vice-Chair

Elizabeth City


Patti Cox


State Education Agency

Margaret Ackley


Regional Rehabilitation Centers

Peter Murphy


Disability Advocacy Groups

Glacia Ethridge 


Non-VR Rehabilitation Counselors

Doreen Byrd  Davidson Parent Training and Information Centers

Gerald "Jerry" Higgins


Disability Advocacy Groups



NCVR Consumers

Cindy Harrell

Elm City

Business and Industry Sector

Celeste Hunt

Maxton Director of Projects under Section 121
Kathie Trotter


Division Director, NCVR Ex-Officio Member

James Godfrey


Business and Industry Sector

Clare "Ping" Miller 


North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Agreta Limerick


Department of Commerce, Workforce Solutions

Tracey Craven


Providers of Community Rehabilitation Programs

Cindy Arrington Winston-Salem Statewide Independent Living Council

NCSRC Subcommittees

Executive Committee
The primary purpose of the executive committee is to:

  • Set the overall direction for the council.
  • Address the mandated functions of the SRC.
  • Assure that SRC members are familiar with their roles and responsibilities.
  • Guide the DVRS with the development of the state plan.
  • Develop a comprehensive needs assessment.


Consumer Input and Public Outreach Committee
The primary purpose of the Consumer Input and Public Outreach Committee is to:

  • Get feedback from consumers and other stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of programs and services.
  • Get feedback from consumers and other stakeholders to evaluate the effectiveness of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) and other public and private agencies.


Policy, Procedure and Plan Review Committee
The primary purpose of the Policy and Rules Committee is to:

  • Review division policy and rules subject to the Administrative Procedures Act.
  • Use public feedback to make recommendations to the division concerning policy changes.

Contact the SRC Chairperson

Contact Information

Kim Schmidt, NCSRC Liaison
Phone: 919-855-3533