State Rehabilitation Council Membership

NC State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) members are appointed to three-year terms by one of three authorities: Governor, President Pro-Tempore of the Senate or the Speaker of the House of Representatives. 

Council members are selected to represent a diverse array of vocational rehabilitation (VR) service system stakeholders, including consumers, counselors, self-advocates with a cross-section of physical, cognitive, sensory and mental disabilities and advocates for people with disabilities who are unable to represent themselves due to their disability. Additionally, at least one member is selected to represent the following entities on the council:


Council Members



John Marens, Chair Raleigh Client Assistance Program






State Education Agency

Peter Murphy, Vice-Chair


Disability Advocacy Groups

John “Locke” Milholland IV Raleigh Disability Advocacy Groups
Glacia Ethridge 


Non-VR Rehabilitation Counselors

Doreen Byrd  Davidson Parent Training and Information Centers

Gerald "Jerry" Higgins


Disability Advocacy Groups

David Tedrow


DVRS Consumers

Sharon Nellenbach 


Business and Industry Sector

Celeste Hunt

Maxton Director of Projects under Section 121
Kathie Trotter


Division Director, NCVR Ex-Officio Member

Clare "Ping" Miller 


North Carolina Chamber of Commerce

Agreta Limerick


Department of Commerce, Workforce Solutions

Tracey Craven


Providers of Community Rehabilitation Programs

Vacant Winston-Salem Statewide Independent Living Council
James Jones Fayetteville Regional Rehabilitation Centers for Physically Disabled
Cindy Harrell Elm City Business and Industry


SRC Subcommittees

  • The Executive Committee is responsible for compiling the council’s response to the Unified State Plan and triennial Comprehensive Needs Assessment, preparing the annual report, establishing meeting agendas and setting the general direction of the council and its committees. 
  • The Consumer Input and Public Outreach Committee reviews, analyzes and makes recommendations to the council regarding the effectiveness of VR delivered by the division and other public and private agencies in the state. The committee also gathers information using the consumer satisfaction survey, public forums and feedback from the NC Client Assistance Program.
  • The Policy and Rules Review Committee makes recommendations related to division policy and procedures that impact the public, are subject to public rule-making hearings under NC’s Administrative Procedures Act and are required for WIOA compliance.