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Consumer Advisory Council Members

HDI CAC Chair: Joe Cowan

HDI CAC Vice Chair: Vivian Lasley


  • Sherece Cole
  • David Merdian
  • Morgan Crawford
  • Emily Moseley
  • Donna Littrell
  • Lee Gordon
  • Claudia Johnson
  • Vickey Reilly
  • Kathy Sheppard-Jones
  • Raina Birchfield-Ford
  • Joe Cowan
  • Jennifer Hicks
  • Camille Collins
  • Maria Delgado
  • Walt Bower
  • Vivian Lasley
  • Traci Brewer
  • Jay Tyner Wilson



Dr. Kathy Sheppard-JonesDr. Kathy Sheppard-Jones received her Ph.D. in educational psychology from UK in 2002 and has worked with HDI since 1996. She previously served as training director for the institute. In that role, she built relationships with faculty and staff across colleges at UK and beyond. In addition to her director responsibilities, Sheppard-Jones is also principal investigator across a variety of grants and contracts around quality supports for people through the lifespan. She is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling.




Camille CollinsCamille Collins: I am Kentucky P&A’s agency representative on the advisory council. I have worked for P&A for 11 years and I am the current Federal Program Coordinator for three of our federal grants, including the Protection & Advocacy for Persons with Developmental Disabilities grant. Prior to working at P&A, I held different positions in waiver programs, including case management. I hold a B.A. in Psychology and M.P.H from the University of Kentucky. I live in Frankfort with my husband and two-year old daughter.



Claudia JohnsonClaudia Johnson: With 34 years of experience in the field of intellectual disabilities, Claudia has worked for the Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities for 14 years. Prior to that her experience was with the Texas Department of Health. Claudia has a variety of experience in both institutional and community settings. She serves as a state agency representative for the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities as well as the HDI Consumer Advisory Council.



Lee GordonLee Gordon: Lee Gordon lives in Louisville, KY.  He has a bachelor’s of health science degree in health administration from the University of Kentucky and a master’s of public administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University.  He has served as the Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs Transition Administrator since 2001.  Lee works with children, adolescents, families, and service providers to help Kentucky children with disabilities prepare to successfully transition from pediatric to adult health care, from school to work and from home to independent living.  Lee is a quadriplegic as a result of a car accident that occurred when he was 18 years old.  He is married and the father of a thirteen year old daughter.


Walt-Bower-smWalt Bower: Walt Bower is the University of Kentucky’s Human Development Institute’s Pre-Service Training Coordinator. He coordinates practicum placements and Mentor Family matches for HDI’s Graduate Certificate students and facilitates Mentor Family panels and presentations on developmental disability topics and resources for the UK Division of Physical Therapy and other community-wide groups. He teaches HDI 603 – Interdisciplinary Supports Practicum in the Graduate Certificate in Developmental Disabilities. He also develops and coordinates HDI’s Fall and Spring Seminar Series. In addition, he is responsible for providing resource linkage for UK employees on disability issues and receiving requests for resources for lifespan disability issues from individuals throughout the state of Kentucky.