SRC Membership

State Rehabilitation Council (SRC) members are appointed by the Governor and serve three year, staggered terms. According to federal law, members on the SRC must represent various communities that work with the Department of Rehabilitation. Each year, the SRC chooses new officers for the new Federal Fiscal Year, beginning October 1 - September 30.

SRC MEMBERS:

Lesley Ann Gibbons, Chair

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Sonoma County
(Business, Industry, & Labor representative)

Lesley Ann Gibbons is a director and an owner of Sterling Adaptives, a company that provides assistive technology products and services for people with disabilities. Lesley Ann also serves on the board of EmploymentLINK California Corporation, which is a non-profit organization working to increase employment, financial independence, and economic stability for persons with disabilities in California.

Raised and educated in the United Kingdom, Lesley Ann has a wealth of experience as both an administrator and employer, and as an advocate for people with disabilities.

 

 

 

 

 


Marcus Williams, Vice-Chair

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Alameda County
(Business, Labor & Industry representative)

Marcus has been military and disability recruitment programs leader for Kaiser Permanente since 2015. He was director of recruiting at Phacil Inc. from 2009 to 2015 and a recruiter at MediaCross Inc. from 2008 to 2009. Marcus served active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1988 to 2008. Marcus earned a Master of Business Administration degree in human resources management from Upper Iowa University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Inez De Ocio, Treasurer

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Fresno County
(Qualified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Ex-Officio Member)

Inez has been senior vocational rehabilitation counselor, qualified rehabilitation professional at the California Department of Rehabilitation since 2012, where she was a rehabilitation counselor at the Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation from 2006 to 2011 and a job developer in 2004. Inez was a rehabilitation counselor member at the Nevada State Rehabilitation Council from 2008 to 2010 and a vocational consultant at Vocational Designs Inc. from 2004 to 2005. Inez earned a Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from California State University, Fresno.

 

 

 

 

 


Kecia Weller

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Los Angeles County
(Disability Advocacy Group representative)

Kecia has been a self-advocacy and community liaison for the Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of California, Los Angeles, the Tarjan Center, since 2012. She was advocacy director at People First of California from 2011 to 2012, where she was interim executive director in 2011, president in 2010 and state advocacy reporter from 1996 to 1999. Kecia was a teacher assistant at the University of California, Los Angeles Extension Pathway Program from 2008 to 2010 and a coordinator for self-advocacy at the Westside Regional Center from 1998 to 2010. She is a member of the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities and the Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability.

 

 

 

 


Jacqueline Jackson

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San Diego County
(State Independent Living Council representative)

Jacqueline Jackson is a Non-profit management consultant and an Advocate for people who are differently-able. She has over 25 years of management experience working in the non-profit business sector. In 2013, Governor Brown appointed Jacqueline to the State Independent Living Council and in 2014 the Governor appointed her to the State Rehabilitation Council. Since 2012, Jacqueline has served as the Blind and Low Vision Representative for the Public Utilities Commission, and the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication Equipment Program Advisory Committee.

Jacqueline is a passionate community volunteer. She is the President of the San Diego Braille Club, an affiliate chapter of the California Council of the Blind. She serves on the County of San Diego Committee on Disability Issues, The Voter Accessibility Advisory Committee, and The Neighborhood House Association Adult Day Health Center Advisory Committee. She is the Advocacy Chairperson for Rady Children's Hospital Axillary South East Cluster Unit.

Jacqueline received her Master's Degree in Leadership with an emphasis in Non-Profit Business Management from the University of San Diego and is a San Diego State University Alumnus. She is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the founding President of The San Diego Delta Foundation.

 


Victoria Benson

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Fresno County
(Parent Training & Information Center representative)

As a parent of an adult son that is labeled severely physically and developmentally delayed, Victoria has advocated both professionally and personally for educational entitlement, inclusion and Person Centered rights throughout the nation.

In 1992, she began work as a special education educational trainer and advocate for the Central California Parent Training and Information Center. Since 2003, she is the Director of SOAR! (Self Awareness, Overcoming Obstacles, Achieving Success, Reaching for the Stars), a Parent Information and Training Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Rehabilitative Services Demonstration and Training Program.

As Director, she participates in the presentation and organization of various community, regional, state and national trainings and conferences on topics including: Early Intervention, IEP, Adult Transition, Inclusion and Supported Living.

 


Michael Thomas

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Sacramento County
(Client Assistance Program representative)

Michael has been a client assistance program advocate at Disability Rights California since 2008, where he has been coordinator and senior advocate since 2003. He has been social security specialist and a disability rights advocate at Thomas Advocacy Consultants since 1999. Michael was a housing specialist for the Center for Independent Living from 2002 to 2003, where he was a benefits counselor from 1997 to 1998. He was a benefits specialist at the Houston Center for Independent Living from 2000 to 2002, a benefits and employment specialist for the Independent Living Resource Center from 1996 to 1997, an independent living specialist at the Memphis Center for Independent Living from 1994 to 1996 and an adjunct instructor at Shelby State Community College from 1995 to 1996. Michael was a graduate student teacher at California State University, Sacramento from 1992 to 1994 and a camera operator and production assistant at the Louisiana State University Medical Center from 1984 to 1986. Michael earned a Master of Arts degree in international and intercultural communications from California State University, Sacramento.

 


Daniel Avegalio

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Yuba County
(Community Rehabilitation Program Service Provider representative)

Daniel has been a student services supervisor at the American River College Veterans Resource Center since 2016, where he has held several positions since 2010, including student personnel assistant, certifying official, work-study administrator, peer mentor and clerk. He was a squad leader at the U.S. Marine Corps from 2004 to 2009. Daniel is co-chair of the MyVA Community Board of Greater Sacramento and a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Disabled American Veterans. Daniel earned a Master of Science degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling from California State University, Sacramento.

 

 

 

 


Marc Espino

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San Diego County
(American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Programs representative)

Marc has been program director at Sycuan Inter-Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation since 2013 and director and owner at Marc Espino Counseling since 2008. He was a counselor for the Tohono O’odham Nation from 2007 to 2008 and an intensive in-home therapist for the Pascua Yaqui Tribe in 2006. Marc was a sales leader for Victoria’s Secret from 1996 to 2002. He is a member of the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation. Marc earned a Master of Science degree in counseling from the University of Phoenix.

 

 

 

 

 


La Quita Wallace

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Yolo County
(Business, Labor & Industry representative)

LaQuita has been a human resources specialist at the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation since 2011. She was a human resources specialist at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from 2008 to 2011 and at the U.S. Geological Survey from 2004 to 2008, where she was a human resources assistant from 2002 to 2004. LaQuita was a program coordinator at Peregrine Systems from 2000 to 2001, a contracts administrator at American Tower Corporation from 1999 to 2000, a project coordinator at Xoma Corporation from 1998 to 1999 and an administrative assistant at Remedy Personnel in 1998. LaQuita was a housing manager at the U.S. Navy Public Works Center, San Francisco Bay Area in 1997, where she was a housing management assistant from 1989 to 1997, a computer specialist from 1994 to 1995, a manpower personnel support clerk from 1986 to 1989 and a personnel clerk from 1985 to 1986.

 

 


Meriah Nichols

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Humboldt County
(Disability Advocacy Group representative)

Meriah has been a teacher for the Mattole Unified School District since 2016. She was an associate editor at Accessible Technology Coalition from 2010 to 2011 and program manager and founder of the WorkAbility IV at the University of California, Berkeley from 2003 to 2010. Meriah was employment and development coordinator, job developer and American living skills trainer at the International Institute of the East Bay in 2003 and a bilingual recruiter and program coordinator at Girl Friday from 2000 to 2001. She was a communications specialist at Phoenix Associates from 1999 to 2001, an English as a Second Language educator and curriculum designer at the English Studio from 1998 to 2001 and a training and development consultant at East-West Management Institute Inc. from 1996 to 2003. Meriah was an English as a Second Language educator and teacher trainer at the New Era School from 1996 to 1997, a human resources manager at the University Cooperative Housing Association from 1995 to 1996 and a teacher at the School of the Nations from 1993 to 1995. Meriah earned a Master of Arts degree in international and intercultural management from the School for International Training.

 


Abby Snay

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San Francisco County
(CA Workforce Investment Board representative)

Abby has been chief executive officer at Jewish Vocational Services of San Francisco since 1984, where she has held several positions since 1975, including executive director, assistant director, supervisor and counselor. Abby is chair of the National Skills Coalition Board of Directors and a member of the California Workforce Investment Board and the California Health Workforce Development Council. Abby earned a Master of Arts degree in education from Washington University in St. Louis.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Barbara Boyd

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Sacramento County
(California Department of Education representative)

Barbara has been an education programs consultant at the California Department of Education, Special Education Division since 2015. She served as a program coordinator for the Oakland Unified School District from 2008 to 2015 and as a resource specialist for the Lompoc Unified School District from 2003 to 2008. Barbara was a special day class teacher for the Oxnard Unified School District from 2000 to 2003. She is a member of the California Community of Practice on Secondary Transition. Barbara earned a Master of Education degree from National University.

 

 

 

 

 


Joe Xavier, Ex Officio Member

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Sacramento County
(Director)

In 2014, Joe Xavier became the Department of Rehabilitation's Director. Prior to his being Director, he served as Deputy Director for the Specialized Services Division since 2010, responsible for Blind Field Services, the Orientation Center for the Blind, the Older Individuals who are Blind Program, the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Section, and the Business Enterprises Program.

Joe has over 28 years' experience in business and public administration, as well as many years participating in advocacy and community organizations.

 

 

 

 

 


Vacancies:

 

 

  • One Business, Industry and Labor representative

 

 


If you are interested in contacting an SRC member, please contact SRC Executive Officer Kate Bjerke at Kate.Bjerke@dor.ca.gov or (916) 558-5897.

 

SRC Contact Information

Kate Bjerke

Executive Officer
State Rehabilitation Council (SRC)
(916) 558-5897
721 Capitol Mall
Sacramento, CA 95814

Kate.Bjerke@dor.ca.gov

 

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