Notice of Vacancy/ Call for Nominations

Notice of Vacancy/Call for Nominations: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Advisory Council


Name of organization: Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind Advisory Council

Date posted: July 1, 2015

Date nominations are due to Board Secretary: July 27, 2015

Brief background of what the organization does and the reference in statute or rule establishing the organization: The USDB Advisory Council is established in Utah Code 53A-25b-201. The Council advises and makes recommendation to the State Board of Education and USDB administration regarding staff position, policy, budgets and operations.

Who the group advises: Utah State Board of Education, USDB administration

Number vacancies: 5

Specific representation needed for each vacancy and terms of appointment:
1 – Blind individual
1 – Deaf or hard of hearing individual
1 – Interest in or knowledge of blind or deaf
1 – Parent of deafblind child
1 – USDB teacher representative (non-voting)

Person(s) currently in the positions open for vacancy and their representation:
Tony Jepson – blind or visually impaired
Donald Liveley – hard of hearing adult
Richard Gurgel – interest in or knowledge of blind or deaf
Melanie Hooten – parent of deafblind child
Suzy Blackham – USDB teacher representative

Meetings (specific dates or how often the group meets, where, and for how long): The Council meets monthly on the 4th Thursday of the month (excluding July and December). The November meeting is adjusted to the 3rd Thursday.

Contact for questions: Tamara Flint – 801-629-4712,

Nomination and Bio Submission: If you are interested in serving on this organization, please submit by July 27, 2015 a brief (no longer than one page) bio or resume with contact information to Lorraine Austin at

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