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DDDS Advisory Council

The Advisory Council to the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services shall serve in an advisory capacity to the Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services and shall consider matters relating to persons diagnosed with intellectual disabilities or specific developmental disabilities in the State and such matters as may be referred to it by the Governor, Secretary of the Department or Director of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Services. The Council may study, research, plan and advise the Director, the Secretary and the Governor on matters it deems appropriate to enable the Division to function in the best possible manner.


Terri Hancharick, Chairperson
Timothy Brooks
Susan Pereira
Thomas Rust
Angela Sipple
Stan Trier
Gail Womble

Marissa Band
Nancy Beil-Houck
Susannah Eaton-Ryan
Brian Freedman
Brian Hall
Emmanuel Jenkins
Gregory Richardson

Benjamin Shrader
Vivian Turner
Jennifer Tymes

Director, Marissa Catalon (302) 744-9600
Executive Secretary, Jean Virdin (302) 744-9600

Member Spotlight - Marissa Band, Esq.

Marissa Band

Marissa is a Managing Attorney at Community Legal Aid Society, Inc. "CLASI", the Protection & Advocacy System for the State of Delaware. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. She obtained her Master's in Public Affairs and Politics from the Rutgers University Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, and her Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, from the Rutgers University School of Law - Camden. She is admitted to practice in Delaware and before the District of Court for the District of Delaware. Marissa has been a practicing attorney at CLASI since 2008, in CLASI's Medical-Legal-Partnership and Disabilities Law Programs. In those roles Marissa has assisted children and adults in a variety of special education, disability rights, public benefits, immigration and poverty law matters.