Call for Applications for the Board of Directors 2020-2022


The IDD Council of Tarrant County was founded to serve as a community coalition of providers, public officials, families and self-advocates who have come together to increase opportunities for people with IDD in our great community.  Our purpose it to transform the region into an inclusive community where persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) thrive.

Our success depends on a strong, engaged, dynamic, informed, and inclusive Board of Directors for 2020-2022.

And that’s where you come in! Please help us identify outstanding leaders to serve as Board members so that the Council may continue to grow and prosper in its work.  Any Individual Member or Organizational Member Representative may submit an application. New members are also encouraged to apply. 

The Annual Meeting of the IDD Council of Tarrant County will take place at 8:30 – 10 a.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at Easter Seals North Texas.  Board members will be elected from your applications. 



The Nominating Committee is interested in candidates with experience and skills in one or more of the following areas:

  • Social and professional networking

  • Advocacy or lobbying

  • Fundraising and development

  • Accounting or financial management

  • Marketing and design

  • Board governance

In addition, candidates should have a strong commitment to the IDD Council’s mission, vision, and values and a demonstrated passion for advancing the inclusion and opportunities for people with IDD as well as an ability to devote the time necessary to perform the responsibilities of a Board member.

The Nominating Committee will consider all submissions and prepare a slate for action by the governing membership.  Nominations are due by Monday, December 9, 2019.  Applications should be emailed to


Please review the Board Members job description and the Board Member Candidate application below.


Board of Directors Job Description and Expectations

Board of Director Candidate Application

Additional Job Descriptions:

2019 Board of Directors

  • Lena Zettler - Board Chair, Cook Children's Medical Center Fort Worth

  • Haylie Miller - Parent and UNT Health Science Center

  • Vacant - MHMR of Tarrant County

  • Vacant - Tarrant County

  • Linda Harmon - Parent and MHMR Board Member

  • Audra Ressel - Texas Workforce Solutions
  • Laurie Snyder, Board Treasurer - Families for Effective Autism Treatment of North Texas

  • Dianne Hawkins - Fort Worth Independent School District

  • Annie-Laurie Logan-Kleian - JPS Health Network

  • Lisa Blank - Family Advocate

  • Yolanda Hughes -  Tarrant County College

  • Mariel Fernandez - Autism Treatment Center

  • Shawnnita Buckner - Family Advocate

Ex-Officio Members

  • Catherine Carlton - Communications Committee Co-Chair

  • Shawnnita Buckner - Communications Committee Co-Chair

  • Regina Smith - Transition Committee Chair