Call for Applications for the Board of Directors 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 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 .

And that’s where you come in! The Nominating Committee is seeking applications from 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 Nominating Committee will consider all submissions and prepare a slate for action by the governing membership at the Annual Meeting of the IDD Council of Tarrant County, held virtually from 8:30 – 10 a.m., on Thursday, January 6, 2022.



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.

Nominations are due by Monday, December 20, 2021.  Applications should be emailed to


Please review the Board Members job description and the Board Member Candidate application below.  Interested candidates with questions are encouraged to contact our Executive Director, Rita Stevenson, or the Board at


Board of Directors Job Description and Expectations

Board of Director Candidate Application (PDF)

Board of Director Candidate Application (Microsoft Word)

Additional Job Descriptions:

2021 Board of Directors

  • Shawnnita Buckner, Board Chair - Family Advocate

  • Lacey Eaton, Board Vice-Chair - Community Advocate

  • Audra Ressel, Board Secretary, Employment/CapeAbilities Committee Co-Chair - Parent Advocate

  • Mariel Fernandez, Board Treasurer - Community Advocate

  • Dr. Janice Carter - Fort Worth Independent School District

  • Amy Govea - JPS Health Network

  • Laura Golden - My Health My Resources (MHMR)

  • Christine Gibson - Community Advocate

  • Lindsi Edwards - Self Advocate

  • Kerry Romine - Parent Advocate

  • Kerri Staples - Community Advocate

Ex-Officio Members

  • Brian Brooks - Communications Committee Chair

  • Renae Arledge - Transition Committee Chair

  • Laurie Snyder - Employment/CapeAbilities Committee Co-Chair