AT Council

State AT Programs are required to establish Advisory Councils to provide “consumer-responsive, consumer-driven advice” for the planning, operation, and evaluation of programs, including setting measurable goals. The Advisory Council includes:

  • Individuals with disabilities that use assistive technology or the family members or guardians of the individuals;
  • A representative of the state vocational rehabilitation agency;
  • A representative of a state center for independent living;
  • A representative of the state workforce investment board;
  • A representative of the state educational agency; and,
  • Representatives of other state agencies, public agencies, or private organizations, as determined by the state.

At least 51% of the advisory members must be either individuals with disabilities that use assistive technology, a family member or a guardian of such an individual. Individuals appointed to represent state entities cannot count toward that requirement. The advisory council is a geographical representation of the state and reflects the diversity of the state in regard to race, ethnicity, and type of disabilities across the age span, as well as users of types of services that an individual with a disability may receive.

If you have an interest in being on Montana’s AT Council, please email for more information.

Our AT Council Members:

Isaac Baldry: Isaac Baldry Consulting, Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities’ Consumer Advisory Council

Bill Collins: Vice President of Easterseals-Goodwill Retail and Facilities, Great Falls

Doug Doty: Statewide Coordinator for the Montana Autism Education Project (MAEP) of the Montana Office of Public Instruction

Peter Drakos: Summit Independent Living Center, Peer Support and System Advocacy

Darrel Hannum: Blind and Low Vision Services Bureau Chief

Kelsey Lastowski: Big Sky Special Needs Co-op – Speech Technician

Heather MacMonegle: Big Sky Special Needs Co-op – Occupational Therapist

Tom Manthey: Director of the Montana Center for Inclusive Education at MSU–Billings

Theresa McGeary: Occupational Therapist serving the Missoula County Public School District, MCPS Assistive Technology Committee

Heather O’Hara: Vice President of the Montana Hospital Association

Patricia Payne: Public School Educator and Enrolled Member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine & Sioux Tribes

Jordyn Rogers: Executive Director of Rural Dynamics, Inc.

Tom Thompson: Entrepreneur, Summit Independent Living Center Peer Advocate

Cassie Weightman: Ability Montana/Independent Living Center

Ed Worrell: OverHere Consulting, President of Guide Dogs for the Blind Montana Alumni Chapter, Montana Dog Guide Group