KATS Network Advisory Council

Updated: October 20, 2022

The KATS Network Advisory Council, which consists of 14 gubernatorial appointees, along with the Coordinating Center staff helps coordinate the implementation of statewide capacity building and advocacy initiatives regarding the availability of assistive technology. These organizations, designed to work toward permanent systems change to enhance access to assistive technology for Kentuckians with disabilities, constitute the KATS Network,  providing consumer-responsive, comprehensive, statewide programs of technology-related assistance for individuals with disabilities of all ages.

Purpose

To help plan, implement, and evaluate the activities of the KATS Network.

Meetings

The Advisory Council meetings are held quarterly, 4 times per year.

Minutes from the past three meetings are available at the bottom of this page. If you need a copy of the Meeting Minutes from a prior meeting, please contact us.

Next Meeting:

December 8, 2022
9:30 am – 12:00 pm EDT
enTECH Center @ Spalding University

812 S 2nd Street
Louisville, KY 40203
Virtual Option will be available
Inquiries/Register: lisa.staub@ky.gov

Meeting Materials

  • Coming Soon!

Members

If you are interested in becoming an Advisory Council member, please contact the KATS Network toll-free at (800) 327-5287 or fill out and submit a KY Boards and Commissions application form.

Membership consists of representatives of designated State Agencies along with individuals with disabilities who use Assistive Technology.

Representatives of Designated Statewide Agencies

  • Andre Ryssemus – KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Lisa McKeown – Statewide Independent Living Centers
  • Suhas Kulkarni- KY Workforce Investment Board
  • Kevin McCormack (Co-chair) – KY Dept. of Education
  • Jessica Endler – KY Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Nicole Maher – Commonwealth Council for Developmental Disabilities

Representatives of Individuals with Disabilities who use Assistive Technology

  • William Titus – Louisville, KY
  • Samanthia Farthing  – VanLear, KY
  • Gerry Gordon Brown – Frankfort, KY
  • Mindy McGirt (Co-chair) – Frankfort, KY
  • Nancy Perry – Franklin, KY
  • Melanie Peskoe – Louisville, KY
  • Joe Cowan – Monticello, KY
  • Traci Lynn Burks – Villa Hills, KY

Documents

Members Book

Minutes

Minutes from the previous three (3) meetings are available for download. If you are interested in minutes from meetings prior to these dates, please contact the KATS Network by emailing us at info@katsnet.org.

Bylaws

State Plan for Assistive Technology and Annual Progress Report