KATS Network Advisory Council

Updated: July 29, 2021

The KATS Network Advisory Council, which consists of 13 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 for the enhancement of 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 past meetings are available at the bottom of this page

Next Meeting:

September 9, 2021
9:30 am – 12:30 pm, eastern time
Zoom Meeting: To register please contact Elizabeth Thompson: ElizabethA.Thompson@ky.gov – (800) 327-5287

Meeting Materials

  • Coming soon

COVID-19 Procedures for Meetings

Effective July 29, 2021: All Kentucky state employees, including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, are once again required to wear masks while working indoors.

Additionally, anyone who visits a state building, regardless of their coronavirus vaccination status, must wear a mask when inside.

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 your application and resume directly to the KATS Network by mail or email.

Representatives of Designated Statewide Agencies

  • Andre Rysemus – KY Office of Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Lisa McKeown (Co-chair) – Statewide Independent Living Centers
  • Suhas Kulkarni- KY Workforce Investment Board
  • Kevin McCormack – 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 (Co-chair) – Louisville, KY
  • Samanthia Farthing  – Erlanger, KY
  • Winter Renfrow -Horse Branch, KY
  • Gerry Gordon Brown – Frankfort, KY
  • Mindy McGirt – Standord, KY
  • Nancy Perry – Franklin, KY
  • Chester Wilbert – Louisville, 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