THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT NAMES THE VICE CHAIR AND FOUR MEMBERS OF THE PRESIDENT'S COMMITTEE ON MENTAL RETARDATION
President Clinton today announced the appointment of Valerie J. Bradley to be Vice Chair of the President's Committee on Mental Retardation (PCMR) and Jane Browning of Maryland, Michael Remus of Nebraska, Elizabeth Pittinger of Pennsylvania, and T.J. Monroe of Tennessee as members.
"Valerie Bradley's outstanding knowledge and commitment to the field promise a revitalization of the Committee and innovative programs for the future." The President said, "The newly announced team will contribute significantly to renew innovative and beneficial programs at PCMR."
Ms. Bradley is the current President of the Human Services Research Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she has served since its inception in 1976. She has worked in the field of mental retardation for over 25 years as a researcher, policy analyst, evaluator, advocate and author. Ms. Bradley received her Master's Degree from Rutgers University, New Jersey and her Bachelor's Degree from Occidental College, California.
Ms. Browning serves as the Director of Community Services of the Arc of Maryland. She is a former President of the Arc of Arkansas.
Mr. Remus is the Vice President of the National Arc and serves as Director of Student Services for the Educational Service Unit #7 of Nebraska. He is also a former President of the Council for Exceptional Children.
Ms. Pittinger is the Regional Director of Step-by- Step, an innovative community-based program serving persons with mental retardation in Western Pennsylvania. She is a former member of the City of Pittsburgh Commission on Human Relations.
Mr. Monroe is a highly regarded self-advocate and leader in People First, a national self advocacy organization. He has previously been institutionalized in facilities for persons with mental retardation and currently works as a VISTA volunteer for People First of Tennessee. He will become the first self advocate ever appointed to PCMR.
The Committee advises President Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala on programs and services relating to persons with mental retardation.