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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release June 14, 2000



The President today announced his intent to appoint Sarah W. Mitchell (as Chair and Member), Bryon R. MacDonald and Thomas P. Golden to serve as Members of the Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Advisory Panel (TWWIAP).

Ms. Sarah W. Mitchell, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has served since 1994 as the Executive Director for New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc., the designated protection and advocacy system for the State of New Jersey. From 1986 to 1994, Ms. Mitchell served as the Division Director of the New Jersey Department of Public Advocate where she was responsible for providing legal representation and advocacy services for people with disabilities. From 1993 to 1996, Ms. Mitchell served as President of the Board of the National Association of Protection and Advocacy Systems.

Ms. Mitchell received a B.S. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.S.W. from the University of Michigan and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Mr. Bryon R. MacDonald, of Oakland, California, serves as the Public Policy Advocate of the World Institute on Disability, where he works on state wide systems advocacy and public education on disability issues. From 1996 to 1999, Mr. MacDonald served as the community advocate for the Center for Independent Living Berkeley/Oakland area where he worked on consumer training in self-advocacy skills, social security, employment, and appeals regulations. From 1990 to 1996, Mr. MacDonald served as the mental health advocate for the Mental Health Association.

Mr. MacDonald received a B.A. from Fordham University.

Mr. Thomas P. Golden, of Waverly, New York, has been at Cornell University in the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at the Program on Employment and Disability, since 1991. In his position at Cornell, Mr. Golden has directed several state and national projects that deal with employment and disability issues. Mr. Golden has been the author and/or editor of many publications addressing career development and the pursuit of employment for people with disabilities. Mr. Golden is a certified rehabilitation counselor and is pursuing his doctorate in Education leadership at Binghamton University.

Mr. Golden received a B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College and an M.S. from Syracuse University.

The Ticket to Work and Work Incentives Improvement Act of 1999 (P.L. 106-170), establishes the TWWIAP within the Social Security Administration. The TWWIAP is to advise the President, the Congress, and the Commissioner of Social Security on issues related to work incentives programs, planning, and assistance for individuals with disabilities, including work incentive provisions.