Henry County Medical Center nurse practitioner Jennifer Coleman has been appointed by Gov. Bill Lee to a second three-year term on the state Council on Developmental Disabilities. She will represent the Northwest Development District.
The council attempts to bring positive change to the disability services system in Tennessee.
“I have been honored to be a part of the council these past three years,” Coleman said.
“I am thrilled to continue that work for another term. So many good things are happening, especially as the council focuses on reaching rural areas like ours with disability resources and information.”
Coleman said she will be working hard to continue opening more doors for people with disabilities in the community.
She lives in Paris and has a young son with Down syndrome and volunteers with area Down syndrome agencies and activities.
Coleman will continue to meet with the full council quarterly in Nashville while serving as a representative in the local community.
According to the press release from the council, her role connects the council’s statewide work to the needs in Henry and surrounding counties. That work includes improving disability policies and practices, educating policy makers and the public and working with public and private organizations to drive progress for people with disabilities.
“Our agency is unique in state government, because we’re here specifically to change the system, and because we are directly connected to the needs of local disability communities through our council members,” said Executive Director Wanda Willis.
“Jennifer Coleman has been a tremendous asset to the council, particularly in helping us to reach rural communities with disability resources. Her guiding perspective will continue to be invaluable,” Willis added.