Council Member Listing:
Ex-officio Member Listing:
Moussavian, Sara | Council Member
Sara Moussavian, of Palo Alto, is known for her statewide advocacy work on California’s Disability History Week legislation and her volunteerism in the YO! Disabled and Proud program as well as the Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities. She has received recognition for her work by the California Legislature and the National Council on Independent Living. Moussavian was last employed at the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center as a Youth Leader before transferring to SFSU. Moussavian, has been a dedicated public service volunteer and intern on several occasions. She has volunteered at her local YMCA, YO! Disabled & Proud, the California Youth Leadership Forum for Students with Disabilities and the National Youth Leadership Network, and the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability. She has interned at her local Boys and Girls Club. Sara is passionate about empowering young people with disabilities and hopes to represent the youth voice for positive change as a State Independent Living Council member.
Sara worked tirelessly to secure a legislative sponsor and to ensure the passage of California’s ACR 162 – Disability History Week legislation. In July 2010, Sara was presented with a certificate of recognition from former Assembly-member (now Senator) Jim Beall Jr. for her work in the Disability History Week Campaign. In addition, Sara was also awarded the national Diana Vietz award by the National Council on Independent Living in July 2013. Sara remains an active member of YO! Disabled & Proud and has also assisted in the 2012 and 2013 Youth Leadership Forum, YLF. She served as a member of the YLF Program Committee and as an Interim Co-Chair for this committee. During the summer of 2013, Sara served as an Intern for her local Boys and Girls Club. While interning at the club she assisted first grade students in a low – income communities in improving their academic and social skills. Sara graduated from San Francisco State University with a major in Sociology and a minor in Persian Studies. During the Fall and Spring Semesters of the 2012 – 2013 Sara was on the Dean’s List.
Solorzano, Jose | Council Member
Jose Solorzano has been a community health representative for the Inland Empire Health Plan since 2017. He was a disability and senior outreach coordinator for Molina Healthcare from 2015 to 2017 and was a benefits and resources specialist for Southern California Rehabilitation Services from 2007 to 2012. Solorzano is a member of the Inland Empire Disabilities Collaborative.
Thomas, Jay’Riah | Council Member
Jay’Riah Thomas has been manager of The Arc San Francisco and a summer school ISP teacher for Five Keys Charter School since 2018. She was a teacher for Fortune School of Education from 2016 to 2018. Thomas was a paraeducator for the Elk Grove Unified School District from 2013 to 2016. She is a member of the Black Women of Political Action, Sacramento Chapter and the Spelman College Alumnae Association, Sacramento Chapter. Thomas earned a Master of Education degree from the University of the Pacific.
Yang, Jenny | Council Member
Jenny Yang was Vice Chair of the State Council on Developmental Disabilities from 2013 to 2018. She was a student member of the California Community Colleges Board of Governors from 2011 to 2013. Yang was a box office clerk for the Ukiah Players Theatre from 2008 to 2010 and a guest services representative for Holiday Inn Express in 2007. She held multiple positions at Mendocino College from 2006 to 2007, including statistics tutor and teacher’s assistant.
Nancy Bargmann | Ex-Officio Member
NANCY BARGMANN was appointed Director of the California Department of Developmental Services (DDS) on March 4, 2016, by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. The Department, in conjunction with the 21 private nonprofit regional centers located throughout the State, provides services and supports to over 300,000 Californians with developmental disabilities.
Director Bargmann has extensive experience in the developmental services field, both in the private, non-profit and corporate sectors, and the State. From 2012-2015, she served as deputy director of the Community Services Division at DDS where she developed policy and oversaw regional center operations and services.
Since 2015, she has served as associate executive director at the San Gabriel/Pomona Regional Center. From 2009 to 2012, she held a variety of positions at Home Ownership for Personal Empowerment Inc., including executive director and business consultant, and held several positions at the MENTOR Network from 1998 to 2009, including vice president of operations, vice president of business development and California state director.
In addition, she held several positions at the Inland Regional Center from 1985 to 1998, including community services director, resource manager, adult services program manager and consumer services coordinator. Ms. Bargmann started her career working with individuals who have developmental disabilities as a direct service professional with The Arc of Orange County in 1984.
A native Californian, she was born and raised in San Bernardino.
Director Bargmann earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the Pepperdine University School of Business and Management, and a Master of Science degree in social work from San Diego State University.
Linda Brice (Representative) | Ex-Officio Member
Ms. Brice received her Bachelors of Art degree in Psychology in 1983 and in 1986; she received her Masters of Art degree in Special Education, both from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Her career since graduation has encompassed:
• Teaching in adult developmental day programs;
• Working as a behavioral analyst developing behavioral programs and training direct care staff who were employed in residential care homes;
• Administrating two adult residential facilities for persons with autism and mental health issues;
• Developing specialized community services for Alta California Regional Center; and,
• For the last 18 years, working for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
Linda’s career with the DDS has included:
• Working as an analyst in the Health and Wellness Section;
• Administrating the Department’s Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Program: and,
• Managing the Department’s Community Living Section as Section Chief.
Joe Xavier | Ex-Officio Member
The Department of Rehabilitation has played a huge role in my life, and I welcome the chance to give back. As a former consumer, I have a profound understanding of the barriers consumers face on their path to meaningful employment. We strive to equip each individual with a disability who enters our door with the tools to attain employment, achieve independence, and realize equality.
Near and dear to my heart is the partnership we have with our stakeholders and communities that deliver services and supports to our consumers. I am pleased to honor what we have built to date, and look forward to improving our future.
For five decades, our services to Californians with disabilities have resulted in countless lives improved, dreams realized, and accomplishments achieved. Regardless of the successes we have already attained, we must continue to find ways to advance our programs so the next 50 years find us celebrating our vision as a reality.