Disabilities Commission


The Athens City Commission on Disabilities is an agency of city government whose commitment is to provide a means for the concerns of people with disabilities to be heard; to advocate for public policy change; to provide expertise to the community on disabilities; and tell the community about the strengths and limitations of people with disabilities, as well as how the community can help them improve their quality of life, thereby ensuring equality of opportunity and full participation in community life for everyone.


The Commission consists of eleven members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by Athens City Council, one City Council Representative, and the Mayor or his designee. Term length is three years.

Member Term Ending
Brigante, Robin
February 2020
Brooks, Douglas January 2021
Bucher, Brian January 2021
Dennis, Scott
February 2020
Dikis, Rose
September 2020
Dilley, Berry
December 2019
Hysell, Christi January 2021
Lewis, Carolyn
June 2022
McGee, Patrick (City Council Representative) N/A
McNelly, David R. (Vice-chair)
April 2022
Prusinski, Cheryl March 2022 
Trembly, Noah (Treasurer)
February 2020
Non Voting Members
Rantane, Maxine (Mayor's designee)

Powers & Duties

  • Make recommendations to the Athens City government on city services related to the needs of persons with disabilities
  • Act as liaison between members of the community and local government
  • Respond to questions from the public, local government, and community
  • Consult with Athens city officials, council, and citizens
  • Inform the city of grant opportunities
  • Submit activity reports and recommendations to the Athens City Council


  • 3rd Wednesday of every month
  • 5:30 PM
  • Community Center
The public is welcome to attend.
To make a presentation or to add agenda items contact the Mayor's Office: (740) 592-3338