Community Partners Council

Group photo at 2018 CPC retreat
Photo of 2018 council members and UCEDD staff at August Retreat

Meet the Community Partners Council

List of executive committee members and general members

Executive committee:

  • Greg Garoppolo - Chair
  • Stephanie Utzman - Treasurer
  • Paulina Larenas - Secretary
  • Joseph Basey - Past Chair


  • Sherri Osburn
  • Patty Pickett-Cooper
  • Jason Schaffer
  • Jacob Tolbert
  • Aleena West
  • Michelle Williams
  • Beth Brownhill - DRO
  • Hannah Baker - OCDD

The Community Partners Council serves as an advisory group for the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at OHSU. The council members help represent the voices and needs of Oregonians with disabilities, and their friends, families, and supporters. They also reflect the diverse geographic, racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, rural and urban makeup of the state of Oregon. The CPC makes sure, through an interactive partnership with the UCEDD, that individual, group and community concerns and needs are related to, and addressed by, the ongoing work of the UCEDD.

Read more about our members here

The CPC is open for membership to any Oregonian who experiences a disability, has a family member with a disabilities, or has interest in supporting persons with disabilities and their families.

Please contact us for more information on the Community Partners Council by emailing

Community Engagement Grant Program

The UCEDD and Community Partners Council have collaborated to support local community-based projects and programs related to spirituality, sibling support, and health promotion intended to result in meaningful benefits for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Community Engagement Grant Program was created to provide financial support to Oregon-based non-profit organizations to promote full access, capacity building, systemic change and advocacy for people with developmental disabilities. Visit the Community Engagement Grant page for information on how to apply.