Disability Network/Michigan has selected Teri Langley to lead the advocacy organization in engaging with state and federal legislative bodies and government agencies, as well as local governments, on behalf of Disability Network’s member association.
Disability Network/Michigan represents the collective voice of Michigan’s 15 Centers for Independent Living (CILs), with a focus on relationship building, effective communication and mobilizing around issues that will have the greatest impact on delivering high-quality independent living services to people with disabilities.
Langley has served the Network as Director of Community Relations for Disability Network/Michigan where she worked to build, grow, and maintain legislative relationships and educate and advocate for the Network’s legislative priorities. The Network’s Board of Directors voted unanimously to name Langley its Executive Director. DNM Board Chair and Disability Network Washtenaw-Monroe-Livingston Executive Director Alex Gossage said, “Teri has worked on behalf of Disability Network/Michigan to raise awareness with our partners of the importance and value of independent living services for people with disabilities in our state. Under Teri’s leadership, the Network is positioned to build upon its reputation as a statewide resource for our member CILs in their goals to helping persons with disabilities achieve full participation in their community and life and remain self-sufficient.”
Langley, a graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science-Prelaw, has worked with federal and state governments for more than 20 years. She has extensive experience working in both the Michigan Senate and the House of Representatives where she served in key roles for each. Most notably, Langley worked for Senators Bev Hammerstrom and Randy Richardville, both recognized state-wide as champions for their advocacy for improving mental health services and their work to educate their colleagues on the gaps and barriers that existed in services for people with disabilities.