Oklahoma City – Enid bank vice president and community leader April Danahy was recently elected chair of the Commission for Rehabilitation Services.
She previously served as vice chair of the board which governs the Oklahoma Department of Rehabilitation Services. The agency serves more than 83,400 Oklahomans with disabilities.
“I am honored to be part of a program that helps enhance the quality of life for so many Oklahomans,” Commissioner Danahy said. “Services that lend to the overall gift of independence are paramount to the future of our state and those who choose to call Oklahoma home.”
Danahy is vice president of corporate communications and human resources at Security National Bank of Enid.
A graduate of Phillips University in Enid, she was previously employed as general manager of KGWA-KOFM Radio.
She is a class XVIII alumna and current member of Leadership Oklahoma.
Emily Cheng was elected to her first term as vice chair of the governing board.
She is employed as the disability services coordinator and an academic advisor at Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City.
As a person with cerebral palsy, Cheng used DRS’ post-employment services in the past to maintain her job at OSU-OKC.
She is also a certified rehabilitation counselor and previously worked for DRS’ counterpart agency, Louisiana Rehabilitation Services.
Oktaha resident Jack Tucker, a retired teacher and principal from DRS’ Oklahoma School for the Deaf, recently completed his second term as chair and will serve as member of the commission.
He is a former DRS client with a visual disability, who spent more than 40 years motivating students to actively prepare for employment and independence as a teacher and principal at DRS’ Oklahoma School for the Deaf.
Tucker designed and developed award-winning OSD programs, including the Occupational Training Opportunities for the Deaf, an on-the-job training program that emphasizes work ethics and skills development.
DRS provides career planning, employment, independent living, residential and outreach education programs determines medical eligibility for disability benefits. For more information, visit www.okdrs.gov or phone 800- 845-8476.