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Valley Metro Accessibility Advisory Group

The Valley Metro Accessibility Advisory Group (VMAAG) provides ongoing feedback to Valley Metro staff regarding the accessibility of Valley Metro products, programs and services. Membership is limited to not more than 15 Maricopa County residents who meet any of the following criteria:

  • A senior, age 65 or older
  • A person with a disability
  • A caregiver for a senior or person with a disability
  • An employee of or volunteer for an organization which serves seniors or people with disabilities

To the extent possible, VMAAG membership reflects the geographic, gender, ethnic and disability diversity of the Metro Phoenix area. VMAAG meets approximately every month and meetings are open to the public. VMAAG members will serve two-year terms and may be reappointed to two additional two-year terms, for a total of up to six years of service. In order to establish a staggering of VMAAG terms, up to seven VMAAG members will be selected at random to serve an initial term of three years.

Becoming a VMAAG member

Each VMAAG member is appointed to serve a two-year term. In order to achieve a staggering of terms, seven VMAAG members begin their terms in even numbered years, and eight VMAAG members begin their terms in odd numbered years. Terms run concurrent with Valley Metro’s fiscal calendar which begins on July 1 and ends on June 30. In general, Valley Metro will begin each year’s recruitment process on or about April 1. However, in the event of a vacancy or vacancies, Valley Metro may recruit to fill open membership positions at any time. Watch this page for announcements regarding upcoming VMAAG vacancies.

Member Expectations

Expectations for members include:

  • Attend at least 75% of scheduled VMAAG meetings, either in person or by telephone. Meetings will occur approximately once per month at a set time on a set day of the week, based on a schedule which will be developed by Valley Metro staff in consultation with VMAAG members. VMAAG members who fail to meet this attendance requirement are subject to dismissal.
  • Become informed about Valley Metro and specific issues brought by staff to the VMAAG for input.
  • Provide constructive input to staff regarding issues under consideration that will help staff to ensure that Valley Metro’s policies, products, programs and services are accessible to and usable by seniors and people with disabilities.
  • Collaborate with other VMAAG members, staff, consultants and representatives of Valley Metro member agencies to develop the best possible accessibility solutions. The recommended solutions must also take into account agency factors including feasibility, financial and human resource capacity, ridership impact and policy adherence.
  • Adhere to any and all applicable Valley Metro policies and procedures.

Members and Current Term Expiration Dates

  • Christian Johnson, Phoenix, June 30, 2018
  • David Andreen, Tempe, June 30, 2018
  • Howard May, Glendale, June 30, 2019
  • Jean Moriki, Phoenix, June 30, 2018
  • John Federico, Tempe, June 30, 2018
  • Kathy Chandler, Northwest Valley Connect, June 30, 2018
  • Katie Griffith, Gilbert, June 30,2019
  • Lynn Houston, Phoenix, June 30, 2018
  • Marvin Rochelle, Phoenix, June 30, 2018
  • Megan Homrighausen, Mesa, June 30, 2018
  • Nancy Jackson, Chandler Senior Center, June 30, 2019
  • Nichole Weitzman, Phoenix, June 30, 2019
  • Page Raetz, Southwest Autism Research Center, June 30, 2019
  • Paula Considine, City of Peoria, June 30, 2019
  • River Forest, Phoenix, June 30, 2019