Contacts and Resources

The DNR Advisory Council on Disability Issues meets quarterly in the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis. The Council is comprised of individuals from the community and representatives from the units within the DNR.

The Council provides support and guidance to the DNR regarding issues of facilities and services access and employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities. For additional information, contact DNR's ADA coordinator, Richard Allen at 410-260-8058 or you may send e-mail to

Maryland Department of Natural Resources
Advisory Council on Disability Issues
2006 Membership Roster

Fred Cowell, Chairperson Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA)

Richard Allen, MDNR ADA Coordinator & Director of Fair Practices

John Purgason, MDNR ADA/504 Transition Plan Coordinator

Laura Bowne, MDNR Resource Planning & GIS ( Buildings Inventory)

Steve Goodmuth, MDNR Resource Planning & GIS

Larry Hughes, MD Wheelchair Athletic Promotions

Don Backe, Chesapeake Regional Accessible Boating @ Sandy Point SP

Frank Vanik, Community Member

Tip Ray, Accessiblity Consultant & Community Member

Richard Coalla, MDNR Boating-retired & Boating Access Issues

Ryan Haley, MDNR Wildlife & Heritage NR Technician

Julieanne White, DORS VR-Specialist Employment for AA County

Townsend Brown, Sr. Volunteer Advocate – Hunting & Fishing

Chassity Seymore, Harford County Recreation & Director of ARC organization

Sharon Neary, Volunteer Advocate

Clifton Rogers, Volunteer Advocate – Hunting

The Natural Resources Police 24-hour information number is 410-260-8880. For reporting violations or emergencies, you should call the Maryland Natural Resources Police at 410-260-8888.

TTY users may call via Maryland Relay at 1-800-735-2258 or 711.