FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 11, 2006
GOVERNOR BARBOUR APPOINTS MERUVIA TO STATEWIDE INDEPENDENT LIVING COUNCIL
(Jackson, Mississippi)—Governor Haley Barbour announced the appointment of Mary Lundy Meruvia, of Philadelphia, to the Statewide Independent Living Council, which works to include individuals with disabilities in the mainstream of American society.
“I am proud that Mary has accepted this position,” Governor Barbour said. “Her passion for promoting disability awareness and her understanding of the importance of independent living for everyone makes me confident that she will serve successfully in this role.”
Meruvia, a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC), is program director for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians’ Vocational Rehabilitation Services Program and Office for Independent Living Services. She has worked for the tribe since 1988, beginning as a rehabilitation counselor and vocational evaluator. Meruvia has been active in the Consortia of Administrators for Native American Rehabilitation, holding office or chairing a committee since 1993, and is a member of the National Rehabilitation Association. She was first appointed to the State Rehabilitation Council by Governor Kirk Fordice in 1997 and has attended the Statewide Independent Living Council meetings since 1998.
Meruvia and her husband have three children. In her time outside of rehabilitation work, she enjoys her work as a farmer, producing timber and beef cattle.