Cathy Gott, Commissioner
Commissioner Cathy Gott was appointed to the Commission by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in March 2017.
Commissioner Gott is President of Education Spectrum, Inc., a center-based educational and social skills training center for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. Education Spectrum opened its doors in 1996 and serves more than 400 families per year in and around the San Gabriel Valley. She holds her Master’s Degree in Public Administration, specializing in Non-profit Organization Management from the University of San Francisco. Recognizing the growing need for employment opportunities for adults with disabilities, she created Danny’s Farm. Opening its doors in 2007, Danny’s Farm employs and serves persons with special needs. Named for her twenty-three-year-old son, Danny, who has autism, the Farm is a labor of love. Commissioner Gott is currently the senior consultant for government relations for ETTA, and serves on Assemblymember Chris Holden’s Special Needs Advisory Committee, and is Founder of the newly formed Major League Baseball Players Association Alumni Wives Autism Alliance.
Commissioner Gott enjoys many civic and community activities and was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Los Angeles Universal Preschool by Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. She has served on the California Legislative Blue Ribbon Commission on Autism’s Task Force on Early Identification and Intervention, and is an Honorary Board member of the Los Angeles Chapter of Autism Speaks. She received the Most Inspirational Award in 2001 by the California State Assembly, and Woman of the Year Award in 2008 by the Los Angeles County Commission for Woman. Commissioner Gott was selected by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors and the Commission on Disabilities to receive the Annual Access Award for her outstanding work in the community and commitment to serve those with disabilities in October 2016. Commissioner Gott and her husband, Jim, raised their children in San Marino and currently reside in the Marina del Rey. Her husband, Jim, is a former Major League Pitcher & is currently the Pitching Coordinator for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Their younger son, Nicholas (22), is a senior at Harvey Mudd College, majoring in Computer Science. Jim’s son CJ (28) lived with them as a child. Both CJ and Danny have autism.
John B. Troost, 2nd Vice President
Commissioner John B. Troost is currently the 2nd Vice President of the Commission on Disabilities appointed by Supervisor Kenneth Hahn of the Second District him in 1975. Moreover, he was re-appointed by Supervisor Yvonne Brathwaite Burke in 2000 and by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in 2015.
Commissioner Troost has served as President for the Commission from 1982-1984 and 2011-2012, was Vice President from 1980-1982 and 2nd Vice President from 2013-2015. He also represented the Commission from 1978-1982 as a member of the Citizen Advisory Committee for the Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation Department, during the planning stages of the Kenneth Hahn Regional Park & Recreational Area in Baldwin Hills. Presently, he serves as a representative of Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities to the Access Board of Directors of Access Services, Inc. He continues to serve as Chairman of the Education Committee for the Commission since 1978.
Commissioner Troost also serves his community as a member of two Handicapped Advisory Committees at the Los Angeles Southwest College and the Los Angeles Trade Technical College. He has served the City of Culver City as a member of their 504 Ad hoc Committee and with their Disability Advisory Committee.
Commissioner Troost holds an Associates of Arts Degree (AA) in History from El Camino College, and a Bachelor of Science Degree (BS) & Master Degree (MS) in Education from the University of Southern California. From 1989 to 1992, he worked as a Handicapped Specialist/Work Ability III, Program Coordinator at LA Trade Technical College. Since 1995, he has been a member of the Culver City Optimist Club, a service club that donates toys to hospitalized children.
Commissioner Troost has over the past four decades, worked as a Vocational Counselor for various independent living programs, and has spent several years working within California’s higher education system as a researcher, fundraiser, and teacher.
Marsha Mitchell-Bray, Commissioner
Commissioner Marsha Mitchell-Bray was appointed to the Commission on Disabilities by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas in January 2017.
Commissioner Mitchell-Bray is the Director of Community Services and Family Supports for South Central Los Angeles Regional Center (SCLARC). She is an experienced community development professional with extensive experience in the areas of developmental disabilities and special needs policy, Commissioner Mitchell-Bray is excited to join with other stalwart advocates and community activists who comprise the Commission’s membership.
For the past 15 years, Commissioner Mitchell-Bray has served South Los Angeles via the regional center. South Central Los Angeles Regional Center is one of 21 private, non-profit centers contracting with the State of California, specifically with the Department of Developmental Services, to provide diagnosis, evaluation, case management and life-long planning to individuals who have been assessed as being developmentally disabled. During her tenure at SCLARC, she has been responsible for an extensive outreach and public awareness campaign regarding the agency’s services. She formally launched the agency’s housing, fund development and public relations initiatives in which she rebranded the agency’s collateral materials. Additionally, Mitchell-Bray has organized all of the center’s legislative activities, including its yearly forums and Town Hall meetings.
Commissioner Mitchell-Bray played an integral role in the successful completion of SCLARC’s new headquarters—Legacy Plaza. The project was designed to enhance the regional center’s ability to serve while providing adequate space for SCLARC’s 250 employees and 100 consultants. As the newest member of the Los Angeles County Commission on Disabilities, she hopes to continue to assist in increasing public awareness while serving all stakeholders with disabilities living in Los Angeles County.