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National Advisory Board

Valerie J. Bradley Cambridge, MA AAIDD

Valerie J. Bradley is president of the Human Services Research Institute since its inception in 1976. As president of HSRI, Ms. Bradley has overall responsibility for the development and management of all HSRI projects in mental health, developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol abuse and other human service programs. Her current responsibilities include:

  • Principal Investigator —Technical assistance project funded by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to provide information and consultation to state developmental disabilities agencies and CMS regional offices regarding quality assurance and quality improvement in HCBS waivers.
  • Project Director —National collaboration with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services to collect and analyze national performance indicators for services to people with developmental disabilities.

She was president of the American Association on Mental Retardation in 2005-2006 and was chair of the President’s Committee on Mental Retardation, 1994-2000.

Ms. Bradley has a Master’s in Political Science, 1966, from the Eagleton Institute of Politics, Rutgers, The State University, and a B.A. in Political Science from Occidental College in California.

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Lisa Burck Gautier, MS Private Agency Customer Representative

Lisa Burck has been the project director of the Direct Support Professional Opportunity and with The Arc of Mississippi for 12 years. She has 15 years of experience in the field of service to people with disabilities and her passion is making life better for people with disabilities by making the people who support them better. Lisa has a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Southern Mississippi, a master’s degree in public administration from Troy State University, and a Master’s degree in severe disabilities with an emphasis on deaf/blindness from USM. She is the Mississippi representative to ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) and is on the advisory board of the Mississippi Deafblind Project and Creative Community Living Options.

In addition to her work on the CDS National Advisory Board, she sits on the local boards of the Salvation Army and Gulf Coast Family Counseling. She is a member of the Pascagoula Rotary Club and teaches Sunday school and bible study to both high school age youth and elderly women. Lisa and her husband Charles have been married 30 years and have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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David Hancox St. Paul, MN Metropolitan Center for Independent Living

For the past 11 years David has served as Executive Director of the Metropolitan Center for Independent Living in St. Paul, MN. The center serves a seven-county metropolitan area. As an independent contractor, David served as chief lobbyist for the Minnesota Association of Centers for Independent Living (seven years) and for the Association for Supported Living Residences (one year). David also contracts his services to government agencies, school districts, corporations and nonprofit organizations as a private consultant focusing on disability issues. He has more than 35 years of varied experience in the field of disabilities. For seven years David coordinated the day-to-day operation of Minnesota’s Partners in Policymaking project. Concurrent with these responsibilities, he also served as a senior planner, special grants coordinator and Director of the Minnesota office of the World Institute on Disability.

Additionally, he has been employed as a public policy analyst, staff development director, community residential services director, case management specialist, direct service provider, and in various paraprofessional capacities. David’s services are regularly sought as a special consultant, public speaker, evaluator and author.

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Ann L. Riley, RN, MSN Iowa City, IA Iowa’s UCEDD

Since 2009, Ann has supervised a pilot program in Iowa, which provides unlimited access to the CDS online curriculum and learning management system for agencies and individuals participating in the State’s Money Follows the Person (MFP) demonstration grant, which supports the transition of individuals with complex needs from intermediate care facilities to community settings of their choice. The CDS pilot program is intended to build the capacity of Iowa’s direct support workforce to provide home and community-based services by filling training gaps identified by community providers, such as the need to teach frontline workers how to understand and assist individuals demonstrating challenging behaviors. When Ann Riley began working at Iowa’s UCEDD in 2005, she had spent the previous 25 years serving as the director of Handicare, Inc., an inclusive child care provider and preschool she founded in 1981 to offer all children, including those from diverse backgrounds, developmental disabilities or with special health care needs, a place to learn, play and grow alongside their typically developing peers. As the UCEDD’s deputy for administration, Ann continues to supervise or participate in a variety of grant activities that foster full community participation, including Iowa COMPASS, the State’s information and referral service for disabilities, CDC-funded Disability and Health initiatives, Aging and Disability Resource Centers, and the Family to Family Health Information Center managed by the Iowa’s Child Health Specialty Clinics.

In addition, Ann continues to serve on Iowa’s Direct Care Workforce Advisory Council, as a member of both its governance and curriculum committees. Her work on the Council has contributed to the development of a statewide training and credentialing system that shares the goal of building the capacity of Iowa’s direct support workforce so that all Iowans can receive the services they need in the communities of their choice.

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Joseph M. Macbeth Albany, NY NADSP & NYSCARA

Joseph M. Macbeth has been the Executive Director of NADSP since March of 2011 and Assistant Executive Director at NYSACRA since 2000. He has worked in the field of disabilities for 27 years, beginning as a Direct Support Professional. While at NYSACRA, he has been responsible for implementing and advancing all of the organization’s workforce development activities. Through grants, Joe has helped NYSACRA incubate a New York State Chapter of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) that consists of more than 1,000 individual members and 32 supporting and affiliate organizations. Prior to his work at NYSACRA, Joe worked for a human services organization where he was responsible for the development, utilization and administration of all “non-traditional” residential and day services programs, among them were New York’s first Consumer Directed Personal Assistance Program (Columbia County), an Innovative Housing Project that assisted people move from ICF/MRs and into their own homes and a variety of respite programs. In addition to Joe’s activities with NYSACRA and the Direct Support Professional Alliance of New York State (DSPANYS), he sits on the boards of directors for the National Alliance of Direct Support Professionals and the American Network of Community Options & Resources (ANCOR) Foundation.

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Colleen McLaughlin New Brunswick, N.J. UCEDD

Colleen McLaughlin is the Training and Consultation Specialist at The Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. Colleen works with the Boggs Center Self-Directed Supports team in the development and provision of training and technical assistance activities with families, consumers, DDD, providers, professionals and community groups. She provides training in Person-Centered Thinking and Essential Lifestyle Planning across the state. Colleen also provides training and technical assistance with regard to workforce development, career paths, and statewide pre-service trainings for Direct Support Professionals. Colleen came to the Boggs Center from the Institute on Disabilities/UCEDD at Temple University where she was an evaluation coordinator. While at Temple she worked on Pennsylvania’s Independent Monitoring for Quality (IM4Q) Project and The Partnership, a statewide training and technical assistance project for self-advocates and family members. She has experience as an American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) Supports Intensity Scale (SIS) trainer, providing education regarding use of the SIS nationally.

Colleen earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree from Clarion University. In 2003, she received a Masters of Education in Counseling Psychology from Temple University.

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Charles Moseley Alexandria, VA NASDDDS

Charles Moseley is the Director of Special Projects for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services. Prior to this position, he was the Co-Director of the National Program on Self-Determination, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, at the University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability (UCED). Before coming to the university, Dr. Moseley was the Director of the Vermont Division of Developmental Services where he led the efforts to close the state’s institution, transition services to individualized community-based alternatives, and restructure service delivery to incorporate self-directed services.

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Holly Riddle Morganton, N.C. National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

Holly Riddle is the Executive Director of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities. She holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. She has been a member of the North Carolina State Bar since 1988 and served as a member of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law. She has served on many advisories to the State of North Carolina, and worked on diverse national initiatives with the Beach Center on Families and Disability, University of Kansas; Virginia Commonwealth University’s Regional Research and Training Center on Supported Employment, the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services, and the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities. During the 19 years that she has directed the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, the Council has served as a beacon for moving the state towards contemporary policies and practices. Under her leadership, the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities has earned state and national recognition for advancing a wide variety of innovations in systems change, advocacy, and capacity building.

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India Sue Ridout Richmond, VA Public Agency Customer Representative

India Sue has served as the Workforce Development Manager for the Virginia Department of Mental Health, Mental Retardation and Substance Abuse Services since March 2003. Prior to her current role, she was the Human Resources, Training and Workforce Development Director for the second largest MR residential facility in Virginia for over five years. India Sue has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources Management, both public and private, which has been instrumental in developing the Workforce Plan for the Department in Virginia. Married and the mother of two, India Sue and her family reside in a small community outside of Richmond, VA.

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Dr. Lynn Rivas Berkley, CA Consumer Directed Services Network

Lynn Rivas is the co-executive director of the Consumer Directed Services Network, an organization dedicated to training and empowering workers and supporting the right of people with developmental disabilities to have choice and opportunity, as well as, to live integrated lives in the community. Dr. Rivas received her Ph.D. in 2007 from the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied the relationship between The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and the Independent Living Movement. A longtime labor activist, she has worked with various unions, accumulating experiences that have given her an enduring interest in the dynamics of caring labor. Dr. Rivas’ relevant publications include: “Invisible Labors: Caring for the Independent Person.”; “In Global Woman: nannies, maids, and sex workers in the new economy” edited by Barbara Ehrenreich and Arlie Hochschild; and “A Significant Alliance: The Independent Living Movement, The Service Employees International Union and the Establishment of the First Public Authorities in California” published by the World Institute on Disability.

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Peggy S. Terhune Albemarle, NC Monarch (formerly the ARC of Stanly County)

Dr. Peggy Terhune has been the Executive Director/CEO of The Arc of Stanly County, Inc., and Arc Services, Inc. — now renamed Monarch — since June 1995. Monarch provides residential, vocational, community, and behavioral health services to people of all ages with intellectual disabilities, mental illness, and substance abuse issues. She has worked with people with disabilities for over 35 years. Peggy was awarded the 1998 Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, presented by the National Council of Executives of the Arc, and the 2002 Carey S. Fendley Award for Executive Excellence presented by The Arc of North Carolina. In 2007 she received the National Conference of Executives Award for Executive Excellence, which is the highest honor The Arc can confer on an Executive Director of a chapter of The Arc. Peggy is a founding board member of North Carolina Providers Council and past president of NCE. She also serves on The University of North Carolina at Charlotte Social Work Department Community Advisory Board, the National Board of Directors for the Council on Quality and Leadership as the representative from The Arc of the United States, on the CenterPoint Area Providers Network Council and the PBH Network Council.

Peggy received a BS degree in Occupational Therapy from Indiana University, a Masters in Business Administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, and her Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

In addition to her career, Peggy is mother to seven grown children and wife to Bob. Peggy and her husband fostered children with disabilities for six years, and she continues to provide community service in a number of ways. For fun, Peggy is an adjunct professor for Strayer University in the MBA program. In her spare time, she enjoys needlepoint, knitting, reading, and travel.

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Ben Woodworth Urbandale, IA Iowa Association of Community Providers

Ben Woodworth is the Director of Training and Technical Assistance for the Iowa Association of Community Providers. In his role with the Association he has been responsible for the development and implementation of IACPs Technical Assistance to Providers across Iowa and the roll out of the College of Direct Supports online training program to over 30 agencies statewide with a planned statewide expansion in early 2013. Mr. Woodworth also monitors a variety of policy issues for the association including the current Mental Health and Disability Services Redesign. He has co-authored numerous position papers on policy issues impacting IACPs membership and is also responsible for working with agencies to increase their capacity to serve people experiencing brain injury and challenging behavior.

Mr. Woodworth obtained his bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa and his master’s degree in Social Work from University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

He has 15 years of experience in human service agencies serving people who are experiencing disability in a variety of roles. Prior to coming to the Association in 2009, Mr. Woodworth was the Statewide Administrator for Iowa’s Brain Injury Service Program within the Iowa Department of Public Health.

Mr. Woodworth has served on a variety of boards and commissions including the board of the National Association of State Head Injury Administrators and the Mayo Clinic’s Brain Injury Model Systems advisory committee. He is the proud father of three daughters (Hannah-12, Claire-9 and Meredith-6) who keep him busy as a softball coach, cheerleader and music instructor.

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National Editorial Board

Responsible for the accuracy of information throughout the College of DirectSupport.

Brian Abery, Ph.D.
Institute on Community Integration, MN
John Agosta, Ph.D.
Angela Amado, Ph.D.
Institute on Community Integration, MN
Tony Anderson
The Arc of California, CA
Mary Arnold
ARK Regional Services, WY
Dan Baker, Ph.D
Elizabeth M. Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities Robert Wood Johnson, Medical School, NJ
Richard C. Baron, M.A.
Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, Philadelphia, PA
Elizabeth Bauer, J.D.
Self Employed, MI
Joan B. Beasley
Ph.D., MA
Michaela Bishop
Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD), OK
Dee Anne Bonebright
University of Minnesota, MN
Ann Brassil
Family Planning NSW, NSW, Australia
Bonnie Jean-Brooks
Thomas Buckley
Upper Pinellas County Arc, FL
Ed Burke
Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates, VA
Joyce Burland
NAMI Education, Training and Peer Support Center, VA
Jenny Butler
Centre for Developmental Disabilities Health Victoria (CDDH), VIC, Australia
Tina Campanella
Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities, DC
Susan A. Chapman PhD
RN, UCSF Center for Health Professions, San Francisco, CA
Deb Daulton
Office of Mental Retardation Consulting System, PA
Joe Dixon Jr.
Kornreich Technology Center, NY
Steve Eidelman
University of Delaware, College of Human Services, Education and Policy, DE
Sarah Emrick
Creative Community Living, KS
Mary Enge
Department of Human Services, Disability Services Division, MN
Celia Feinstein
Institute on Disabilities Temple Univ. (UCEDD), PA
Robert Fletcher, D.S.W.
National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD), NY
Beth Fondell
Institute on Community Integration, MN
Gail Fricke
Arc of Northern Chesapeake Region, MD
William Gaventa, M.Div.
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, NJ
Rosemary Geist
Fraser, MN
John C. Gilliland II, J.D.
The Gilliland Law Firm P.C., Indianapolis, IN
Marcie Grace
Creative Community Living, KS
David Hancox
Metropolitan Center for Independent Living, St. Paul, MN
Ron Hanson, Ph.D.
Minnesota Department of Corrections, MN
Tamar Heller, Ph.D.
Department of Disability and Human Development, IL
Sheldon Hershman
UPARC, Inc. (Upper Pinellas County Arc), FL
David Hingsburger
Diverse City Press, Inc., ON, Canada
Michael Hoge, Ph.D.
Yale University School of Medicine, CT
Rob Horner, Ph.D.
University of Oregon, OR
Mary Imbornone
Ronald Burd Training Center, PA
Matthew P. Janacki, Ph.D.
Rehabilitation Research and Training Center on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kelley Johnson
University of Bristol, Bristol, UK
Neil Johnson
MN Homecare Assoc., MN
Jody Kakacek, M.A.
Epilepsy Foundation of America, MD
Bobbie Keller
Departmental Services of Northwest Kansas, KS
William Kiernan, Ph.D.
Institute for Community Inclusion, MA
Seth Krakauer
Traci LaLiberte, Ph.D.
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, MN
Mary Beth Lardizabal, D.O.
Allina Mental Health, St. Paul, MN
Jane Lawrence
Community Involvement Programs, MN
Linda Lindeke, R.N. Ph.D.
University of Minnesota School of Nursing, MN
Ruth Luckasson, J.D.
University of New Mexico, NM
Therese Madden Rose, Ph.D.
Helen Keller National Center, NY
Alex Marie, Psy.D.
Minneapolis, MN
Marie Mark
Thomas McCluskey
New Horizons Resources, Inc., NY
Lee K. McLean, Ph.D.
Department of Allied Health Services, NC
Karin Mellberg Schwier
SK, Canada
Tracy Melte
Lakemary Center, Inc., KS
Mary Mercer
Minot State University, ND
Gary Merklein
Development Services of Northwest Kansas, KS
Howard J. Miller, Ph.D.
Inclusion, Inc., OR
Beth Mineo Mollica, Ph.D.
Center for Applied Science and Engineering, DE
Linda Misasi
Creative Community Living, KS
Bette Ann Mobley
Res-Care, MD
John A. Morris
Human Services Practice, The Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc., SC
Jill Morrow, M.D.
Office of Mental Retardation, PA
Sue Ann Morrow
Self Employed, IA
Charles Moseley, Ed.D.
NASDDDS National Association of State Directors of DD Services, VA
Maryam Mostoufi
Illinois Department of Human Services, IL
Robert Newcomer
Research and Training Center on Personal Assistance at UCSF, San Francisco, CA
Regis Obijiski
New Horizons Resources, Inc., NY
John O’Brien, M.S.W.
Responsive Systems Associates, GA
Kathy Olson, Ph.D.
Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, KS
Maureen O’Nell, M.S
EduCare, Nevada, NV
Richard Oni, Ph.D.
Progressive Individual Resources, Inc., MN
Michael Owen
NC Council of Community Programs, NC
Mike Patrick
Patrick Communications, Inc., Minneapolis,MN
Jack Pearpoint
Inclusion Press International & the Marsha Forest Centre,ON, Canada
David Pfriem
Principal, David Pfriem Training and Consulting, OH
Kathy Pitrat
The Arc of Northern Chesapeake Region, MD
Cliff Poetz
Institute on Community Integration, MN
Rick Rader, M.D.
Morton Kent Habilitation Center, TN
Tony Records
Tony Records and Associates, Inc., MD
Joe Reichle, Ph.D.
U. of MN-Dept. of Communication Disorders, MN
Lynn Reno
Irwin Seigel Agency, Inc. Rock Hill, NY
Ruth Roberts, Ed.D.
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, TN
Laurie Rokutani, Ed.S.
Mid-Atlantic Addiction Technology, VA
Mary Ann Romski, Ph.D.
Department of Communication, GA
John Rose
Irwin Siegel Agency, Inc., NY
Leslie Rubin, M.D.
Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability, GA
Ardis Sandstrom
Brain Injury Association of MN, MN
Michael Sarafolean
The Orion Corporation of MN, MN
Russel Shuttleworth, Ph.D.
Disability and Community Faculty Research Group, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Sydney, NSW, Australia
Julie Silver
Human Services Research Institute, MA
Lori Simon-Rusinowitz, Ph.D.
Center on Aging, MD
John Smith, M.S.W.
Institute on Community Integration, MN
Michael Smull
Support Development Associates, MD
Andreen Soley
John F. Kennedy Jr. Institute for Worker Education, NY
Claus Sproll
Beaver Run (A Camphill Community), PA
Rand Stenhjem
Apple Valley, MN
George Suess
Delaware County ARC, NY
Clarence Sundram, J.D.
US District Court, NY
Sue Swenson
Paul Tabor
Dept. of Behavioral and Developmental Services, ME
Steve Taylor, Ph.D.
Center on Human Policy, NY
Rhonda Thissen, M.S.W.
John Trach, Ph.D.
Transition Research Institute, IL
H. Rud Turnbull, J.D.
Beach Center on Families and Disability, KS
Ann Turnbull, Ed.D.
Beach Center on Families and Disability, KS
Eileen VanSoest
University of South Dakota, SD
Larry Velasco, Ph.D.
Pueblo DD/MH Consortium, CO
David Wacker, Ph.D.
Center for Disabilities and Development, IA
Donna Wain Erickson
Leslie Walker-Hirsch, M.Ed.
Amanda Van Wyhe, M.S.W.
Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota, MN
Paul Wehman, Ph.D.
VCU Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, VA
Nancy Weiss
The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities, DE
Sarah Wiggins-Mitchell, J.D.
New Jersey Protection and Advocacy, Inc, NJ

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