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STATEMENT OF GOALS
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It is difficult to overstate the impact of this pandemic. We have been forced to reconsider priorities with new limits on resources. This is a time for a leader with a record of accomplishments through adversity. I am a civil servant in a rural community, yet my involvement in state-wide workgroups and international delegations has allowed me to promote research and develop policies that improve quality of life on a broader scale.

If elected, a main goal would be rebuilding membership and expanding into underserved areas.

Related objectives include:

  1. Developing new programs that benefit individuals at various professional and academic levels to strengthen our association;
  2. Increasing leadership opportunities within the association to create more space for diversity;
  3. Enhancing accessibility by modernizing operations to reach more people in this digital age.

Honoring our 145-year-old past by representing the concerns of current members will ensure our mission continues into the future.

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY

Current Positions:
Psychological Services Specialist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Adjunct Instructor, Luzerne County Community College: Northumberland Center

Previous Positions:
Community Living Manager, Target Community & Educational Services
Adjunct Instructor, Alvernia University: Schuylkill Center

Education:
PhD - Candidate: Human Development – Marywood University (2021)
MS - Human Services Management & Psychology – Western Maryland: McDaniel College (2000)
BS - Psychology – Mount Saint Mary’s University (1997)

AAIDD Participation:

Vice/Chair/Past, Psychology Interest Network (2016-2019)
Chair, Mental Health Services SIG (2011-2015)
Reviewer, Annual Meeting Review Committee Presentation Proposals (2012-current)
Member, Awards & Fellowship Committee (2014-2017; 2019-2022)
Member, Annual Meeting Planning Committee (2017-2019)
Member, Annual Meeting Local Arrangements Committee (2020)
Presenter & Moderator, Annual Meeting (2011-2019)
Delegate, AAIDD Delegations to Cuba (2011), Brazil (2012), Poland (2014) and Iceland & Ireland (2017)

Activities/Awards:

AAIDD Service to the Association Award (2019)

Non-State ICF/IID Technical Assistance Award (2009)
Northumberland Center Rookie of the Year (2008)
Joan Develin-Coley Award for Graduate Student Excellence (2000)