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Vincent Chesney, MS, FAAIDD

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STATEMENT OF GOALS

Thank you for this opportunity to represent you as a Member-at-Large. Over the years I have led several interest networks and a geographic area, always seeking to develop meaningful interactions with members.  I hope to continue my service to the association if elected to serve on the Board.

As a civil servant in a rural community, I understand how limited resources impact services. AAIDD has been a support for me throughout my career. If elected, a main goal would be rebuilding membership and expanding into underserved areas.

This goal can be achieved by modernizing operations to reach more people online. We should also create more space for diversity by developing new programs that benefit individuals at various professional and academic levels. This will truly strengthen our association with a more inclusive energy. Honoring our 145-year-old past by representing the concerns of current members while attracting new recruits 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 (2022)
MS - Human Services Management & Psychology – Western Maryland: McDaniel College (2000)
BS - Psychology – Mount Saint Mary’s University (1997)

AAIDD Participation:
Chair, Psychology Interest Network (2021-2022)
Vice/Chair/Past, Psychology Interest Network (2016-2019)
President, Pennsylvania Chapter (2015-2016)
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)


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