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AAIDD Announces its 2022-2023 Board of Directors

March 14 , 2022; Silver Spring, MD:

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2022–2023 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2022. 

The members of the 2022–2023 AAIDD Board of Directors are:

 Karrie Shogren photo President: Karrie Shogren, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor and Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Kansas, Lawrence
 Dan Zhang photo President-Elect: Dalun "Dan" Zhang, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor and Director, Center on Disability and Development, Texas A&M University, College Station
 melissa disipio Vice President: Melissa A. DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD 
Director, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, SE Region Health Care Quality Unit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 Sarah Hall_photo Secretary-Treasurer: Sarah Hall, PhD, FAAIDD 
Research Associate, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
 Elisa Velardo photo Past President:  Elisa Velardo, MMHS, FAAIDD
North Regional Director, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, East Hartford, Connecticut
 Kruti Acharya At Large: Kruti Acharya, MD
Associate Professor and Director Illinois LEND Program, University of Illinois, Chicago
 Vince Chesney At Large: Vincent Chesney, MS, FAAIDD
Psychological Services Specialist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; Lackawanna College; and Luzerne County Community College
 Joyce Louden photo At Large: Joyce Louden, PhD, FAAIDD
Director­ of Education and Training, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Louisiana Department of Health, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
 HeatherWilliams At Large: Heather Williamson, DrPh, MBA, FAAIDD
Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona



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