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AAIDD Announces its 2023-2024 Board of Directors

March 13, 2032; Silver Spring, MD:

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2023–2024 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2023. 

The members of the 2023–2024 AAIDD Board of Directors are:

 Dan Zhang photo President: Dalun "Dan" Zhang, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor and Director, Center on Disability and Development, Texas A&M University, College Station
melissa disipio President-Elect: Melissa A. DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD 
Director, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, SE Region Health Care Quality Unit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Anthony Rodriguez Vice President: Anthony Rodriguez, PhD, FAAIDD

Associate Professor, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island

Sarah Hall_photo Secretary-Treasurer: Sarah Hall, PhD, FAAIDD 
Research Associate, Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Karrie Shogren Past President: Karrie Shogren, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor and Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Kansas, Lawrence
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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