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AAIDD Announces its 2015-2016 Board of Directors

February 10, 2015, Washington, DC

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2015–2016 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2015. The Board of AAIDD is elected by its membership in annual elections.

The members of the 2015–2016 AAIDD Board of Directors are:

President: Susan B. Palmer, PhD, FAAIDD
Research Professor, Beach Center on Disability, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, Lawrence, Kansas

President-Elect: William C. Gaventa, Jr., MDiv, FAAIDD
Coordinator, Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and Adjunct Professor, Center for Disability Studies, University of Texas

Vice President: Susan M. Havercamp, PhD, FAAIDD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Genetic Counseling, The Ohio State University, Nisonger Center UCEDD, Columbus

Secretary-Treasurer: Patti N. Martin, MEd, FAAIDD
DD Case Management Coordinator, Alabama Department of Mental Health, Division of Developmental Disabilities, Montgomery, Alabama 

Past President: Amy Hewitt, PhD, FAAIDD
Director, Research and Training Center on Community Living, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis

At-Large Members:

Melissa A. DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD 
Assistant Director, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, SE Region Health Care Quality Unit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

David T. Helm, PhD, FAAIDD 
LEND Director, Institute for Community Inclusion, Boston Children’s Hospital and University of Massachusetts Boston

Susan L. Parish, PhD, MSW, FAAIDD 
Nancy Lurie Marks Professor of Disability Policy, Director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, and Associate Dean for Research, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts 

Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNMH, FAAIDD 
Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities UCEDD, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida


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