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AAIDD Announces its 2016-2017 Board of Directors

March 28, 2016; Washington, DC:

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2016–2017 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2016. 

The members of the 2016–2017 AAIDD Board of Directors are:

PresidentWilliam C. Gaventa, Jr., MDiv, FAAIDD
Coordinator, Summer Institute on Theology and Disability and Adjunct Professor, Center for Disability Studies, University of Texas, Austin, Texas

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

Vice President: Elizabeth A. Perkins, PhD, RNLD, FAAIDD 
Associate Director and Research Assistant Professor, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida 

Secretary-Treasurer: Alexandra Bonardi, OTR/L, MHA
Senior Policy Specialist, Human Services Research Institute and Clinical Assistant Professor, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

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

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, Boston, Massachusetts

Anthony M. Rodriguez, PhD
Assistant Professor, Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island

Matthew Van Auken
Chief Operations Officer, Developmental Pathways, Englewood, Colorado


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