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AAIDD Announces its 2012-2013 Board of Directors

March 22, 2012, Washington, DC


The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2012-2013 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2012.  The Board of AAIDD is elected by its membership in annual elections. The members of the 2012–2013 AAIDD Board of Directors are:


President: Marc J. Tassé, PhD, FAAIDD

Professor, Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry, Ohio State University, Columbus

Director, Nisonger Center at Ohio State University, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities

President-Elect: James Thompson, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor, Department of Special Education, Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois

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

Secretary-Treasurer: Patti Martin, MEd
Executive Director, Montgomery 31- Board, Montgomery, Alabama

Past President: Sharon Gomez, FAAIDD
Vice President—Operations Central Region, Evergreen Presbyterian Ministries, Inc., Lake Charles, Louisiana

At-Large Members:

Sandra Friedman, MD, MPH, FAAIDD
Section Head, Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, The Children’s Hospital, Aurora, Colorado
Associate Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, Colorado

Loui Lord Nelson, PhD, FAAIDD
Executive Director of Reliable Alliance in Special Education, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

Elizabeth Perkins, PhD
Research Assistant Professor/Health Coordinator, Florida Center for Inclusive Communities/UCEDD, University of South Florida


Peter J. Smith, MD, MA, FAAIDD
Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
Associate Director, Illinois LEND Training Program, Chicago, Illinois

Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. AAIDD advocates for the equality, dignity, and human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and for their full inclusion and participation in society. Learn more about the organization at

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