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AAIDD Announces its 2020-2021 Board of Directors

February 13, 2020; Silver Spring, MD:

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2020–2021 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2020. 

The members of the 2020–2021 AAIDD Board of Directors are:

President: Leonard Abbeduto, PhD, FAAIDD

Director, UC Davis MIND Institute, Tsakopoulos-Vismara Endowed Chair, and Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, Davis, California

President-ElectElisa Velardo, MMHS, FAAIDD
North Regional Director, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, East Hartford, Connecticut

Vice President:  Karrie Shogren, PhD, FAAIDD
Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities and Professor, Department of Special Education, University of Kansas, Lawrence

Secretary-Treasurer:  Melissa A. DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD 
Director, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, SE Region Health Care Quality Unit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Past President:  Laura Lee McIntyre, PhD, FAAIDD
Faculty, Professor, & Department Head, Special Education and Clinical Sciences, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon

At-Large Members:

Alexandra Bonardi, MS, MHA, FAAIDD
Senior Policy Specialist, Human Services Research Institute and Clinical Assistant Professor, Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Joyce Louden, PhD, FAAIDD

Director­ of Education and Training, Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, Louisiana Department of Health, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Amie Lulinski, PhD, FAAIDD
Project Director, State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado

Heather Williamson, DrPh, MBA
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona


Founded in 1876, AAIDD is the oldest professional association concerned with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Learn more about the organization at

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