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AAIDD Announces its 2021-2022 Board of Directors

February 16, 2021; Silver Spring, MD:

The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is extremely pleased to announce its 2021–2022 Board of Directors, effective July 1, 2021. 

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

Elisa Velardo photo  President: Elisa Velardo, MMHS, FAAIDD
North Regional Director, Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, East Hartford, Connecticut
 Karrie Shogren photo President-Elect: Karrie Shogren, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor and Director, Kansas University Center on Developmental Disabilities, University of Kansas, Lawrence
 Dan Zhang photo Vice President:  Dalun "Dan" Zhang, PhD, FAAIDD
Professor and Director, Center on Disability and Development, Texas A&M University, College Station
  Secretary-Treasurer:  Melissa A. DiSipio, MSA, FAAIDD 
Director, Philadelphia Coordinated Health Care, SE Region Health Care Quality Unit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
 Len Abbeduto photo Past 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
 Alixe Bonardi Photo At Large: 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 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
 Amie Lulinski At Large: Amie Lulinski, PhD, FAAIDD
Project Director, State of the States in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado
 HeatherWilliams At Large: Heather Williamson, DrPh, MBA, FAAIDD
Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona



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