AUCD Welcomes 2015-2016 Board of Directors

December 1, 2015

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities welcomed the 2015-2016 Board of Directors during the AUCD 2015 Conference November 16-18 in Washington, DC, "Growing Leaders, Driving Change."

The Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) is a membership organization that supports and promotes a national network of university-based interdisciplinary programs. Network members are 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), funded by the Administration on Intellectual Developmental Disabilities (AIDD), 43 Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Programs funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), 15 Developmental Disability Research Centers (IDDRC), most of which are funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Development (NICHD), and their faculty, staff, and fellows.

Located in every U.S. state and territory, AUCD members are all part of universities or medical centers. They serve as a bridge between the university and the community, bringing together the resources of both to achieve meaningful change. The Board of Directors is comprised of members of the AUCD network elected by the membership: six individuals in Board leadership positions, seven individuals who serve as Chairs or Co-chairs of the Councils of the Association representing topical areas of interest of the membership, one individual representing network trainees and fellows, and four members at large. Elected Board members serve a term of a minimum of three years.

The AUCD 2015-2016 Board of Directors

AUCD is governed by an elected Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities, and family members. The Board of Directors has established a number of committees and councils made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.

Jerry Alliston, PhD (Council Chair: CEDC)
Institute for Disability Studies, The University of Southern Mississippi
email Jerry.alliston@usm.edu

Brent Askvig, PhD (Secretary)
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University
email brent.askvig@minotstateu.edu

Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD (Council Co-Chair: MCC)
Vermont LEND, University of Vermont
email maria.avila@med.uvm.edu

Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS (At Large Member)
Kennedy Krieger Institute LEND, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities UCEDD
email belcher@kennedykrieger.org

Leslie Cohen, JD (Past-Past President)
Sonoran UCEDD, University of Arizona
email ljcohen@email.arizona.edu

Karen Edwards, MD, MPH (President)
Westchester Institute for Human Development, New York Medical College
email kedwards@wihd.org

Cynthia Ellis, MD (At Large Member)
Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center
email cellis@unmc.edu

Celia Feinstein, MA (President-Elect)
Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
email shoes100@temple.edu

Amy Hewitt, PhD (Member at Large)
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
email hewit005@umn.edu

Bruce Keisling, PhD (Treasurer)
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
email bkeislin@uthsc.edu

Zipporah Levi-Shackleford, MA (Trainee Representative)
Partnership for People with Disabilities, Virginia Commonwealth University
email zipporahls@hotmail.com

Dawn Olson, BS (Council Co-Chair: COCA)
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University
email dawn@independencecil.org

Olivia Raynor, PhD (Past-President)
Tarjan Center, University of California Los Angeles
email oraynor@mednet.ucla.edu

Michelle Schladant, PhD (Council Chair: NTDC)
Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
email mschladant@med.miami.edu

Mark Smith, MS (Council Co-Chair: COCA)
Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center
email msmitha@unmc.edu

Stephan Viehweg, ACSW, LCSW (Member at Large)
Riley Child Development Center, Indiana University
email sviehweg@iu.edu

Christine Vining, MS,CCC-SLP (Council Co-Chair: MCC)
Center for Development and Disability, University of New Mexico

Philip Wilson, PhD (At Large Member)
Human Development Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
email pwilso2@lsuhsc.edu

Dan Zhang, PhD (Council Chair: CORE)
Center on Disability and Development
email dalun@neo.tamu.edu

Executive Director

Andrew J. Imparato, JD
Executive Director
emailaimparato@aucd.org