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AUCD - Plenary C, Part 3: 2012 Elections: What are the Results and How Might it Impact People with Disabilities

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Location: Columbia 5-8

Session Description

The second portion of the closing plenary of the 2012 AUCD Conference will feature a post-election analysis to help us understand what the outcome means for programs that are important to the AUCD network and the disability community as a whole.


Nathan Gonzales

Nathan Gonzales
Political Writer, Reporter, and Consultant

Nathan Gonzales is deputy editor of The Rothenberg Political Report, a non-partisan political publication covering presidential politics and the House, Senate, and gubernatorial campaigns. He has been with RPR for more than a decade. Gonzales is also a contributing writer for Roll Call, the Capitol Hill newspaper; a political contributor for; and the founder and publisher of, which features state-based political news from the left, the right, and non-partisan sources. Since 2002, Gonzales has also worked as an off-air consultant for ABC NEWS on their Election Night Decision Desk. Before The Rothenberg Political Report, he worked for and as associate producer for CNN's Capital Gang.

Mark Mioduski

Cornerstone Government Affairs

Mark Mioduski has over twenty years of Washington, D.C. budget, policy and legislative experience in the legislative and executive branches, as well as the private sector. Currently, Mark leads the health practice at Cornerstone Government Affairs, where he assists non-profit public health associations, coalitions, healthcare providers and for-profit companyies with federal appropriations, authorizing legislation, and general representation. Mark served ten years as a senior professional staff member of the Committee on Appropriations in the U.S. House of Representatives developing and executing legislative strategies between the Congress and the White House to secure multi-billion dollar increases in program funding. Mark earned a BA in political science and an MPA from the University of Arizona. He came to Washington in 1986 as a Presidential Management Intern.

Judy Sherman

Director of Congressional Affairs at the American Dental Association
President of the Coalition on Health Funding

Judy Sherman has been with the American Dental Association Washington Office since 1985 and is currently the Director of Congressional Affairs. She is responsible for making sure that all federal dental programs are adequately funded and that any health legislation that comes before these committees addresses dentistry's needs to the fullest extent possible. Judy also serves as President of the Coalition on Health Funding, the oldest and largest nonprofit alliance working to preserve and strengthen public health investments in the best interest of all Americans. The Coalition's member organizations, including AUCD, together represent more than 100 million patients, health care providers, public health professionals, and scientists. Prior to joining the ADA, Mrs. Sherman was on the staff of a Michigan Republican Congressman for 3-years serving as Rep. Carl Pursell's associate staffer to the Health Appropriations Subcommittee.