2020 AUCD Leadership Academy Informational Webinar


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Thursday, February 13, 2020
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar:

This webinar will offer interested potential applicants an opportunity to interact with AUCD Leadership Academy faculty and alumni. The webinar will feature a brief overview of the 2020 Academy curriculum and timeline (25 minutes).

This will be followed by reflections from alumni about the benefits they gained from participation in the week-long academy and the follow-up activities. 

Alumni also will discuss the value of the following:

  • Continuing vital conversations through post Academy webinars;
  • Staying connected to colleagues and Academy faculty through leadership ally calls;
  • Taking the learning back to their center and other professional contexts through relationships with leadership mentors;
  • Reflecting on impact of leadership work and intentional action on their personal and professional trajectories

This will be followed by a time for questions from potential applicants to the 2020 AUCD Leadership Academy.


    Wanda Felty, woman in classes smiles

Wanda Felty
Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator, Center for Learning and Leadership Oklahoma's UCEDD 
Family Faculty, Oklahoma LEND 

Wanda Felty is the Community Leadership and Advocacy Coordinator for the Center for Learning and Leadership Oklahoma's UCEDD and Family Faculty for the Oklahoma LEND program. She serves on many state advisory boards and works nationally to improve the system and services for people with developmental disabilities and their families. Wanda is considered one of the leading experts in Oklahoma on state policy for people with developmental disabilities.

Wanda was a participant in the 2019 AUCD Leadership Academy.


Jeiri Flores, BA
Self-Advocacy Discipline Coordinator, 
University of Rochester LEND 

Jeiri Flores is a strong, passionate Puerto Rican disability rights activist from Rochester, NY. Jeiri earned her BS Degree in Sociology and African-American Studies at SUNY Brockport in 2014. In her current position, supervises a group of Rochester residents who have dedicated a year of their lives to service, while coordinating different community service projects. Jeiri serves as a resource for residents in her community by connecting them to existing services and supports. She serves on advisory committees for Rochester's Complex Care Center, which serves adults with childhood-onset conditions; the Self-Advocacy Resource Technical Assistance Center; and the Rochester City School District Special Education Program. As a disability advocate, Jeiri shares her unique perspective at various colleges and conferences where she introduces attendees to the struggles and invisibility people with disabilities face. She provides insight regarding inclusion, citizenship, disability intersectionality and challenges that remain unaddressed by society. Additionally, she has facilitated a variety of disability awareness workshops and has consulted with NYS Partners in Policymaking Program and the UCEDD at the University of Rochester's Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities. Jeiri hopes to influence young disabled people to fulfill their purpose and create a new a narrative for what it means to be disabled.

Jeiri was a 2018 participant in the AUCD Leadership Academy. She joined the faculty in 2019 to bring her passion around the analysis of power, privilege, oppression and tools of power analysis to the academy.


Matt Gianino, adult male looks at camera and smilesMatt Gianino, MBA
Associate Director, Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire

Matt is the Associate Director at the Institute on Disability at the University of New Hampshire. Matt has 15 years' experience turning around undervalued organizational brands in the education, nonprofit, and social enterprise sectors. With the unique combination of expertise in management, community engagement, design, marketing and communications, Matt has played a significant role in nurturing the growth, reputation and impact for each organization he has been a part of. He has been actively engaged in the digital revolution and is considered an expert on its impact on communications strategy and best practice. With several presentations to his credit, Matt is frequently invited to discuss communications strategy at regional and national conferences. Beyond his role at the University, Matt serves on a number of boards and committees on campus and in the community.

Matt was a participant in the 2019 AUCD Leadership Academy.