The Power of the Network: Get Connected and Involved with AUCD!

The Power of the Network: Get Connected and Involved with AUCD!


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Archived Recording
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Friday, September 15, 2017
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

Webinar Description:

Welcome to the AUCD network, 2017-2018 Trainees!  Thank you for joining us on Friday, September 15 to learn more about how you can get connected and involved with the AUCD network. The Virtual Trainee will share with you leadership opportunities and resources to make the most out of your traineeship! 

If you were not able to attend the webinar, we covered:

  • Leadership opportunities
  • Ways to connect and get involved with AUCD
  • Upcoming conferences
  • T-shirts
  • And more!
View our archived webinar and transcript on the right. 



Christine Liao, MSW, MCH Program Specialist, AUCD
Christine Liao is a Program Specialist for AUCD's Maternal and Child Health (MCH) technical assistance team. Christine also provides support to the University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) technical assistance team. Her role is to engage and promote leadership among current and former trainees, and early career professionals.



LaKesha Pettigrew, 2017-2018 AUCD Virtual Trainee
LaKesha Pettigrew is a parent of a young child with autism from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She has her sights set on transforming her local community by increasing early identification of developmental delays and autism in underserved children.

With the support from her LEND program at the Waisman Center, LaKesha has recently transitioned from a career in health insurance to the disabilities field and currently works as Wisconsin's first Autism Family Navigator for quality improvement efforts outlined by a grant from HRSA. LaKesha is the 2017-2018 Virtual Trainee for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) Network, where she works to enhance communication and community across the network's 3,000+ nation-wide trainees.


John Tschida, Associate Executive Director for Research and Policy, AUCD
Mr. Tschida has spent the last 15 years using data and research to drive policy change and service development for individuals with disabilities. Before joining the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR), Administration for Community Living, US Department of Health and Human Services in 2014, he served as director of public policy and innovation at Allina Health in Minnesota, where he developed integrated health delivery systems and financing models for people with disabilities.