2018 AUCD Trainee End of the Year Webinar

2018 AUCD Trainee End of the Year Webinar

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

About this Webinar

Trainees, can you believe we’re almost at the end of the year already? Before we end the year, please come and join us for this webinar! Learn the importance of staying connected with AUCD and the practical steps on how to make that happen, even after you graduate from your Program or Center. As a participant of this webinar, you will hear from AUCD Executive Director, Andy Imparato, and a panel of former trainees who will explain what it means to take your AUCD experience with you on your leadership journey.

More information coming soon in the next few weeks!



Andy Imparato, JD, Executive Director
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Andy Imparato

Andrew Imparato has served as executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) since September, 2013. As a disability rights lawyer and policy professional with more than two decades of experience in government and advocacy roles, Imparato has worked with bipartisan policymakers to advance disability policy at the national level in the areas of civil rights, workforce development, and disability benefits. Prior to coming to AUCD, he was senior counsel and disability policy director for Senator Tom Harkin on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Before that, he spent 11 years as President and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities, a national membership organization working to grow the political and economic power of the disability community. Imparato's perspective is informed by his personal experience with bipolar disorder.


LaKesha Pettigrew, Virtual Trainee
Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison

LaKesha PettigrewLaKesha 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.

LaKesha holds a Bachelor's of Science in Marketing and Finance and is a 2nd year LEND Family Advocate trainee at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center. LaKesha recently completed Georgetown University's National Center for Cultural Competence Leadership Academy. This training, which has an emphasis on increasing leadership for cultural diversity and cultural and linguistic competence in networks that support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, has inspired her to gain more expertise in this field.

Brett Enneking, PsyD, Assistant Virtual Trainee
Riley Child Development Center, Indiana University

Brett EnnekingBrett Enneking is the 2018 Assistant Virtual Trainee for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), where she will participate in efforts to engage trainees across the AUCD network. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in clinical psychology and a second-year trainee with Indiana's LEND program, the Riley Child Development Center (RCDC).

Brett became passionate about neurodevelopmental and related disabilities during her first year as a LEND trainee from 2015-2016. She was inspired by the emphasis on family-centered care, as well as the opportunity to learn about effective advocacy for individuals with disabilities. In her current role at the RCDC, Brett participates in the assessment of autism spectrum disorder and other neurodevelopmental disabilities alongside speech-language pathology, developmental-behavioral pediatrics, dentistry, audiology, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. She also provides evidence-based treatment for children with disruptive behavior disorders. In addition, Brett is currently assisting with a research project designed to explore outcomes for children and families when given ongoing care coordination through the RCDC.

Christine Liao, MSW, Sr. Program Specialist
Association of University Centers on Disabilities

Christine Liao

Christine Liao is a Sr. Program Specialist for AUCD's Maternal and Child Health technical assistance team. Christine also provides support to the UCEDD's technical assistance team. Her role is to engage and promote leadership among trainees and early career professionals.

Christine comes to AUCD with six years' professional experience serving people with disabilities. As a recent Arizona LEND trainee, her leadership projects focused on children with ASD and communication needs, as well as transitional care. Christine has extensive experience serving the deaf and disability communities in mental health, health care, academic and community settings in both of her native languages, American Sign Language and English. She has supported deaf refugees through a global non-governmental organization, deaf children and adults with developmental and other disabilities, and adults who became deaf due to brain and/or physical injuries. Through these activities, she gained experience in universal design, program planning, community outreach, community organizing, and providing accommodations; she also developed expertise in disseminating information using technology accessible to a variety of audiences with limited access to advanced communications systems. She brings intersectionality, cultural and linguistic competence, leadership, and innovative ideas to support the next generation of leaders to serve people with disabilities.


Please Note

  • There is NO cost for this webinar.
  • CEUs are not offered for this webinar.
  • For disability accommodations email Anna Costalas or call 301-588-8252 a minimum of five days in advance.
  • This webinar will be archived.
  • We recommend that at least a day before the webinar that participants confirm your workstation has all the correct plug-ins to connect to the web based portion of the upcoming call by visiting the test webpage.