Free Coaching Available for UCEDD Staff to Implement the ED&I Action Plan

July 22, 2021

To support implementation of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Action Plan, free coaching is available to UCEDD network members.  Any UCEDD staff can participate. To receive free coaching contact one of our coaches below. 

Coaches can support you in implementing parts of the Action plan by: 

  • providing individualized coaching (eg. meeting with you before an important event to strategize and review the agenda; discussing strategies for an action step; explore where you might get started)
  • sharing relevant resources
  • facilitating a conversation or exercise (eg. at an executive team meeting)
  • presenting on content from the Action Plan
  • reviewing materials (eg. a 5-year workplan or self-assessment outcomes)

Please contact the coaches directly to schedule a coaching session. Coaching sessions are available through the end of September. If you have any questions about this initiative, please contact Katie Johnson at [email protected].


Jenean Castillo, NY-WIHD

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Jenean A. Castillo, Ph.D. is a New York State Licensed Psychologist and the Director of the federally funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) interdisciplinary training program at the Westchester Institute for Human Development (WIHD) just 40 minutes north of New York City. Dr. Castillo is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the Center for Disability and Health in the School of Health Sciences and Practice at New York Medical College. Her research activities focus on promoting the health and well-being of children with special healthcare needs or disabilities and vulnerable populations. Dr. Castillo also serves as WIHD's Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator, actively supporting and enhancing WIHD's efforts to promote cultural and linguistic competency to ensure equitable outcomes for children with disabilities and special healthcare needs and vulnerable populations. Her EDI work includes curriculum development, staff professional development, and organizational assessment, policy development and implementation.

Talk to Me About: Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Curriculum Development, Staff Professional Development, Organizational Assessment, Policy Development and Implementation

Contact Information: [email protected]


Dan Crimmins, GA-CLD

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Daniel Crimmins, PhD, will retire from his position as Director of the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) and Clinical Professor of Public Health at Georgia State University at the end of May 2021. Dr. Crimmins has served as the CLD director since 2008 and has been active in the UCEDD network since 1985. He proudly leaves a legacy at CLD of developing the next generation of leaders for Georgia and the nation; 

promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion of people with disabilities from all backgrounds; and working diligently for systems and society to adopt practices that enrich the lives of the people we serve.

Talk to Me About: Integrating the elements of the ED&I Action Plan into the core function goals of the UCEDD five-year plan.

Contact Information: [email protected]


Timotheus "T.J." Gordon, IL

Image of Timotheus, a Black man with glasses wearing a tshirt with a logo that says Going Home, A Full Life in the CommunityTimotheus "T.J." Gordon Jr. is an African-American male autistic research associate in Chicago, IL. As a researcher at UIC's Institute on Disability and Human Development, he creates trainings, webinars, guides, and campaigns on inclusion in communities of color, COVID-19 and the intersections of race and disability, autism in communities of color, and inclusion of people with disabilities in the U.S. Census. Gordon is one of the co-founders of Chicagoland Disabled People of Color Coalition, also known as Chicagoland DPOCC. Supported by the Institute on Disability and Human Development, Chicagoland DPOCC promotes disability acceptance and self-advocacy in communities of color throughout the Chicagoland area.


Talk to Me About: addressing police violence towards people with disabilities, anti-racism, transitioning to a post-pandemic world in disability communities, self-advocacy, creating culturally competent plain-language materials for people with disabilities, inclusion of disabled BIPOC people in community, advocacy and research, intersection of race and disability (esp. race and autism)

Contact Information: [email protected]


Sally Gould-Taylor, PA

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Sally Gould-Taylor, Ph.D., is the Executive Director at the Institute on Disabilities (PA UCEDD) at Temple University. She is an Associate Professor of Research in the College of Education and Human Development in the Department of Teaching and Learning. Sally holds a PhD in Urban Education with a focus on Anthropology of Education and has taught at Temple for the past ten years. During her time at the Institute, Sally has led a wide range of projects designed to authentically include people with disabilities as partners and co-researchers. Her work builds from community driven Participatory Action Research in diverse fields of human services, disability and education that address phenomena associated with identity and power that address the legacy of racism and ableism that exists within the U.S. education system and disproportionately impacts students living at the intersections of race, ethnicity and disability. Currently, Sally serves on the Racial Equity Sub-Committee of the PA Office of Developmental Programs' Information Sharing and Advisory Committee.

Talk to Me About: Anti-Racist and Liberation Organizational Strategies; Developing Strategic Partnerships with Social Justice Organizations; Cultural and Linguistic Competency; Intersectional and Inclusive Research and Evaluation, Programming, and Dissemination

Contact Information: [email protected]

Kimberly Mills, VI

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Dr. Kimberly Mills, Senior Executive Director for The Virgin Islands University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (VIUCEDD) has over 20 years of executive management, direct service, and university special education experience. She is an Affiliate Faculty with the Center for Disabilities Studies at the University of Hawaii, a participating faculty member with the Westchester Institute for Human Development, and is a Doctoral-level Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Her research agenda includes best treatment practices for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), technical assistance evaluation, phenomenon surrounding the school-to-prison pipeline, cultural and linguistic competence through a behavioral analytic lens, disability employment, health disparities research and disaster preparedness. Dr. Mills has worked on several national and international policy initiatives including helping to rewrite the Georgia Juvenile Justice Legal codes, advising on changes to special education regulations in the state of Georgia, helping to ensure that nonprofit organizations in the country of Bermuda exercised practices in adherence with best international standards and indicators of civic wellness, participation with the National Governors Association of juvenile justice reform efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands and participated as an article reviewer for the largest worldwide study of effective autism treatments. Kimberly has experience disseminating culturally appropriate evidence-based research, presenting research in relation to health disparities, and working with local and national entities on policy efforts surrounding health and educational disparities affecting people with disabilities of color.

Talk to Me About:  Local/State Impact, Health Equity, Culturally Appropriate Evidence-Based Research

Contact Information: [email protected]

Eduardo Ortiz, UT

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Eduardo is a Senior Researcher at the Research & Training (R&D) Division of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University (USU) and he has been part of many CPD research and training projects focused on multicultural leadership, early education and minority health. Eduardo received his Ph.D. in Sociology from Utah State University. His dissertation focused on the influence of family structures and the role of siblings on early language development of preschool Latino children. Eduardo also holds a Law Degree (J.D.) from the Catholic University of Ecuador, his native country. Eduardo coordinates the URLEND Cultural Competence and Learning activities in 5 States (Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming and North Dakota) as Faculty member of the program. In addition, Eduardo has served as Principal investigator (PI) on two projects about multicultural diverse leadership in the field of Disabilities and also served as Project Director of international projects such as Building Human Capital in Ecuador through Program Evaluation, and the Validation of Hearing Screening Procedures in Ecuadorian School projects respectively. Eduardo has been highly involved in community, organizational, and multicultural work. For example, he was the Vice Chair of the Multicultural Council (MCC), City of Logan (UT) Planning Commission member, and past participant of the National Diversity Advisory Committee at the Administration on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AIDD).

Talk to Me About: Multicultural Leadership Recruitment, Cultural and Linguistic Competency, Research and Training with Multicultural Diverse Populations

Contact Information: [email protected]