Leadership

 
President
Amy Hewitt, PhD

Amy Hewitt, PhD (Past-President)
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
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Dr. Hewitt has an extensive background and work history in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities and has worked in various positions over the past 28 years to improve community inclusion and quality of for children and adults with disabilities and their families. She is the Director of the Research and Training Center on Community Living at the University of Minnesota, Institute on Community Integration and the Associate Director for the MN LEND. She directs several federal and state research, evaluation and demonstration projects in the area of community services for children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. She currently has research projects that focus on community living, direct support workforce development, and positive behavior support. She is also a founder of the College of Direct Support a national training curriculum development project that currently delivers training to 280,000+ direct support professionals each day throughout the United States and has delivered over 4 million completed hours of training to these Direct Support Professionals.

Dr. Hewitt is a national leader in the area of community supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the direct support workforce. She was a founder of the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals and has been instrumental in the development of the NADSP national credentialing and accreditation program. Dr. Hewitt has authored and co-authored many curriculum, journal articles and manuscripts. She is a managing editor of Frontline Initiative a national newsletter for DSPs; a contributing editor for LINKS a newsletter of ANCOR and guest editor of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities a journal of the AAIDD. She is currently a Board member for the national American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities, Arc Minnesota, and Arc Greater Twin Cities.

 
 
President-Elect
Sachin  Pavithran, PhD

Sachin Pavithran, PhD (President)
Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University
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Sachin Pavithran was born in India, but grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Sachin came to the US at the age of 17 to start his college career at Utah State University. He graduated from USU with a degree in Business Information Systems, and another degree in Marketing. Sachin received his Masters in Vocational Rehabilitation Counseling and a PhD in Disability Disciplines from Utah State University.

Sachin is currently the Program Director of the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP) and the Disability Policy Analyst for the Center for Persons with Disabilities. Sachin enjoys being an advocate for people with disabilities. He keeps up with the research and development of various assistive technologies, and is involved nationally in working with legislators in the Federal Government to bring a change in various Federal Policies for the benefit of individuals with disabilities. He has reached out to the international community on Disability Policy and Infra Structure Development based on the requirements set forth by the UNCRPD. He has trained and presented in several countries such as Egypt, Syria, Philippines, and Turkey.

Sachin has over twelve years of direct involvement in development, testing, and training for accessibility for assistive technology, extensive experience in lecturing and training others in accessible technology. Sachin provides technical assistance on accessible information technology for individuals and groups. He helps in the evaluation of products related to web accessibility and design. He has served on various boards, such as the Research and Development Committee for the National Federation of the Blind, the National Multicultural Council, the Association of University Centers on Disabilities, and Senator Hatch's Advisory Board for Disability Policy. He was appointed by President Obama to the U.S. Access Board where he currently serves as the Chairman of this agency.

Sachin aspires to be in the fore-front of establishing and implementing national and international policy that impacts people with disabilities around the world.

 
 
Secretary
Carol Salas Pagan, PsyD

Carol Salas Pagan, PsyD (Secretary / Treasurer)
Puerto Rico UCEDD, University of Puerto Rico
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Dr. Salas have been the PR-UCEDD Director since November 2015, and before that, she was the Associate Director for almost 3 years. A Doctor in Clinical Psychology and previously a PR/UCEDD trainee, she also graduate from the National Disability Leadership Institute. She represents the PR/UCEDD in the Multicultural Council and on AIDDs National Diversity Advisory Committee.  Currently she is faculty of the Graduate School of Public Health of the Medical Sciences Campus of the UPR. She is also an appointed member on the PR P&A office board and member of the PR-DD Council, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities. Locally Dr. Salas is an active member in diverse Advisory Councils and boards of nonprofit organizations for the Protection, Advocacy, and independent living movement for Individuals with Developmental Disabilities, and violence against women.  

As UCEDD Director she consults with special projects with 2 LEND programs to coordinate intercultural learning experiences for their LEND trainees.

 
 
Treasurer / Finance and Audit Committee Chair
Stephan  Viehweg, MSW, ACSW, LCSW

Stephan Viehweg, MSW, ACSW, LCSW (Treasurer)
Riley Child Development Center, Indiana University
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Stephan Viehweg, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, IMH-E®(IV), CYC-P is Associate Director of the Riley Child Development Center - Indiana LEND, a nationally recognized interdisciplinary leadership training program supported by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau and faculty member of the IU School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics and the IU School of Social Work. He also is Associate Director of the IUPUI Center for Translating Research Into Practice. His practice and research interest is in social-emotional development of infants and toddlers.

He is founding chair of Infancy Onward (Indiana's infant mental health association) and Founding President of Family Voices Indiana. He serves a governor appointment and as Chair to the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board, and sits on the Board of Directors of the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities. He partners with a variety of state and local organizations and agencies to promote best practices for infant and toddlers. He is co-author of Tackling the Tough Stuff: A Home Visitor's Guide to Supporting Families at Risk. Steve's experience as a social work provider with families and their children with delays as well as adults with disabilities, and his ability to communicate in Spanish and American Sign Language, make him a well-respected, sought after therapist, presenter, and consultant.