Board of Directors


AUCD is governed by an elected Board of Directors that includes professionals, individuals with disabilities, and family members. The Board of Directors has established a number of committees and councils made up of experts in the field to help the Board address emerging trends and issues, and to facilitate communication across and beyond the AUCD network.

Board of Directors

Daniel Armstrong, PhD (Past President)
Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami, UCEDD, LEND

Jenean A. Castillo, PhD (Council Chair: National Directors Training Council (NTDC))
Westchester Institute for Human Development, UCEDD, LEND

Mark Crenshaw, MTS (At-Large Member)
Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University, (GA UCEDD/LEND)

Melanie Davis (Council on Leadership an Advocacy (COLA))
Munroe Meyer Institute, UCEDD

Rhonda M. Eppelsheimer, MSW (At-Large Member)
Oregon Health and Science University, UCEDD

Wendy A. Jones, M.Ed., MSW (Council Chair: Multicultural Council (MCC))
National Center for Cultural Competence, Georgetown University, UCEDD

Pablo Juárez, M.Ed., LBA (TN), BCBA (At-Large Member)
Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, IDDRC, UCEDD, LEND

Colleen McLaughlin, MEd (At-Large Member)
The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers University, UCEDD

Susanna Miller-Raines, MSW (Council Chair: Council on Community Education and Dissemination (CEDC))
Institute for Community Inclusion, UMass Boston, UCEDD

Randall Owen, PhD (Representational Seat)
Nevada Center for Excellence in Disabilities, UCEDD

Ilka Riddle, PhD (At-Large Member)
University of Cincinnati Center for Excellence in Developm0ental Disabilities, UCEDD

Aliana I. Romero, AuD,CCC-A (Emerging Leader)
Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami, UCEDD, LEND

Linda Russo, MAEd (Secretary / Treasurer)
Civitan-Sparks Clinics, The University of Alabama, UCEDD, LEND

Carol Salas Pagán, PsyD (President)
Puerto Rico UCEDD, University of Puerto Rico, UCEDD, LEND

Rodney Samaco, PhD (Council Chair: Council on Research and Evaluation (CORE))
Baylor College of Medicine, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center, IDDRC

Michael Thornton (At-Large Member)
Arkansas, LEND

Derrick Willis, MPA (President-elect)
Center for Disabilities and Development, University of Iowa, UCEDD


Executive Director

John Tschida, MPP
Executive Director
emailjtschida at aucd dot org


AUCD Board Leadership

PresidentCarol Salas Pagán, PsyD
Puerto Rico UCEDD
University of Puerto Rico
San Juan, PR

President-ElectDerrick Willis, MPA
Center or Disabilities and Development
University of Iowa
Iowa City, IA

Past PresidentDaniel Armstrong, PhD
Mailman Center for Child Development
University of Miami
Miami, FL

Secretary / TreasurerLinda Russo, MAEd
Civitan-Sparks Clinics
University of Alabama
Birmingham, AL

Executive Committee RepresentativeIlka Riddle, PhD
Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities,
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH