Dr. Pritpal S. Tamber is the Co-Founder and CEO of Bridging Health & Community, a Seattle-based nonprofit aiming to transform how we approach health so that it goes beyond health care and public health to include fostering the agency of a community - its collective ability to make purposeful choices. He is the former Physician Editor of TEDMED and began his career as an editor at the British Medical Journal.
Dan Habib is the creator of the award-winning documentary films Including Samuel, Who Cares About Kelsey?, Mr. Connolly Has ALS, and many other short films on disability-related topics. Habib is a filmmaker at the University of New Hampshire’s Institute on Disability. He is currently working on a new documentary, Intelligent Lives, which will examine our society’s narrow perceptions of intelligence. Before joining UNH in April of 2008, Habib was the photography editor of the Concord Monitor (NH). In 2006 and 2008, he was named the national Photography Editor of the Year and has been a judge of the Pulitzer Prizes and the Best of Photojournalism. In 2014, Habib was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities—a committee that promotes policies and initiatives that support independence and lifelong inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities.
Erica Anderson is the Senior Director of the Disability Network Business Acumen Center at the National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD). Previously, she worked at the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and at a FIDE-SNP in Wisconsin in managed care operations.
Carrie Arnold is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Sunshine Communities in Maumee, OH. Sunshine is a non-profit agency that serves individuals with developmental disabilities. Carrie has been in HR since 1994 and with Sunshine since 2012. She has a Bachelor's degree and MBA from the University of Toledo.
Robert Baker has been with Keystone Human Services (KHS) for 10 years and serves as Vice President of KHS and the President and CEO of two subsidiaries: Keystone Service Systems and Keystone Autism Services. He is responsible for approximately $130 million in programming including a full range of intellectual disability, mental health, autism, and children’s services.
Prior to joining Keystone, Bob spent 22 years in leadership roles in Academic Medical Centers. The last 14 years he served as the Administrator of University Physicians Group for Penn State’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center. He has extensive experience in managed care, pay for performance and quality systems. Bob also has government experience at the state and federal level having worked in New York State Government as well as the Office of the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Washington. Bob has a MSW and MPA both from Syracuse University.
Jessica Barzilay (invited) has worked in the for profit sector and has over 20 years of management experience at nonprofits advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As Chief Administrative Officer of the Family Resource Network, Jessica oversees operations and administration. Over the last three years, she has assumed responsibility for converting the agency to a sustainable, fee-for-service Medicaid Agency.
Claire Benway has 15 years of experience working residential, vocational and clinical settings. She, training and technical assistance in the areas of competency based training, organizational design, person-centered practices, and workforce development. She is a Person-Centered Thinking Trainer, holds a Master’s Degree and enjoys incorporating fun into all her training.
Dr. Laura Brackin, CEO of Brackin and Associates, is a national disability expert with 30 years of experience in the field. Her experience includes leading Louisiana’s Developmental Disabilities Office, the University Center for Excellence in DD’s Community Development Program; and Executive Director for Louisiana Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs.
After 19 years in human services, Kim Champney started consulting in November 2016. She had many roles in her years working for a DD service provider as well as involvement in statewide reform. Kim's current work is with stakeholders focused on enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities.
Richard Davis, M.S.W., is a Policy Advisor at the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). Richard works across government agencies to align policy in support of competitive, integrated employment. He has primary responsibility for several Federal policy initiatives, including the Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program.
Chris Devine is the Director of Human Resources and joined the St. Louis Arc in 2015. Her previous experience of 28 years was in Healthcare and Manufacturing. She obtained her B.S. in Business Administration from Lindenwood University.
Donna Elbrecht has been in leadership positions for disability service organizations for more than 25 years. Her work in Iowa and Indiana has been focused on creating innovative community-based services and supports for people with disabilities. She has provided training, consultation and presentations on managing change, program growth strategies, strategic planning, developing corporate partnerships, crisis management, and marketing vocational services.
Josef Farkaschek is a consumer with UCP Seguin and saw his long term goal come true when he purchased his own home in the community he aspired to live in and is being supported with total natural supports.
Amanda Faulkner is the Executive Director of a nonprofit that provides services for individuals experiencing developmental disabilities in Alaska. Amanda has been in the special education field for over 16 years and involved with FCS since 2002 when she was hired as a Developmental Specialist for the Infant Learning Program.
Dr. Robert Fletcher is the Founder and CEO-Emeritus of the NADD. His vision and leadership have brought NADD to a position where it is recognized as the world’s leading organization in providing educational resources, conferences, trainings, consultation services, as well as accreditation and certification programs in the field of dual diagnosis.
Nikki Jones leads employee training and engagement initiatives at the St. Louis Arc. Nikki joined the Arc in 2009 and prior to that managed programs and trained employees at the YMCA. Nikki earned her masters degree from Ball State University in 2005 and demonstrates passion and enthusiasm in her work.
George Klauser is a proud father of an adult daughter with disabilities. He has 10+ years of non-profit leadership experience, supporting people with goals to live their dreams and desires in housing and employment opportunities. George has now dedicated his career to developing new service models that integrate medical/social service models.
Barb Kleist has 30 years of experience as a Direct Support Professional, policy advocate and mediator. Her work at the UofM includes workforce development, state and federal policy influencing person centered practices and positive behavior support, and community living. She holds a Masters of Education and Juris Doctorate.
Joe Mengoni -VP of Residential Services, UCP Seguin of Greater Chicago has served three decades operating group homes, leading federal grant programs while offering financial support for organizations and individuals to purchase homes. Known for creativity being his strongest attribute, Joe drives consumers to their own level of independent success.
Rachel Miller worked in the nonprofit sector and in city government before joining the client services division at Foothold Technology. Rachel uses her varied work experience to support service providers using Foothold’s electronic record, AWARDS, by helping them think critically about how to use and improve their data.
Patricia Nobbie, Ph.D. is a Disability Policy Engagement Director on the Federal Affairs Team at Anthem Inc., where she is part of the stakeholder and advocate engagement team. Pat previously worked at ACL, the US Senate, and the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities. She is a parent of a young woman with Down Syndrome, Mia, who lives and is employed successfully in Athens, GA.
Monica Pineda has over 15 yrs. experience working to change National lending programs. She has grown MB's community Assistance Pogram by leaps and bounds where she specializes in creative lending for persons with special needs. Continues to keep people in their homes while secure funding for 1st time home buyers.
Deb Rasmusson is the Chief Program Officer at Sunshine Communities. Deb has worked for Sunshine for the past 33 years in a variety of positions. Currently, she oversees the program office including residential, vocational, clinical, admissions and nursing programs. Deb has a Bachelors degree from OSU and JD from UT.
Nancy Robertson has over 30 years as a professional in the disability field. She was a faculty member of Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center for 17 years. During her tenure she developed numerous innovative and best practice programs. She currently works for Brackin & Associates developing staff training programs.
Destree Rudolph has served in the field of disability services since 1999. She earned her Master of Science degree in rehabilitation counseling from Western Oregon University in 2014, and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. She is a working therapist, specializing in mental health counseling with people with disabilities.
Genni Sasnett is a Provider Transformation Subject Matter Expert, and one of four authors of ODEP’s 2017 Pilot Provider Transformation Manual. She consults with provider agencies interested in transitioning from facility-based services to competitive, integrated employment and other meaningful community engagement for people with disabilities.
Ali Sayer directs the research/data collection/survey studies at EconSys. He holds multiple master’s degrees in Operations Research/Applied Statistics and Economics. He has conducted numerous studies in the disability area ranging from evaluating VA's Disability Compensation Program to providing program management support to DOL/Office of Disability Employment Policy's Employment First Initiative.
Stephanie Scott oversees efforts to improve quality of services at the St. Louis Arc, including CQL accreditation. She has worked to build capacity for internal evaluation, develop systems for information and data sharing, and implement an agency-wide Quality Enhancement Plan. In 2014, Stephanie was recognized as an ANCOR’s Emerging Leaders.
Alice Siegel has more than 30 years of experience advocating for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As Senior VP at The Arc of Bergen & Passaic Counties, Alice is responsible for the executive oversight of 250 staff and the training, clinical services, and Quality Assurance functions of the organization.
Lizette Stiehr has served as Director of AADD for three years. Previously, she worked at a DD service provider organization for 14 years in various roles including Executive Director for seven years. She also worked as an early intervention program manager for the State of Alaska with Early Intervention.
Don Tebbe is a consultant on nonprofit leadership succession. Since 1993 he has helped over 100 nonprofits manage CEO and other senior leadership transitions, and dozens of others prepare leadership succession and organizational sustainability plans. In addition to numerous articles, Don is the author of award-winning BoardSource book, Chief Executive Transitions: How to Hire & Support a Nonprofit CEO and a new book, The Nonprofit CEO Succession Roadmap: Your Guide for the Journey to Life’s Next Chapter.
Barb Turner is the Sr. Director of External Affairs for ARRM. Barb has worked for over 30 years in the disability field, 10 years at ARRM. Barb has promoted using technology in providing services, including drafting legislation, working on rate setting issues, and providing technical assistance to ARRM members.
Laura Vegas, Project Director for MCO Business Acumen for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS), has more than 24 years of experience in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities. Previously, Laura was the Director of Employment and Community First CHOICES and Select Community for BlueCross/BlueShield of TN and Assistant Commissioner for Policy and Innovation for the TN Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Che Walker has 20 years of experience working in the field of IDD in Oregon. He is an LPC eligible to practice in the State of Oregon. Che has held many positions related to the support of individuals experiencing co-occurring/comorbid disorders, and is often considered an "expert" throughout the state.