Leadership

 
President
Celia Feinstein, MA

Celia Feinstein, MA (President)
Institute on Disabilities, Temple University
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Celia S. Feinstein is the Co-Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University. Ms. Feinstein has been with the Institute since 1979 as Coordinator of Evaluation and Research, Assistant Director of Evaluation and Research and Associate Director of Training and Technical Assistance. In January, 2012 Ms. Feinstein was appointed Co-Executive Director of the Institute and Associate Professor of Urban Education in the College of Education.

Ma. Feinstein completed her undergraduate studies in physiological psychology at Temple University and her Master's Degree in Medical Sociology at Temple University. Ms. Feinstein has completed her coursework in partial fulfillment of the PhD in medical sociology.

Ms. Feinstein has extensive experience working with people with disabilities and families through her training, technical assistance and research activities, specifically in the areas of leadership development, community-based training and technical assistance, quality of life assessment and waiting list development and management. Ms. Feinstein has also done a significant amount of work in the area of deinstitutionalization and has published extensively. She has also been extremely involved in the development of the self-advocacy and family support movements in PA and provided consultation to many states in regarding deinstitutionalization policy and research, quality of life assessment and waiting list strategies. Ms. Feinstein has served on legislative committees regarding waiting list issues and has served on a number of community and professional boards and committees including the Developmental Disabilities Council, the Disability Rights Network of PA, The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and Vision for Equality.

 
 
Executive Director
Andrew J. Imparato, JD

Andrew J. Imparato, JD
Executive Director
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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.

Since joining AUCD, a national network of over 100 university-based programs that conduct research, training and advocacy to improve the quality of life of children and adults with disabilities, Imparato has helped the organization broaden the scope of its advocacy and expand its leadership capacity. Imparato is currently serving on two bipartisan panels developing recommendations for reform of the Social Security Disability Insurance program and has spearheaded a national "Six by ‘15" campaign designed to leverage next year's milestone anniversaries of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act to focus public attention on the areas where the disability community wants to see more progress. This campaign has been endorsed by over 140 disability organizations.

Imparato's work has been recognized by the Secretaries of Health and Human Services and Transportation, the US Junior Chamber of Commerce, the National Council on Independent Living, the National Association of the Deaf, and the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation. He has testified nine times before Committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives and has been interviewed on a wide range of disability issues by national television, radio and print media. He cultivates grassroots activism on social media and is known for seeking out and mentoring emerging leaders with disabilities. He co-authored articles that have been published in the Stanford Law and Policy Review and the Milbank Quarterly, and wrote a chapter on the Supreme Court's disability rulings in The Rehnquist Court: Judicial Activism on the Right (Hill & Wang 2003). Imparato graduated summa cum laude from Yale College and with distinction from Stanford Law School. He lives in Baltimore with his wife Betsy Nix and their 15 year-old son Nicholas.

 

 
 
President-Elect
Bruce Keisling, PhD

Bruce Keisling, PhD (President-Elect)
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
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Bruce Keisling is the executive director of the Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities and Shainberg Chair of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. He is an associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics and serves as the director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) on campus.

Dr. Keisling graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He attended graduate school at Auburn University where he earned masters and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology. He complete a pre-doctoral internship through the University of Virginia School of Medicine and a post-doctoral fellowship in developmental disabilities and behavioral pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Dr. Keisling has over 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities. Previous positions include a clinical faculty appointment through the Emory University School of Medicine and a four-year tenure as the regional director of a statewide, not-for-profit center that serves adults and children with developmental disabilities. He is a board member of the national Association of University Centers on Disabilities and serves statewide interests through his board membership on the Tennessee Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 
 
Past-President
Karen  Edwards, MD, MPH

Karen Edwards, MD, MPH
University of Cincinnati University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
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Dr. Karen Edwards has been a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Program Director for ten years, first in New York and, since July 2010, at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  She was recently named the Director of the University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the University of Cincinnati.  Dr. Edwards was a coordinating member of Ohio's Region 5 Act Early Summit Team and continues to provide leadership in the Team's ongoing activities.  She also served on the New York Act Early Team.   Dr. Edwards also serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.  Dr. Edwards describes her Ambassadorship as "a wonderful opportunity to further demonstrate ongoing commitment to the goals of "Learn the Signs. Act Early."  by training early intervention professionals and disseminating information and training for professionals and families. "

 

 

 
 
Past-Past-President
Olivia Raynor, PhD

Olivia Raynor, PhD (Past-President)
Tarjan Center, University of California Los Angeles
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Olivia Raynor, Ph.D. is Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Director of the Tarjan Center, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities at the Semel Institute, University of California Los Angeles. For nearly 30 years Dr. Raynor has been engaged in projects addressing the inclusion of individuals with disabilities in employment, volunteerism and service, post secondary education, and the arts. Since 1994, she has also served as the founding Director of the National Arts and Disability Center, an internationally recognized information and training center dedicated to promoting the inclusion of artists and audiences with disabilities into the arts. Since 2001 she has administered the Statewide Forums on Careers in the Arts for People with Disabilities Initiative, providing technical assistance and support to 26 state arts agencies conducting forums. She is also responsible for the overall leadership of the Consortium on Postsecondary Education Options for Students with Developmental Disabilities, a statewide group dedicated to improving access to college by students with developmental disabilities. Dr. Raynor holds degrees from Boston University and the University of Southern California in Occupational Therapy and a doctorate from the University of California Los Angeles in Educational Psychology. In 2006, Dr. Raynor was a recipient of a Visionary Award by Kern County Regional Center, California.

 
 
Secretary
Philip Wilson, PhD

Philip Wilson, PhD (Secretary)
Human Development Center, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
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Philip Wilson, PhD, is the Director of the Human Development Center at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. Phil completed his PhD in Special Education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Throughout his career, his professional focus has been on issues impacting persons with the most significant support needs with an emphasis on strategies to promote and facilitate community participation.

During the first decade of his career, Phil worked primarily as a direct service professional, first in an institution serving children with intellectual and multiple disabilities, then group homes, and finally as a job coach. He worked in a state department of education and several universities providing in-service and preservice training for special and general educators in support of their efforts to implement inclusive education for students with the most significant support needs during the second decade of his career. Phil began working at the Human Development Center in 1999. He has served as director of the UCEDD for the past six years.

Phil currently manages five federally funded projects and an equal number of state funded contracts all of which focus in some way on increasing and/or improving community participation of individuals with significant support needs. In addition, he serves as director of a LEND program that operates under a sub-award from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences' LEND grant.

 
 
Treasurer / Finance and Audit Committee Chair
Amy Hewitt, PhD

Amy Hewitt, PhD (Treasurer)
Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
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Ms. 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 hour of training to these Direct Support Professionals.

Ms. 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.  Ms. 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 Disability, Arc Minnesota and Arc Greater Twin Cities.