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.

photo of the AUCD Board of Directors
Members of the 2014-2015 AUCD Board of Directors
at the 2014 AUCD Conference in Washington, DC

Board of Directors

Jerry Alliston, PhD (Council Representative: CEDC)
Community Support Liaison

Brent Askvig, PhD (Secretary)
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University

Maria Mercedes Avila, PhD (Council Co-Chair: MCC)
Co-Director, Vermont LEND

Harolyn Belcher, MD, MHS (At Large Member)
Associate Director, Kennedy Krieger Institute LEND; Coordinator Cultural Competence, Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities UCEDD

Leslie Cohen, JD (Past-President)
Sonoran UCEDD, University of Arizona

Karen Edwards, MD, MPH (President-Elect)
Westchester Institute for Human Development, New York Medical College

Elaine Eisenbaum, MSW (Trainee Representative to the Board)
2013-2014 Virtual Trainee

Cynthia Ellis, MD (At Large Member)
Munroe-Meyer Institute for Genetics and Rehabilitation, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Celia Feinstein, MA (At Large Member)
Institute on Disabilities, Temple University

Julie Fodor, PhD (Past-Past-President)
Center on Disabilities and Human Development, University of Idaho

Bruce Keisling, PhD (At Large Member)
Boling Center for Developmental Disabilities, University of Tennessee Health Science Center

Harold Kleinert, EdD (Treasurer)
Human Development Institute, University of Kentucky

Dawn Olson, BS (Council Co-Chair: COCA)
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities, Minot State University

Olivia Raynor, PhD (President)
Tarjan Center, University of California Los Angeles

Kelly Roberts, PhD (Council Chair: CORE)
Pacific Basin Program, Center on Disability Studies, University of Hawaii

Michelle Schladant, PhD (Council Chair: NTDC)
Mailman Center for Child Development, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Mark Smith, MS (Council Co-Chair: COCA)
TA and Person Centered Planning Coordinator

Thomas Uno, EdS (Council Co-Chair: MCC)
UCEDD Associate Director, Arizona Institute for Human Development

Philip Wilson, PhD (At Large Member)
Human Development Center (UCEDD)


Executive Director


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AUCD Board Leadership

PresidentOlivia Raynor, PhD
UCEDD Director
Tarjan Center at UCLA
University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA

President-ElectKaren Edwards, MD, MPH
Vice President for Education, Training and Research & LEND Program Director
Westchester Institute for Human Development
New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Past-PresidentLeslie Cohen, JD
UCEDD Director
Sonoran UCEDD
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ

Past-Past PresidentJulie Anne Fodor, PhD
UCEDD Director
Center on Disabilities and Human Development
University of Idaho, Moscow, ID

SecretaryBrent Askvig, PhD
UCEDD Director
North Dakota Center for Persons with Disabilities
Minot State University, Minot, ND

TreasurerHarold Kleinert, EdD
UCEDD Director

University of Kentucky Human Development Institute
University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY