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Christopher Banks

Autism Society of America

Christopher Banks serves as President and CEO of the Autism Society of America. Banks has a comprehensive background in human services and healthcare - increasing fundraising efforts, measurably improving revenue strategies, and being a transformational leader committed to diversity and cultural growth.

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Jennifer Becher

Jennifer Becher has more than 20 years of experience in the human services field for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), in various roles to improve quality of supports and services, as well as employee relations.

Jennifer Becher

Peter V. Berns

The Arc of the United States

Peter V. Berns is a nationally recognized nonprofit sector leader and public interest lawyer. He is the Chief Executive Officer of The Arc, the world’s largest community-based organization of and for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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John Butterworth

Institute for Community Inclusion, University of Massachusetts Boston

John Butterworth is a Senior Research Fellow and Director of Employment Systems Change and Evaluation at ICI, University of Massachusetts Boston. He has 40 years of experience as a researcher, consultant, trainer, and manager of employment services.

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Celia S. Feinstein

Independent Consultant

Celia Feinstein, FAAIDD, is currently working throughout the country as an independent consultant in the areas of quality assessment and improvement. She is the Emerita Executive Director of the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University, Pennsylvania's University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Training, Service and Advocacy.

Celia S. Feinstein

Chester Finn

NYS OPWDD

Chester Finn works for the NY State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and serves as Vice Chair for the NADSP Board of Directors. He is a nationally-known disability rights activists who served as National President of SABE and is a past president of SANYS.

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Chester Finn

Courtney T. Kelly

TN DIDD

Courtney T. Kelly is the Assistant Commissioner of Accreditation and Person-Centered Practices at the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (TN DIDD). Kelly has worked in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for many years, starting her career as a DSP.

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Courtney T. Kelly

Desiree Loucks Baer

NADSP

Desiree Loucks Baer serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) and the Supported Decision-Making Coordinator for the New York Alliance for Inclusion and Innovation.

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Desiree Loucks Baer

Barbara Merrill

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR)

Barbara Merrill serves as ANCOR’s CEO. Merrill, who had previously served as ANCOR's V.P. for Public Policy, has been involved in disability issues since 1992 as an advocate, state legislator, and attorney for people with disabilities and the providers who serve them.

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Tia Nelis

TASH

Tia Nelis is the Self-Advocate Engagement Consultant at TASH. Previously she was a Self-Advocacy Specialist at the Rehabilitation Research and Training Center, Institute on Disability and Human Development, University of IL at Chicago. Nelis also is one of the past chairpersons SABE.

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Patricia Nobbie

Anthem Inc.

Patricia Nobbie is a Director of Disability Policy Engagement on the Inclusive Policy and Advocacy Team at Anthem, Inc., where she focuses on stakeholder and advocate engagement and LTSS intiative and resource development for people with IDD, caregivers, and older adults.

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Patricia Nobbie

Margaret A. Nygren

AAIDD

Margaret A. Nygren Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD since 2010, is responsible for the executive direction, leadership, and management of operations of the organization. Dr. Nygren oversees the organization’s core functions of education, publications, public policy, and member services.

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Trina Sieling

Trinity Services, Inc.

Trina Sieling is the Director of Staff Development at Trinity Services, Inc. and is responsible for writing, coordinating, and implementing direct support, management, and leadership training. She is also a founding member of the National Association of QDDPs (NAQ).

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Laura Vegas

NASDDDS

Laura Vegas is the Director of National Core Indicators for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). Laura has more than 27 years of experience working in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Angela Weis

Mosaic

Angela Weis is the Senior Vice President of Mission Support for Mosaic. For more than 20 years, Weis has held various leadership positions throughout the human services field. Before joining Mosaic, Weis worked for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

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Angela Weis