AAIDD Recognizes CQL CEO Mary Kay Rizzolo With Two Top Honors
The American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) is acknowledging the accomplishments of Mary Kay Rizzolo, President and Chief Executive Officer of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, with two notable honors. Rizzolo is receiving the respected designation of Fellow of the Association (FAAIDD), as well as being presented with the 2018 AAIDD Leadership Award.
"Dr. Rizzolo has significantly contributed to new knowledge in the field, more responsive public policies, and greater implementation of effective practices," said Dr. Margaret Nygren, Executive Director & CEO of AAIDD. "The Association is very pleased to recognize her for her work to increase the quality of life for people with disabilities."
Following review and consideration by a committee of leaders in the Association, the FAAIDD recognition highlights the recipient’s meritorious contribution to the field of intellectual disability. The distinction represents excellence in areas such as program development, administration, the improvement of services, skillful and diligent advocacy, as well as academic achievements, research, publications, and presentation of professional papers.
In addition to the FAAIDD designation, Rizzolo will also be receiving the 2018 Leadership Award during AAIDD’s 142nd Annual Meeting in St. Louis, Missouri from June 25-28, 2018. The Leadership Award identifies individuals who demonstrate courage and dedication resulting in an outstanding contribution to the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
“I am truly appreciative to receive these accolades from an organization as highly regarded as AAIDD,” says Mary Kay Rizzolo, President and Chief Executive Officer of CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. “The award recipients and fellows are so influential in our field, and it is very meaningful to be recognized along with them.”
2018 Award Recipients
Early Career Award
Service to the Association Award
Service to the Field Award
Catherine Keiling Arnold, MS
David Ervin, MA
Kim W. Fisher, PhD
Kelly Friedlander, MSW, MPA
Jane L. Lurquin, EdD
Gerald J. Nebeker, PhD
Margaret A. Nygren, EdD
Mary Kay Rizzolo, PhD,
Jennifer Sullivan Sulewski, PhD
Emily Shea Tanis, PhD