CQL’s Leslie Stusiak-Drew Appointed to NADSP Board Of Directors
The National Alliance For Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has announced that Leslie Stusiak-Drew, Director of Operational Support for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, will be joining its Board of Directors. Leslie brings more than ten years of diverse experience in human services, involving domestic violence, mental health, children and youth, and developmental disabilities. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Non-Profit Management.
“It’s an honor to have Leslie on our Board of Directors. She’s served in so many roles throughout her career, including direct support, which provides her with a very personal perspective on how NADSP can advance its mission,” says Joseph Macbeth, Executive Director of NADSP. “Along with that, her eye for operational efficiencies and the integration of technologies is a huge asset.”
As CQL’s Director of Operational Support, Leslie serves as the first point of contact for CQL inquiries and customer communication regarding accreditation needs, while also overseeing CQL staff utilization of internal technology. Prior to her role at CQL, she worked in a variety of positions including rape crisis advocate, direct support staff, volunteer coordinator, residential manager, case manager, and service coordinator.
“CQL has a very close relationship with NADSP as a national partner, and Leslie is the perfect representative for us on their Board,” says Mary Kay Rizzolo, CQL President and CEO. “She’s so passionate about improving the quality of supports being provided, and in turn, the quality of life for people receiving those supports.”
“This is a great opportunity to become more immersed in the critical efforts of DSPs across the country, and help NADSP build upon its network and membership,” adds Leslie Stusiak-Drew. “I look forward to working alongside NADSP’s stellar Board of Directors to elevate the status of direct support professionals throughout the nation.”
Along with Leslie’s appointment, two other professionals in the field have been added to NADSP’s Board of Directors:
Joshua Smith is the Executive Director of Green Mountain Support Services, a community based agency that works with people with disabilities, brain injuries, and older Americans. Before he came back home to Vermont, he had a long career working for international humanitarian organizations like the Peace Corps and Doctors Without Borders. He has a Masters in International Education from World Learning and an MBA in Organizational Leadership from Norwich University. He lives in Morrisville Vermont with his amazing wife and two fantastic daughters.
John McHugh is the Executive Director of The Arc of Ulster-Greene. John joined The Arc of Ulster-Greene in early 2008 as chief financial officer, and became executive director in 2013. He has over 18 years of financial experience in the fields of disability services and hospital administration. John’s connection to The Arc began as a teen when his younger brother Jimmy, who was born with Down syndrome, and the entire family began to receive services from Orange County AHRC. Now John is committed to helping families just like his provide individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to lead fulfilling lives. John holds an MBA from SUNY New Paltz as well as a dual certified Masters in Education and Special Education from Mount St. Mary College. John is a volunteer with the Ulster County Regional Chamber of Commerce. John’s wife Melissa is a NYS certified special education teacher, and together they have three young children, Brian, Isabella and Olivia. John and his family reside in Ulster County.