1:00 – 4:00 pm: Pre-Conference Sessions

Leading in Challenging Times

  • Caitlin Bailey, NLC
  • Kristen Loomis Greenidge, NLC
  • Angela Rapp Kennedy, CQL

Trauma-Informed Care

  • Karyn Harvey

Promoting Alternatives to Guardianship for Youth with IDD: CYVYC Youth in Action

  • Allison Hall, UMB
  • Val Bradley, HSRI
  • Morgan Whitlatch, Center for Public Representation
  • Dana Lloyd, Georgia Advocacy Office
  • Angad Sahgal, Let Me Do It

5:00 - 6:30 pm: Welcome Reception


7:30 – 8:30 am: Continental Breakfast

7:30 – 6:00 pm: Exhibit Time

8:30 – 10:00 am Opening Plenary Session

  • Alison Barkoff, HHS

10:00 – 10:30 am Exclusive Exhibit Time

10:30 -11:30 am Concurrent Sessions A

Multi-level Systems Change to Address Workforce Development: RI and NY Initiatives

  • Amy Hewitt, moderator
  • Kevin Savage, Rhode Island BHDDH
  • Amy Gratten, Rhode Island College
  • Kristin Ahrens, Pennsylvania ODP
  • Jeremy Yale, Pennsylvania ODP

Get Out and Vote! Lessons from SABE's Go Voter Project

  • Tia Nelis, SABE

Reinventing Your Quality Measures: Keeping the Focus on People

  • Courtney Kelly, CQL
  • Dorothy Hiersteiner, HSRI
  • Tanya Richmond, Support Development Associates

One State’s Approach to Capacity-building and Transformation of Employment Services

  • Brian C. Begin, UMN
  • Staci Jones, UMass Boston
  • Lesli Kerkoff, MN DHS
  • Tim Schmutzer, PHASE Industries
  • Robert Rosenwald

Becoming an Equity Champion: How to Use Your Strengths to Advance DEI

  • Jonathan Meagher-Zayas, Equity Warrior Strategies
  • Nicole DamaPoleto, Equity Warrior Strategies

Stories & Numbers: Effective Grassroots Advocacy and Coalition Building

  • Noah Block, ANCOR
  • Greg Robinson, ASAN

You Get What You Pay For: Incentivizing Quality Services and Supports

  • Jennifer Riha, I Am Boundless, Inc.
  • Solomon Parker, CareSource

  • Stacy Collins, Ohio DODD

11:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch on Your Own/ Exhibit Time

1:30 – 2:30 pm Concurrent Sessions B

National Efforts to Advance Quality Person Centered Practice

  • Kate Brady, HSRI
  • Saska Rajcevic, HSRI
  • Shawn Terrell, Administration on Community Living

Embedding Equitable Access Across the System

  • Regina Rodriguez Sisneros, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Alison Whyte, DC Developmental Disabilities Council

Creating Pathways to Employment and Authentic Community Life Engagement

  • Jennifer Sulewski, UNH
  • Jean Winsor, UMass Boston
  • Staci Jones, UMass Boston
  • Susan Brooks, RCM of Washington

2024 Moving Mountains Award Winners

Beyond Tokenism: Meaningful Engagement of Self-advocates

  • Michael Brogiolioli, TASH

  • Tia Nelis, TASH

  • BJ Stasio, NY OPWDD

One State’s Approach to Capacity Building and Transformation of Employment Services

  • Brian C. Begin, UMN
  • Staci Jones, UMass Boston
  • Lesli Kerkoff, MN DHS

The HCBS Settings Rule Ten Years Later: From Aspiration to Reality

  • Bernard Simon, Maryland HHS

  • Cheryl Wicks, Mosaic

  • Jill Jacobs, NACDD

The National Agenda for Supporting Families in Action

  • Michelle C. Reynolds, UMKC
  • Laura Vegas, NASDDDS

2:30 – 3:00 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time Break

3:00 – 4:00 pm Concurrent Sessions C

Crisis Management/Disaster Preparedness

Be Ready: Louisiana’s Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Response

  • Representatives from Louisiana

Practicing Quality, Person-centered Supports in the Real World

  • James Dailey, Opportunities for Positive Growth
  • Tony Clements, Opportunities for Positive Growth
  • Carolyn Nickerson, Opportunities for Positive Growth

Lessons Learned from the Pandemic

  • John Tschida, AUCD
  • Donna Martin, ANCOR
  • Maulik Trivedi, StationMD

Data-informed Workforce Development Practices and Policy

  • Rachel Chinetti, Elevance Health (moderator)
  • Jenn Cohen, University of Miami OH
  • Julie Bershadsky, UMN
  • Dorothy Hiersteiner, HSRI

Supported Decision-Making: Addressing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

  • Dana D. Lloyd, Georgia Advocacy Office
  • Morgan K. Whitlatch, Center for Public Representation
  • Grace Sherman, Georgia Youth Ambassador

Bridging State Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities with State Aging Programs

  • Andrew Morris, NACDD
  • Robin Troutman, NACDD

4:00 – 4:30 pm Exclusive Exhibit Time Break

4:30 – 6:00 pm Evening Reception


7:30 – 8:30 am Continental Breakfast

7:30 am – 12:00 pm Exhibit Time

8:30 – 10:00 am Plenary Session

Centering Stories on People Who Matter

  • Amy Silverman, Journalist
  • Sophie Stern
  • Rebecca Monteleone, University of Toledo

10:00-10:30 am Exclusive Exhibit Time Break

10:30 – 11:30 am Concurrent Sessions D

Using National Core Indicators to Identify Quality Improvement Targets

  • Brent Watkins, Oregon Department of Human Services
  • Olivia Popiel, New York OPWDD
  • Sara Berg, New York OPWDD
  • Kelly Stengel, NY OPWDD

  • Kristin Smith, Nebraska DHHS

  • Rachel Ray, University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Parthenia Dinora, Virginia Commonwealth University

  • Seb Prohn, Virginia Commonwealth University

Assistive Technology Training Center (ATEC) and ARMS Overview

  • Pam Fields, ATEC
  • Representative(s) from MidState Arc, founding organization for ATEC

The Link Center: Aiming to Improve Mental Health Treatment and Access for People with I/DD, Brain Injury, and Communication Differences

  • Mary P. Sowers, NASDDDS

Evaluating Workforce Investments - Lessons from the State of New York

  • Julie Bershadsky, University of Minnesota
  • Ryan Cox, NY OPWDD
  • Monica Robinson, NY Alliance
  • Kathy Brown, NADSP
  • Cynthia Proctor, SUNY

State of the Provider Community

  • Barbara Merrill, ANCOR
  • Laura Howell, Maryland Association of Community Services
  • Karen Adams-Gilchrist, Providence of MD

Leadership at the Systems Level: Opportunities for Impact

  • Jody Roberts, Delaware DHSS

Effective Sexual Assault Response: From Reporting to Recovery

  • Cynthia Burrow, Strategic Education Solutions
  • James Meadours, Strategic Education Solutions

11:30 - 1:00pm Lunch on Your Own

1:00 – 2:00 pm Concurrent Sessions E

Person-centered Advocacy, Vision and Education (PAVE) Service Outcomes System

  • Mark Melanson, California Community Living Network
  • Julie Beadle Brown, California Community Living Network

How AI Can Be Applied for Data Analysis to Advocate for the People and Services that We Support

  • Doug Golub. ANCOR
  • Linda Nakagawa, Medisked

Strategies for Enhancing Fidelity of Positive Behavior Support across Disability Services in Two States

  • Rachel Freeman, University of Minnesota
  • Robert Putnam, May Institute

Technology in the Effective Delivery of Clinical Services

  • Marc J. Tassé, Ohio State University
  • Hope McGonigle, Ohio DODD
  • Ann Weisent, Ohio DODD

Everyday Leadership: Stories of Success & Lessons Learned

  • Kristen Loomis-Greenide, NLC (moderator)
  • David Ervin, Makom
  • James Meadours, Strategic Education Solutions
  • Kristie Littlejohn Kendall, The Charles Lea Center

It's More Than a Performance: ANCOR's Journey of Systemic Change

  • Sasha Sencer, ANCOR
  • Andre Floyd, ANCOR

The DSP Role: Beyond a Caretaker Mentality

  • Jerry Smith, UMN
  • Karen Lee, SEEC
  • John Raffaele, NADSP
  • Emyle Watkins, WBFO

2:00 – 2:15 pm Break

2:15 – 3:00 pm Closing Plenary Session

Three Decades of Learning About Community Living and Inclusion, Now What?

  • Amy Hewitt (moderator)
  • Brian Boyce, Cow Tipping Press
  • Syard Evans, Arkansas Support Network
  • BJ Stasio, NY OPWDD
  • Marian Frattarola-Saulino, Values Into Action