Frontline Initiative: DSPs Responding to Crisis

Editor's Notes

Frontline Initiative: DSPs Respond to Crisis

This year has brought so many shifts and changes required of all of us. We know there’s been a significant amount of crisis in the last year, and we’ve also been in a global pandemic. Direct support professionals, you have really stepped up to the plate — doing what you always do — you have responded to provide support in any circumstance, whether wildfires, hurricanes, incarceration, snowstorms, individual distress, and so many aspects of providing support to people and families.

We encourage you to take care of yourself. Consider the resources in the previous issue of Frontline Initiative on Self-Care:

Frontline Initiative • Volume 17, number 1 • 2021

Editors: Julie Kramme and Chet Tschetter

Marketing and Communications: Jerry Smith

Graphic design: Connie Burkhart

Web developers Shawn Lawler, Jonathon Walz, Kristin Dean

Editorial board

  • Tony Anderson,  Executive Director, Vally Mountain Regional Center
  • Lisa Burck, Project Director, The Arc of Mississippi
  • Rachel Jacob, Art Director of Cornell Creative Art Center, The Arc Mid-Hudson
  • Colleen McLaughlin,  Associate Director,  The Bogg Center on Developmental Disabilities & Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics
  • Diane Potts, Associate Professior of Human Services, Tulsa  Community College
  • Robert Schier, Owner, Camp DRIVE
  • Eryn Starck, Executive Assistant, Oregon Resource Association 

NADSP staff

  • Joseph Macbeth, President and CEO
  • Desiree Loucks Baer, Chief Operating Officer
  • John Raffaele, Director of Educational Services
  • Dan Hermreck, Director of Certification and Accreditation
  • Nicole Dama, Office and Communications Manager

NADSP board of directors

  • Caitlin Bailey PhD (ABD), Past Chair
  • Katherine Dunbar, Secretary
  • Jeanne Farr, MA, Chair
  • Chester Finn, Vice Chair
  • Monica McCall, Director-At-Large
  • John McHugh, MBA, MS, Director-At-Large
  • Gabrielle Sedor, Director-At-Large
  • Jesse Smathers, Director-At-Large
  • Josh Smith, Treasurer
  • Chet Tschetter, Director-At-Large
  • Maria Walker, Director-At-Large
  • Becky Watson, Director-At-Large


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Frontline Initiative is supported through a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education (#H133B080005) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC) at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the RTC, Institute, University of Minnesota, or their funding sources.

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