Frontline Initiative: The Diverse Voices of Direct Support Professionals

Editors Notes

Frontline Initiative • Volume 18, number 1 • 2022

Editors: Julie Kramme and Chet Tschetter

Marketing and Communications: Jerry Smith

Graphic design: Connie Burkhart

Web developers: Shawn Lawler, Jonathon Walz, Kristin Dean

Director of Institute on Community Integration: Amy Hewitt

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Editorial board

  • Tony Anderson, Executive Director, Valley Mountain Regional Center
  • Lisa Burck, Project Director, The Arc of Mississippi
  • Rachel Jacob, Director of Wellness Services, Mental Health Association of Ulster County
  • Chris Lawrence, Direct Support Professional, Job Path NYC
  • Mary Lawson, Executive Director, PAKS Developmental Services
  • Colleen McLaughlin, Associate Director, The Bogg Center on Developmental Disabilities & Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Pediatrics
  • Diane Potts, Associate Professor 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
  • Janet Wilson, Manager of Certification and Accreditation
  • Garrett Cole, Finance Manager

NADSP board of directors

  • Caitlin Bailey PhD (ABD), Past Chair - Director of Research and Evaluation, National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities
  • Katherine Dunbar, Secretary - Vice President of Accreditation, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership
  • Jeanne Farr, MA, Board Chair - Chief Executive Officer, National Association for the Dually Diagnosed
  • Chester Finn, Vice Chair - Special Advisor, New York State Office for People with Developmental Disabilities
  • Nicole Jorwic, Director-At-Large - Senior Director of Public Policy, The Arc
  • Monica McCall, Director-At-Large - President & CEO, Creative Options, Inc.
  • John McHugh, Director-At-Large - Executive Director, The Arc Mid-Hudson
  • Jesse Smathers, Director-At-Large - Community Relations Regional Director, Vaya Health
  • Josh Smith, Treasurer - Executive Director, Green Mountain Support Services
  • Cathy Ficker Terrill, Director-At-Large - Consultant, Alvarez and Marsal
  • Chet Tschetter, Director-At-Large - Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
  • Maria Walker, Director-At-Large - Program Planner, Polk County Health Services
  • Rick Rader, MD, FAAIDD, DHL, Medical Consultant - Director, Habilitation Center, Orange Grove Center


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Frontline Initiative is supported through a cooperative agreement between the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research, U.S. Department of Education (#90RTCP0003) and the Research and Training Center on Community Living (RTC-CL) at the Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota. This issue is also supported through a cooperative agreement between the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (#03-8818-22) and the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals (NADSP). The opinions expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the RTC, Institute, University of Minnesota, NADSP, or their funding sources.

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