Frontline Initiative: Direct Support Professionals Supporting People's Employment

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Frontline Initiative • Volume 18, Number 2 • 2022

Editors: Julie Kramme and Chet Tschetter

Marketing and Communications: Jerry Smith

Graphic design: Connie Burkhart

Web developers: Shawn Lawler, Jonathon Walz, and Kristin Dean

Director of Institute on Community Integration: Amy Hewitt

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Editorial board

  • Tony Anderson, Executive Director, Valley Mountain Regional Center
  • Wesley Anderson, Director of Employment & Community Services, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • 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

  • Kathy Brown, Project Manager, New York State Credentialing Program
  • Garrett Cole, Finance Manager
  • Nicole Dama, Office and Communications Manager
  • Dan Hermreck, Director of Certification & Accreditation
  • Desiree Loucks Baer, Chief Operating Officer
  • Joe Macbeth, President and CEO
  • John Raffaele, Director of Educational Services
  • Janet Wilson, Manager, Certification & Accreditation

NADSP board of directors

  • Chester Finn, Board Chair (NY), New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities
  • Maria Walker, Vice Chair (IA), Polk County Behavioral Health & Disability Services
  • Kate Dunbar, Board Secretary (IL), The Council on Quality and Leadership
  • Joshua Smith, Treasurer (VT), Green Mountain Support Services
  • John McHugh, At-Large (NY), The Arc Mid-Hudson
  • Chet Tschetter, At-Large (MN), Institute on Community Integration, University of Minnesota
  • Jesse Smathers, At-Large (NC), Marketing Association for Rehabilitation Centers, Inc. (MARC)
  • Monica McCall, At-Large (MD), Creative Options, Inc.
  • Nicole Jorwic, At-Large (DC), Caring Across Generations
  • Cathy Ficker Terrill, At-Large (IL), Alvarez and Marsal
  • Wesley Anderson, At-Large, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services
  • Jeanne M. Farr, Immediate Past President (OR), National Association on Dual Diagnosis


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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 (ICI), 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-CL, ICI, University of Minnesota, NADSP, or their funding sources.

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