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2017 ANCOR Conference: Taking the Helm

May 1, 2017 to May 3, 2017

San Antonio, Texas

2017 ANCOR Conference Taking the HelmThe ANCOR Annual Conference brings together hundreds of attendees who represent private community providers of services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities around the country. Our attendees are executive-level staff, program managers, and Direct Support Professionals who all come together to discuss the impact of national policies and regulations on services; learn how the latest research findings can influence policymaking; and hear how their peers successfully leverage the latest technology or designed an innovative approach to solve a long-standing challenge.

Each year, ANCOR ensures conference attendees have opportunities to ...

... Hear thought-provoking keynote addresses, such as those by former U.S. Representative and Mental Health Advocate, Patrick Kennedy; Andrew Solomon, author of “Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity”; and Dan Barry, New York Times journalist and author of “The Boys in the Bunkhouse”.

... Be inspired by the stories of the men and women we honor and celebrate every year with our DSP of the Year Awards celebration and ANCOR Foundation Legacy Leaders recognition.

... Learn about cutting edge products and services that could potentially save your organization tens of thousands of dollars by visiting with our exhibitors and sponsors.

... Connect with the thought-leaders, decision-makers, and frontline staff from hundreds of provider organizations.

In 2017, providers of services and supports for people with disabilities will be contending not only with the ongoing workforce crisis, but will also have to prepare for potential changes from a new President and Administration. So, we are Taking the Helm!

Join ANCOR in San Antonio, Texas from May 1-3, 2017!

Remember to visit this page often as we confirm conference keynote speakers and conference sessions throughout early 2017!


Early Bird (through March 15)

  • ANCOR member: $725.00
  • Non-member: $1,050.00

Standard (after March 15)

  • ANCOR member: $850.00
  • Non-member: $1,200.00

Pre-Conference Sessions*

*requires main conference registration

  • Pre-Conference: Business Intelligence: The Need, The Journey, The Tools, The Impact: $125.00


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Cancellations are subject to a $50.00 processing fee. No refunds will be issued after April 14, 2017. There is no charge for substitutions.


Contact us.

San Antonio Marriott Rivercenter
101 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

Call for Reservations: 1-877-622-3056

Ask for the ANCOR (American Network of Community Options and Resources) Room Block Rate, which is $229.

Special Note: The ANCOR Conference begins on Monday, May 1 and concludes on Wednesday, May 3 (although some leadership meetings will take place on Sunday, April 30). This is a different pattern from our many past annual conferences, so please keep the actual days in mind when making hotel reservations!

Step into this stylish 38 story Marriott hotel that overlooks the famous San Antonio River Walk and you’ll enjoy spacious accommodations, an indoor/outdoor pool, and easy walking access to some of the city's historical landmarks. There are also plenty of restaurants along the River Walk to enjoy.

If you are not already a member of Marriott Rewards, consider signing up as that gives you free wifi access in your hotel room, and of course it can’t hurt to start collecting those points!

Any questions – please contact Jerri McCandless jmccandless@ancor.org or at (703) 535-7850 ext.107.    

As an exhibitor at ANCOR you have the opportunity to create awareness with conference attendees to the benefit of your products and/or services. This conference traditionally hosts approximately 350 attendees, primarily CEOs, COOs, CFOs and upper-level managers/directors of provider agencies from around the country, giving you face-to-face exposure with these decision makers.

You’ll be located in the center of our conference- breakfast, breaks and a reception are held within the exhibit area to maximize your exposure to conference registrants. Don’t delay in registering as space is limited and fills quickly!

Testimonials below are from exhibitors at previous events:

“We had a wonderful and productive time. In addition to meeting more of the ANCOR team, we were able to make great connections with possible customers across the country. It was a wonderful event and I know we will be back next year.“

“Great to be part of the conference. I would not change a thing. The many scheduled breaks with exhibitors was wonderful. The time allowed was good.”

“It was such a pleasure to meet… the ANCOR Staff. I truly appreciate the exposure you gave us with all of your providers. While I was there I made a number of connections that I’m already starting to follow up with.“

Exhibitors will receive:

6’ exhibit skirted table with chairs, personalized ID sign.  Note: There will not be any pipe and drape (no draping backdrop).


  • Exhibits are preferred to be table top with display (on top of table) of maximum height of 4 feet.
    • Display can be full length from ground up (and be positioned behind table or take the place of the table) – as long as overall height does not exceed 6-feet 6-inches.
  • Table top is 6 feet wide and 30 inches high.
  • Exhibits cannot extend beyond the 6-foot width of the table.
  • ANCOR reserves the right to refuse any oversized exhibits that do not conform to the above sizes.
  • Name of first exhibit staff person listed on the exhibitor form will appear in the conference program.

Exhibit Hours

(exhibit related times subject to adjustment)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Exhibit set up time is 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM (Preferred Partners’ i.e. platinum, gold or special sponsors are invited to set up and begin display as of noon on Monday, May 1).

Exhibits will open on Monday, May 1 @ 3:30 PM prior to the opening session of the conference. There will be a reception held that evening in the exhibit area immediately after the opening session.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Exhibits will be open as of 7:15 AM for a continental breakfast with registrants and will remain open throughout the day. Breaks are interspersed throughout the day in the exhibit area to maximize your exposure to attendees.

Tear down is 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM.


Registration is not valid unless payment has been received by ANCOR.

  • Non-profit: $795.00 (by April 1, 2017); $895.00 (after April 1, 2017)
  • For profit: $895.00 (by April 1, 2017); $995.00 (after April 1, 2017)
  • Special Partners: $0.00
  • Electric: TBD*
  • Internet: TBD

*Electric will be paid directly to the hotel, ANCOR needs to know if you want to order electric though and will then supply you with hotel order form and payment form in April. Quoted price may not include hotel charges for tax or possible labor, shipping etc. costs.

Cancellation Policy

A cancellation fee of $100.00 will apply until April 1. No refunds will be issued from April 1 onward.


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(times and details subject to change)

Leadership Meetings

Date Time Description
Apr. 29 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

ANCOR Foundation Board of Trustees

Apr. 30 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Government Relations Committee
Apr. 30 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM ANCOR Board of Directors
May 1 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM ANCOR Board of Directors (continued)
May 1 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM State Association Executives
May 1 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM ANCOR Board of Representatives
May 2 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM ANCOR Leadership Development Committee Lunch

Conference Agenda

Date Time Description
May 1 9:00 AM


May 1 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM Pre-Conference Sessions
May 1 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Exhibit Hall
May 1 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Welcome Remarks

Angela King, ANCOR Board President

May 1 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM



May 1 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Reception (Exhibitor Meet & Greet)

Date Time Description
May 2 7:30 AM


May 2 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Breakfast (Exhibitor Meet & Greet)

May 2 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM


Barbara Merrill, Esq., CEO, ANCOR

May 2 9:30 AM - 10:15 AM



May 2 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM

Break (Exhibitor Meet & Greet)

May 2 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Breakout Sessions
May 2 11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Lunch (On your own)

May 2 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Breakout Sessions
May 2 2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

Break (Exhibitor Meet & Greet)

May 2 2:45 PM - 3:30 PM

Plenary Session


May 2 3:30 PM - 4:00 PM

Break (Exhibitor Meet & Greet)

May 2 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM ANCOR Foundation Updates & Awards Ceremony
May 2 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM ANCOR Foundation Reception & Auction
Date Time Description
May 3 7:45 AM


May 3 7:45 AM - 8:15 AM Breakfast
May 3 8:15 AM - 8:30 AM Welcome Remarks
May 3 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM



May 3 9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Break
May 3 9:45 AM - 11:00 AM Direct Support Professional Awards
May 3 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM Lunch (Hosted)
May 3 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Government Relations Session
May 3 1:30 PM - 1:45 PM Break
May 3 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM Breakout Sessions
May 3 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM Break
May 3 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Breakout Sessions
May 3 4:00 PM - 4:15 PM Closing Remarks

(Check back regularly for updates.)

Pre-Conference Sessions

(May 1, 2017, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM. Requires main conference registration)

Business Intelligence: The Need, The Journey, The Tools, The Impact ($125.00)

  • Josh DeZurik, Director of Program Technology, Dungarvin
  • Jeff Case, National Director of Business Development, Therap Services

With the changes to industry regulations and the growing need for better oversight, IDD organizations are moving toward electronic documentation, resulting in a mountain of data. To manage the influx of data, organizations are looking at business intelligence tools to aggregate, mine, and analyze the data in order to manage and improve services. Implementing electronic documentation and business intelligence tools and processes can often be a difficult and daunting task. Hear how Dungarvin is tackling this challenge by developing low-cost tools that: allowed the agency to see relevant and actionable information quickly and efficiently; meet the needs of diverse audience that includes the COO through front-line supervisors; and comply with quality and legal requirements. Presenters will cover the growing need for business intelligence; the journey a company must undertake to achieve that goal; some of the tools utilized by Dungarvin and Therap; and the impact that these tools can make for both the organization and across the state.

Pre-Conference: Innovative Agency Operations (TBD)

Pre-Conference: Managed Care Bootcamp (TBD)

Pre-Conference: ANCOR Foundation RLP Leadership Forum (TBD)


Breakout Sessions

DSP For A Day: Bringing the Advocacy Into The Community

  • Andrew Ritter, Jr., Senior Associate, Capital Associates

The Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) developed and implemented a Direct Support Professional (DSP) For A Day grassroots advocacy program and focused it in a way to draw attention to the ongoing workforce crisis. Join this session to learn about the DSP For A Day advocacy efforts in Pennsylvania and the successes of the grassroots program. The presentation will include an overview of this grassroots advocacy program and the outcomes; critical considerations in developing this type of grassroots advocacy program elsewhere; and how to drive engagement.

Addiction Recovery: Supporting Those with Intellectual Disability & Substance Abuse

  • Hannah Jurewicz, Senior Director, Dungarvin
  • Tracey Nichols, Recovery Program Coordinator, Dungarvin

Addiction Recovery for Challenged Individuals: How to Support Those with Addiction, Co-Occurring, Social, and Other Learning Disorders is a breakthrough approach to evidenced-based recovery treatment and support. It offers person-centered, structured, interactive exercises and tools which adapts the principles of recovery in a manner that works for these individuals through daily practice and repetition, without which they will not likely be able to achieve or sustain recovery. It is designed to enhance current recovery-oriented supports, and its curriculum assists those living with Co-occurring disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities, Social Communication, and other learning disorders to acquire the necessary competency of recovery tools in order to achieve and maintain contented sobriety. This program can be facilitated by clinicians, case managers, program directors, direct care staff and other professionals.

Out and About: Community Inclusion Models

  • Bill Loyd, CEO, The Arc Montgomery County
  • Thalia Simpson-Clement, COO, St. John’s Community Services

Still struggling to make the new HCBS standards of full inclusion of your programs a reality? Many operate in buildings that are located in the community but are looking to find ways of getting to the integration and inclusion that CMS is now mandating. Believe it or not, it is possible to achieve a program design that fully utilizes community resources that are inclusive without use of segregated facility based programs. Hear about model conversions that have occurred in urban and rural settings and include supports to persons of all ability levels. Session topics include: description of fully inclusive model and tips for designing one; tools for identifying choice and interests of persons supported; community mapping; staffing the model; financing the model; licensing implications of community based models; practical examples of established models; and actual success stories and examples of pitfalls to avoid.

Turning around the Workforce Crisis

  • Karen Lee, Executive Director, SEEC (invited)
  • Lori Sedlezky, Knowledge Management, SEEC (invited)

"We are in a workforce crisis" is the message heard in almost every disability meeting, for the past 10 years. But, not all organizations supporting people with I/DD are struggling to hire and maintain high performing staff. Reports by labor agencies often cite turnover rates in provider agencies in excess of 40%. Yet, some organizations in these areas are able to maintain a 15% or below turnover rate. This session will be an opportunity for participants to share their greatest struggles and strategies they are currently using. In addition, the presenters will share a tool box of strategies that can be used to create a new agency paradigm for how they recruit, train and retain high performing staff. If your agency isn't ready for a whole new paradigm, you can take away one or two tools that can assist in bringing your agency’s turnover down a few points.


Training for Better Outcomes

  • Melissa Hecht, IDD Product Manager, Relias Learning (invited)

We will explore the importance of developing staff training beyond just compliance through the use of adult learning practices. Organizations should develop learning plans that measure skills and competencies before, during and after training. This multi-layered approach to training has been proven to reduce staff turnover and improve outcomes.


Creating a Culture of Gratitude, Positivity, and Happiness at Work!

  • Jennifer May, VP of Operations, STAR Services

Creating and fostering a positive workplace culture with engaged employees is simply good business. Unfortunately, our field is currently struggling to recruit and retain talented individuals for our agencies, and staffing shortages can quickly snowball into bigger problems. Managers and leaders become focused on dealing with the daily whirlwind of activities, often at the expense of bigger picture goals and strategies. Focusing attention on workplace culture will reduce turnover costs, dissatisfaction, and burnout, while raising productivity, understanding and satisfaction throughout the agency. This session will focus on recent advances in Positive Psychology and employee engagement, showing that when we focus on the employee experience, everyone wins! Creating a culture of happiness, gratitude and positivity doesn’t cost big money, but it can mean big changes and results. This session will give you specific activities and approaches to take back to your agency to help you, your team, and workplace culture flourish.

Integrated Health Professionals - A New Career Path

  • Jennifer Higgins, Ph.D., Staff Research Associate, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers (ADDP)

This presentation will provide an overview of the new integrated health care model which combines primary and behavioral healthcare in one setting. This presentation will highlight the different professional and allied health positions working in the new integrated care setting. Special emphasis will be placed on allied health and direct service professionals, including the unique employment opportunities integrated healthcare affords them.

"Being With" People Experiencing Grief and Loss

  • Mary Anne Tolliver, Director of Residential Services, St. Louis Arc
  • Barbara Williams-Stewart, Clinical Therapist, St. Louis Arc

Loss is an unavoidable part of living, and grief is the process that helps us heal from a loss. Historically, it was believed that people with intellectual disabilities lacked the cognitive abilities to feel or express grief-related thoughts and feelings. However, recent research has shown that people with intellectual disabilities should be included in the bereavement process and their everyday losses should be acknowledged. Presenters will dispel these past misconceptions by sharing a post-modern view of grief and its ramifications for people with I/DD. This perspective includes current best practices, grief reactions and important strategies to assist staff, families and self-advocates in understanding loss and change. Through storytelling, examples of successful grief interventions, and learning about partnerships with hospice, participants will leave the session feeling competent and comfortable using the simple techniques of “being with” individuals who are grieving the loss of others or thinking about their own mortality.

Achieving Self-Direction through Supported Decision-Making Practices

  • Tina Campanella, CEO, Quality Trust
  • Lydia Paquette, Executive Director, Maine Association for Community Service Providers

Helping people with disabilities achieve the promise of self-direction can be challenging. Traditional support strategies may not empower people to make decision about their own lives. Supported decision-making principles and practices provide an alternative that supports people to exercise their legal rights and retain authority in their own lives. The goals of self-direction can be achieved through designing supports that help people exercise choice and participate in our communities as equal citizens. Participants attending this session will hear both from a national and state-specific perspective on methods to 1) identify strategies for supported decision-making; 2) understand how to incorporate plans for decision-making support into traditional person-centered planning processes; 3) learn how to respond to those who advocate for guardianship with specific examples of how self-determination can enhance the person's autonomy and health and welfare; and 4) know where to find resources to assist in developing individualized strategies for supported decision-making.


Putting Faith to Work: Tapping Congregations to Find Jobs

  • Bill Gaventa, Director, Collaborative on Faith and Disability

Get me to the church and job on time! Tapping Community Congregations to Help People with Disabilities Find Jobs Putting Faith to Work, a two year pilot funded by the Kessler Foundation, involved UCEDD's in four states: four UCEDDs: Tennessee, Kentucky, Minnesota, and Texas/Austin. The core vision was to tap the power of faith communities to rally around individuals in times of need as well as use their social capital, i.e., their networking power, to help individuals with disabilities find jobs.

The objectives of this workshop are to share:

  1. Theoretical foundations for the project
  2. Results and evaluations
  3. Core strategies and lessons learned, the manual developed for use by others, and ways that providers might utilize them
  4. Share skills in the vision and capacity of faith communities to become allies in helping people find jobs and other meaningful roles in community settings.


The Road to Competitive Employment: An Employment First Provider Transformation Story

  • Nicole Rand, Program Director, Exceptional Persons, Inc.
  • Richard Davis, Policy Advisor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) at U.S. Department of Labor (invited)
  • Thomas Wilde (invited)

If your organization is interested in diversifying services to provide expanded community-based options for people with disabilities, this session is for you! Hear how an Iowa Provider made the transition from facility-based to community-based day habilitation, and how they leveraged technical assistance provided by the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) to guide their efforts. Attendees will learn about the initiatives that the agency implemented; the resources they used; and their outcomes on employability and community perception.  Attendees will also learn about technical assistance, training, tools, and other ODEP resources available to support agencies in their transformation efforts. This session is intended for agencies that want to accelerate their own organization’s transformation efforts, and will offer strategies to leverage state-led Employment First initiatives to support their work.


Project Search

  • Erin Riehle (invited)


Taking Charge! Empowering Self-Determination with Technology!

  • Alice Brouhard, RN, Educator/Parent, TechAble LLC
  • Kara Brouhard (invited)

Overwhelmed with compliance of HCBS transition plans and meeting person–centered planning goals? Worried about the ongoing shortage of direct care support professionals to meet the needs of people you serve? Interested in using technology to complement services for people with disabilities, but overwhelmed by the options?  Alice Brouhard, RN, educator, and parent, will offer insights and suggestions in the use of technology to empower a person with disabilities to lead a self-determined life. Tablet and smartphone technology, mainstream apps, virtual assistants, and access to WiFi can provide substantial assistance with memory/scheduling, day-to-day living, vocational guidance and increased connection to others. Technology usage does not take away from person-to-person contact, rather it can enhance interactions with direct care support staff by enabling them to provide more purposeful interactions for those they serve.

Improving Quality of Health Improves Quality of Life!

  • Johnathon Crumley, Senior Director of Operations, HRS, Inc.
  • Maghan Bowman, Services Outcomes & Data Director, Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI)

Serving individuals with I/DD in integrated community settings can be a challenge, especially when it comes to empowering staff to recognize and act on signs of health risks and destabilization. Exceptional Persons, Inc. (EPI) has been using the HRST (Health Risk Screening Tool) since 2015 to help staff identify early signs of health risks and deterioration so that preventive action can be taken. As a result, EPI showed a decrease in HRST Health Care Levels overall which means a higher quality of life for the person and longer life expectancy. This collaboration between EPI and Health Risk Screening, Inc. is improving the quality of life for individuals they support by empowering staff to observe, decide, and take action on areas of identified risks. Come learn how this information could impact you and your agency.

The RixWiki: An Interactive Multi-media Tool for Person-Centered Planning

  • David O’Hara, COO, Westchester Institute for Human Development
  • Andy Minnion, Director, Rix Center, University of East London (invited)

Keynote Speakers

Neil RomanoNeil Romano, President and CEO of The Romano Group, LLC, is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities in the field of media and public advocacy, overseeing some of the most visible and effective public health programs in the United States.

Mr. Romano’s extensive background includes tenure as Director of Communications for the White House Office of Drug Abuse Policy, working on campaigns such as “Just Say No” and “America Responds to AIDS.” A noted producer/director, Romano’s film, “Youth Homicide: A Public Health Crisis,” earned an Emmy Nomination in the category of Best Director.

Mr. Romano was nominated by President George W. Bush to be the Assistant Secretary of Labor for Disability Employment Policy in 2007. He also served as a member of the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID), The United States Access Board, and The Committee for Purchase from People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. Mr. Romano was appointed to the National Council on Disability in 2015 by Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell.

Additionally, Mr. Romano serves on a number of diverse national boards to include the Professional Baseball Athletic Trainers Society, the Prison Jail Ministries Foundation, The Taylor Hooton Foundation, The National Foundation to End Senior Hunger, The National Industries for The Blind, and The United States International Council on Disabilities (USICD). Mr. Romano has advised the Association for People in Supported Employment, the U.S. Business Leadership Network, and other disability employment groups that use a “business to business” approach to promote the imperative of hiring people with disabilities. Mr. Romano serves as a consultant to Wal-Mart on disability issues.

Breakout Session Presenters

Ted BehnckeTed Behncke joined St. Coletta in 2008 after 30-years of service in the U.S. Army where he retired as Lt. Colonel. At St. Coletta's, he's held various positions including Director of Residential Operations, VP of Operations and Support Services, COO, and currently, President. Additionally, Behncke has served as surveyor for the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities since 2013.

Maghan BowmanMaghan Bowman graduated from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. She began working at EPI in 2014. She currently is the Service Outcomes & Data Director, specializing in assessments, start and end of services, individualized service plans, and health risk screening tools.

Jeff CaseJeff Case and his wife Rebecca organized Developing Potential Inc. in 1993 to fill a need in the Kansas City, MO metro area for adults with developmental disabilities. Jeff has worked with not-for-profits for over 25 years. Presently, Jeff assists states, counties, and organizations with greater interoperability, increased transparency, and transition toward paperless provision of services.p>

Alice BrouhardAlice Brouhard, RN is a champion of the use of technology, especially tablet technology, to support people with memory and cognitive challenges to live independently. She has worked tirelessly to set up a system that allows her daughter, who sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, to lead a self-determined life despite significant disabilities.

Johnathon Crumley, BS, MDiv, is currently the Senior Director of Operations for Health Risk Screening, Inc. He served as VP of Georgia Support Services, offering case management services to those with I/DD. He was also a Senior SIS trainer with AAIDD. He lives in Tampa, FL.

Josh DeZurik is Director of Program Technology for Dungarvin, Inc., a national provider supporting over 4,000 individuals in 14 states. He coordinated the national multi-phase rollout of the EMR system and is developing national standards for EMR use focusing on efficiency, best practice, and data. Previously, Josh served in leadership capacity in operations division.

Bill GaventaBill Gaventa is Director of the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability. His expertise is in spiritual supports, training for clergy and community services staff, aging and end of life/grief issues, cultural competence, and community building. He is the 2016-2017 President of American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Jennifer HigginsJennifer Higgins, Ph.D. is a research and policy associate at the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers in Massachusetts. Dr. Higgins implemented and managed an integrated primary and behavioral health care program at a large behavioral health agency in Springfield, MA, overseeing a team of care managers and primary care providers.

Hannah Carlson JurewiczHannah Carlson Jurewicz, LPC, CCP-D, serves as State Director with Dungarvin CT, an organization that provides residential and day supports for adults. She has published, advocated, and provided training in human services for 25 years, and most recently published the manual to accompany her program, Addiction Recovery for Challenged Individuals.

Bill LoydWilliam "Bill" Loyd is the CEO at The Arc Montgomery County. Previously, he served as State Director for DC and Business Developer at St. John's Community Services (SJCS) and Executive Director at Midlands Community Development Corporation. While at SJCS the agency converted to facility-free services. He currently serves on the ANCOR Board of Directors.

Jennifer MayJennifer May, Vice President of Operations at STAR Services, finds ways to encourage innovative business practices within the disability field, resulting in well-trained, person-centered staff, and stronger organizational practices. Jennifer has a passion for staff development and enjoys presenting on positive psychology, management topics, workforce motivation, and strategic planning.

Tracey NicholsTracey Nichols is the Recovery Program Coordinator for Dungarvin CT, an organization that supports individuals with co-occurring disorders as well as intellectual and developmental disabilities. She has worked in different facets of the human service field for 20 years supporting and advocating for person-centered care.

Lydia Paquette is the Executive Director of the Maine Association for Community Service Providers, an association of organizations providing support services to individuals with developmental disabilities. She is licensed to practice law in Maine and specializes in supported decision-making and guardianship proceedings.

Nicole RandNicole Rand, Program Director with Exceptional Persons, Inc. in Waterloo, Iowa, has served as an advocate to advance community inclusion for persons of all abilities through her work at EPI and participation on the Iowa Association of People Supporting Employment First (APSE) board where she currently serves as Chapter President.

Andrew Ritter, Jr.Andrew Ritter, Jr. is a Senior Associate at Capital Associates, Inc., a leading Pennsylvania government relations firm. With nearly a decade of experience in the legislative and executive branches of state government, he now operationalizes the government relations strategy for Pennsylvania Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR).

Thalia Simpson-ClementThalia Simpson-Clement is the Chief Operating Officer for St. John’s Community Services, a private non-profit organization, headquartered in Washington, DC. She is responsible for the oversight and technical support of program operations in DC, PA, DE, TN and VA. Services offered include: Employment, Day Support, and Community Living services.

Mary Anne Tolliver has a lifetime of experience supporting people with I/DD. She is passionate about working with individuals who are aging, and supporting them through end-of-life decisions, sudden death, end stage dementia, and other serious illnesses. Additionally, she has extensive experience collaborating with medical, hospice, and government entities.

Barbara Williams-StewartBarbara Williams-Stewart is a clinical social worker specializing in Grief Therapy for individuals with ID/DD and families. She works for The St. Louis Arc, teaches at Webster University, and provides counseling for college students. Barbara is also the founder of The Belle Center, an inclusive early childhood program.

Date Time Description
May 1 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Reception to Follow

May 2 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Reception to Follow
May 3 8:15 AM - 4:15 PM  


  • Fee: $75.00


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