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Center for Leadership in Disability’s Community Advisory Council Welcomes New Members

ATLANTA—The Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) is pleased to announce the addition of eleven new members to its Community Advisory Council (CAC). The council is comprised of parents, self-advocates, community leaders, and representatives of organizations that share our mission of creating independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families. The duties of the CAC include consulting with the CLD Director regarding the development of the Center’s five-year plan; reviewing and commenting annually on the Center’s progress in meeting the projected goals; advocating for, and on behalf of CLD and its work; advising and informing the CLD Director regarding other relevant organizations, programs, networks or activities that may provide opportunities for Center collaboration.

CLD welcomes:

Samantha Burke    Parent – Snellville
Sara Case                 Organizational Representative/Georgia DBHDD – Atlanta
Claire Dees              Organizational Representative/Spectrum Autism Support Group – Suwanee
Kim Gibson             Organizational Representative/disABILITY LINK – Decatur
Nalini Isaac             Parent – Macon
Nandi Isaac             Self-Advocate – Macon
Yvette Pegues         Parent – Canton
Liz Persaud             Organizational Representative/ Tools for Life – Atlanta
Renee Pruitt            Developmental Disability Network designee/Georgia Advocacy Office – Decatur
Steven Staud            Self-Advocate – Macon
David Toback          Organizational Representative designee/Georgia DBHDD – Atlanta
Lisa Wyatt               Parent – Atlanta

Stacey Ramirez, Director of Individual and Family Supports stated, “We are so excited to add these new members to the CAC. Diversity in the geographical and cultural make-up of the council is crucial as it reflects the population of the state of Georgia.  We look forward to amazing opportunities going forward with the addition of these new voices.”

The Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State is one of 67 University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services across the country.  Each of these UCEDDs has a CAC as a part of their organization. Since 2008, CLD has been housed within the Center for Healthy Development, part of the School of Public Health at Georgia State. Its mission is to translate research into sustainable community practices that contribute to independent, self-determined, inclusive, and productive lives for people with disabilities and their families.

For a complete list of CAC members visit