Community Affiliates

Gregory Blalock, Ph.D
Organization: Columbus State University
Special Interests: Social Justice, Self-determination

Dorthea Cadet
Organization
: South Fulton Coalition for Understanding
Special Interests: Community Building

Jessie Coleman, Family Involvement Consultant
Organization: Georgia Family Connection Partnership
Special Interests: Community building

Debra Conway
Organization: 
Cross Plains Community Partners
Special Interests: Employment, Community Inclusion, Self-determination

Shae Dotson
Organization
: Self-employed
Special Interests: Person Centered Thinking, Professional Crisis Management

Reverend Chris Glaser
Organization
: Self-employed
Special Interests:Faith-based Inclusion

Gillian Grable
Organization
: Institute on Human Development and Disability. University of Georgia
Special Interests: Commitment to support people thriving in community

 

Ramu Kaladi
Organization
: Spina Bifida Association of Georgia/Self-advocate
Special Interests: Mentoring, Community Education

Stacie Kershner
Organization
: Associate Director, Center for Law Health and Society
Special Interests: Child Welfare, Health Law

Juanita Killingsworth, Coordinator
Organization: Coweta County Sibshops
Special Interests: Family/ Sibling Support

William McKeen
Organization
: Self-advocate
Special Interests: Policy, Self-determination, Direct Support Professionals

Connie Lyle O’Brien, M.S.W.
Agency:
   Responsive Systems Associates
Special Interests:   Group Person-Centered Planning, Direct Support Professionals, Individualized Support

Deidre O’Brien
Organization
: Family Member
Special Interests: Education, Community Inclusion

John O’Brien, Ph.D.
Agency: 
  Responsive Systems Associates
Special Interests:  Public Policy, Self-Determination, Person-Centered Planning, Direct Support Professionals

Andy Roach
Organization:
College of Education & Human Development
Special Interests: Program evaluation; Inclusive schooling; Mindfulness and contemplative practice

Leslie Rubin, M.D., President
Agency:
   Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability, Inc.
Special Interests: Developmental Disabilities, Children’s Environmental Health, Education and Training

Joseph Sarra, Director, Family Support Services
OrganizationGeorgia Advocacy Office
Special Interests: Community-based Supports 

Shelly Simmons
Organization
: Statewide Independent Living Council of GA, Inc.
Special Interests:Community Inclusion

Carmine Vara
Organization
Georgia Microboards Association
Special Interests:Self-Determination

Karla Wade
Organization
: American International Leadership Institute
Special Interests: Inclusive Post-secondary preparation for youth, Family Engagement

Talley Wells, JD, Director
Organization:
   Georgia Appleseed
Special Interests:
   Advocacy: Community Education, Policy, and Litigation