Board of Directors


President – Deb Maloy, RN, CDDN

img_6731Deb has been an RN for almost 30 years, supporting persons with I/DD for almost 22 years. She is a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse and currently serves as the State Director of ViaQuest Nursing Services. Deb’s experience includes previously working as an ICF-IID Administrator, then focusing her efforts on nursing support for persons with I/DD.

Currently, Deb supervises a staff of approximately 30 nurses who provide Health Service Coordination to persons with I/DD. Deb is also the primary manager overseeing telephonic assessment services for high-risk individuals. She is a RN Instructor and Trainer for the Ohio Department of DD and works on independent continuing education and healthcare advisory committees. Deb belongs to the Northeast Ohio DDNA Chapter and has conducted seminars at state and national conferences.


President-Elect – Deborah Tatum-Johnson, RN, NP, CDDN

Deborah has attended many of the national DDNA Education Conferences since 1993 and became a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse in April 2006. She was also awarded the prestigious Mary Gage Award in April 2013. Deborah has served as the VADDNA President since it’s inception (the VADDNA chapter transitioned from a network to a chapter in 2010). Deborah’s efforts have promoted chapter growth, improved the quality of services, and promoted nursing in the field of I/DD.

In addition to her service to DDNA, Deborah previously held the position of Chief Nurse Executive at an ICF in Northern Virginia for more than twenty-three years until the facility closed, April 2016. Currently, she is a Nurse Consultant with H & W Independent Solutions where the mission is to improve the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Vice President – Sherrill “Sherrie” Hayter, RN, CDDN

Sherrie has been a nurse for over 38 years, and 32 of those have been in the DD/ID field.  She became certified in Developmental Disabilities nursing in 1998 and has been a member of DDNA and the state network/chapter for 20 years, currently serving as President to the Massachusetts Chapter of DDNA. Sherrie works as an area office nurse for the Department of Developmental Services for Massachusetts in the Metro North Area Office.

Sherrie is also the recipient of the 2005 Manuel Carbello Governors Award for Excellence in Public service and the 2006 ARC’s Norma Howland Human Rights Award for her advocacy and work in making end of life services available to individuals with ID/DD.


Secretary – Linda Coley, RN, CDDN

Linda is a CDDN and currently serves as the Executive Director of Links to Life, a sponsored residential placement agency in Lynchburg, Virginia. Early in her career, Linda worked in Critical Care nursing. Her I/DD experience began in 1984 at one of the largest IDD facilities in the country, and she has filled various roles in the specialty since that time. Linda has developed a number of training programs and is a certified Master Trainer for nurses seeking credentials to teach Medication Aide Administration courses. Linda has also conducted seminars at the state DDNA conference and to schools of nursing in Virginia. Linda helped establish and served as the President of the DDNA Chapter in Central Virginia. She also worked with the Virginia chapters, consolidating the separate groups into a single DDNA chapter.


Treasurer – Karen Hill, RN, BSN, CDDN

Karen Hill has been a nurse with the IDD population for 15 years. She is currently the Program Nurse for Portage County Board of Developmental Disabilities. She is also the Delegating Nurse for Special Olympics and a member of the Continuing Education Units Committee for Nurses for the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities. She has been a proud CDDN since 2008.


Member Support Liaison – Kathleen Brown, RN, BA, CDDN

Kathy has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for 36 years. She is the Director of Development for Pharmacy Alternatives, a pharmacy that provides pharmacy services and medications systems exclusively for the IDD population, with an emphasis on self administration of medication. She is a regular attendee of DDNA conferences and has presented at several national conferences. Kathy helped start the Northern Illinois DDNA Chapter and continues to serve as its president. She helped craft legislation for medication delegation in Illinois and has trained hundreds of nurses on the topic. She is passionate about developing DDNA chapters, increasing membership in DDNA, and promoting certification in the specialty of I/DD nursing.