DDNA Board of Directors

Deb has been a Registered Nurse for more than 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.

Throughout her 30+ years as a nurse, Judy has specialized in supporting individuals with DD across the lifespan.  A CDDN since 2005, she currently works as a Nurse Consultant for the WI Department of Health Services within a Medicaid long term managed care program for people with physical and/or developmental disabilities and the frail elderly. In 2017, Judy completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) in Advanced Public Health Nursing from Rush University, Chicago, IL. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau and the Alliance for Disability in Health Care Education and has served as the volunteer Clinical Director for the Special Olympics Wisconsin Health Promotion program since 2007. Judy is passionate about promoting health and wellness for people with DD through community-based interprofessional collaborations.

Sherrie has been a nurse for 40 years, and 32+ of those have been in the DD 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 DD.

Chris’ nursing career began over 23 years ago and 18 of those have been in the field of Developmental Disabilities. Currently she serves as an appointed committee member of IL Brian’s Law, serves as a focus group member for Medication Administration within the community settings with IL DHS, works full time with DD Homes Network in various roles, and has been a member of DDNA for over 16 years. Chris’s focus of her nursing career is to enrich the nurse’s experience working in the field of DD by keeping them engaged in their ever changing roles and helping them to foster a normalized purposeful life for the individuals with I/DD they serve. Additionally, Chris keeps at the foremost of her intentions the care and well-being of individuals served in the ICF and CILA settings within the organization she works.

Heather has been a Registered Nurse for over 15 years, working in acute care settings initially, before beginning her work with individuals with IDD. Heather is a Certified Developmental Disabilities Nurse, working in the specialty for over 9 years, currently providing support to individuals with IDD in day habilitation settings and serving as clinical preceptor for a university in her area. She has been an active member of DDNA since joining the association, regularly attending the annual education conference and helping to facilitate local chapter activities as well. Heather’s vision for DDNA is to increase membership so that DDNA can continue to positively the impact the lives of individuals with IDD.

Kathy has worked in the field of developmental disabilities for more than 36 years. She is the Director of Development for Tarrytown Exposure Pharmacy, 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 DD nursing.

Karen Hill has been a nurse with the DD population for 22+ years. She is currently the Nursing Support Manager 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.

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