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Current Center News

Summer 2017

Colleen McLaughlin, MEd, Appointed Associate Director of The Boggs Center

Colleen McLaughlinColleen A. McLaughlin, MEd was recently appointed as the Associate Director of The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities. Ms. McLaughlin is responsible for directing the Center’s Disability Policy and Community Training and Technical Assistance initiatives. In collaboration with the Executive Director, Ms. McLaughlin coordinates the Center’s UCEDD related functions and strategic planning.

Ms. McLaughlin received her MEd from Temple University and a BS from the University of Pittsburgh. Her work has focused on inclusive community supports and services for people with intellectual disabilities. With more than five years’ experience working at the Institute on Disabilities at Temple University and ten years of experience at The Boggs Center, Ms. McLaughlin brings expertise in self-determination, direct support workforce development, service coordination, quality improvement, systems change, and disability policy. Ms. McLaughlin served as a strand leader and primary author for Workforce Development subject matter resulting from 2015 National Goals in Research, Practice, and Policy. She is a fellow of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) for which she also serves as co-chair of the Direct Support Professional Interest Network. Ms. McLaughlin is also a member of the College of Direct Support National Advisory Board and the NADSP Frontline Initiative Editorial Board.

Nick Nucci, Appointed Assistant Director for Administration at The Boggs Center

Nick NucciNick Nucci recently joined The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities as Assistant Director for Administration, directing financial and administrative operations. Mr. Nucci has over thirty years of experience in state government with the New Jersey Department of Human Services. He served for nineteen years as a financial auditor for the department, auditing both governmental and private agency contracts. Mr. Nucci also served fourteen years as the Business Manager for three developmental centers, providing supervision and guidance over the Centers’ spending plans and support services and overseeing the closures of Woodbridge and North Jersey centers. Mr. Nucci earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Rutgers-Newark.

 

Michael Knox, PhD Retires from The Boggs Center

Michael KnoxMichael Knox, PhD, Deputy Director and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, retired after 33 years with The Boggs Center. Dr. Knox directed The Boggs Center's financial and administrative operations. He also served as research coordinator, chaired the Center's evaluation team, and conducted health service research with a focus on developmental disabilities. A licensed social worker, he served as a field instructor for master's of social work (MSW) interns in nonprofit and public management from Rutgers University.

Dr. Knox earned his doctorate in social work from Rutgers University. He also holds a master's degree in government administration from the Fels Center of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and an MSW in social policy analysis and planning from Rutgers University. Prior to joining The Boggs Center, Dr. Knox served in a variety of policy and planning positions at the NJ Department of Human Services and its Division of Developmental Disabilities.

The Boggs Center Welcomes Rob Kimmel, MAT, CESP


Rob KimmelRob Kimmel recently joined The Boggs Center as a Training and Consultation Specialist for the Employment and Transition projects. Rob provides training, consultation, and technical assistance regarding best practices in Supported Employment and Transition to Adulthood. Prior to his work at The Boggs Center, he was a Head Teacher at the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center of Rutgers University as well as the Assistant Director of Employment and Technology at The Eden School of Eden Autism Services. These experiences have given Rob the opportunity to work with a wide range of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families as they develop the skills needed to navigate the challenges and opportunities they will encounter transitioning to adulthood. Rob received his Master’s degree in Teaching from New Jersey City University with focus in Special Education. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University, with a double major in Communication and Psychology.

 

The Boggs Center Welcomes Lisa Thomas, MEd

Lisa ThomasLisa Thomas recently joined The Boggs Center as a member of the Project Support Team. She provides administrative support to the Employment and Aging, Grief, and Loss training courses. While working for the University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey until 2012, Lisa received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Thomas Edison State College. Before she joined The Boggs Center, she worked for the District of Columbia Public School System teaching Early Childhood Education and earned her Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Grand Canyon University.

 


Selecting a Service Provider to Address Challenging Behavior:

Making Choices, Becoming Empowered

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The Boggs Center is excited to announce the latest addition to its Making Choices, Becoming Empowered series.  Selecting a Service Provider to Address Challenging Behavior: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered is a guide for family members of individuals with developmental disabilities receiving services through New Jersey’s Division of Developmental Disabilities. This guide provides an overview of supports available to address challenging behavior and resources to help select a service provider that will best meet your family member’s behavior support needs.


Selecting a Service Provider to Address Challenging Behavior: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered is available in both English and Spanish.

 


The guide is available for download on The Boggs Center's website
Hard copies can be ordered online using the Publications Order Form

 

Also available: Selecting a Service Provider: Making Choices, Becoming Empowered, Selecting a Support Coordination Agency: Making Choices Becoming Empowered, & Evaluating Your Support Coordination Services

 

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These resources offer people receiving or soon-to-be receiving support through NJ’s Division of Developmental Disabilities with information and ideas to help select a Support Coordination Agency, evaluate the Support Coordination services they receive, and choose a Service Provider that will best meet their needs.


All Making Choices, Becoming Empowered resources can found on The Boggs Center’s website and ordered online using the Publications Order Form.

 

The Boggs Center Celebrates Graduation of New Jersey Partners in Policymaking
Class of 2016-2017

 

NJ Partners in Policymaking 2016-2017  Graduates

On June 17, 2017, The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities hosted a graduation ceremony to celebrate the accomplishments of the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2016-2017. New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is a leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities and family members available through The Boggs Center with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities. This year’s graduates include 8 self-advocates and 12 family members prepared to work toward meaningful change in our state.

Deborah M. Spitalnik, PhD, Executive Director of The Boggs Center welcomed graduates, their guests, and representatives from state agencies and community organizations, and provided an introduction to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking program. The event featured reflections from a past Partners graduate, Stephanie Pratico, Chair of the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities (NJCDD). Kevin Casey, Executive Director of NJCDD, addressed the importance of Partners in strengthening New Jersey’s advocacy network. Through panel presentations, this year’s graduates shared what they learned in the program and their plans for advocacy after graduation.

To learn more about this year’s graduates, their experiences over the past 8 months, and the impact of the Partners program, view the “Program Takeaways” video featuring the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2016-2017.

Congratulations to the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Class of 2016-2017:

    Karen Antone Scott Cohen Maria Leary Liz Reyes
    Ruth Beyer Eli Danto Lenya Morgan-Banner Latoya Smith
    Myles Brakman Brenda Figueroa Adithya Muralidharan Diana Stolfo
    Ginny Bryant Joan Hocky Alison Peck Kelly Stout
    Dan Coggshall Daniel Homan Griselda Polanco Guzman Derrick Williams

 

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking Now Accepting Applications for 2017!

NJ Partners in PolicymakingDeadline: July 7, 2017

 

New Jersey Partners in Policymaking is an 8-month leadership development and advocacy education program for adults with developmental disabilities (over 18) and family members available through The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities with funding from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 

The goal of program is to prepare the next generation of disability advocates to work toward meaningful change in our state.  Participants selected for the program will learn about best practices and important areas for advocacy from nationally-known experts through a series of educational leadership development sessions held one weekend per month, beginning in September of this year and ending next April.

 

The Boggs Center is now accepting applications from people with developmental disabilities and family members interested in participating. Visit the New Jersey Partners in Policymaking page on The Boggs Center’s website to learn more about the program and how to apply.

 

Applications must be received by July 7, 2017, and applicants will be notified of acceptance by July 31 (contingent upon funding).

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