Staff Bios

Meet Our Staff

Daniel J. Keating, Ph.D., Executive Director

dan-bioDaniel J. Keating, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of professional experience in working with people with disabilities.

Prior to joining ABCD as Executive Director, Dr. Keating was employed at Bancroft where he held several positions over a twelve year span.  Most recently, he was responsible for Family Services and Government Relations.  He coordinated the activities of the Family Council and program advisory committees and served as Family Advocate.  He represented Bancroft on the Board of the Alliance for the Betterment of Citizens with Disabilities (ABCD) and the Legislation and Policy Committee of the New Jersey Association of Community Providers (NJACP).  Previously at Bancroft, Dr. Keating was responsible for the operations of the residential and day programs supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and acquired brain injuries.

Dr. Keating represented ABCD on the Contracted Services Committee, a group of provider representatives that met regularly with officials of the Division of Developmental Disabilities from 2008 to 2011, and served as co-chair from 2010 to 2011.

Dr. Keating received his doctorate degree from Temple University.  He is an adjunct faculty member of the Psychology Department at Drexel University and the Human Services Department at Camden County College.  Earlier in his career, Dr. Keating helped launch one of the first residential programs and one of the first day programs for people with brain injuries and aided in the development of comprehensive acute and post-acute rehabilitation programs for people with brain injuries.

He was a founding member of the Academy for the Certification of Brain Injury Specialists and is a certified brain-injury specialist trainer.  He serves on the Board of the Brain Injury Association of Pennsylvania and the served as co-chair of Professional Advisory Board of the Brain Injury Association of Delaware.  Previously, he served on the board of directors of the National Head Injury Foundation; as chairman of its professional education and training committee; and on the board of trustees of the Pennsylvania and Maine brain injury associations.

Most recently, Dr. Keating has been appointed to the NJ Commission on Brain Injury Research by Governor Christie.

 

Donna Bouclier, MA, Senior Policy Analyst

donna-bioDonna Bouclier is a life time advocate, professional and mother to Alina Szamatowicz (age 22) who despite having Aicardi Syndrome is challenging paradigms.  Prior to having Alina, Donna worked in the provider community for over 13 years, giving her a unique perspective as both provider and parent. This combination has been invaluable when it comes to understanding systems and the needs of those being supported.  For over ten years, she advocated at the local, state and national level “influencing public policies” that impact people with disabilities and families.  She was a member of the Intellectual Disability Caucus of the PA House of Representatives and in 2011, she worked on a special project in which over 20 families from across the state offered testimony before the  PA House of Representatives Human Services Committee regarding the impact of PA’s proposed budget on families and individuals with disabilities.

Donna presents internationally, nationally, and locally on topics related to disability, inclusion, advocacy, employment first and assistive/augmentative communication. In 2004, at the request of the United States Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSERS), Donna presented to the Federal Interagency Coordinating Council on the topic of Interagency Collaboration.  As a consultant for Disability Rights International (DRI), she presents internationally promoting the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities and trains activists from those countries. She served as  an Expert Consultant at the Caribbean Islands Meeting for UNICEF in 2011 for DRI.

Donna served as Co-Chair for the National Coalition on Self-Determination and the Philadelphia Intellectual Disabilities Public Awareness Committee.  She was Secretary for the Local Right to Education Task Force and was a member of the Transition Council for the Philadelphia School District. She is currently the Board Chair for Partnership for Community Supports; a Supports Coordination Organization. She serves on the Advisory Board for the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance. Over the past 10 years, she has been interviewed on national and local tv and radio regarding disability topics.

In her career, Donna  held upper level-executive postions, most recently at The Arc of Philadelphia.  In 2010, she co-wrote a grant that was awarded $100,000 to transition individuals with ID/DD from school to community.  She drafted the position paper on employment for The Arc of PA that was adopted by the board in 2010.

Donna  has facilitated Strategic Planning sessions for non-profits and individuals using the PATH (Planning Alternative Tomorrows with Hope) and co-wrote the 2nd edition of the Microboard Field Handbook with the team from Networks for Training and Development.
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Additionally, she has experience in Case Management, Residential Services, Employment Supports, Public Awareness  and Training.