ABCD Announces New Board Leadership

Published On: June 2nd, 2022Categories: Advocacy Papers, News

ABCD Announces New Board Leadership

Bernadette Griswold Elected Board President

Patricia Carlesimo Elected Board First Vice President

ABCD is pleased to announce the election of Bernadette Griswold, Executive Director of Community Access Unlimited (CAU), as president and Patti Carlesimo, Executive Director of LADACIN Network, as vice president of the ABCD Board.

Bernadette has been a member of the Board since 2013 and in 2015 co-founded ABCD’s Support Coordination Alliance for which she continues to serve as the Board liaison. Bernadette represents ABCD in many capacities some of which include the DSP Competency and Capacity Building Steering Committee and the Support Coordination Leadership Forum.

Bernadette found a career she was passionate about in 2003 as an Independent Living Skills Coordinator with CAU continuing to grow in her expertise and responsibilities becoming the Advocacy Assistant Director, Managing Assistant Executive Director, Associate Executive Director in 2015 and in 2019, Executive Director.  Throughout this incredible professional trajectory, Bernadette continued to maintain and develop close relationships with individuals, families, colleagues, community organization and political leadership.

In addition to this vast experience, Bernadette has always been ready to lend a hand to ABCD members and staff.  Always.

Good luck, Bernadette. Thanks for making this alliance what it is today.

LADACIN Network is a founding member of ABCD. Patti has served on the ABCD Board since 2004 and has served in many leadership roles, including Board President.  In addition to taking on the role of Vice President, Patti serves as Board liaison to the Early Intervention Providers Association and the Residential Committee.  Patti has given so much of her time, energy, expertise, and talent to ABCD over the years, but we would be remiss to not mention her incredible work in the advocacy arena. Patti has had a hand in almost every successful legislative and policy advance ABCD has made over the years.

Patti began at LADACIN Network 42 years ago as a speech pathologist and rose to become Executive Director in 2004.

ABCD is fortunate to have such dedicated, generous, and inspiring leaders who have touched so many lives over the years, in both Bernadette and Patti.

Picture provided by Community Access Unlimited & LADACIN

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