CQL is pleased to welcome Joanna Pierson, PhD, as a new member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Pierson will be representing AAIDD on the Board.
Joanna Pierson, PhD, is the Executive Director of The Arc of Frederick County, Maryland where she has served for over 33 years. The Arc’s services are based on the idea that people with developmental disabilities and their families want supports and services that are simple, flexible, available when needed, the least intrusive possible, and support people in living enviable lives. Dr. Pierson is an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work since 1994. She is a past President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). Dr. Pierson participated as the leader of a People to People Delegation to India and co-leader in a People to People study tour to Russia, visiting services and speaking with academics and government officials in the developmental disabilities field. She has also conducted independent studies of emergency response services for individuals with developmental disabilities in the Middle East.
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