CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Keynote Speakers

CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership is assembling dynamic and engaging keynote speakers for the 2017 CQL Conference: Blueprint For Person-Centered Practices, which takes place October 16-19, 2017 in Indianapolis, IN. These nationally-recognized presenters will challenge preconceived notions about critical issues in human services, through non-traditional approaches, and lay the groundwork for what will be discovered during breakout sessions. Keep in mind, all speakers and presentations are subject to change.



2017 CQL Conference - Mary Lee Fay

Mary Lee Fay
Executive Director, National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS)

Mary Lee Fay is the Executive Director with the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS). Ms. Fay joined NASDDDS in 2012 as the Director of National Core Indicators and the NASDDDS coordinator for the Community of Practice project on Supporting Families. Her main focus at NASDDDS is working with states to create sustainable systems that will fully engage people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities in their communities and honor the families and relationships that support those outcomes.

Ms. Fay has over 35 years of working in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She worked for the state of Oregon, Developmental Disabilities Office from 1987 to 2012. Mary Lee was the State Administrator for the program from 2001 until 2012. Highlights of her work in OR include: closure of all private and public ICF/ID’s, implementation of a self-directed waiver using independent brokerages, and re-design of services to focus on person centered thinking.

Earlier in her career Mary Lee was the executive director of Oregon Technical Assistance Corporation, a technical assistance non-profit directed at supporting people with I/DD to live fully in their communities. She also worked at Teaching Research, Western Oregon University, as policy analyst and director of two children’s group homes.



2017 CQL Conference - DeAmon Harges

DeAmon Harges

DeAmon Harges is the original “Roving Listener”. In 2004 as a neighbor and staff member of the Broadway United Methodist Church, in Indianapolis, IN his role was to listen and discover the gifts, passions and dreams of citizens in his community, and to find ways to utilize them in order to build community, economy, and mutual “delight.” The bulk of DeAmon’s work is based on the principles and practices of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) that brings neighbors and institutions together to discover the power of being a good neighbor. DeAmon builds on what is already present and in place in the neighborhood, using those formally undiscovered assets to connect and empower rather than working only from the community’s needs and deficits. There is now a core of “Roving Listeners” working in the Broadway Methodist Church neighborhood.

DeAmon is also a Co-founder of Tesserae Learning Community (tesseraelearningcommunity.com) Tesserae Learning LLC was conceived in the fall of 2011 as a way to begin conversations about how to bring the ideas of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), Theory U and other contemporary practices to the forefront of community and organizational life.

In May of 2014 DeAmon founded The Learning Tree, LLC. The Learning Tree (thelearningtrees.com) is an association of neighbors that specializes in Asset Based Community Development, learning and education that improves the quality of lives of people, communities, schools and businesses. We teach the value of seeing the gifts of every single person and how to utilize those gifts in ways that increase learning which help young people and neighbors discover the power of getting to know each other and finding their gifts in ways that build community, economy and mutual delight.

As an artist, DeAmon uses his art for social change and community building. DeAmon characterizes his work in general as the practice of “deep listening” and “positive deviance” from the typical models of neighborhood organizing.



2017 CQL Conference - Dave Hingsburger

Dave Hingsburger
Director of Clinical and Educational Services, Vita Community Living Services

Dave Hingsburger has worked for over 40 years with people who have intellectual disabilities. In that time, he has held a a variety of positions including direct support, behavour therapist, sexuality consultant, and clinical director, but throughout that time and those jobs Dave has always provided direct support to people with disabilities. Dave has published several books along with writing for journals, newspapers, newsletters, and chapters for books. He has worked at developing curriculum for people with disabilities and has been lead author of several assessment measures regarding sexuality, self esteem, and independence. Dave has also received several awards including the 'media award' from Community Living Ontario for his 2-hour radio documentary, 'Life, Death and Disability,' and in 2009 he was inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame.



2017 CQL Conference - William Kiernan

William E. Kiernan, Ph.D.
Dean, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development
Director, Institute for Community Inclusion

William E. Kiernan is the Dean of the School for Global Inclusion and Social Development at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He is also the Director of the Institute for Community Inclusion, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities. The ICI is a joint program of the University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Kiernan has served as a consultant in 11 countries in the development of adult service systems for persons with disabilities, and has provided training and technical assistance in more than 45 states. He is the author of more than 125 articles and reports in the field of disabilities, with a specific emphasis on transition, employment, public policy development, workforce development, and systemic change.

Dr. Kiernan has been a member of several national boards, and has served as the president of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, as well as the president of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities.

In addition to holding a Ph.D. in rehabilitation and special education from Boston College and a master’s in rehabilitation counseling from Boston University, Dr. Kiernan holds an MBA with a concentration in health care management from Boston University.



2017 CQL Conference - Peter Leidy

Peter Leidy

Peter Leidy has been learning from people with disabilities since 1983. Peter is an international consultant, facilitator, listener, learner, improviser, and speaker who focuses on personalized supports and community membership for people with disabilities. He also writes and sings songs about human serviceland and those who find themselves connected to it.

Peter conducts workshops, develops training materials, writes songs, speaks and sings at conferences, and works with organizations, government agencies, families, and paid supporters to promote positive support, inclusion, building healthy relationships, and thinking differently about people who are called “challenging.” (Peter himself is known to be non-compliant at times, and can often be found exhibiting attention-seeking behavior.)

For almost 20 years he worked for Options in Community Living, a supported living agency in Madison, Wisconsin. His roles included direct support, service coordination, recruiting and supporting direct service staff, community building, and administrative responsibilities.

Peter has worked throughout the U.S. as well as Canada, the UK, and Australia. Learn More: www.peterleidy.com 


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