Consumer Advisory Council (CAC)

Consumer involvement and input is a crucial component of any UCEDD program. The UCEDD must involve consumers, in the form of a committee, who represent individuals with developmental disabilities in the State, including those who come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Role of Consumer Advisory Members – They serve as a link to consumers and organizations, become more informed about the UCEDD activities, encourage others to participate, they represent their own interests related to disability issues, and also the interests of the communities they represent. CAC members take an active role in the development of the UCEDD's five year strategic plan.

Name Association
Anton AlerteUCHC School of Medicine
Michael AlfanoSouthern Ct State University
Jennifer BoginCT Department of Developmental Service
Julia Gonzalez-CandelaNurturing Families Network
Roberta DaversaCT FEAT
Ann DenueDCF Hartford/Manchester
Pam DonAromaFutures
Ruth ErenSouthern State University
Tom FanningAbility Beyond Disability
Linda GoodmanBirth to Three
Bob GreensteinUCEDD Founder
Orville KaranUCONN Neag School of Ed
Mark KeenanDPH
Mary-Ann LangtonCT Council on DD
Diana LaRoccoUniversity of Hartford
Genna LewisSelf-advocate
Candace LowIndependence Unlimited
Nanfi LubogoParents Available to Help
Gary MalaSuperintendent, Avon Public Schools
Keith MullinarCC=A
Allyson PowellUCONN Adoption Program
Shannon MazurickCT KASA
Linda MizziP & A
Stephen MorrisThe ARC of Farmington Valley
Deborah RichardsCREC Director
Lolli RossAbilis
Ronald SabatelliUCONN Hum. Dev. Fam. Studies
Lisa SeminaraParent
Leslie SimoesThe ARC of Connecticut
Denise SmithParent
Karen SteinbergNurturing Families Network
George SugaiUCONN Neag
Maria SynodiCT SDE
Deirdre SummaCornelia DeLange Foundation
Jane Thierfeld BrownUniversity of Hartford
Robyn TrowbridgeParent
Renae VitaleNW Regional Medical Home
Jennifer VendettiNurturing Families Network
Joan VolpeAbility Beyond Disability
Linda WallaceEpilepsy Foundation of CT
Robin WoodCT DDS

Minutes from CAC meetings

If you are interested in learning more about the CAC, please contact:

Mary Beth Bruder, PhD
University of Connecticut
The A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence
in Developmental Disabilities
Education, Research and Service
270 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
Phone: 860-679-1500
Fax: 860-679-1516
Email: bruder@nso1.uchc.edu