ADVISORY BOARD

Alicia Bazzano, Ph.D., M.D., M.P.H, Board Chair

Dr Bazzano is a pediatrician and academically trained public health researcher who has dedicated her career to community service. Dr Bazzano serves as Chief Physician at the Westside Regional Center, as well as Clinical Assistant Professor at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, where she teaches medical students and residents about developmental disabilities. Dr. Bazzano was deeply involved in the founding, planning and development of the Achievable Health Center, a federally qualified health center dedicated to developmental disabilities, and was the founding co-Chief Medical Officers (CMO). Dr. Bazzano completed medical school and pediatric residency at UCLA and was awarded a fellowship as a UCLA Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar, which fosters the development of physicians to lead the transformation of health care. She completed a Masters in Public Health and a PhD in the Department of Health Policy and Management at UCLA. Dr. Bazzano has published in peer-reviewed journals and has been awarded foundation, state and federal grants to create and implement programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities. Dr. Bazzano was also awarded a California Health Care Foundation Leadership in Health Care Fellowship.

Nora Baladerian, Ph.D.

Dr. Baladerian is the Director of the Disability, Abuse and Personal Rights Project in Los Angeles, CA; she has worked in the area of abuse of people with disabilities since 1972. She is a former Board Member of the National Committee to Prevent Elder Abuse and Advisory Board Member of the American Bar Association’s Council on Victims. Dr. Baladerian is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Certified Sex Therapist and Board Certified Crisis Responder. She is the Project Coordinator for the Disability and Abuse Project of Spectrum Institute, and from 2000-2006 the Director of the CAN Do! Project, Child Abuse & Neglect Disability Outreach at Arc Riverside

Julie Bershadsky, Ph.D.

Dr. Bershadsky leads the Aging and Disabilities team for the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI) in Cambridge, MA and serves as HSRI’s Director of the National Core Indicators for Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD), which measures the performance of programs for seniors and older adults with physical disabilities. She also serves as the lead methodologist for both NCI-AD and National Core Indicators, as well as related projects. During her tenure at HSRI, she has also provided analytic and methodological guidance and expertise to numerous states, assisting in their efforts to redesign their IDD service systems.   A seasoned researcher, methodologist, and statistician, Dr. Bershadsky is passionate about improving service provision and outcomes in public health. In addition to extensive knowledge of the fields of developmental disabilities, aging, outcome research and health care quality, she has first-hand experience as a direct support professional and a strong belief that long-term services and supports (LTSS) can, and should, be person-centered while remaining cost-effective. To this end, she is particularly interested in consumer-reported outcomes of LTSS. Dr. Bershadsky holds a BA in Statistics and a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Minnesota.

Alixe Bonardi, M.A.

Ms. Bonardi is the National Core Indicators Project Director for Human Services Research Institute in Cambridge, MA.   She is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and is a faculty member in the MCHB-funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability (LEND) program at the UMMS EK Shriver Center. Until 2014, she directed the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) at the Shriver Center where she developed quality improvement projects to support state developmental disabilities systems. Dr. Bonardi is a licensed occupational therapist and completed a LEND policy fellowship at the EK Shriver Center and a Fulbright fellowship, examining risk management and supports for people with intellectual disability in New Zealand. She has served as principal investigator for several AHRQ-funded and CDC-funded research projects. Her research interests include the promotion of health and wellness in people with intellectual disability, health surveillance, and support systems that promote good outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disability.

David Fray, D.D.S., M.B.A.

Dr. Fray has been an associate professor in the Department of General Practice and Dental Public Health at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Dentistry since July 2015.  He graduated with a DDS from UTSD Houston in 1979 and earned an MBA with an emphasis in health care administration from Oklahoma City University in 1997.   After 15 years in private practice, Dr. Fray was a public health administrator in Arkansas and Hawaii for 16 years. He is certified in long-term care by the National Association of Boards and he is a licensed nursing facility administrator with more than 25 years of experience as a special-needs and geriatric dentist.

Susan Havercamp, Ph.D.

Dr. Havercamp’s current research and clinical interests focus on physical and mental health issues in people with disabilities, especially developmental disabilities. She has contributed to health surveillance activities, health promotion programs, and healthcare provider education to improve the health and healthcare for children and adults with disabilities. Believing that the solution to the problem of health disparities for people with disabilities lies in education, Dr. Havercamp provides disability training to healthcare providers. She served as the disability issue representative to the Group on Diversity and Inclusion at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).  Dr. Havercamp is the Principal Investigator of the rehabilitation research and training center to improve the health and function of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities funded by the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR).  She is also the Principal Investigator of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) funded Ohio Disability and Health Program (ODHP). A partnership with the Ohio Department of Health, ODHP is a state capacity building project to improve the health of Ohioans with disabilities. Dr. Havercamp is a consulting editor for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, the Disability and Health Journal, and Inclusion. Dr. Havercamp is a founding member of the Student and Early Career Professional Committee and is past president of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Board of Directors.

Seth Keller, M.D.

Dr. Keller is a board-certified neurologist in private practice with Advocare Neurology of South Jersey. he specializes in the evaluation and care of adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) with neurologic complications. He cares for individuals with I/DD both in the community as well in New Jersey’s ICF/DD centers. Dr Keller is on the Executive Board of the Arc of Burlington County as well as on the board for The Arc of New Jersey Mainstreaming Medical Care Board.   Dr Keller is the Past President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD). He is actively involved in national and international I/DD health education as a speaker and webinar and workshop participant. Dr Keller is the co-chair of the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices (NTG). Dr. Keller is also the director of the Adult IDD Special Interest Group with the American Academy of Neurology.  Raised in Philadelphia, PA, Keller received his bachelor’s degree from Temple University, earned his medical degree from The George Washington University School of Medicine in 1989, and completed his neurology internship and residency at Bethesda Naval Hospital. He also served as a neurologist at the U.S. Naval Hospital in Okinawa, Japan.

Matthew Holder, M.D., M.B.A.

As an international leader in the emerging field of Developmental Medicine, Dr. Holder advocates on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) for better quality health services.  Dr. Holder currently serves as the Global Medical Advisor and Chairman of the Medical Advisory Committee for Special Olympics International, he is a co-founder and Past President Emeritus of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, President of the American Board of Developmental Medicine and is the Chief Executive Officer of the Lee Specialty Clinic in Louisville, Kentucky, an interdisciplinary teaching and research clinic whose mission is to address the health needs of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  As a physician, educator and healthcare advocate, Dr. Holder has impacted the state of healthcare policy, research and medical education around the world.

Henry Hood, D.M.D.

Since 1998, Dr. Hood has dedicated his entire professional life to the care of patients with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).  As Chief Clinical Officer of Advantage Medical Corporation, his principal focus is the creation and management of patient care, teaching and research programs serving patients with IDD.   Dr. Hood is co-creator of the Lee Specialty Clinic model, an innovative patient care, teaching and research program, providing collaborative interdisciplinary health services to approximately 1200 patients with IDD from sixty counties across the Commonwealth of Kentucky, who live in a variety of residential settings.  Dr. Hood has created multiple predoctoral and postgraduate developmental dentistry clinical and didactic teaching programs.  He has authored book chapters and scientific manuscripts published in the United States, Germany, Great Britain, Poland and Japan.  Dentists and dental students have come from around the world to study under him.  In 2011, in recognition of his leadership, the Kentucky Board of Dentistry designated the Lee Specialty Clinic as an independent teaching program.  Dr. Hood is the co-founder and Past President of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, the nation’s first and only interdisciplinary professional advocacy organization of physicians and dentists with expertise in the care of patients with IDD.  Dr. Hood has served as a consultant to national managed care organizations, assisting in the development of risk stratification and design of health-home program models focused on individuals with IDD. 

Jared Mushrush

Jared works as an Office Assistant going on 6 years for the Community Strategies division of Community Resources for Justice. He has been a participating resident of Community Resources for Justice in Leominster, MA for 9 years.  In his spare time he likes to play video games and socialize with friends.

Julie Neward, M.B.A.

Ms. Neward is President and co-founder of, The California Sibling Leadership Network and was recently appointed by Governor Brown to the California State Council on Developmental Disabilities.  She is the founder of Natalie’s Voice, a family-driven, sexual-assault prevention advocacy organization whose mission is to raise awareness and empower caregivers to protect individuals with D/ID from sexual abuse. Ms. Neward has had more than 10 years of experience in shopping center management and has recently moved to San Diego to manage a ground-up, mixed-use Development from The San Francisco Bay Area.   Ms. Neward grew up in Walnut Creek, California and graduated with an International MBA from the University of San Diego in 2007, where she studied abroad in Brazil, Argentina and Spain.   She is a mother to two young girls who like to rock out to “Baby Shark Do-Do-Do”. In her downtime, she enjoys binging on Netflix with her husband and looks forward to getting back to the San Diego surf scene.

Cynthia Peacock, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.A.P.

Dr. Peacock is Associate Professor of Medicine and Section Chief, Center for Transition Medicine in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, as well as Medical Director of Texas Children’s Hospital -Baylor College of Medicine Transition Medicine Clinic.  In 2005, Dr. Cynthia Peacock started the Texas Children’s Hospital -Baylor Transition Medicine Clinic in Houston, Texas serving adolescents/young adults with neurodevelopmental disabilities such as spina bifida, Down syndrome, autism and cerebral palsy who are aging out of the pediatric health care system.  Additionally, the clinic is one of a very few clinics in the U.S. that specifically offers a medical home specifically for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Dr. Peacock’s experience with the Transition Medicine Clinic has helped her to identified and define the numerous barriers that adolescents/young adults with significant chronic childhood conditions encounter. She has worked with The Arc of Texas, Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights and with Texas Department of State Health Services on several initiatives to address numerous health care issues that individuals with IDD face on a daily basis. Because of the advocacy work she has done, she was awarded the 2010 Houston Mayor’s Disability Advocate of the Year Award. 

Steven Perlman, D.D.S., MSc.D., D.O.H.L. (Hon)

Dr. Perlman is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatric Dentistry at The Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine.  For the past 35 years, he has devoted much of his private practice as well as his teaching, to the treatment of children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities.  Dr. Perlman is a past president of both the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and The Massachusetts Academy of Pediatric Dentistry.  He is a Fellow of The Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities, a Fellow of The American College of Dentists and a Diplomate of the American Board of Special Care Dentistry. Dr. Perlman was the first dentist in Massachusetts to receive the Exceptional Physician Award.  He is a Distinguished Alumnus of The Boston University School of Dental Medicine and the first graduate in the history of the Dental School to also be recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus of Boston University. He is the recipient of the Harold Berk Award from the Academy of Dentistry for Persons with Disabilities and the Manny Album Award from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Dr. Perlman has also been honored by The Pierre Fauchard Academy and in 2002, the American Dental Association presented him with their Access Recognition Award.  In May 2002 the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Foundation named Dr. Perlman Dentist of the Year for his significant contributions to the dental profession and the specialty of pediatric dentistry over an entire career of distinguished service.  He has published over 200 articles and was a contributor to the Surgeon General’s Report on Oral Health. Dr. Perlman  has received The Exceptional Parent Maxwell J. Schileifer Distinguished Service Award for dedication to improving the lives of individuals with special needs and disabilities as well as The Trudi Birger Community Service Award from Alpha Omega for extraordinary contribution to children with special needs all over the world.  In 1993, Dr. Perlman founded Special Olympics Special Smiles, an Oral Health Initiative for the athletes of Special Olympics International.  It now has over 215 events each year taking place in every state in the United States and in over 80 countries.  He currently serves as their Senior Global Clinical Advisor.  Dr. Perlman is a cofounder and past president of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry (AADMD) and in 2005 and 2006 served as an advisor to the President’s Committee for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities.

Rick Rader, M.D., F.A.A.I.D.D., F.A.I.S., D.H.L.  (Hon)

Dr. Rader is the Director of the Habilitation Center at the Orange Grove Center, Chattanooga, Tennessee. He is responsible for the creation, implementation and evaluation of novel and innovative healthcare delivery programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities across the lifespan. He is the Director of Public Policy and Advocacy at the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and served as the Past President and co-founder.  He is President of the Board of the American Association on Health and Disability and is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board at the Journal of Health and Disability. He is a Member of the Editorial Advisory Committee at the Journal of Medicine.  Dr. Rader is the Editor in chief of Exceptional Parent Magazine and has published over 300 articles, book chapters, monographs and guidelines in the area of health and disability.  Dr. Rader was the first appointed Special Liaison for Family Healthcare Concerns at the Presidents Committee for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. He is an Emeritus Advisor in Health Innovations at the Agency for Health Research and Quality at the United States Department of Health and Human Services. He is a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and was appointed to the National Academies of Practice in Medicine and a Distinguished Practitioner.  Dr. Rader is the Senior Global Advisor for Inclusive Health Innovation for Special Olympics International, Washington, D.C.   Dr. Rader is an Adjunct Professor in Human Development at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga.  He is a member of the Steering Committee at the National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices.