Konstance Causey is the program coordinator for the Louisiana Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) program. She is no stranger to LEND, however, as she recently participated as a family discipline scholar with the graduating cohort of 2022. Her motivation and tenacity to build the capacity of the developmental disability service system to better serve families and individuals with disabilities has made her an exceptional addition to the LEND team.
For nearly six years, Ms. Causey has worked with Families Helping Families of Northeast LA, a family-directed resource center for people with developmental disabilities and their families where she currently serve as Deputy Director. In her current role, Ms. Causey provides training and peer support to empower parents by connecting them to resources and helping them to understand their rights and responsibilities. She also serve as the Regional Advocacy leader for the 12 parishes of NELA, where she works on behalf of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council to support families and individuals with disabilities to become grassroots legislatives advocates for the disability community. Her passion and drive comes from her own unique experiences as a former NICU mom after the premature birth of her daughter Kaidence, a former 24-week micropreemie who experienced developmental challenges.
Ms. Causey holds over a decade of public policy and advocacy experience, beginning with her advocacy efforts during her undergraduate years working on various grassroots environmental and public health policy campaigns. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in African American studies, and from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Master of Public Administration concentrating in Health. She serves on several regional and state committees dedicated to elevating the voice of the “lived experiences” of Louisiana’s citizens in an effort to create and advance more inclusive, equitable programs, services, and services. Her hopes are to continue to channel her unique personal, professional, and academic experiences to contribute to creating lasting, positive change for families.
Liz Gary serves on the CAC as a family member to a person with a disability. Liz is also a fierce advocate with more than 10 years of experience educating others to effectively influence public policy. She was a trainee in the very first Louisiana LEND cohort in 2010 and now serves as the Policy Coordinator for the LEND program. Liz also has experience working with Northshore Families Helping Families and coordinated the national program Partners in Policymaking for 11 years. She also sits on numerous boards and stakeholder groups to provide feedback and stay up to date on what is happening in our state. She also sits on numerous boards and stakeholder groups to provide feedback and stay up to date on what is happening in our state.
Susan “Sue” G. Killam has worked for over 25 years in the area of employment and disability policy. Ms. Killam is a tireless advocate for the civil rights of all people but specifically for individuals with disabilities. Ms. Killam began her career in Louisiana in 1990 as the Lead Trainer for the Supported Employment Systems Change Grant. Following that grant, Sue served as Director of AcME, Inc. (an employment agency initiated by six parents of individuals with disabilities) for 10 years. Ms. Killam has published several articles on supported employment and disability services and is one of the authors of APSE’s Ethical Guidelines. She has served on numerous governor-appointed councils and boards and is one of the founding members of the Louisiana SE Network (now LA APSE) and currently is appointed to the State as Model Employer (SAME) task force. Ms. Killam is currently focused on providing comprehensive career pathways to jobs in demand.
Kim Sherman, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist who evaluates children referred to the Autism Spectrum Disorders Interdisciplinary (ASDID) Clinic at LSUHSC’s Human Development Center. She is also a Nationally Certified School Psychologist through the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and a past president of the Louisiana School Psychological Association (LSPA). Dr. Sherman’s areas of interest include assessment and intervention for young children and school-aged youth. Dr. Sherman also works as a Professor of Practice in Tulane University’s School Psychology program and as a trainer and consultant in New Orleans-area schools.
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