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.
Julie Riley has worked in the area of special education and behavior for over 20 years and has a passion for inclusive practices, increasing social interaction, and solving challenging behavior issues. Julie currently serves as the Director of K-12 Initiatives at the LSUHSC Human Development Center. Julie has been with HDC for 12 years, starting as a facilitator and now serving as director for the LASARD Project. While with HDC LASARD, Julie has provided professional development and coaching for schools and agencies across Louisiana. Prior to joining HDC, Julie worked as a consultant to schools and families, school counselor, and special education teacher. Julie is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Behavior Analyst in Louisiana. Julie loves living in New Orleans with her husband and son and partaking in all the food, music, and festivals – especially Mardi Gras!
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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