Olmstead Planning Committee Advisory Council

An Advisory Council with subject matter expertise will assist in developing the Commonwealth’s Olmstead Plan.

The roles and responsibilities of the Olmstead Advisory Council include advising the Olmstead Planning Committee on various aspects of the development of an Olmstead Plan; reviewing and suggesting edits to the content of the Olmstead plan; identifying gaps and challenges in the draft plan, and providing recommendations; and soliciting input from stakeholders.

It is the Olmstead Planning Committee’s intention that members of the Council represent the diversity of stakeholders interested in this topic, including representatives from: providers, non-profit entities and community-based organizations with demonstrated expertise in community-based housing, home- and community-based long-term services and supports, consumers with disabilities, family care-givers, consumer advocacy organizations, and other entities to ensure broad representation.


Olmstead Advisory Council

  • Kimberly Babbs, Executive Director, Laurel Ridge Senior Living Residence
  • Anna Bellows, General Counsel, Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley
  • Christian Beres, Healthcare Policy Analyst, Easterseals
  • Laila Bernstein, Advisor to the Mayor for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness, City of Boston, Mayor's Office for the Initiative to End Chronic Homelessness
  • Barbara Chandler, Senior Advisor on Civil Rights and Fair Housing, Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership
  • Lucie Chansky, Special Education Advocate, Private citizen
  • Jennifer Clark, Deputy Director, Planning & Community Development, City of New Bedford
  • Andrew  Cohen Staff Attorney, Project Director, Health Law Advocates
  • Kelley Cronin, Executive Director, Acton Housing Authority
  • Vijay Dalal, Vice President, Operations, Dare Family Services, Inc
  • Marc Fenton, Former Principal, Public Consulting Group
  • Joe Finn, President and Executive Director, Massachusetts Housing and Shelter Alliance
  • Nicole Godairem, Executive Director, Brain Injury of Massachusetts
  • Lisa Maria Gurgone, Executive Director, Home Care Aide Council
  • Bill Henning, Executive Director, Boston Center for Independent Living
  • Emery Hughes, Director, BAYADA Home Health Care
  • Julie Jediny, Resident Services Coordinator, Meredith Management
  • George Kent, Development Officer, Special Olympics Massachusetts
  • Shaun Kinsella, Statewide Director, Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Jennifer Lee, Systems Advocate for Change, Stavros Center for Independent Living
  • Stacey Leibowitz, Director, Developmental Disabilities and Rehabilitative Services, The Bridge of Central MA
  • Bradley Marshall, Outreach/SHINE/CAC Worker, Rehoboth Council on Aging
  • David Matteodo, Executive Director, MA Association of Behavioral Health Systems
  • Danna Mauch, President and CEO, MA Association for Mental Health
  • Kristen McCosh, Disability Commissioner, City of Boston
  • Zobeida Medero, Case Manager/Assistant Coordinator, Boston Public Health Commission
  • Mignonne Murray, Director of Western Council on Aging, Town of Weston, Council on Aging
  • Caitlin Parton, Staff Attorney, Disability Law Center
  • Nicole Rodriguez, Advocate/Peer Counselor, Stavros Center for Independent Living
  • Karen Rudd, Executive Director, Bridgewater Housing Authority
  • Tom Sannicandro, Director, Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Community Inclusion, UMass Boston
  • Paul Spooner, Executive Director, MetroWest Center for Independent Living
  • Susan White, Director of Affordable Housing, Vinfen Corporation
  • Megan Wiechnik, Resource Helpline Director, NAMI
  • John Winske, Legal Advocate, Disability Policy Consortium

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