News  2023 Paul W. Spooner Generational Leadership Summit Participants

  • Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council
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The Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council (MDDC), Disability Policy Consortium (DPC), and Boston Center for Independent Living (BCIL) are hosting a Leadership Summit on the future of disability advocacy on September 29-30, 2023 at the Western Royal Plaza Hotel in Marlborough, MA.

The summit will include the new generation of disability advocacy leaders, and emerging leaders in advocacy in social justice for services, programs, and the human and civil rights of people with disabilities in Massachusetts. Approximately 20 new and emerging leaders will be brought together with some existing leaders to discuss where disability advocacy needs to go in the coming decade and what we can learn from the past that got us to where we are today.

We are very excited to announce our 2023 Summit participants! Behind the scenes, our team reviewed all applications and was impressed with each applicant. After careful consideration, we are happy to be bringing the following 20 individuals together:


  • Jonathan Atiencia - Lansdowne, PA
  • Noelle Balutis – Fitchburg, MA
  • Sarah Broas – Cambridge, MA
  • Austin Carr - Winthrop, MA
  • Cristina Cortez – North Easton, MA
  • Desi Forte – Boston, MA
  • Jonathan Gardner – East Bridgewater, MA
  • Erin Ryan Heyneman – Melrose, MA
  • Chris Hoeh – Jamaica Plain
  • Maisie Kramer – Brighton, MA
  • Cynthia Laine – Fitchburg, MA
  • Amber Pettell – Westfield, MA
  • Marissa Pike – Lynn, MA
  • Cody Rooney – Amherst, MA
  • Mia Savage – Fall River, MA
  • Tatiana Thomas – Somerville, MA
  • Brian Edwards – Dartmouth, MA
  • Benji Kemper – Brighton, MA
  • Henry Morgan – Florence, MA
  • Marcel Raisbeck – Amherst, MA

Check back for more information as we begin to announce our Summit presenters!

  • Massachusetts Developmental Disabilities Council 

    The MDDC is an independent agency, funded by the federal government, dedicated to empowering people with developmental disabilities and their families to enjoy full productive lives by promoting self-sufficiency, community inclusion & opportunity.
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