Hello to the community representatives and leaders!
I am Kathleen Humphries, the new director of the OHSU University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disability. Oregon is not entirely new to me; I went to the University of Oregon, as did several of my sisters and my father. I have family still in the Portland area, which has made my transition even happier.
The job of the UCEDD in any state is to provide leadership to the training, technical assistance, research, and dissemination of relevant programs, materials, and services related to developmental disability.
I come to Oregon from Montana and 13 years in residence at the Rural Institute, Montana’s thriving UCEDD. At Montana I was involved in all of those UCEDD activities as a research project director.
The UCEDD at OHSU has a long successful history under the leadership, most recently of Dr. Don Lollar, Dr. Melanie Fried-Oken and Dr. Gloria Krahn. I hope to continue their good work while strengthening the UCEDD in areas where my skills and abilities are needed for future growth.
Ms. Rhonda Eppelsheimer served us as interim director in the spring and summer of 2014 during this most recent leadership transition and will stay on as a valued part of the leadership team in the role of Assistant Director.
I am a strong believer in the value of the partnership between the UCEDD servant leadership and the CPC community board. I expect that the relationships will deepen and the work will do together will expand and will reflect the changing landscape of disability in Oregon.
We have so many possibilities to pursue!
Warmly, Kathleen Humphries, PhD