Nisonger Consumer Advisory Council

The Consumer Advisory Council (CAC) is a group mandated under the Developmental Disabilities Act to advise the Nisonger Center director and provide guidance and feedback in the development of the Center’s 5-Year Plan. Each year, the CAC also provides feedback on the implementation of the 5-Year Plan. The CAC advises and guides the general work of the Nisonger Center, and works with the Center to create and move towards a strategic vision. The CAC also serves as an informal bridge between the Nisonger Center and the community and university.

The Developmental Disabilities Act is the primary law supporting the states in enhancing the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Developmental Disabilities Act promotes inclusion and productivity within society, and ensures that these individuals participate in their community economically, politically, socially, culturally, religiously and educationally.

CAC Members

Marge Barnheiser
Parent Member 

Pat Cloppert
Parent Member

Ashley Poling

John Brown

Stephanie Leppert

Kerstin Sjoberg
Executive Director, Disability Rights Ohio

Carolyn Knight
Director, Ohio Developmental Disabilities Council

Rebecca Love
Director, Early Childhood Education, FCBDD

Patti Makosky-Ruble

Jeff Davis 
Director, Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Joyce Martin
Parent Member

Jed Morison
Superintendent, Franklin County Board of DD

Patrick Rafter
Founding CEO, Creative Housing, Inc.

Ilka Riddle 
Director, University of Cincinnati UCEDD

Amy Shuman 
Parent Member

Nisonger Center Staff

Christine Brown
Clinical Research Assistant

Darlene Byler
Assistant to the Director

Tamara Hager
Fiscal Officer/Outreach and Engagement

Paula Rabidoux, PhD
Associate Director; LEND Co-Director

Marc Tassé, PhD

Other Materials

About the CAC
Nisonger Center Strategic Plan (DRAFT)
ADD 5-Year Plan

NISONGER CENTER – CAC Summary and Recruitment Document 1-2-2020

CAC Presentation Slides 7-28-20

CAC Meeting Minutes 7-28-20

Next CAC Meeting

October 27, 2020
Nisonger Center
Room 230 McCampbell Hall
3 pm – 4:30 pm

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