UCP Board of Trustees model exemplary leadership and share a strong commitment to UCP’s Mission.
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UCP Board of Trustees model exemplary leadership and share a strong commitment to UCP’s Mission.
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Diane Wilush is President and CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia and United Cerebral Palsy of South Carolina, and works the UCP offices in Atlanta, GA. She attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton and is a Social Worker by profession.
Prior to her work with UCP, she worked with 14state government in Florida as a social worker and director of community-based social services for individuals living with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities and their families, in the late 1970’s and early 80’s. Diane began her career with UCP in 1984 in South Florida, moving to Georgia in 1994 to work with UCP in Atlanta. Diane’s work with UCP has involved designing and implementing community supports and services for children and adults with cerebral palsy and other developmental disabilities.
Over her decades long career in supporting individuals with cerebral palsy and other disabilities, Diane has served on a number of Boards and held voluntary board leadership positions including the early intervention coordinating council in South Florida, Service Providers Association in Georgia and the 501 (c) Trust. In addition, she has been actively engaged with many UCP national committees, including: public policy, affiliate services, and the UCP Regional Administrators Council, as well as the UCP Professional Council, where she serves as Chair.
Keith is a Certified Public Accountant in Mobile, AL. He is the managing principal of Graham, Brown & Dutton, PC – a public accounting firm serving clients in the areas of corporate and personal income tax, estate planning, and audits of non-public corporations/nonprofits. Keith began his relationship with UCP as a volunteer serving on the board of UCP of Mobile (Alabama) including the opportunity to serve as Treasurer and Board Chair. In addition, he has severed on the board of UCP of Alabama also having served as President. He continues to serve actively on those boards.
Ouida is a licensed Real Estate Broker in Georgia and South Carolina and she has been in real estate consulting and sales for over 17 years. For over 20 years Ouida was in banking, serving in such capacities as Senior Vice President with SunTrust Bank, managing the Mortgage Loan Production Division. Before that she was Group Vice President with Decatur Federal.
Ouida works with individual buyers and sellers, Corporate Executives, Senior Citizens, Persons with Special Needs, Corporate Relocation Executives and Employees, First Time Home Buyers, For Profit and NonProfit Corporate Clients. Her area of specialization is in locating homes that can be modified for individuals with special needs. She has worked with various corporations and individuals in a Real Estate Sales and or Consulting capacity to acquire properties for over 500 individuals who required special accessibility modifications. Ouida is a tireless advocate for housing rights of individuals with special needs and disabilities. She strives to change the public’s perception and improve the quality of life of people with special needs.
Ouida is a Member of the DeKalb Association of Realtors. She serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Cerebral Palsy of Georgia, Member of the UCP Master Board of Directors South Florida/ Georgia/South Carolina, Vice Chairman and Member of Board of Directors UCP of South Carolina. She is a member of the United Cerebral Palsy, Inc. Affiliate Services Committee. Her other volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Trustees of the Rosebud McCormick Foundation for over 26 years and is currently serving as the Vice Chair and Finance Chair. She is the Finance Chair for the Georgia Federation of Business and Professional Women and Past State President BPW/GA. Ouida has served on the Executive Board of her Neighborhood Association for 25 years. She is currently serving as Treasurer of the Decatur BPW. She was recently elected to the Family Extended Care, Inc. Board of Directors. Ouida strongly believes in volunteering and giving back to the community.
Ouida has both her MBA and BBA Degrees from Georgia State University.
Bill received his Batchelor of Arts/Accounting degree from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He worked in the public accounting field for ten years, five years as national sales manager for a sporting goods manufacturer and retired in 2015 after thirty-five years as a Registered Representative with AXA/Equitable specializing in estate and personal financial planning. During those years received numerous company and national awards to include many years qualifying for Million Dollar Roundtable.
Bill’s association with CP began at age nine when he became friends and grew up with a school mate who had CP. During the elementary and high school years participated in roadblock canvassing in conjunction with the televised national CP telethon. While in college he and his wife developed a lifelong relationship with a fellow student who had CP and his mother who was always there for him.
He has been a board member at East Central Alabama UCP in Anniston, Alabama for thirty-two years, served in all officer and committee positions and as VIP fund raiser during the annual telethon. Was Board Member of The Year twice and top fund raiser for over twenty-five years. In addition has served as board member and treasurer for UCP of Alabama for over twenty years.
April retired in 2014 as a Senior Information Technology Project Manager for the Auto Club Group of Michigan (AAA) after 28 years of service. From 1973 to 1997, she worked in a variety of Human Resources roles at National Bank of Detroit (Chase), AAA, Masco Corporation and Little Caesar Enterprises. Moving between organizations, April worked in the Compensation field for 12 years in roles ranging from Compensation Analyst/Consultant, Incentive Compensation Administrator, and Manager to Director.
April and her husband Richard have served UCP/Detroit in multiple capacities since 1983. Currently, April is the Board Chair for UCP/Detroit and a board member for UCP/Michigan. She is facilitating a merger between the two affiliates targeted for 2020. April serves as the Human Resources Committee Chair for both organizations, and works with UCP National to provide compensation consulting to affiliates.
Since 2015, April has been volunteering as a Program Facilitator/Facility Therapy Dog Handler at Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital. Applying her business acumen, she helped the Volunteer Services Department develop a national recognized therapy dog program.
April graduated summa cum laude from the University of Detroit, with a Bachelor of Science (Management) and Masters of Business Administration (Finance). She has maintained currency and functioned as a Certified Compensation Professional (CCP) since 1994 and as a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2005.
Since 2005, Chris has focused his practice primarily on employment cases. He handles a wide variety of employment cases ranging from discrimination and harassment to cases involving accommodations for individuals with disabilities, retaliation, and wage and hour cases. Chris is experienced in handling cases from their initial phases through jury verdicts.
Chris’s personal philosophy of practicing law is that he firmly believes his cases can change the world, one case at a time. Because each case is very important to him, he works to bring about a just resolution as swiftly as he can. Chris strongly believes in representing his clients ethically and with integrity.
After graduating with honors Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona, Chris went to law school at Arizona State University where he graduated in 2000. Following graduation, he clerked for a Superior Court judge in New Jersey. He later worked for the Civil Rights Division of the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for over four years and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for more than six years.
Dr. Ilene E. Wilkins has been the President/CEO of UCP of Central Florida since 2002 and a member of the staff since 1995. Originally hired as the Center Director, she has been instrumentally in growing the agency from providing services to 150 children to making a difference in the lives of thousands of children with and without disabilities and their families.
Dr. Wilkins has served as a national and statewide leader in the field of disabilities including appointed by the Governor as the Chairman of the Florida Interagency Coordinating Council for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities for Children’s Medical Services. She also was the Regional Chair for the United Cerebral Palsy Association Southeast Region and head of various policy task forces. She currently serves as a member of the Early Learning Coalition of Osceola County. Dr. Wilkins was also honored as the Central Florida Women of the Year by the Women’s Executive Council and CEO of the Year for the Orlando Business Journal.
Previously, Dr. Wilkins was the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Association for Professional Foster Care where she helped lead foster care and adoption policy and legislative changes locally and nationally.
Dr. Wilkins has Bachelors from New York University, a Master’s in Public Administration from Suffolk University and received her doctorate in Exceptional Education from the University of Central Florida.
Dr. Wilkins has seven children, thirteen grandchildren and three dogs. Dr. Wilkins was also a foster parent for ten years, fostering over 150 children and teens. She has a passion for traveling, roller coasters and reading.
Jeanne has over two decades of experience in health care policy, data analysis, and strategy. She can translate complex developments in health care reform and reimbursement policy for a range of audiences and purposes and offers particular insights into the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Her data analysis skills enhance strategy and business development in those areas. More broadly she has deep insights in the area of health care system transformation and can help clients navigate and effectively respond to the changing environment with new models of payment and delivery. She also brings unique perspectives on the federal budget process and the health care economy, and can help organizations think about them strategically.
Prior to joining Healthsperien, Jeanne was Senior Vice President for Policy and Strategy at UnitedHealth Group where she led an interdisciplinary policy, data analysis, and research team at the enterprise’s Center for Health Reform & Modernization. She also served as an advisor on health policy issues, including Medicaid, Medicare, ACA implementation, and delivery system reforms, conducted analytic and quantitative research on a range of topics related to modernizing the financing and delivery of health care, and consulted on the design of pilots for alternative models of care. She authored a series of working papers and presented on a range of topics including: Medicare and Medicaid reform, specialty pharmacy, diabetes, genomics and novel diagnostics, and alternative to fee-for-service.
From 1997 to 2008, Jeanne served as a Principal Analyst at the Congressional Budget Office in the Budget Analysis Division’s health care section. As one of the agency’s primary Medicaid, CHIP and low-income Medicare program analysts, she developed ten-year spending forecasts for health care entitlement programs and estimated the financial and programmatic impacts of policy interventions in Medicare, Medicaid, and public health programs. She also has experience working with state governments on improving their health care systems through work at the Alpha Center (now part of Academy Health) and for the state of Massachusetts. Jeanne is from New York and has a Master in Public Policy (MPP) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a degree in history from Dartmouth College.
John T. Anderson is a recently retired automotive executive with over 33 years working in the industry on automotive public policy issues related to investment
and trade strategies, environmental and safety issues and the development of autonomous vehicles. Mr. Anderson most recently served as Vice President of Government Affairs for Kia Motors Corporation directing federal and state government relations and building Kia’s brand presence in Washington, D.C. During his tenure at Kia’s
Washington office, Anderson was on the Board of Directors for Global Automakers, a trade and policy organization representing international auto companies and component suppliers.
Prior to working with Kia, Mr. Anderson spent 15 years working for General Motors in Washington, D.C., Detroit, Buffalo and Singapore where he was part of the start-up team for a spin-off company known as Delphi Automotive. He worked for Delphi for a decade in Asia and Washington, D.C on international automotive policy issues. During his time at Delphi, he served on the Asia Pacific Strategy Board and the Border Trade Alliance working on trade issues relative to NAFTA. He also served as an advisor to the U.S. Department of Commerce on international trade issues relating to the automotive business. Mr. Anderson is a native of Michigan and a graduate of Michigan State University and attended the Thunderbird University International Management Program. He and his wife Joanna live in Alexandria, Virginia and spend quality time at a family house in New Hampshire.
Certified Public Accountant since 1980. Managing Member of management and financial services consulting firm since January, 2015. Partner, Financial Services Group Leader and Financial Institutions National Practice Leader for Moss Adams LLP from 1987 until retirement in December, 2014. Responsible for leading approximately 135 professionals serving over 300 public and non‐public financial institutions from de novo status to over $20 billion in asset size and generating more than $35 million in revenues.
Experienced in auditing, including assessing the effectiveness of internal controls over financial reporting, for financial institutions subject to the Sarbanes‐Oxley Act (SOX 404), FDICIA attestation requirements, and other regulatory reporting frameworks, such as HUD, FannieMae and FreddieMac. Frequent contributor to industry newsletters and publications as well as speaker at industry meetings and conferences. Recipient of the Oregon Bankers Association’s 2014 “Hall of Fame” award.
Margaret Farman has served as Chief Executive Officer of United Cerebral Palsy of the North Bay since November 2006. Her career in the field of developmental disabilities has spanned over 35 years – developing education, employment, recreation, housing, and supported living services. She has also served on numerous community advisory boards – advocating for the rights of people with developmental disabilities and coordinating services with state and local agencies.
Under her leadership, UCP of the North Bay has experienced rapid growth with the development of Cypress Primary School, Cypress Secondary School, Recreation Services and Social Enterprises: Gone For Good, OADS, Petaluma Recycling Center, and WineBev Services. Cypress School serves students ages 5-22 with autism and other developmental disabilities. Gone For Good, OADS, Petaluma Recycling Center and WineBev Services employ adults with developmental disabilities – paying them market rate wages that help to create economic self-sufficiency. UCP of the North Bay is currently expanding supported employment opportunities in Napa, Sonoma & Solano counties, developing jobs with many diverse employers.
Paula Rader attended undergraduate studies at Hendrix College in Conway, AR and obtained an M.Ed. in Special Education, with an emphasis in Supported Employment from University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Paula worked at Youth Home, Goodwill Industries, and Independent Case Management, Inc. prior to beginning work at United Cerebral Palsy of Arkansas, Inc. in 1992. She began as an ACS Waiver Supervisor and in 1993, she took on the role of the Project STAR Adoption Grant Manager. This role saw Paula directing all grant activities, specifically focusing on recruiting parents for children with special needs and providing specialized training for service providers about the special issues adopted children face in their daily lives.
She next moved into the role of Adult Habilitation Director operating both the Little Rock and North Little Rock locations.She became Compliance/Program Administrator in 2002 for UCP of Arkansas, transitioning to Chief Program Officer in 2014. After 24 years with UCP of Arkansas, Paula assumed her role as the organization’s 3rd Chief Executive Officer in July 2016.
Mr. Peter Quattromani has served as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer for United Cerebral Palsy of Rhode Island (UCPRI). Prior to leading UCP, Mr. Quattromani worked as the director of policy and legislative affairs for the office of Governor Lincoln Almond and held positions with The Futures Health Group and The May Institute. Throughout his career, Mr. Quattromani has focused on supporting individuals with developmental disabilities. He has served on boards
Mr. DeBiasi serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ortho Wilmington, a medical group with 24 physicians, 26 mid-level providers and more than 325 employees created by the 2012 merger of Atlantic Orthopedics and Wilmington Orthopaedic Group. With the January 2015 addition of Orthopaedic Specialists, the practice treats approximately 1,100 Steve DeBiasi patients per day in 14 offices located throughout Southeastern North Carolina. As the chief non-physician executive, he directs all financial and business operations of the practice and related entities. In conjunction with the physician board of directors, he develops and implements organizational strategy including partnerships with other organizations. In August 2016, Ortho Wilmington few again to became part of Emerge Ortho, a medical practice with 126 physicians providing services in 49 locations in 21 counties across North Carolina.
Mr. DeBiasi previously held similar positions with two other medical practices: Wilmington Pathology Associates and Wilmington Plastic Surgery. In 2004, along with other investors from Wilmington Pathology, he started Next Wave Diagnostic Laboratories, an independent clinical laboratory. Prior to moving to Wilmington in 2003, he spent seven years managing Carolinas Pathology Group, the pathology practice providing services to several Carolinas Healthcare System facilities in the Charlotte region.
Mr. DeBiasi received a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Communication from Babson College and received a Master of Health Administration from the Medical College of Virginia. He is a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is a Certified Medical Practice Executive in the American College of Medical Practice Executives.
In 2014 NC Governor Pat McCrory appointed Mr. DeBiasi to the State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC). Under the Department of Health and Human Service’s Division of Health Service Regulation, the SHCC directs the development of the annual State Medical Facilities Plan, a document containing policies and methodologies used in determining need for new health care facilities and services in North Carolina.
Mr. DeBiasi recently joined the board of Coastal Horizons Center and after completing a two-year term on the Board of Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences, serving on the Strategic Planning, Finance and Standards Committees. For six years, he served on the Board of The Carousel Center for Abused Children, previously as Board Chair. Professionally, he has served on the board the North Carolina Medical Group Managers Association, previously as Board Secretary, with numerous committee assignments and the Wilmington Medical Group Managers Association with multiple terms as President.
Armando A. Contreras is the President and CEO of the Washington D.C. based, United Cerebral Palsy Inc, the nation’s leading organization in advocating and promoting inclusion for people with cerebral palsy and disabilities. A native of Los Angeles, California, Armando’s professional career includes serving as the CEO of United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona, as the President and CEO of the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (AZHCC) and as the Director of the Arizona Registrar of Contractors and the Executive Director of the Governor’s Council on Small Business under former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano. Armando earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco. He also attended the Indiana University School of Philanthropy. With three grown children, Armando and his wife Norma reside in Phoenix, Arizona where they are active in the community, particularly contributing their time and talents to faith based social justice issues. Armando was recently elected to the Board of Directors of the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national organization that promotes US/Mexico border and immigration policies that affirm the dignity of the human person. He also serves on the Board of SourceAmerica and is a member of the Finance Committee of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix. In November 2016, Armando was recognized by the Arizona Business Magazine as one of the top CEO’s in the non-profit health sector, and in 2015 he was named one of the most Influential Minority Business Leaders in Arizona. In July 2014 he was awarded a scholarship to attend the Harvard School of Business Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management. Armando was also the featured CEO in the December 2013 issue of Arizona Business Magazine and the Phoenix Business Journal awarded him with the Champions in Diversity recognition in 2012. Armando was honored to meet with President George W. Bush to discuss faith-based and community initiatives that took place in May of 2001 at the White House, West Wing Roosevelt Room.
Cheryl Hines is a two-time Emmy nominee for her role as Cheryl David on HBO’s Golden Globe Award-winning series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” the brainchild of “Seinfeld” co-creator Larry David. The show’s seventh season recently completed airing and generated the most viewers to date.
Cheryl’s feature film directorial debut, “Serious Moonlight” was released this past December through distributed Magnolia Films. The film premiered with critical acclaim at the 2009 Tribeca Film Festival. The screenplay was written by the late Adrienne Shelly, who directed Cheryl in the critically acclaimed “Waitress.” The film is a dark comedy centered on the troubled marriage of a high-powered female attorney (played by Meg Ryan) who learns that her husband (Timothy Hutton) is about to leave her for another woman.
Cheryl was recently seen in a major story arc on ABC’s drama series “Brothers and Sisters.” Other network television projects Cheryl has been involved with include a starring role opposite Megan Mullally in the ABC Television Network series “In the Motherhood,” a single camera comedy series chronicling the hilarious ups and downs of motherhood. Cheryl has also produced and directed various television projects, including the award-winning comedy series “Campus Ladies” for the Oxygen Channel and the Starz Networks original comedy series “Hollywood Residential.” Cheryl’s next television producing project is the NBC two-hour special “School Pride” scheduled to air in fall 2010. The special deals with renovating a deteriorating school while at the same time revitalizing the community encouraging student pride and academic improvement.
Cheryl is also one of Hollywood’s busiest actresses with starring roles in a number of critically acclaimed feature films and box office hits including “The Ugly Truth,” “RV,” “Waitress,” “The Grand” and “Bart Got A Room.”