Appointed by Governor Larry Hogan as Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Disabilities in 2015, Carol is the lead in shaping the state’s Disability Plan for Marylanders with disabilities to work and live in communities throughout the state. She advises the Governor and his Administration on methods to improve its implementation and funding through effective collaborations with state agencies, regional and local governments, and community organizations.
Carol was a member of ANCOR from the late 1980s through the late 1990s, initially in as the Executive Director of Alternative Living, Inc., and later as the Executive Director of The Arc of Howard County, Maryland. Throughout her distinguished career spanning nearly four decades, Carol’s work has mirrored ANCOR’s mission and core vision to shape policy, share solutions and strengthen communities so people with disabilities have the supports they need to be fully included in all aspects of community life.
Rod Braun serves as Executive Director of the Christian Opportunity Center in Pella, Iowa.
As Chair for the Grassroots Task Force for ANCOR’s National Advocacy Campaign from 2000-2003, Rod spearheaded several key initiatives, including a fundraising event hosted by Christian Opportunity Center that yielded more than $5,000 for the Campaign. Through the Iowa state association, Rod worked to recruit new members to ANCOR and mentored a range of ANCOR’s Iowa members. And, as a member of the ANCOR’s Board Development Committee from 2004-2014, Rod worked to develop an assessment tool for effective governance.
Robert Budd is the Chief Executive Officer for Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. Robert is a strategic visionary who is well-respected among his peers in human services.
As Vice President of ANCOR’s Board of Directors, he has a leadership role and works in partnership with a committed Board that takes proactive measures to influence opportunities and system reform in an unprecedented time. Robert firmly believes that strengthening relationships remains essential in building the capacity that ANCOR needs for the future, and he was elected to serve on the Board because of his thought leadership and innovative perspective, which led to a reinvention of the Board’s processes that has helped make it more sustainable and effective.
Mike Hutcherson serves as Senior Vice President for Rose & Kiernan, Inc. He is also a member of the ANCOR Foundation Board of Directors.
Mike served on the ANCOR Foundation Board for several of its formative years, and rejoined in 2015 because of his commitment to working with fellow Board members to focus on fundraising opportunities. The ANCOR Foundation’s fundraising efforts are critical to supporting ANCOR’s members as they provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Mike’s organization, Rose & Kiernan, has also recently become a member of ANCOR’s Shared Resources Purchasing Network, and Mike looks forward to partnering with ANCOR leadership to minimize inefficiencies in the procurement of insurance products.
Now retired, John Severtson previously served as Chief Executive Officer for One Vision (formerly Opportunity Village) in Clear Lake, Iowa. John remembers learning at his first ANCOR conference that the association “is all about building relationships,” and brought that perspective to his work with ANCOR during the 20+ years he spent as a member of the association.
As a member of ANCOR’s Government Relations Committee, John’s primary focus and area of expertise was on the employment opportunities available to people with disabilities. At a time when ANCOR recognized the wide array of services and supports offered by its members but was primarily focused on residential services and operational strategies, John’s focus on the workforce helped open new doors for ANCOR and its growing base of members.
Chris Stevenson has built a 20-year career in the field of supporting people intellectual and developmental disabilities, and has been a member of ANCOR since 2011. Since then, Chris’ passion, enthusiasm and optimistic outlook have been appreciated by many, particularly through his work with the ANCOR Foundation.
Chris has been on the Board of the ANCOR Foundation since 2013, and his leadership has taken the Foundation’s work to new heights. His leadership roles and accomplishments include serving as Board Chair, serving as Chair of the Fund Development Committee, generating and implementing the “Every Member Counts” campaign, and serving as co-Chair of the Included. Supported. Empowered. Public awareness campaign.
Prior to his retirement, Tim Sullivan served as Director of The Institute for Professional Practice, Inc.
During Tim’s impressive career, he participated in efforts to ensure that adult foster care services remained intact and recognized at tax exempt. Because adult foster care is the predominant model in New Hampshire, Tim’s efforts were critical to preserving services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Tim was also integral to efforts to clarify the status of and appropriate compensation for overnight staff. Clear guidance—made possible in part due to Tim’s efforts—helped providers ensure they were in compliance with state and federal labor laws. These contributions have not only been essential in New Hampshire, but also for the many ANCOR members who have learned from Tim’s expertise over the years.