About the UCEDD

The mission of the Waisman Center, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) is to support the full inclusion and self determination of people with developmental disabilities and their families through: development of personnel qualified to provide services in the health, education, and social service systems provision of services, technical assistance and the dissemination of information, improvement of assessment, service and support approaches, contribution of new knowledge about the causes and prevention of developmental disabilities, the impact of disabilities on individuals and families, and the efficacy of different assessment, intervention and support methods. As a member of the University of Wisconsin System, the Waisman Center UCEDD adheres to the fourfold university mission to advance research, academic training, service and outreach.

UCEDD Steering Committee

Albee Messing Albee Messing, VMD, PhD
Director, Waisman Center
William E. MacLean, PhD
William E. MacLean, PhD
University Center for Excellence In Developmental Disabilities
Associate Director
Amanda Bell Amanda Bell
Living Our Visions (LOV-Dane)
Jody Bleck Jody Bleck
Associate Director, Finance and Administration

Gail Chodron Gail Chodron
Act Early Initiative
Molly Cooney Molly Cooney
Wisconsin PROMISE
Leann Smith, PhD Leann Smith DaWalt, PhD
UCEDD Research Director
Joan L. Ershler Joan L. Ershler
Waisman Early Childhood Program
Senior Administrative Program Specialist
Anne Bradford Harris, PhD Anne Bradford Harris, PhD
LEND Co-Director
Liz Hecht Liz Hecht
Parent Projects Coordinator
Axel Junker
Axel Junker
Manager, Community Outreach Wisconsin
 Amy Lyle Amy Lyle
Waisman Resource Center, UCEDD
Clinical Social Worker
  Tim Markle
Southern Regional Center Director
Maria Nogueron Maria Nogueron
Chair, Constituent Advisory Committee
Julie A. Schears Julie A. Schears
Outreach Specialist
Amy Whitehead Amy Whitehead
Clinics Operations Manager