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Organized in 1979, MACDDS continues to provide a strong forum for its 84-member county boards (66 county boards, 17 related private organizations, 1 TCM entity, related private organizations, and affiliated public agencies to share information, discuss common problems, and act cohesively in areas of overall concern.
Each year the Association sponsors a fall conference that, through a series of workshops, seeks to bring together technical assistance and innovative ideas to broaden the perspective of member counties, related private organizations, and affiliated public agencies as they endeavor to serve people of Missouri with developmental disabilities.
MACDDS has continued to make a strong impact on legislative initiatives. Because of the pleasant blend of urban, suburban, and rural member counties, each MACDDS representative reflects the collective political strength and determination of those county voices.
Missouri has proven to be a "great society" in the enactment of "Senate Bill 40." The advocacy spirit is alive and well in the state. MACDDS strives to embody that spirit.
MACDDS champions inclusive communities through the leadership and collaboration of its member organizations.
All people lead full, meaningful lives as valued members of their communities.
|Jan Kraft||Western||President Elect|
|Heather Weddle||Western||Officer at Large|
|Jeff Richards||Eastern||Officer at Large|
|Becky Herschbach||Eastern||Past President|
MACDDS Executive Director Nancy Pennington
Nancy Pennington has worked with the Adair County SB40 Developmental Disability Board in Kirksville, Missouri, for eleven years. She became the Executive Director in January of 2017 after previously serving as the Assistant Director and Business Manager for the organization. Nancy has over twenty-five years working with various non-profits. Prior to coming to the Adair County SB40, she was the Executive Director for the United Way of Adair County/Northeast Missouri for six years, and has also worked with several organizations in the nonprofit field. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Truman State University, earned her certificate in Certified Public Accounting, and is a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities.
In addition to her experience, Nancy brings many strengths to this new role including her ability to cultivate teamwork and a positive culture, her knowledge of and experience with MACDDS operations as well as her sincere dedication to individuals with I/DD, MACDDS and our mission