NASDDDS Welcomes Two New Board Members

The National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) is pleased to announce Jason Cornwell and Julie Foster Hagan as the two newest board members- at-large elected by the membership at our association business meeting in November. The NASDDDS board of directors is responsible for administering the affairs of the association and establishing all organizational policies.

Jason Cornwell is the current director of the Developmental Disabilities Supports Division in New Mexico. He returned to the division from his position as Chief Operations Officer of the Los Lunas Community Program. Prior to that position, he was the Assistant Regional Director for Metro for nearly two years and also served as the Director of Operations for a community-based I/DD waiver provider in the northeast region. Jason brings HCBS experience to New Mexico from New York, Texas, Indiana, and Illinois where he has worked in all levels of community-based providers from DSP to executive. He is honored to lead a division comprised of 180 dedicated professionals statewide who serve over 8,000 New Mexicans with I/DD and their families by contracting with, regulating, and monitoring the service provision of over 200 community-based providers.

Julie Foster Hagan has served as the Assistant Secretary for the Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities (OCDD) in the Louisiana Department of Health since July of 2018. Julie has worked for OCDD for more than 22 years in several leadership roles, including deputy assistant secretary, administrator of the north lake supports and services center, and program manager of the statewide OCDD resource centers. During her tenure, Julie has been an integral part of leadership teams that have successfully exited Louisiana from a Department of Justice Settlement Agreement; built community capacity to support persons with intellectual / developmental disabilities to thrive in the community; end the waiting list for Home and Community Based Services; and, ensured safety of Louisiana residents with I/DD and their families during multiple hurricane-related disasters. Her drive is to foster quality improvements in the intellectual/developmental disabilities service delivery system that will help people to have more independent and meaningful lives in the community. Julie obtained a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Education degree in the field of speech/language pathology and a Master of Business Administration, with a concentration in Health Care Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University. Julie has been a member of NASDDDS National Policy Workgroup for the past three years, and she currently serves as a voting member of the National Advisory Council for Individuals with Disabilities in Disasters, as appointed by HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

“The talent within our slate of candidates for the NASDDDS board this year was extraordinary,” said NASDDDS Executive Director, Mary Sowers. “NASDDDS is beyond thrilled to welcome Jason and Julie and we look forward to working alongside them in service to our members.”

The board is composed of four officers and four members-at-large. All board members are elected by the association membership. The officers serve concurrent two-year terms, while the board members-at-large serve staggered, three-year terms.