On November 20th, ob欧宝娱乐app and the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disabilities Services (NASDDDS) announced the creation of the Cathy Anderson Award for Public-Private Partnership. Anderson, a remarkable member of the ob欧宝娱乐app family and a long-time public servant who dedicated her career to advocating for the lives of people with disabilities, passed away earlier this year.
During her time at ob欧宝娱乐app, Anderson provided consultation and technical assistance to states and, as a result, continuously demonstrated how partnerships between the public and private sectors can achieve great and lasting systems change to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. To honor Anderson’s legacy and lifetime achievements serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) across our nation, NASDDDS and ob欧宝娱乐app established this new award to spotlight strong public-private partnerships that have improved the lives of people with disabilities.
Beginning in January 2022, NASDDDS and ob欧宝娱乐app will announce a call for nominations for the inaugural Cathy Anderson Award for Public-Private Partnership from state directors who serve people with I/DD. The candidates will embody the promise and possibility that can emerge from strong partnerships and highlight the power of bringing public and private expertise to the table jointly.
Commenting on the award announcement, Jill Reynolds, Associate Practice Area Director for ob欧宝娱乐app’s Human Services team said, “Cathy was a true champion for improving the lives of people with disabilities. She dedicated her life to giving people with disabilities opportunities to live meaningful lives while being fully integrated in their communities. She had a profound impact on countless lives, mine included, and it was a great honor to know her. We are deeply appreciative to see her legacy live on through this award.”
ob欧宝娱乐app’s Founder and CEO Bill Mosakowski reflected, “Cathy was an exceptional mentor to the team, setting a high standard for work, professionalism, and caring for people served by government agencies. Her efforts made us all better consultants and better people. Let this award be a testament to her achievements and legacy.”
The full press release is available here on the NASDDDS website.