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Hellos and Goodbyes

Adonis Brown photo

Thank you, Adonis!

NCCDD lost one of its former Council members this past year with the passing of Adonis Brown on July 28, 2021. Adonis served in numerous roles on the Council between 2009 and 2017, including on its Executive Committee. He became a Master Trainer for the State of North

Carolina through NCCDD’s Upward to Financial Stability initiative, helping people with intellectual and/or other developmental disabilities (I/DD) understand how to save money and increase their financial assets. In 2019, he moved to Missouri to serve as the Executive Director of their Statewide Independent Living Council.


JoAnn Toomey photo

Travel well, JoAnn!

The Council bid happy retirement to JoAnn Toomey who, for over 17 years, served as the Council’s Director of Operations. Toomey retired June 30, 2021. She led the Council and its staff through changes in executive directors and during two long interim periods without an executive director. Toomey is enjoying travel adventures across the United States with her husband of 47 years, Gordy, along with their dog Rosie.




Welcome to NCCDD!

NCCDD welcomed four new staff members this past year, including:

Pam Hunter Dempsey photoPam Hunter Dempsey
Systems Change Manager
Chris Hendricks photoChris Hendricks
Policy Education Coordinator/Legislative Liaison
LaQuadia Smith photoLaQuadia Smith
Business Services Coordinator
Tamira White photoTamira White
Systems Change Manager


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This project was supported, in part by grant number 2001NCSCDD-02, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy.

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