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Column: Kathy Keeley named new leader of disabilities group AADD

By Maria Saporta
Published in the Atlanta Business Chronicle on Friday, May 10, 2013

The nonprofit All About Developmental Disabilities (AADD) has named a new executive director just in time for Mother’s Day.

The new director is Kathy Keeley, who has been serving as interim executive director since last August of the 50-year-old nonprofit. AADD provides support services, advocacy and training to more than 2,000 individuals and families living with developmental disabilities.

Because women and mothers often are the ones having to provide most of the care of children with disabilities, AADD also is unveiling its new “All About Moms” campaign to educate people and communities on ways they can support moms who are raising children with physical or intellectual disabilities.

AADD is dedicated to creating lifelong support, education and opportunities for children, adults and families living with developmental disabilities.

Before joining AADD as interim executive director, Keeley had her own consulting company — the Keeley Group — that focused on strategic planning, economic development, finance and performance management.

“We are thrilled to have Kathy Keeley leading AADD as our executive director,” said Lisa Blanco, who chairs AADD’s board. “She brings a top-caliber professional background with extensive business and strategic experience. She has the passion and talent to take our organization to the next level.”

Keeley’s clients have been across the United States and 20 countries worldwide including: the city of Las Vegas, the National Black Arts Festival, the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta, Quality Care for Children and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits.

“It has always been important in my career to make a difference in the lives of others, and this position with AADD is a significant opportunity to impact the lives of those living with developmental disabilities in the state of Georgia,” Keeley said.

The “All About Moms” campaign, which will be launched on Mother’s Day, will be a yearlong effort that will include a website and expanded resources with tips to help mothers as well as warning signs for when they need help.

Skyland Trail

Skyland Trail, a nationally recognized nonprofit that treats adults with mental illness, has named four new board members and five advisory board members.

Joining the board are Don Inman, CEO of HMI Enterprises Inc., a real estate investment organization, and a life trustee of Pace Academy; Kelly Loeffler, vice president of investor relations and corporate communications at IntercontinentalExchange; Betts Love, an active community volunteer who has chaired Skyland Trail’s Advisory Board for the last two years; and Mark Rosenberg, president and CEO of the Task Force for Global Health.

The new advisory board members are Kit Bowlin of the News-Press & Gazette Co.; Samuel Dunlap III of Angel Oak Capital Partners; Valerie Love, a community volunteer; Beth Park, also a community volunteer; and Charles Wellborn of SunTrust Investment Services.

Beth Finnerty, Skyland Trail’s president and CEO, said each of the new members is bringing “extensive knowledge to the organization and will be a key player in moving Skyland Trail forward.”

Georgia Historical Society

At its 174th annual meeting on May 2, the Georgia Historical Society elected several prominent Georgians to its board while keeping its leaders in place for another year.

The new board members are Ellen Bolch, president and CEO of THA Group, a company that provides home health care; Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power Co.; Walter “Sonny” Deriso Jr., founding chairman of Atlantic Capital Bank; Leah Ward Sears, the first woman to serve on Georgia’s Supreme Court who currently is a partner with Schiff Hardin; and Neely Young, co-owner and publisher of Georgia Trend.

Decatur architect Robert Brown will remain chairman; Robert Jepson of Savannah will continue as vice chairman; and Jackie Montag of Atlanta will stay on as secretary.

Alzheimer’s award

The Alzheimer’s Society of Atlanta and the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation will hold its “Hope on the Horizon” luncheon on May 16 at the Piedmont Driving Club, where it will honor Dan Carithers, an internationally recognized Atlanta decorator who suffers from Alzheimer’s.

All of the proceeds from the lunch will go to support Emory’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center led by Allan Levey, who is spearheading a clinical trial for a new promising drug treatment that could be a potential breakthrough in the treatment in the early phases of Alzheimer’s by slowing down or even preventing the disease.

About 5.4 million Americans and 200,000 Georgians suffer from Alzheimer’s and related dementia.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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