BALTIMORE, May 14, 2020 – Kennedy Krieger Institute, an internationally renowned organization with the mission of improving the lives of children, adolescents and adults with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, recently appointed Maryland Delegate Michele Guyton, Ph.D., and Andrew Imparato, JD, recently former executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD), to its board of directors.
"We are honored to welcome Michele and Andrew to our board of directors. Both are highly accomplished and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience,” said Dr. Bradley Schlaggar, president and CEO of Kennedy Krieger Institute. “We are excited to add their insight, input, expertise and creative ideas to our board to complement our existing board membership and help further our mission and vision.”
Michele Jenkins Guyton, Ph.D., is a current member of the Maryland House of Delegates and a former member of the State Board of Education who serves on the Education subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee. She also serves on the Maryland Commission on Disabilities. A longtime public servant, Guyton has also been a member of the Maryland High School Graduation Task Force, the Innovative School Schedule Work Group, the Maryland Adult Learning Advisory Council, and the Governor’s Leadership Council of Maryland.
Delegate Guyton previously served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Tourette Association of America and in a variety of other positions including as an educational consultant and family educator for the Durham County, North Carolina Department of Mental Health. Prior to that position, she was an assistant professor in the psychology department at the University of Iowa and a program developer for at-risk families at the Domestic Violence Center in Iowa City.
An honoree of the Daily Record’s Top 100 Women in 2018, Guyton received a Bachelor of Arts from Vanderbilt University; a joint masters in women’s studies and psychology from Radcliffe College and Brandeis University; and a doctorate in developmental and social psychology from Brandeis University. She resides in Baltimore County with her husband and three children.
Andrew Imparato, JD, has served for the last six years as the executive director of the Association of University Centers on Disabilities in Silver Spring, Md., where he helped the organization more than double its budget, expand its leadership capacity, and broaden the scope of its advocacy. He recently started a new position as the executive director of Disability Rights California in Sacramento. With more than 25 years of experience as a disability rights lawyer and policy professional, Imparato has worked with bipartisan policymakers to advance disability policy nationally in the areas of civil rights, workforce development, and disability benefits.
Prior to joining AUCD, Imparato was senior counsel and disability policy director for Chairman Tom Harkin on the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. In advance of that position, he spent 11 years as president and CEO of the American Association of People with Disabilities. He currently serves on the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Health Policy Research Scholars program, the Centene National Disability Advisory Council, and the Ruderman Family Foundation's International Advisory Council.
Imparato is a graduate of Yale College and Stanford Law School. He recently relocated to Sacramento after living in Baltimore for 25 years.
About Kennedy Krieger Institute:
Internationally recognized for improving the lives of children and adolescents with disorders and injuries of the brain, spinal cord and musculoskeletal system, Kennedy Krieger Institute in the greater Baltimore/Washington, D.C. region serves 24,000 individuals a year through inpatient and outpatient clinics, home and community services, and school-based programs. Kennedy Krieger provides a wide range of services for children with neurological issues, from mild to severe, and is home to a team of investigators who are contributing to the understanding of how disorders develop, while at the same time pioneering new interventions and methods of early diagnosis.