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About the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council

Acting Executive Director
Vicky Hiffa

Vicky is the Acting Executive Director for the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of the Council’s State Plan and ensures the Council fulfills its mandates under Federal and State laws. She holds a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy.
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Federal Liaison
Jennifer Goldman

Jennifer Goldman is the Federal Liaison for the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). She leads communication efforts with federal partners and reports on outcome measures that demonstrate the impact of DDPC funded projects. She is the agency policy lead, coordinating DDPC policy work at both the state and federal levels. In addition to her role as Federal Liaison, she serves as the DDPC Ethics Officer and Internal Controls Officer. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Science in Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Master of Public Administration from Binghamton University.
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Program Planner
Kimberly Berg

Kimberly Berg is a Program Planner for the Individuals and Families Committee at the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). She has worked in various capacities at the DDPC since 2014, and thoroughly enjoys the DDPC’s collaborative approach to developing innovative projects and meaningful outreach and advocacy that positively impacts the lives of New Yorkers with IDD, and their family members. Kimberly has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology and infuses the tenets of this training into her work at the DDPC.
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Program Planner
Jackie Hayes

Jackie Hayes is a Program Planner and Diversity and Inclusion Program Specialist for the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). She coordinates one of the DDPC standing committees, the Community and Systems Change Committee (CSCC). As the Diversity and Inclusion Specialist, she helps embed Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) initiatives throughout the agency. She is also the Language Access Coordinator for the DDPC. Jackie holds a Ph.D. from the University at Albany in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latino Studies.
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Associate Budgeting Analyst
Jesse Kendall

Jesse Kendall is an Associate Budgeting Analyst for the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). He manages the annual budget for the DDPC and monitors the grant funds awarded to project grantees as well as all other agency expenses. He holds a B.A. in Sociology from Loyola University of Chicago.
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Assistant Public Information Officer
Drew Webster

Drew Webster is an Assistant Public Information Officer and Research Specialist for the NYS Developmental Disabilities Planning Council (DDPC). He is responsible for the agency's public-facing resources include social media accounts, media relations and the agency website. He also works closely with staff and grantees to promote the work of the Council through a variety of multi-media channels. As a Research Specialist, he works closely with grantees on program implementation and reporting throughout the contract term. Drew holds a Master of Public Administration (MPA) from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany.
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Other Staff

Lucie Benvenuto, Program Aide 

Kay Broughton, Research Specialist for IFC 

Regina Dalpiaz-Bulman, Special Assistant 

Anna DeRosa, Graduate Intern

Elizabeth McCormick, Graduate Intern

About our Council
Who we Are

The NYS DDPC was created following the federal Developmental Disabilities Act. This act requires a Developmental Disabilities Council for each U.S. state and territory. Although the DDPC is 100% federally funded, it is a New York State agency under the direction of Governor Kathy Hochul.

What we Do

The DDPC addresses the needs of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) through projects that promote self-determination, integration, and inclusion.