The Center is governed by a nine-member Board of Directors, representing a cross-section of the community. Board members serve staggered three-year terms with three members elected each year.
Board meetings are open to the public.
Linda Thompson moved to Alaska in 1968. She had three children with disabilities which changed her trapper/ subsistence lifestyle to one of living in villages and cities across Alaska. She became an advocate for the developmentally delayed for her son and for others in schools that she worked in as a teacher. She is certified K-12 PE, Elementary classroom and has her Masters in Special Education. Her last 15 years were teaching K-12 and intensive needs special education. She retired from teaching at Homer High in 2013. Now she owns, and operates Brown Bear Products Gallery on the Spit in Homer.
Is an Associate Professor in Psychology for the University of Alaska. Brian earned his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2009. He has a long history of community service and involvement participating on multiple boards and giving his time freely to multiple volunteer organizations. A long-time advocate for those that may not always be able to advocate for themselves, Brian has served as the Board President and Vice President.
Dr. Tim Scheffel
Is a family medicine doctor in Homer, Alaska. He received his medical degree from Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. HE currently serves as the Board Secretary and Treasurer. When he’s not out on the Kachemak Bay, he enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Has been a teacher and school administrator across the Kenai Peninsula since he moved to Alaska in the late Sixties. His efforts at bridging cultural gaps between the various communities on the peninsula have made him an advocate for education, acceptance and understanding differences.
Is a lifetime Homer resident currently serving at a Court Appointed Visitor assisting and advocating for community members that might need her help and support. Pam holds an Master’s in Social Work and volunteers her time to help throughout the Southern Peninsula.