Linda Nissenbaum, manager of the Access Office and Disability Support Services at St. Louis Community College-Meramec, has been appointed to the Board of Directors for the Association on Higher Education and Disability (AHEAD).
Nissenbaum, a 30-year veteran of St. Louis Community College, will be the only community college representative serving on the board. She will serve a three-year term.
AHEAD is a professional membership organization for individuals involved in the development of policy and in the provision of quality services to meet the needs of persons with disabilities involved in all areas of higher education. The organization boasts more than 2,800 members throughout the United States, Canada, England, Australia, Ireland, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, Sweden, Japan and Greece.
A release sent to all members recognizing new board members stated that “Linda’s blend of personal experience and knowledge of disability access in higher education, especially in the community college setting, brings a welcome addition to the board.”
Nissenbaum has held many positions at STLCC over the years, including as adjunct faculty and ADA coordinator. She has held her current position in the Access Office since 1988. She has served on many districtwide committees. She also has been involved with various committee activities at AHEAD and other professional organizations. She is also a Certified Life Coach.
Nissenbaum is honored by the appointment.
“I have been involved with AHEAD, in various roles, since 1989,” she said. “I’m passionate about helping people with disabilities be recognized for their talents and abilities and seeing them fully integrate into the college community and society. I am proud of the commitment that STLCC makes in providing an environment for all students to realize their greatest potential. I look forward to serving this wonderful organization so that we can continue to watch our students and our colleges and universities grow.”
Nissenbaum will also be recognized during AHEAD’s 40th annual conference July 17-22.