• Alexandra Bonardi


    NCI Project Director for HSRI

    Ms. Bonardi is the NCI Project Director for HSRI. She is also a clinical assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS) and is a faculty member in the MCHB-funded Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disability (LEND) program at the UMMS EK Shriver Center. Until 2014, she directed the Center for Developmental Disabilities Evaluation and Research (CDDER) at the Shriver Center where she developed quality improvement projects to support state developmental disabilities systems. Alixe is a licensed occupational therapist and completed a LEND policy fellowship at the EK Shriver Center and a Fulbright fellowship, examining risk management and supports for people with intellectual disability in New Zealand. She has served as principal investigator for several AHRQ-funded and CDC-funded research projects. Her research interests include the promotion of health and wellness in people with intellectual disability, health surveillance, and support systems that promote good outcomes for people with intellectual and developmental disability.

  • Mary Lou Bourne


    NCI Project Director for NASDDDS

    Mary Lou Bourne is the Project Director of the National Core Indicators (NCI) for the National Association of State Directors of Developmental Disability Services (NASDDDS). Mary Lou has worked with federal, state and local human service agencies, large and small service providers, and service coordination agencies to design, develop and carry out high quality supports and services solidly grounded in person centered values Before joining NASDDDS, Mary Lou was a Partner with Support Development Associates, supporting state and local Developmental Disability staff in their desire to change their support systems from traditional services to systems focused on the fundamental tenets of person centered practices. Mary Lou has been appointed a Malcolm Baldrige National Program Examiner 4 times, and has developed a person centered agency assessment based on the Baldrige Criteria. She has created and launched two companies that provide support to people with developmental disabilities, both of which continue to thrive today. Throughout her career, Mary Lou has developed expertise in incorporating person centered thinking into Medicaid funded home and community based services, the use of quality Management strategies and large scale organizational change.

  • Valerie Bradley


    Ms. Bradley has been founder and President of Human Services Research Institute since its inception in 1976. During that time, it has become a leading resource for public managers in human services across the country. After getting her Masters in Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics, she began her work in the 1960s as a staffer to the California Assembly where she contributed to the development of landmark legislation in mental health and developmental disabilities.

  • Julie Bershadsky


    Dr. Bershadsky is the primary statistician and data analyst for the National Core Indicators (NCI) program. She holds a BA in Statistics and a PhD in Health Services Research from the University of Minnesota.

  • Stephanie Giordano


    Ms. Giordano is a Research Associate for NCI. She holds a Master’s Degree in Ethics and Public Policy from Suffolk University and is working on her PhD at Northeastern University.

  • Dorothy Hiersteiner


    Ms. Hiersteiner is the Project Coordinator for National Core Indicators (NCI). She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Heller School of Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University in Waltham, Ma.

  • Cheryl Sartori


    Ms. Sartori is a Policy Analyst for the National Core Indicators (NCI) program. Ms. Sartori holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services at Northeastern University. .