Michael Smull

Michael Smull has been working with people with disabilities for the past 40 years. His extensive experience covers nearly all aspects of developing community services. Michael is the Chair of The Learning Community for Person Centered Practices (TLC-PCP) and a partner in Support Development Associates (SDA). He is the co-developer of Essential Lifestyle Planning and has worked in 47 states and six countries. He has helped found three (3) community agencies, assisted existing agencies with the conversion from programs to supports, and helped states, regions, and counties change their structures in order to support self-determination. He has helped people leave institutions in the US and the UK.


Michael has written extensively on issues relating to supporting people with challenging behaviors, person centered planning, and the challenge of changing our system to one that will support self-determination. From 1982 through 1997 he worked at the University of Maryland. When he left in 1997 he was a Research Assistant Professor with the Department of Counseling and Personnel Services at the College Park Campus and a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Pediatrics at the University Of Maryland School of Medicine.


Michael and Mary Lou Bourne are the co-designers of efforts to develop person centered systems. His current efforts are focused on helping organizations and systems make the needed changes in skills, practices, and policies that result in supporting people to have self-directed lives.. This work is taking place in over 50 agencies and 10 states. He is the recipient of the 2006 American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) service award Michael lives in Annapolis, MD with his wife Andy and four dogs.

Bob Sattler

Bob Sattler’s career for the past 30 years has focused on building community supports. He began his career as a direct support professional and went on to redesign residential programs that create opportunities for fewer people to live together. Bob developed supported employment programs for a sheltered work center, which eventually led to establishing a service agency to support people with co-occurring needs (developmental disabilities and behavioral health challenges).


Bob also worked as a case manager, was Director of Community Support for a county program, and most recently served as Executive Director of the Colorado Association of Private Providers. His experience is grounded in providing person centered supports, while supporting self determination, which has helped him redesign services at individual, organizational and state levels. Bob’s work has provided him unique opportunities to work and train in partnership with professionals from the fields of mental health, law enforcement and criminal justice, and state operated Interim Care Facilities, in order to better support people with complex support needs. Bob has worked with Support Development Associates since 2007, consulting across the nation to help people move from state operated facilities to their community.


His current work assists seven (7) states in the development of person centered systems. Bob lives in Denver, CO with his family and energetic dog. He enjoys spending time outdoors biking, hiking, and camping.


Stephen Martynuska

Steve Martynuska has been working with and supporting people with disabilities in their communities for the past 35 years. He has worked at all organizational levels, providing services to people with developmental, intellectual, and/or psychiatric disabilities.


Steve is currently an Associate for Support Development Associates, LLC, assisting contracted Human Services agencies in ICF transitions to community based services, and providing mentoring to Executive Team members. He has worked as an independent consultant providing assistance to Human Service agencies, acting as a mentor to Executive Directors, and assisting in writing policies and procedures for compliance with state and federal regulations and fiscal monitoring of agencies annual budgets. As a Director of County Operations, for NHS Human Services in Pennsylvania, Mr. Martynuska was responsible for the planning, development, and implementation of Children’s Behavioral Health and Adult Intellectual Disabilities services in a four-County area. Working in a managed care environment, Steve continuously updated service delivery methods to meet the identified needs of the community. He became an expert in the monitoring of program compliance in relation to policy and standards, licensing compliance, and state/payer regulations. Throughout his career, Mr. Martynuska was dedicated to the highest quality of care through professional development of staff members. Prior to working with NHS Human Services, Steve was employed as a Vice President for Skills of Central PA Inc. for 23 years, a 17 county, $40 Million Mental Health and Developmental Disability Services agency. As a member of the Senior Management Team he assisted the agency in: rightsizing both a 55- and a 32-bed ICF so people were more integrated in their community; developing HUD-funded newly-constructed apartments and group home for people with disabilities; and operating day programs, vocational services, employment services and psychiatric rehabilitation services. In this capacity he also sought funding and equipment to open and operate a restaurant employing people with psychiatric disabilities.


Steve’s earlier career experience was as a Case Manager, Social Worker and Service Coordinator. Steve has completed a Master of Arts in Industrial/Personnel Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Social Work at St. Francis College in Loretto, PA. He and his wife, Karen, have a daughter and two sons and live in Central Pennsylvania. He enjoys being outdoors, gardening, bird watching and weight lifting.

Tanya Richmond

Professor Tanya M. Richmond, MSW, LCSW, has over 20 years of experience working as a licensed clinical social worker. She has expertise in direct practice with older adults; with children and their families; with people who are deaf or hearing impaired; with children and adults with developmental and cognitive disabilities; and with individuals who are in crisis due to rape. She has directed program coordination and evaluation in both community service agencies and community college settings.


She is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Social Work, and was the Jordan Institute’s Center for Aging Research and Educational Services (CARES) Program Coordinator. Tanya is a certified person centered thinking trainer, a mentor for Person-centered Thinking trainer candidates, and is an officer on the board of directors for the international Learning Community for Person Centered Practices. Tanya is also a Grove-certified graphic facilitator and graphic recorder and has created specialized hand-drawn large-scale graphics for over 50 events. Her specialized professional areas of interest are Geriatrics, Leadership and Coaching, Person Centered Practice, Children with Special Needs, Outcome Evaluation, LCSW Licensure training, Ethics, and Research Methods.


Tanya earned a BA in Psychology with a triple minor in Spanish, Anthropology, and Astronomy and a Master’s of Social Work (MSW) from Louisiana State University. She has been licensed to practice social work as a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) since the mid-1990’s. She currently lives in Greensboro, NC, where she also teaches tai chi and is an avid seamstress and gardener.