- Director of Knowledge Translation
Lori Sedlezky is the Director of Knowledge Translation at the Research and Training Center on Community Living, Institute on Community Integration. Her work focuses on the workforce development strategies of recruitment, selection, training and retention of direct support professionals. Lori provides technical assistance to numerous states and regional entities on the training, development and promotion of the direct support profession, as well as the analysis and application of core competencies across human service sector. Lori has developed numerous training and curricula, including publications to address cultural competency of direct support professionals, organizational strategies for supporting the immigrant workforce, and frontline supervisor competencies. Lori is part of the on-line curriculum development leadership team of the College of Direct Support.
Lori has an extensive background in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has worked in leadership positions in both residential and vocational services. During her tenure at Arc Greater Twin Cities, Lori developed and implemented the Lifetime Assistance Program, an innovative model of support to families and aging caregivers. Lori has co-authored numerous papers and book chapters, as well presented on a number of topics related to intellectual and developmental disabilities and DSP workforce development at national and state conferences. Lori holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota.