Events and Membership 

Keynote Presenters

"Witty, songwriter-storyteller with a flair for the creative, the dramatic, and the humorous."

“It is precisely her take on the ordinary that makes her work so extraordinary.”  Village Voice


Christine Lavin

Singer/Songwriter/Guitarist/Recording Artist, New York City, NY

Christine Lavin is a singer, songwriter, guitarist, and recording artist who has been based in New York City since 1976. She is currently working on her 23rd solo album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2017. Christine performs concerts all over the US, Canada, and points beyond (Australia, Germany, Israel), and hosts knitting circles backstage prior to each show. She is as well-known for her humor as she is for her extraordinary singing and song-writing abilities.

She recently moved back to New York after taking care of her mother who is 97. She will share her personal experiences as a caregiver and how it affected her, and perhaps even sing a new song about it. Well aware of what it takes to be a caregiver, she recently extended an invitation for all the caregivers to come to one of her shows. “So many caregivers work themselves to the bone and don’t make time to have fun themselves.”

Al Condeluci, PhD

CEO of Community Living and Support Services (CLASS), Pittsburgh, PA

Al Condeluci is a lifelong resident of the Pittsburgh area. For the past 44 years Al has been associated with CLASS, a full service nonprofit organization supporting people with disabilities, where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. Al holds faculty appointments with the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and School of Social Work. Al serves as a consultant, collaborator and lectures extensively around the country and is the author of numerous books, Interdependence (1991,1995), Beyond Difference (1996), Cultural Shifting (2002), Advocacy for Change (2004), Together is Better (2008), and the Social Capital: The Keys to Macro Change (2014), The Macro Change Handbook (2015). He has been particularly active in looking at best practice aspects in disability services and the shift from micro services to macro approaches.

Al will be sharing his own personal experience with caregiving and how it has shaped his current thinking. He will discuss the power of social capital to support caregivers, new research on community engagement patterns of families who have children with disabilities, and crafting meaningful respite options for children and adults with disabilities and older adults.

Al and his wife, Liz, have 3 children, Dante, Gianna and Santino, and live on the family “hill” in McKees Rocks PA with some 17 other Condeluci families.

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