UCP Leadership


UCP Executive Director

Dawn Gillom-Carter is a dynamic, results-oriented leader with a strong background in program planning and development for human service organizations. She has over fifteen years of experience managing day support programs and service delivery for adults with disabilities. Over the past five years, she has developed an additonal area of expertise with crisis management, dealing with major programmatic events that threaten the organization, its stakeholders and its constituents.

In 2010, she created UCP’s Community Access Supports. Community Access Supports, which differed from traditional day habilitation, provided opportunities for people receiving supports to build relationships with people from the community and to explore a variety of leisure activities, interests and lifestyles. She believes that recreational integration is a facet of inclusion and community access. Ms. Carter continues to work with local government and is a proponent of  person-centered thinking, a philosophy underlying service provision that supports positive control and self-direction of people’s own lives. Today, UCP’s Community Access Supports has grown significantly since it’s inception, promoting person-centered prinicples for all people receiving supports.

Ms. Carter has two graduate degrees; a Master of Human Service degree with an area of expertise in disabilities supports and services and a Master of Science in Human Service with a specialization in Multidisciplinary Human Services. She is also a graduate of the National Leadership Institute on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware.