Zolinda Stoneman, director of UGA’s Institute on Human Development and Disability has announced the appointment of Gwen Ingram O’Looney as outreach and community education coordinator.
Housed at UGA’s College of Family and Consumer Sciences, O’Looney will support IHDD in promoting full access, employment and community inclusion for people with disabilities. IHDD was established at UGA in 1965 and is the university’s oldest continuously funded federal program.
O’Looney has extensive professional experience in human services, youth programs, community networking, communications and advocacy. Her leadership as mayor in the unification of Athens-Clarke County from 1991 through 1998 has been her most visible local role. Before coming to Athens in 1980, she worked in national youth advocacy roles with National Council on Crime and Delinquency and Boys’ Clubs of America.
While director of the Clarke County Department of Family and Children Services, her public media campaign “Help Raise Georgia’s Children” received a special service award from the Georgia Department of Human Resources.