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Wyoming Institute for Disabilities Names New Director

April 18, 2016
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Sandy Root-Elledge

Sandra Root-Elledge, a skilled administrator and advocate for persons with disabilities, has been named the new executive director of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities (WIND) at the University of Wyoming.

“I am pleased that we have been able to take the ‘interim’ off the title of ‘executive director’ for Sandy,” says Joe Steiner, UW College of Health Sciences dean. “She has expanded WIND’s involvement in Wyoming, nationally and internationally. Her developing an ECHO Institute superhub is a great example of this. I have enjoyed working with Sandy in the past, am looking forward to working with her in the future and know we can expect to see great things coming.”

Hired in 2004 as the coordinator of community education, Root-Elledge now directs Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, the state’s Assistive Technology Act program, UW ECHO, the Wyoming Family to Family Health Information Center and the Wyoming Accessibility Center -- which provides services designed to increase access to information and community for individuals with disabilities.

As the parent of two adult-age children with disabilities, she provides that perspective to her work and partnerships with state agencies and organizations, including the Wyoming Departments of Health, Workforce Services and Education; and the Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities.

Root-Elledge holds M.A. and B.A. degrees in sociology, both from UW. Before joining WIND, she was a research associate at the Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center; a program coordinator at Laramie’s Ivinson Memorial Hospital; and a radio and television producer at advertising agencies in Detroit and New York City.

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