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The board of directors of the IAMC has hired Kish Pisani of Naperville, IL to be the new Executive Director of the Illinois Association of Microboards and Cooperatives effective in April. Current director, Vicki Niswander, will be retiring after 12 years.
Kish comes to the IAMC with over 30 years of marketing, digital content management, public relations and advocacy experience. She lives in Naperville with her husband Paul, son Louis (21) and daughter Danielle (24) who works and resides in St. Louis. Her personal experience into the world of advocacy for people with disabilities came with her son Louis who lives with intellectual disabilities. Determined to build an inclusive community, the Pisani family is active in Special Olympics Illinois. They also started DuPage Valley Special Olympics (DVSA), an all-volunteer organization offering six sports for peer partners and athletes with disabilities in the western suburbs of Chicago. Kish and her family have had to rebuild circles of support and social capital several times having lived in Kansas City, Naperville, Montreal, Quebec, for four years and back to Naperville in 2012.
Prior to joining IAMC, Kish worked in digital marketing for a healthcare association. In addition, she is in the second class of Partners in Policymaking, a policy training program through the Illinois Council on Developmental Disabilities. In 2016 she and her husband created a micro business/social enterprise for their son, Logs by Lou as a means of employment for Louis and others with disabilities. A native of Arizona, Kish earned her B.A. in Communications from Marquette University. She and her family enjoy volunteering for Special Olympics, skiing, sports, travel and their beloved Labrador Gracie D-Rose who frequently travels with the family, and is the official team dog of DVSA.
Kish looks forward to working with families and organizations throughout Illinois.