AAIDD-LA Immediate Past President
Lynda Thiels graduated from Louisiana College in 1968 with a BA in Sociology. She began her career with Region VI Child Welfare and services to children and adolescents. She began supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities with her move to the Social Services Department at the Louisiana Special Education Center in 1978. She worked at St Mary’s Training School for approximately 20 years as a social worker, QMRP, and later as assistant administrator. In 2000, she moved to Pinecrest Supports & Services Center. She retired from Pinecrest in October 2014 as the Director of Training and Organizational Development. She is now the Social Services Consultant for Colwell Interests. Ms. Thiels career has spanned approximately 46 years. She has been affiliated with AAIDD since 1981. She has served on the Board, several times—including 2 terms as VP of Training, VP of Conferences and three terms as President. Ms. Thiels is included the World Wide Who’s Who Registry of Executives, Professional and Entrepreneurs, 2015-2016 Edition. She also qualified for inclusion in Worldwide Publishing’s Prestigious Roster of Top Female Executives.