Donald L. Shumway

Donald L. ShumwayAfter earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1973, Mr. Shumway attended Bryn Mawr College. There he received a Master in Social Service degree in Program Planning and Administration in 1976.

Mr. Shumway’s 30-year career serving people with disabilities and their families is rooted in direct care when, in 1973, he began working with adolescents with multiple disabilities at the Belchertown State School in Massachusetts. He then relocated to Pennsylvania where he first served as summer camp director and community residence developer for the Ken-Crest Centers for Exceptional Children, and later conducted a review of the agency transportation network for the Montgomery County Mental Health/Mental Retardation Drug & Alcohol program.

His service to the State of New Hampshire began in 1976, where Mr. Shumway served as planning director for the New Hampshire Developmental Disabilities Council. From there he joined the Division of Mental Health and Developmental Services where he first served as assistant director before becoming deputy director. He was appointed as director by Governor Sununu for two terms in 1984 and was re-appointed for a third term by Governor Gregg. For three years, he served as co-director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation $5 million national initiative: “Self-Determination for Persons with Developmental Disabilities” in conjunction with the Institute on Disability, University of New Hampshire.

In 1999 he was appointed by Governor Shaheen to serve as commissioner of the Department of Health and Human Services where he led the State’s largest agency with more than 3,400 employees and a budget exceeding $1 billion. In 2002 he accepted his present position as President of Crotched Mountain Foundation, Greenfield, NH, where he leads one of New England’s most established organizations serving children, adults, and senior citizens with disabilities. Additionally, he is an adjunct professor with the Department of Psychiatry at the Dartmouth School of Medicine.

He is the author of numerous publications relating to developmental disabilities, self-determination, and mental health.

Throughout his career, Mr. Shumway has voluntarily served in leadership positions with numerous national, state and local organizations including: president of the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors Board; member of The National Advisory Mental Health Council, National Institute of Mental Health; board member of the Endowment for Health and Leadership New Hampshire. Additionally, he volunteers as the Chair of the Board of Directors for the Concord Community Music School.