Baumeler wins national disability services provider award

TRAVERSE CITY — NMC Coordinator of Disability Support Leanne Baumeler received the national Disability Services Provider Award from the American College Personnel Association at a virtual conference in March.

Baumeler, who is also a sign language interpreter, has been NMC’S Disability Support Coordinator since 2010, serving between 90-120 students each semester. She’s also a member of NMC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee, Accessibility team and Title IX team, and a past president of the Michigan chapter of the Association on Higher Education and Disability. She also recently was recognized by the Michigan unit of United Cerebral Palsy with the 2020 Closing the Divide Advocacy Award.

Nominated by NMC Associate Dean Kari Kahler, Baumeler was cited for tripling her caseload during her tenure, largely through her own efforts to market her services to students and potential students; her digital workplace foresight; starting an organization for students with disabilities and her liaison efforts with faculty and staff for the benefit of students with disabilities. She is also a member of the area’s Transition Council, which connects her to the region’s disability advocacy community. Find out more about disability support at NMC.

ACPA is a comprehensive student affairs association headquartered in Washington DC at the National Center for Higher Education. Founded in 1924, it has nearly 7,500 members representing 1,200 private and public institutions from across the U.S. and around the world. 


Release date: MARCH 25, 2021

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