United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware’s History

Concerned individuals and parents of children with cerebral palsy established United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware,Inc. (UCP) in 1953. This small group hoped to raise the public’s awareness and understanding of the special needs of children with this disability.

Over the years, UCP has expanded its capabilities by providing programs and services to people with all types of orthopedic disabilities, including spina bifida and muscular dystrophy. Today, UCP of Delaware, Inc. is a statewide organization providing a variety of social, residential, recreational and educational programs, as well as referral, advocacy and respite care services to over 600 clients and their families throughout New Castle, Kent and Sussex counties.

What started with parents and friends is today a statewide organization dedicated to community living and community integration.

If you would like more information about UCP of DE’s programs, please contact us at (302) 764-2400 or email us at jbelford@ucpde.org

UCP’s Mission:

To promote the overall quality of life, independence, and equality of children and adults with Cerebral Palsy and other disabilities and their families.

To carry out and achieve its mission, UCP of Delaware will:

  • Support active community integration, inclusive education and productive employment of people with disabilities in the mainstream of society
  • Promote awareness and understanding of issues and research that impact upon people with disabilities,
  • Collaborate with other agencies to support the empowerment of people with disabilities,
  • Advocate for the rights of people with disabilities,
  • Generate financial and human resources for improved services to people with disabilities.

Board of Directors

The UCP Board of Directors is made up of volunteers, from Delaware and the surrounding communities, who have an interest in making a difference in the lives of children and adults with disabilities.


United Cerebral Palsy of Delaware, Inc.
Board of Directors 2018 – 2019



Robert Layton Reed, President

D. Bruce McClenathan, Vice President

Daniel Edgar, Treasurer

Michele M. Zonik, Recording Secretary

Donna M. Hopkins, Past President

Sue C. Gosney, Member-At-Large


Board Members

Marc Albero

Samuel Kenneth Anderson, III

Kamilah Barnes-Berry

Nedda Barth

Justin R. Connor, M.D.

Nelson Davidson

Melissa A. Ferguson

Max Friedman

Henry E. Gallagher, Jr. Esq.

Karen Gallagher

James A. McClain, Jr.

Laura L. Owens, MD

Andrea Robinette, Associate Member

Michael E. Royal

Steve Slotkin

Mark VanderHaar

Peter J. Walsh, Jr., Associate Member

Marta White

Christian S. P. Zwickert