Carol Harnett (YouTube screen capture)

The Council for Disability Awareness (CDA) has picked Carol Harnett to succeed Barry Lundquist as president. Harnett started out as a physiologist.

She is on the board of Disabled Sports USA and participates in that group’s Warfighter Sports program. In 2008, she helped organize an insurer-employer effort to help soldiers returning from tours of duty in locations such as Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Earlier this year, Harnett was the conference chair for a prevention and wellness conference in San Diego. She has worked as the national disability and life practice leader at the Hartford (NYSE:HIG) and the director of resources and rehabilitation services at Prudential (NYSE:PRU).

She has a master’s degree in biological chemistry from St. Peter’s College and a master’s degree in physiology and biophysics from Rutgers University. 

The CDA tries to increase consumers’ awareness of the possibility that an illness or injury could affect their ability to work. The group runs the Defend Your Income campaign and operates a website at http://www.disabilitycanhappen.org.

Lundquist is retiring. Dan McMillan continues to be the group’s chairman.