PATF Board Executive Committee

Executive Committee (from left): Derek Baker, Christine McGinley, Susan Tachau, MaryLou Knabel, Katherine Reim, and Tom Giamoni. Not pictured: Peter Kennedy.



Executive Committee

Nancy Murray


Nancy Murray, M.S., is the President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA. She has 35 years experience in the disability field in the areas of public policy, advocacy, supports coordination, health care and state government serving people with disabilities and their families. Ms. Murray has…

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Peter Kennedy

Vice President

Peter Kennedy, who has lived with several family members who have disabilities, has spent his professional and volunteer efforts on developing community resources based the needs of people who are underserved. As a creator of innovative programs and services in the area of employment, independent…

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MaryLou Knabel

Vice President

MaryLou Knabel is Vice President of Home Care Services for Allied Services in Clarks Summit, PA. Ms. Knabel oversees both Home Health and In-Home Services for the Allied, providing all aspects of home care services including Home Health and attendant care, personal care and financial management…

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Shirley Keith Knox


Shirley Keith Knox, LSW, MSW joined the PATF Board of Directors in 2018. Shirley retired after over 20 years of service with Dauphin County. She served as Deputy Administrator for Intellectual Disability and Early Intervention Services. In that role, Shirley provided oversight to the county’s…

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Christine McGinley


Christine McGinley, treasurer of PATF for 14 years, has over 20 years of experience as a financial advisor.  Ms. McGinley was certified as a financial planner in 1996, was President of the Academy of Certified Portfolio Managers, nominated by Research Magazine as a top financial advisor in 2008,…

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Derek Baker

Past President

Derek Baker joined the PATF Board of Directors in 2010. Derek is a partner at Reed Smith, LLP, Philadelphia, specializing in commercial restructuring and bankruptcy law and has been recognized by several publications as a local and regional “leader” in restructuring and bankruptcy. Mr. Baker is…

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Additional Board Members

Amy C. Beck

Amy Beck has been the Executive Director at Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living (LVCIL) since 1999. She holds a BA in Social Work from Elizabethtown College, and an MSW in Social Work Administration from Marywood University. She is vice President of the Pennsylvania Council on Independent…

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Jeffrey W. Cooper

Jeff Cooper is retired from his position as President/CEO of UCP Central Pennsylvania, an agency with a multi-disciplinary staff of 500, a presence in 15 counties, and a $20 million budget. UCP provides Early Intervention therapies to over 700 children, inclusive childcare and preschool, assistive…

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Wendy Harkins Davis

Wendy Harkins Davis is the Eastern Pennsylvania Account Manager for CaptionCall and serves on the Board for the HLAA’s Pennsylvania Walk4Hearing, most recently as the Entertainment Chair. Wendy and her husband, Evan, have four children. Two of their children were born with moderate to severe…

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Sybille Damas

Sybille Damas is the Chief Operations Officer for Congreso de Latinos Unidos, with primary responsibilities overseeing the human resources, facilities, information technology and risk management departments. Since joining Congreso in September 2003, Sybille has held several program leadership…

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David Gates

David Gates is the Senior Attorney for the PA Health Law Project. Mr. Gates has been representing families and adult consumers in efforts to access services and supports under Medical Assistance and other forms of health insurance and public funding since 1976. He previously worked for the Bucks…

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Tom Giamoni

Tom Giamoni was in the banking and investment consulting profession for 40 years and retired in 2015. Tom serves in the Executive, Finance and Governance Committees. Tom is also a Trustee Emeritus of Harcum College, in Bryn Mawr, PA and has been the chairman of its annual golf tournament which…

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Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly joined the PATF Board in 2012. He is Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Inglis, a 138 year old, Philadelphia-based not-for-profit that provides housing, care and services to people with physical disabilities. He also serves as Managing Director of Inglis Housing Corporation,…

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Katherine Reim

Katherine Reim is the Regional Trust Liaison at ACHIEVA Family Trust (AFT). She works with beneficiaries to ensure that they have access to information pertaining to AFT as well as information on community resources such as PATF, waivers, etc. Before joining the staff full-time, Ms. Reim provided…

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Matthew Seeley

Matthew Seeley joined the PATF Board in 2015. After a life-changing car accident left him paralyzed, Matthew spent five years in a nursing facility. While in the facility, Matthew earned an Associate Degree from his local community college. Upon moving out of the facility, he then went on to…

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Dale Verchick

Dale Verchick has been an advocate at Disability Rights Pennsylvania since 2008, working for the rights of people with disabilities in various matters, including assisting inmates in accessing disability services; addressing barriers to employment for beneficiaries of Social Security; and guiding…

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