PATF Board Executive Committee

Past 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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Melissa Rooney


Melissa Rooney has been a registered nurse for over 30 years. She earned her master's degree in nursing from La Roche College in 2016. She holds a certification in Care Coordination and Transition Management. For the last seven years of her career, Melissa has been in working in the aging and…

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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

Josie Badger

Dr. Josie Badger received her Bachelor’s degree from Geneva College in Disability Law and Advocacy, a Master’s from the University of Pittsburgh in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Doctorate from Duquesne University in Healthcare Ethics. In 2014 Josie founded J Badger Consulting Inc. where she…

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Tracey Baker

Tracey Baker is a health care administration and policy, health plan operations, and project management expert. An 18 year public servant, she has held several positions at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She has provided regulatory oversight of Medicare managed care plans and was…

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Mitch Bilker

As Controller at Chestnut Hill College, Mitch manages the day-to-day financial operations of the Accounting Office and Financial Affairs including cash management, general ledger accounting, financial reporting, accounts payable, payroll and budget management, as well as general oversight of…

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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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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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Theresa Jenkinson

As Vice President, Strategic Initiatives at Inglis, Theresa oversees strategic planning, new business development, marketing, and community-based programs for individuals with complex physical disabilities living in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Before joining Inglis in 2018, Theresa spent…

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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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A. Kay Tyberg

Annita Kay Tyberg (Kay) is retired from corporate America where she was employed as office manager, executive secretary and administrative assistant to executives for companies like Texaco Oil, Procter and Gamble, Kraft/General Foods and organizations like Educational Testing Services (ETS), Ball…

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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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