Executive Committee

Nancy Murray

President

Nancy Murray M.S. is the President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh and Senior Vice President of Achieva. She has more than 40 years of experience in the disability field in the areas of public policy, advocacy, family support, supports coordination, health care and state government serving people…

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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 on the needs of people who are underserved. As a creator of innovative programs and services in the area of employment,…

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Mitch Bilker

Treasurer

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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Christine McGinley

Treasurer

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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Melissa Rooney

Secretary

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 national certifications in Case Management, and in Care Coordination and Transition Management. For the last seven years of her career, Melissa has been…

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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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Lisa Bryant

Lisa Bryant is the Second Vice President of the Keystone Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind, the oldest and largest nationwide advocacy organization of the blind. As a freelance journalist, Bryant has written for such platforms as Generocity, Billy Penn, FunTimes and The Braille…

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Jeffrey W. Cooper

Jeff Cooper is Executive Director of the DREAM Partnership, which assists universities in establishing programs for students with intellectual disabilities and also provides scholarships. From 2001 to 2017 Jeff was President/CEO of UCP Central PA, a $32M non-profit advocacy and service organization…

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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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Theresa Jenkinson

As Executive Director of Inglis Community Services, Theresa oversees strategic planning, new business development, marketing, and community-based programs for individuals with complex physical disabilities living throughout Pennsylvania. Before joining Inglis in 2018, Theresa spent nearly nine…

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MaryLou Knabel

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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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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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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