Meet Our Board of Directors

PAR is governed by a Board of Directors, which is made up of executives from 17 Provider Member organizations. PAR's Board of Directors and officers are elected each fall at the Annual Conference. Officers of the Board of Directors include Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer. Board Members are elected for staggered terms of three years each. A member may serve two consecutive three year terms. Each year, the Nominating Committee shall propose a slate of board members and officers after written solicitation for nominations from all general members.

 Board Officers

 Kathy McHale

Kathy McHale has an MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and a BA in Psychology from Temple University. With over forty years of experience in the field of Intellectual, Developmental and Autism disabilities, Kathy began her career as a Direct Support Professional in 1972 while in college and has dedicated her career since 1978 to the management and leadership of community-based human service organizations. Since 1983, Kathy has worked for SPIN a nonprofit organization that is nationally and regionally recognized as a premier provider of human services and a top workplace. In January of 2012, Kathy was selected as SPIN's President. Kathy developed the SPIN brand with the tagline of a life of possibilities through commitment to SPIN’s Pillars of People First, Professionalism, Performance Excellence and Productivity.

Kathy served as the Chair of The Philadelphia Alliance’s Intellectual Disabilities Domain for seven years and the Vice President of its Executive Board. In November 2010, Kathy was elected to the Board of PAR, the statewide association that represents 80% of Pennsylvania’s providers who serve people with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism. Kathy serves on the Board of William Penn Human Services whose mission is to transform the current service system by creating an innovative, person-centered human services system in Pennsylvania. Kathy is a married mother of three and grandmother of five. She is devoted to family and loves nurturing and supporting all of them to live their best life of possibilities.

 Terrence McNelis Terrence McNelis has nearly forty years’ experience as a service delivery administrator, and is a 15-year member of the National Association for Persons with Dual Diagnosis Board of Directors. He is the Immediate Past President of the NADD board for 10 years and is a recipient of the Frank L. Menolascino Excellence Award. This is a National Award given to the finest leaders in the field of serving individuals with mental illness and an Intellectual Disability. Terry is a well-respected national and international speaker on issues surrounding the clinical treatment and national policy on issues surrounding IDD. He is often brought in as a consultant around difficult cases assisting in the support of people with Intellectual Disabilities and Mental Illness. Terry is presently Senior Vice President for Supports and Services to Persons with Developmental Disabilities, for the Eastern of Merakey. Additionally, he is IDD Service Director for all of Merakey. Merakey serves people with IDD in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Virginia Mr. McNelis and his staff support over 3,000 individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and their families.
  Denise Clofine joined St. Edmond’s Home as Administrator in 2003. She has worked in the field of intellectual disabilities for over 30 years. As Administrator she leads, directs and oversees all functions and operations of St. Edmond’s Home in accordance with the philosophy of Catholic Social Services and with current local, state, and federal regulations and laws to ensure the highest quality of care for individuals served. Denise believes strongly in servant leadership and leading by example; her kindness, warmth and understanding foster the family spirit so evident to all who come through the doors of St. Edmond’s Home. She embodies our core values of compassion, dignity, charity, justice and excellence, and inspires the staff of St. Edmond’s Home to do the same, working together to care for the individuals we have been entrusted with. A native of PA, Denise grew up in the southeast part of the state. She received a dual degree, a Bachelor of Science in Special Education and Elementary Education, as well as a Master of Education from Cabrini College. Denise and her husband Gary live in Media and have one daughter, Alexa.
  Charles Hooker is the President and Chief Executive Officer for Keystone Human Services. Charlie ensures that the operations and services of the organizations are compatible with and in support of the Board approved Vision, Mission, strategic initiatives and policies. His other responsibilities include strategic planning, supervisor of corporations and agencies, formation and oversight of management boards, fund raising, legislative relations, relations with funding sources and training. He has over 39 years of professional experience in human services, 34 of which in administrative capacities. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer of hospitals that provided comprehensive inpatient psychiatric services. He has also served as the Executive Director for free-standing drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers. The last twenty years have been with Keystone Human Services. Charlie received his Bachelor of Arts in Social Welfare, with a minor in psychology, from Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He earned his Master of Science in Management from Lesley University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Charlie and his wife Kathy reside in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, and have three grown children.


Board Members

John Barber

John Barber serves as the President of the Barber National Institute, a diverse non-profit organization, headquartered in Erie, Pa, that provides supports and services to more than 4200 children, adults and their families who have intellectual disability and autism, or mental health concerns.

John has a unique educational and professional background, including earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Juris Doctorate from Villanova University Law School. He is a member of the Erie County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and has served as Erie County Public Defender, and Chief of the Children and Youth Division. He has been admitted to practice law before the Pennsylvania Supreme Court and the Federal District Court of Western Pennsylvania. In addition to his legal credentials, he serves as a member of the Erie County MH/MR Agency Directors Committee and lectures on various topics related to the legal rights of persons with mental retardation and their families. His community activities are as varied as his professional endeavors, including service as a former member of the Erie Historical Museum Board, Boy Scouts of America Eagle Scout Review Board, and Officer of Kingtown Action Team Effort (K.A.T.E.), a neighborhood revitalization group. John was appointed by Pope John Paul II as Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem. 

Steve Bruce Steve Bruce is the Vice President of Operations of Adult Services for Devereux. He has close to 30 years’ experience in non-profit leadership with the depth of his experience in the areas of autism spectrum disorder, brain injury, and intellectual and developmental disabilities with services spanning across pediatrics through the adult life span. Before joining Devereux in May 2015, Steve was President and CEO of Midland, a provider of educational, residential and day services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in New Jersey. Prior to that role, Steve was a team member at Bancroft for a significant part of his career - ranging from Area Supervisor early in his career to his most recent roles which included Vice President of Planning/Marketing/Admissions, Vice President of Clinical Operations, and Vice President of Strategic Planning. In addition, Steve is a board-certified behavior analyst and has served as an adjunct professor at Temple University, where he taught courses in applied behavior analysis. He holds a Master’s Degree from Temple University in Special Education with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis. He has also completed doctoral courses at Temple University in Educational Psychology. 
Paul Coleman has been the CEO at LifePath since 2006. During that time, LifePath has embraced a culture of serving people with compassionate care, dignity and respect. LifePath has also deepened its capacity to help people with disabilities who have challenging medical needs. Prior to his work at LifePath, Paul was the Chief Operating Officer for CareLink Community Support Services where he helped facilitate 19 years of considerable organizational growth and development. During his time on PAR’s Board of Directors, Paul has been actively involved in several workgroups and projects. He has been a crucial component in the deliberations around the formation of William Penn Human Services, a separately incorporated nonprofit entity developed to provide an integrated network of service providers to develop comprehensive services for people with various disabilities. Paul also serves as the Treasurer at MAX – Moving Agencies Towards Excellence a regional association of Pennsylvania ID/A, Behavioral Health and Autism providers. Paul holds a Master of Science degree from Hahnemann University.
Bill Harriger William Harriger currently serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer for Verland, a $35-million-dollar service provider. Verland serves 94 Intermediate Care Facility and another 140 residents in 43 group homes in southwestern PA. Formerly, Bill served for five years as the CFO at Erie Homes for Children and Adults. Bill served as part of the provider negotiating team in working with ODP to reach the Settlement Agreement that allowed for a change in ODP's reimbursement methodology, which led to an increase in provider payments exceeding $100 million over the life of the agreement. Bill currently serves on the Chapter 6100 workgroup which is an effort to replace the problematic Chapter 51 regulations. Before entering the IDD field, Bill was the owner of Harriger and Associates, a medical billing, administration, and consulting firm to oncology service providers. He is experienced in the administration of medical groups, having served as the Administrative Director/Chief Operating Officer for The Regional Cancer Center in Erie, PA for 14 years.

Jeanne Meikrantz has been serving as the Executive Director for The Arc of Chester County for the last six years. In her role of Executive Director she is responsible for overall management and operations of the organization that serves individuals with disabilities from birth through the lifespan. The Arc of Chester County provides services and supports to over 3,000 people a year and has an annual budget of over thirteen million dollars.

A graduate of Kutztown University Jeanne has nearly four decades of experience working with individuals with disabilities and their families and those who love and care for them. Her passion for social justice and equal rights began during her time volunteering at Pennhurst in 1978. After graduation Jeanne began working as a direct support professional, at Ken Crest Services in 1982. Since that time Jeanne has committed her life to serving others in whatever capacity she has been needed by working in multiple services settings and in various positions such as advocacy, management, administration, policy and operations in both the non-profit sector and in government.  Jeanne has served on a number of boards, committee’s and councils including the MAX Association Board, The Pennsylvania Conference of Executives for The Arc of Pennsylvania Board, The Chester County Self Determination Committee, Church Council and most recently the Chair of PAR’s Simplify the Systems Committee just to name a few.  

Gregory Miller Greg Miller has served as President of Penn-Mar Human Services since January 2000. Penn-Mar is an innovative community based program supporting people with ID/A in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of Maryland. He currently serves as Penn-Mar's President/CEO, having previously served as President/COO. Son of a math teacher who considered a career in accounting, Greg has a diverse educational background including a BA in Social Work, an MS in Human Services Management; a Certificate in Strategic Perspectives in Non Profit Management from Harvard University School of Business; and a Certificate in Performance Measurement of NPO's from the Harvard University Kennedy School of Business. Greg is a devoted husband, and father of four children and grandfather of four. He also serves as an Ordained and Associate Pastor at the New Hope Fellowship Church in Westminster, Md.   
Rob Reid Rob Reid came to Access Services in 1980, beginning his career as an entry-level direct support professional. He has worked at Access Services for 36 years in total, with the past 18 years serving as President and CEO. Access Services now provides specialized supports to over 4,700 children and adults in the Eastern Pennsylvania area in partnership with 700 employees, 250 foster families, and over 130 clinicians. Rob earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Eastern University and his Master’s degree in Social Work from the Marywood Graduate School of Social Work. Throughout his career, Rob has been committed to continuing education and has mentored dozens of students across diverse disciplines. Rob founded The Peacemaker Center in Chester County. He also serves on the William Penn Human Services Board, the Bucks County Quality Leadership Board, and is currently serving as the Vice Chairperson for the Eagle Health Insurance Trust. Rob has skillfully led Access Services through various phases of transition, change, and growth through his vision and example. For more than ten years, Rob and his family opened their own home as Foster Care and Lifesharing providers. Rob’s commitment to celebrating the distinct value of individuals of all abilities has made Access Services a provider of choice in eleven Eastern Pennsylvania counties and an employer of choice for hundreds of individuals as well. Rob resides in Downingtown, Pennsylvania with his wife Judy and their three children where they are active members of the Calvary Fellowship Church.
Gwen Schuit started her career at Friendship Community as CEO seven years ago. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters Degree in Education from Widener University. She worked in direct care through college and seemed to always be given leadership roles. After working as a Nurse in various hospital departments, Gwen taught Neurology and Rehab Nursing. She earned a Nursing Home Administrator’s License from Millersville University and worked in Retirement Community Administration for over 15 years prior to joining FC. She also worked as a CARF-CCAC Surveyor for eight years, which allowed her to give back to the healthcare industry. She appreciates being able to serve on a couple of Boards that support non-profit work. At FC, Gwen enjoys influencing positive change and outcomes. She loves being an integral part of team development and mentoring eager learners. She is a lifetime student and appreciates learning from others on a daily basis. Gwen continues to thank the Lord for her family, friends and coworkers. They truly have helped her to become who she is and who she is still becoming. Gwen loves to spend time with her grandchildren and also enjoys being outdoors riding her bicycle, sharing sunrises and sunsets with her family, hiking adventures, gardening or reading a great book. Gwen loves to go to horse shows and attend musicals and appreciates different types of art and strives to create masterpieces for fun.
Ruth Siegfried Ruth Siegfried's human services career began over 40 years ago as a Direct Support Professional in residential services. Over those four decades, Ruth’s devotion has centered around community services for children and adults who experience challenges due to mental health issues, intellectual disability, traumatic brain injury, autism, and other disabilities. Ruth established InVision Human Services in 1992, specifically to provide services to those people who are often left underserved by traditional programs, usually due to multiple challenges. Today, InVision supports more than 500 people throughout Pennsylvania. The company has experienced exponential growth, and strives to be seen as a 'provider of choice' in Pennsylvania, and now comprises a parent company and three subsidiaries. InVision also has a Global Partnerships program, where employees support several organizations in South Africa. In addition to serving on the PAR Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and participating on and leading PAR committees, Ruth’s professional affiliations include; Board of Directors Secretary for William Penn Human Services; Advisory Board Member for FICE-USA; Board of Directors President for The Provider Alliance. Ruth is a founder of several organizations: Network for Quality Services in PA, The Provider Alliance, and William Penn Human Services. In her private time, Ruth is a well respected and expert equestrian.
Dean Stoesz Dean Stoesz began his post-academic career in service where he worked as a Pharmacy Manager at Hospital Albert Schweitzer in Dechapelles, Haiti for 2½ years through the Mennonite Central Committee. Upon his return to the US he worked in basic research positions as a research scientist. After several years in that field, he made the move to pharmaceutical development and manufacture in various roles of increasing responsibility for 18 years. Upon taking an early retirement from Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson he began to look for a leadership role for an organization that was: not-for-profit, faith based and where he could have a positive impact. This led him to the social services field where he has been working for the past 9 years, most recently as CEO of Indian Creek Foundation in Souderton, PA. Dean has held his current role for the past 2½ years. Indian Creek is an organization that serves persons with Intellectual and Developmental needs in the areas of residential, community based and day services as well as behavioral health. Dean holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry and Biology from Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, VA and an MBA from Eastern University in St. Davids, PA. Dean finds board involvement rewarding as well and currently serves as a director on 5 boards. Dean has been married to Marcia for 41 years and he has two grown daughters. They currently reside in Akron, PA.

Kathy Morris founded Fayette Resources in 1991 after working for 10 years in the field for another organization. Her positions ranged from secretary to Direct Support Professional to Program Director during the initial years while attending California University of Pennsylvania. In 1991, she began the organization with 15 locations. Throughout the years, Fayette Resources has grown to support 345 individuals in 116 community residential locations and 5 Adult Training Facilities with offices in Fayette, Allegheny, Clearfield/Jefferson and Indiana Counties. 

Many of the individuals receiving services have been with the organization since its inception and a spirit of family permeates the organization. Many employees have been with Fayette Resources in excess of 10 and 20 years working their way up a career ladder. It has been said that Fayette Resources is the largest “Mom and Pop” organization that still exists. Kathy proudly attributes this to the feelings of family that exist and that we continue to look at ways to do things a better way. In her personal time Kathy’s primary focus remains her family with one granddaughter that occupies her a lot of her time. 

David Wyher In 1977 David Wyher founded Delta Community Supports, Inc. a non-profit corporation providing child welfare, services and serving people with developmental disabilities. In New Jersey, Delta Community Supports also serves individuals with intellectual disability in community support services. The company employs over 750 staff and 200 foster parents. Offices are located in Blue Bell, Glenside, Warminster, and Levittown in Pennsylvania; offices also in Raritan and Mays Landing, New Jersey. David has served as President of statewide associations and business networks in Pennsylvania, and has served on the board several non-profit organizations. He is a founding member of and served 10 years as the Chairman of the Board of Eagle Workers Compensation Trust, a Pennsylvania self-insurance corporation. He is also a founding member of Eagle Health Trust, a self-insurance program covering non-profits in PA. He is also a Board member of the Keystone Alliance for Performance Excellence, MAAPE, and the mid-Atlantic regional Baldrige Award program. He and his wife Terri reside in Blue Bell, PA.