Executive Assistant to the President & CEO
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Candy has been the knower of all things “PAR” for over 26 years. We’re thankful for her extraordinary organization and memory of details, ranging from member history to leadership changes over the last two decades. She also doubles as our board meetings, events and conference planner.

When Candy isn’t busy playing office wrangler, you can find her either tap dancing, quietly quilting, baking or taking long walks. But she is also known for her fabulous hospitality - she will never let you go hungry! Just ask her four children or 7 grandkids or in fact, any PAR member!


President & CEO
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Mark Davis is the President and CEO of PAR. Mr. Davis is actively involved with the American Network for Community Options and Resources (ANCOR), serving as co-chair of the Alternative Payment Model Workgroup and as a member of the Government Relations Advisory Committee. Previously, Mark was the President of the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA). As president of OPRA, Mr. Davis helped design and implement innovative system reforms for Ohioans with intellectual and developmental disabilities. As part of his role at OPRA, he was co-chair of Advocates for Ohio’s Future, a broad-based health and human services coalition of almost 500 organizations.


Policy & Research Analyst
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Ilana graduated from Dickinson College with a B.A in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. During this time, she assisted researchers who were doing research on Bolivian Democracy and maternal healthcare. Her passion for research and writing even won her an award! However, the main focus of her education was on sustainable community development and ever since her class on the Politics of Parks, she now enjoys visiting them locally. She even finds herself checking out parks while traveling! Oh, and let’s not forget was an intern for Parks and Rec. No, not the show!

When Ilana is not busy learning, she is busy loving. She worked at a therapeutic horseback riding program for 6 years in Virginia, where she taught riding lessons to children and adults with disabilities. She also enjoys art and music and proclaims she makes “the best key lime pie”. Maybe if you ask her nicely, she’ll make you one!


Senior Advisor
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Kathy McHale has been a leader in Human Services for people with Intellectual Disability and Autism since starting her career as a Direct Support Professional in 1972. Kathy’s journey continued with a bachelor's in psychology from Temple University and an MBA from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.  Emerging into provider organization management roles, Kathy dedicated herself to developing teams that support people to experience a self-determined, inclusive life of informed choice and belonging.  

From 1983 until 2024, Kathy developed high quality programs and services at SPIN in Pennsylvania, serving as President and CEO from 2011 until her recent retirement. SPIN was named as a Top Workplace by the Philadelphia Inquirer every year under Kathy’s leadership and Kathy was twice named as Top Leader. Kathy has also served as a leader on the statewide provider association, PAR’s Board and on the Executive Board of William Penn Human Services.  

Upon retiring, Kathy is serving as a consultant intending to support and develop provider organization’s capability to transform services to meet the changing needs and interests of people and their families for high quality, sustainable services. 


Policy Consultant
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John A. Kane, Esq. is the Regulatory and Policy Consultant for PAR while simultaneously maintaining his law practice as Principal of Offit Kurman. Also known as Jack, he worked for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as Chief Counsel to the Department of Public Welfare for twenty three years. During this time he won numerous awards including Government Lawyer of the Year from the PA BAR Association, the American Association of Public Welfare Attorney’s Award, the award for Excellence in Healthcare Law and the award for Commitment to Equal Justice for all Persons from the PA Legal Aid Network. Whew, mouthful.

When Jack isn’t busy job juggling, you can find him sipping on the finest wine PA has to offer.



Policy Consultant
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Mel is one of the Commonwealth’s most respected and consulted experts in intellectual disability and autism. His lifetime commitment to people with ID/A began as a vocational trainer and he quickly made his way to becoming the first Residential Director at ENCOR (Eastern Nebraska Community Office of Retardation). Mel’s impressive and hard earned accomplishments led him to be recruited to PA where he led many groundbreaking efforts such as developing community residences, employment services and he helped write the first Medicaid waiver for PA.

When Mel’s not busy helping the Commonwealth close down state institutions, establishing family support programs and preventing neglect and abuse, you could ask him what it was like having a monkey for a pet when he was a child. Or ask him what it’s like growing up in California where humidity isn’t a thing.



Vice President of Government Relations
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Nick has quite an extensive history working in government and with associations in pursuit of legislative support. He started this journey of interest upon graduating from Messiah College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.

When Nick’s not busy attending key legislative hearings on behalf of PAR members at the Pennsylvania Capitol, he likes to keep busy as an active member of the community. He also likes to join as many sports leagues he can get his hands on.



Vice President of Policy
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We have our very own Doctor on staff! Dr. Lisa Mathis that is. She holds a Ph.D. in Rehabilitation from the University of Arkansas, and earned her Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Kent State University. Before coming to PAR, Lisa worked as the Director of Provider Resources at the Ohio Provider Resource Association (OPRA). She also spent over a decade overseeing, improving and expanding employment, residential, adult day, and children services for a comprehensive provider in NW Arkansas.

When Lisa isn’t working, you can find her eating all of the veggies and riding one of her three beloved horses.


Policy & Membership Specialist
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Kar’Meisha graduated from Lincoln University where she majored in Health Science with a double minor in Sociology and Human Services. And it’s important to note that Lincoln University was the nation’s first degree-granting Historically Black College and University (HBCU).

Kar’Meisha’s experience fans across ten years in healthcare where she held various roles such as, but not limited to, outpatient surgery and phlebotomy. However, Kar’Meisha’s not quite done furthering her experience or her education. Soon, after joining PAR as the Policy & Administrative Assistant, she graduated (again) in January 2022 with her Master’s Degree in Public Health and Health Administration from Grand Canyon University. Whew! No biggie.

When Kar’Meisha isn’t busy being busy, she’s busy shopping (and adding to her collection of awesome glasses), busy cooking, busy adding stamps to her passport, and the best kind of busy…spending quality time with family and friends.


M. Christopher Tabakin, M.S.
Associate Director of Policy & Government Relations
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Chris joins PAR after over 20 years working for provider organizations. A summa cum laude graduate of West Chester University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Special Education and minor in Psychology, and Eastern University with a M.S. in Non-Profit Administration, Chris has developed diverse skills in nonprofit and especially human services leadership.

Through his leadership and accomplishments over the years, Chris has earned several awards and recognitions including not surprisingly PAR’s Advocate of the Year in 2012! He also was awarded West Chester University’s, as well as Delaware County Christian School’s Distinguished Alumni award, and also Main Line Chamber of Commerce Emerging Leader of the Year in 2013, among others.

He is an avid global traveler both for fun, but also for his extensive volunteer work overseas in places like Uganda, Iraq, and Morocco. Chris even founded a nonprofit in 2015 to meet needs of VIPs (vulnerable international people). When Chris isn’t globetrotting, he loves spending time with his English Bulldog, Jamilla. 


Vice President of Operations
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Born and raised in the Keystone state, it’s only fitting she attend Penn State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Policy and Administration. Lauren interned with PAR not once, not twice, but three times. It was during these times she grew a passion to understand the intersection between public policy, association advocacy and all the operational pieces that it takes for an association to run smoothly. With an added layer of IT expertise, we just couldn’t let her go so we brought her on board. You know what they say, fourth time’s a charm.

When Lauren isn’t working, she’ll be on a hot sandy beach somewhere not at all close to here because there aren’t any, jumping waves and getting sun(burnt).


Administrative Assistant
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Rhonda comes to us with over 10 years of Administrative Assistant experience. She is from a small town in upstate New York and relocated to Harrisburg when she got married. She chose to be a stay at home mom while raising her children and then joined Capital Business Systems, Inc. to get back into the working world. She has also been at Ballroom Break teaching ballroom dancing classes for 30 years – ask her how many times she has had to teach the electric slide.

When Rhonda isn’t working, she will be on her back porch enjoying the peaceful ambiance. She also loves spending time with her family, especially her two grandsons who call her Gogo instead of grandma.


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