Michael T. McDonnell III, Esq.~Chairperson
Michael McDonnell,III is an experienced lawyer of twenty-two years, and is a founding partner of the Philadelphia Chapter a Fortune AMLAW 100 Law Firm; is a trial lawyer and risk management consultant. Michael gives lectures and CLE presentations on insurance coverage and risk management issues. He has tried many cases for developmental disability providers, such as CI, Elwyn, Devereux and has advised on audit and risk management issues. His experience with persons with disabilities is a personal one; his two sons have developmental challenges and he is extensively involved in their care and treatment. Michael has founded and coached the Notre Dame Women's Cross Country program and he assists and consults with local athletic coaches. He is a competitive tri-athlete. His community involvement includes working with the Woodlynde and St. Thomas of Villanova School and Church groups.
Elizabeth Besvinick currently serves as Auditor and Committee person for Edgemont Township, Delaware County, PA. She has experience as a Paralegal, a Legal Administrator, Bookkeeper and Controller for an insurance consulting business. Her experience with persons with disabilities is a personal one; she has a nephew with a disability and she has a close relationship with him and his family. In the past, she has served as the Treasurer of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Golf Outing for two years. Her hobbies include running, reading and golfing. She also has fundraising experience.
Debra L. Hufnagel
Debra Hufnagel is a Board Certified Personal Fitness Trainer with over fifteen years of experience. She trains clients containing brain tumors and brain cancer and works part time at Elwyn Institute teaching aerobics to adults with disabilities. Debra serves as coach for the Penn Charter Upper and Middle Schools Diving Teams, is actively involved in St. Philip Neri's Home and School Association and the Women's Guild. She is a race/fundraising organizer for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation's 5K Fun/Run and Annual Walk, which involved over eighteen thousand participants, raising $2.2M; she also works closely with the JDRF's Board of Directors. Debra is also the owner of Fit For Life with Debbie Hufnagel, a personal fitness training company where she works with individuals and classes in physical fitness in a broad range of activities, including the training of elite youth sports teams, developing programs for marathon runners and tri-athletes and development of programs for the older population that will reduce their chances of injury, while improving their day to day mobility.
Joanne Pola, R.N.
Joanne Pola has thirty years of experience as a Registered Nurse with fifteen years in a supervisory position. This includes working in a burn center, with individuals with physical and emotional disabilities. She has also worked with children at both Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children. She currently volunteers at Grace Park Elementary School in Swarthmore, and at Cardinal O'Hara in Springfield. Joanne has served on many committees at IBC and is currently the full time caretaker of her mother.
Kathleen Toomey, R.N.
Kathleen Toomey is a Registered Nurse with 34 years of experience. She has worked in such areas as Oncology, Burn Center, Intensive Care, Invasive Cardiology, Same Day Surgery and GI. She is certified in Critical Care and also completed the Legal Nurse Consultant Program from Widener University. She is a member of her hospital's Ethics Committee and is also a Shop Steward in her Professional Nurse's Union. Her hobbies include travel, reading, her dogs and animal advocacy. She worked as a volunteer at a Sanctuary for abused farm animals for many years. Her experience with persons with disabilities is both a professional and personal one.
Walter Olds lives in a CI home in Wallingford, PA and has been a member of Community Interactions since 1987. He is an active member of the Self Advocates Group and has been since its inception in 1994. Walter has also served on the Board for the past ten plus years and is one of the four remaining shareholders of the organization.
Deborah Fecho lives in a CI home in Lansdowne, PA, she is an active participate in our Day Program and also an active part of the Self Advocates Group, which she originally joined in 2004.
John Campbell, CI Self-Advocate
John Campbell resides in a CI home in Woodlyn, PA and is also an active participant in the Day Program, where he has been a member of the Men’s Group which meets three times of week. He is also an active part of the Self-Advocates Group and has been on the CI cleaning crew for the past two years. Besides working on the crew, John has recently procured a job at Cheyney University.
Teresa E. Kibelstis, J.D.
Teresa E. Kibelstis is a member of the District Attorney’s Office for Montgomery County. She has worked in the legal field for sixteen years. She currently is the Captain, Behavioral Health Court as well as the Assistant District Attorney in Major Trials.
Patricia Spratley B.S. M.S
Patricia Spratley has a B.S. in Organizational Dynamics as well as a M.S in Public Administration & Human Resources Management from Wilmington University and is a member of the State of Delaware Department of Services for children and their families.
She has worked in the Human Services field for the past fourteen years. In her current position as Human Resources Specialist II, her responsibilities include: advising human resource management and staff on daily operations associated with compliance, recruiting & retention initiatives, job classifications, HRIS data analysis and employee compensation.
Her experience with persons with disabilities is both a professional and personal one, as she is a parent of a daughter diagnosed with autism. As a parent advocate, she has interacted with various public education systems and adult services organizations. She has been a guest lecturer for human relations programs at Wilmington University.
Patience Lehrman, MEd
Patience Lehrman is Special Assistant to the Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Community Affairs at Temple University. She works with faculty to identify professional development and funding opportunities, secure new internship sites with community-based organizations and help create a community advisory group for the College in an effort to be more inclusive and supportive of neighbors in North Philadelphia.
She holds a dual Master’s Degree in Education and Organizational Development from Temple University, a Professional Human Resource Certification from Villanova University and an Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Fox School of Business at Temple University.
Patience is a first generation immigrant from Cameroon, West Africa and speaks several languages, including French. She has more than 10 years of experience as a leader in community service, workforce development and outreach to immigrants, low-income adults and youths from diverse backgrounds. She has worked with businesses of all sizes and conducted presentations across the country, sharing information about the practical steps and economic benefits of engaging foreign-born nationals, and weaving them into the fabric of our communities. In 2012, she was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Barack Obama, the second-highest honor a civilian can receive.