Community Interactions, Inc.
Board of Directors
Doug Trout~ Chairperson
Doug Trout is experienced in non-profit managment, program development, strategic planning and grant writing. He is currently the Clinical Supervisor for Behavioral Health Services for children with autism. He is the former Executive Director of the Arc of Delaware County and the former Director of Clinical and Residential Services for the Arc of Center County. Doug's prior Board experience includes serving as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Girl Scout Council in the Heart of Pennsylvania (Harrisburg). Doug is an active member of the St. Denis Catholic Church.
Michael T. McDonnell III, Esq.
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 expereince 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 experience. She has worked in such areas as Oncology, Butn 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 advocay. 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.