Legislative and Grassroots Workgroup

The PAR Legislative/Grassroots Workgroup was created to expand PAR’s grassroots advocacy, particularly around DSP compensation; develop a strong and effective grassroots network throughout the Commonwealth that will get the attention of our elected officials and increase the success of PAR’s DSP compensation advocacy initiative; and review pieces of legislation that may be of interest to PAR and our members and develop recommendations to the Board. This workgroup is the 3rd prong on PAR's Advocacy Structure, which includes the Advocacy Council and the Communications Collaborative.


Tim SohoskyTim Sohosky, Chair

Chief Operating Officer
The ReDCo Group
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Tim Sohosky is the Chief Operating Officer for The ReDCo Group, Inc. and Raystown Developmental Services, Inc. In this position, Tim is responsible for administrative oversight and support for all adult service lines. He is responsible for implementing and monitoring the budgets, quality of care, and ensuring maximum consumer and employee satisfaction. Tim has over fifteen years of experience in the human service field. 

Tim holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Penn State University.


Valerie Brown, Co-Chair

Quality Assurance Director
Resources for Human Development, Inc.
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Valerie Brown has close to 30 years’ experience working in the IDD field. She began her career as a Direct Support Professional. She is employed at Resources for Human Development, where she held a number of positions for over 24 years. Currently, she serves as their PAIDD Division Quality Assurance Director. Valerie has a strong drive and will to deliver quality service and create positive social impact in the communities in which RHD serves. She is passionate about helping others grow personally and professionally. Over the years Valerie has held many community leadership roles, but her most prideful moment is when she served as the President of the Mt. Airy Bantams Youth Association President. This program supports over 300 youth in cheerleading and football. "Caring, impacting, and advocating” is her mission. She is a proud and active member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Valerie is a native of Philadelphia. She received her Bachelor of Science in Communication Arts from Cheyney University of PA, as well as a Master of Business from Lincoln University. Valerie is a proud mother of one adult son, Byron.