Supporting Families Committee

The Supportive Families Committee works to support family based delivery of supports and services for people with ID/A that recognize the efficacy of recognizing families as a best practice nexus for delivery of supports and services to people with intellectual disability or autism.

Kathleen McHale, Co-Chair

President and Chief Executive Officer
SPIN, Inc.
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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.


Cheryl Dougan, Co-Chair

Parent Activist

Cheryl Dougan has advocated for people with disabilities since 1998 when her teenage son suffered cardiac arrest, resulting in anoxic brain injury. She served on the PA Brain Injury Association Board and ODP Stakeholder’s Planning Team, Innovations to Support Families, and Safer Options workgroups. Cheryl co-founded the Lehigh Valley Medical Home Project Patients with Disability as Teachers Program and chaired the Northampton County MH/EI/DP Advisory Board. Cheryl’s current focus is the workforce crisis. She serves on the National Alliance for Direct Support Professionals Board, participated on the National Goals in Research, Practice and Policy Workgroup (2015 and 2018), testified before the PA House Human Services Committee and a DC Congressional Policy Briefing, and was a featured spokesperson in the PAR “Fix the DSP Crisis” video.