Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities

Responsibilities of the Governor’s Cabinet for People with Disabilities and the Governor’s Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities:

1. Make recommendations to the Governor on policies, procedures, regulations, and legislation that aid people with disabilities in Pennsylvania.
2. Serve as the Governor’s liaison to people with disabilities on policies, procedures, regulations, and legislation that affect people with disabilities in order to ensure that State government is accessible, accountable, and responsive to people with disabilities. 
3. Serve as a resource to all departments, commissions, and agencies under the Governor’s jurisdiction to ensure that these government entities are cognizant of the needs of people with disabilities and their respective services and programs are accessible to those
4. Work with the Administration and agencies to monitor the hiring, retention, and promotion practices of the Commonwealth relating to the employment of people with disabilities in order to ensure that there are no discriminatory practices within the Commonwealth. 

View the Executive Order 2006-09 establishing Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities & Governor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities. 


Members of Governor's Cabinet for People with Disabilities

Department of Human ServicesSecretary Ted Dallas (Cabinet Chair)
Department of AgingSecretary Teresa Osborne
Department of Community and Economic DevelopmentSecretary Dennis M. Davin
Department of EducationSecretary Pedro Rivera
Department of HealthSecretary Karen Murphy
Department of Labor and IndustrySecretary Kathy Manderino
Department of Military and Veterans AffairsActing Adjutant General Brig. Gen. Tony Carrelli
Department of StateSecretary Pedro Cortes
Department of TransportationSecretary Leslie Richards
Governor’s Office of the BudgetSecretary Randy Albright
Governor's Office of Policy and PlanningSecretary Sarah Galbally
Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities CouncilExecutive Director Graham Mulholland
Pennsylvania Housing Finance AgencyExec. Dir. & CEO Brian A. Hudson, Sr.
Pennsylvania Human Relations CommissionExecutive Director Joann L. Edwards
Pennsylvania State Civil Service CommissionExecutive Director Jeffery Wallace
Pennsylvania Council on the ArtsExecutive Director Philip Horn


Members of Governor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities

Dr. Josie BadgerPittsburgh, PA
Charles J. GiambroneHarborcreek, PA
Sarah GoldsteinPittsburgh, PA
Kay L. LipsitzYork, PA
Ken W. OakesPhiladelphia, PA
Stephen S. PenningtonPhiladelphia, PA
Terry E. RothHarrisburg, PA
Katherine S. SeidlHarrisburg, PA
Rev. Sally Jo SnyderFreeport, PA
Shirley WalkerHarrisburg, PA
2016 Approved Meeting Minutes:
2017 Meeting Dates:
All meetings are open to the public and are scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the address below: 
         PA Department of Education
         Heritage Room AB
         333 Market Street
         Harrisburg, PA 17126

If you are interested in serving as a member of the Governor's Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, please submit your member application, resume and a letter of recommendation to Devon Grant by e-mail at, or by mail at:

          Devon D. Grant, Executive Director
          Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities
          Room 333 Health & Welfare Bldg.
          625 Forster St.
          Harrisburg, PA 17120 


Employment First


Pennsylvania Employment First State Leadership Mentoring Program (EFSLMP)

Pennsylvania is participating in a program offered by the US Dept. of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP). The program assists states to develop and implement a state plan to increase competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities. Through this program, Pennsylvania has access to technical assistance from national subject-matter experts (SMEs).

Provider Transformation Bootcamp:
Community of Practice Webinar Presentations
Previous Webinar Presentations:
Upcoming Webinar Presentations:
  • February 28: Communicating Discovery and Customized Employment to Individuals and Families (Karen Lee)
  • March 28: Engaging Families and Communities (Corey Smith)
  • April 25: Engaging Staff in Competitive Integrated Employment Practices (Rick McAllister)
  • May 23: Employment Networks & Ticket to Work (Sharyn Hancock)
  • June 27: Benefits Planning (Susan Harrell)
  • July 25: Mental Health (Richard Toscano)
  • August 22: Employer Engagement (Dale Verstegen)

Click here to register for the PA EFSLMP Community of Practice Webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. Participants only need to register one time and they will be registered for all of the webinars in the series and will receive reminders regarding upcoming sessions.


2017 PADES

PADES, PA Disability Employment & Empowerment Summit, aims to bring together employers, related government agencies, service providers and people with disabilities, to discuss challenges, opportunities, case studies of programs of excellence, advancements in adaptive technology, supports, suggestions for systems improvements, and other important topics. Learn more about PADES


"Art: The Universal Language" Art Contest

This art contest is a collaboration between the Department of Human Services, The Arc of Pennsylvania, PA Mental Health Consumers' Association, Pennsylvania Statewide Independent Living Council, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

Individuals with disabilities offer unique, diverse, and valuable perspectives that can benefit all Pennsylvanians. Artistic ability and expression offer unique opportunities for everyone to appreciate and understand the talents and perspectives of Pennsylvanians with a disability. A team of judges including representatives from the sponsoring agencies recognize winners based on the following criteria: originality, imagination, visual interest, and skillful use of materials. Learn more about "Art: The Universal Language."


For more information on the Governor’s Cabinet and Advisory Committee for People with Disabilities, or to be added to the ListServe, please contact Devon Grant at (717) 787-4287 or