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DEPARTMENT OF DISABILITIES

SECRETARY


[photo, Catherine A. Raggio, Secretary of Disabilities] CATHERINE A. RAGGIO, Secretary of Disabilities



Secretary of Disabilities since March 6, 2007. Acting Secretary of Disabilities, February 21, 2007 to March 6, 2007.

Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2007-; Children's Cabinet, 2007-; Interagency Committee on Aging Services, 2007-. Chair, Interagency Disabilities Board, 2007-; Advisory Committee, Technology Assistance Program, 2007-. Co-Chair, Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities, 2007-. Member, Maryland Building Rehabilitation Code Advisory Council, 2007-; Advisory Council to the Children's Cabinet, 2007-; Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, 2007-; Task Force for the Review of High School Assessment Options, 2007-; State Coordinating Committee for Human Services Transportation, 2007-; Maryland Pandemic Influenza Coordinating Committee, 2007-; Instructional Materials Access Guidelines Committee, 2007-; Mental Health Transformation Working Group, 2007-; Task Force to Study Financial Matters Relating to Long-Term Care Facilities, 2008-; State Advisory Council on Quality Care at the End of Life, 2008-.

Executive Director, Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council, 1983-89 (associate director, 1980-83). Member, Maryland Statewide Independent-Living Council, 2000-06.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, September 1, 1947. Bloomsburg State College, Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, B.S. (speech & language disorders), 1969, M.Ed., 1977. Speech and Language Therapist, Selinsgrove State Hospital, 1969-72. Speech Therapist, Wilkes-Barre Area School District, 1972-74. Executive Director, United Cerebral Palsy of Wyoming Valley, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, 1974-79. Executive Director, United Cerebral Palsy of Prince George's County, 1979-80. Founder and Executive Director, Independence Now, Inc., 1994-2007. Principal investigator, Nursing Home Reform Project, United Cerebral Palsy Association, 1991-95. Board of Directors, National Association of Developmental Disabilities Councils, 1986-90 (president, 1988-90); Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations, 1996-2001 (secretary, 1998-2001). Chair, Maryland Youth Leadership Forum, 2000-. Humanitarian Service Award, United Cerebral Palsy of Wyoming Valley, 1980. Professional of the Year, the ARC of Maryland, 1985. Gilbert John Zucchi Award, The ARC of Maryland, 1991. Profiled in Maryland Women's History Month, 1992-93. Region III Advocacy Award, National Council on Independent Living, 1996. Leadership Appreciation Award, Montgomery County Commission on People with Disabilities, 2000. Leadership Award, Prince George's County, Commission on Individuals with Disabilities, 2004.

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