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January 2, 2019Announcements

DRP Rings In New Year With New Staff

Harrisburg–Disability Rights Pennsylvania is pleased to announce the addition of four new staff members serving in various capacities to further the mission of the organization to advance, protect and advocate for the rights of people with disabilities in Pennsylvania. We welcome Samyra Bethune as Executive Assistant, Imani Barbarin as Director of Communications and Outreach, Ryan Rader as a Social Security Representative Payee Investigator and Lisa Howard as the Legal Assistant out of the Philadelphia Branch. Each brings to the table diverse skills and expertise that will advance our advocacy and reach more constituents.

Samyra Bethune, newly appointed Executive Assistant, has a background in Criminal Justice and has spent her post-collegiate career as an administrative assistant in the corporate world. A big change, she hopes her time at the Disability Rights Pennsylvania will bring her back to her roots in advocacy and reform.

Imani Barbarin is an online disability rights advocate who is excited to use her content creation skills in her role as the Director of Communications and Outreach. She is eager to continue her work as an advocate on behalf of the organization.

Ryan Rader is already in his element as an Investigator for the Social Security Representative Payee Program. As a previous case manager for adults with mental health disabilities for Lebanon County, he is eager to continue his work with the disability community and providing direct assistance to those that need it.

Lisa Howard already feels rewarded by working at Disability Rights Pennsylvania. With her background in Political Science and History, she became easily engrained in the fast-paced life of law firms in the Washington, D.C. area but felt her skills might be better served advocating for others. Here, she has been able to do just that and has no intention of looking back.

We welcome these new members to the Disability Rights Pennsylvania team and cannot wait to see the promise of their unique skills and prior experience come to fruition.