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Executive and Administrative Staff

Imani Barbarin

Director of Communications and Outreach

Imani Barbarin is a communications professional, writer, blogger, public speaker, and social media advocate hailing from the Philadelphia area.  A graduate from Eastern University for Undergrad and of the Masters in Global Communications program at the American University of Paris, she uses her skills to advocate for the representation, inclusion and empowerment of disabled people at the intersections of race and gender.

Samyra Bethune

Executive Assistant

Samyra Bethune is the Executive Assistant in DRP’s Harrisburg office. Samyra has a background in Criminal Justice, Education Support and Social Services.  She has spent her post-collegiate career working with children and families, supporting individuals with traumatic brain injuries, and in various administrative support roles in both the non-profit and corporate sectors.  Samyra holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice from Central Pennsylvania College.  She hopes her time at Disability Rights Pennsylvania will bring her back to her roots in helping others.  She is glad to be back working within a non-profit organization.  Samyra enjoys spending her time participating in church activities, with family and friends, and working as a fashion blogger/stylist.

Kelly Darr

Legal Director

Kelly has represented clients in special education, Medicaid, and disability discrimination cases. Prior to joining DRP in 2009, she represented children with disabilities at the Education Law Center. After graduating from law school at the University of Pennsylvania, she clerked for Judge Reed in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She lives in the Philadelphia area with her three daughters, including twins with special needs.

Jennifer Garman

Director of Government Affairs

Jennifer leads the work of DRP on emerging policy issues on a statewide and federal basis. The policy work is cross-disability and cross-systems with a focus on ensuring that people with disabilities are fully included in all aspects of life and have access to home and community based services. Previously, Jennifer was the Project Director for the Protection and Advocacy of Beneficiaries of Social Security Project, addressing both individual and systemic barriers to employment for people with disabilities and the duties of employers under the ADA. Jennifer received her J.D. from Widener University School of Law and her B.A. from Pennsylvania State University.

Molly Hartig

Administrative Assistant

Molly is a Cincinnati, Ohio, native who graduated with her Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology in 2017. She then moved to the Philadelphia area to complete her Master’s in Psychology, which she graduated with from Rutgers University Camden in 2019. Prior to working at Disability Rights Pennsylvania, her advocacy and research revolved around the LGBTQ+ community, which she is still very passionate about. She excited to learn more about the diverse disabled community.

Daniel Houck

Information Technology Coordinator

Daniel was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania and has deep roots to the area. He holds multiple professional certifications in Information Technology and Project Management, including VOIP Engineering and Google’s Project Management Professional. Daniel has been working in the technology industry for more than a decade, and is excited to bring his experience to Disability Rights Pennsylvania.

Lisa Howard

Legal Assistant

Lisa is a Philadelphia area native, who has lived and litigated cases in different areas of the U.S., but ultimately decided nothing beats home. Lisa graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in History and has worked in the legal field as a Paralegal/Legal Assistant ever since. Passionate about juvenile justice reform, education, and building a better tomorrow for all through civil rights litigation and advocacy, Lisa works alongside DRP attorneys and staff to fulfill DRP’s mission and goals.

Stacey Mamas

Administrative Coordinator

Stacey works in DRP’s Pittsburgh office. Stacey provides administrative support to attorneys and advocates. In addition to her administrative duties, Stacey provides support to the Disability Voting Coalition of Pennsylvania and its Advisory Committee.

Shelley Murray Moore

Director of Operations

Shelley has been employed with the protection and advocacy system for more than 30 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management from Central Penn College. She completed the Professional Human Resource Management Program at Villanova University. Shelley is certified through the Human Resource Certification Institute as a Human Resource Professional (PHR).

Peri Jude Radecic

Chief Executive Officer

Peri Jude has three decades of passion and advocacy in civil rights with a focus in the areas of disability, gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT), and women’s rights. She has extensive experience with all functions and branches of government in the development, implementation and judicial review of civil rights laws and regulations. Peri Jude has worked as a community organizer in Montgomery County, Maryland for women and the LGBT, the National Organization for Women, and the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. Following law school, she drafted changes to the Civil Rights Ordinance and wrote policies to ensure effective implementation of local minority and business development programs for the City of Tucson. As the State Civil Rights Manager for Rural Development, she was responsible for the implementation of federal civil rights laws within the agency as well as with recipients of federal funds. Prior to joining DRP, Peri Jude was the Executive Director of the Arizona Center for Disability. Peri Jude was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Arizona College of Law.