Executive and Administrative Staff
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.
Information Technology Associate
Robert is an IT Associate at Disability Rights PA. His primary responsibilities include assisting staff at the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh office with technical issues, as well as project work. He is a student at Millersville University and is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering. His interests include automation and machine learning. Robert is excited to learn and help Disability Rights Pennsylvania grow.
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.
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.
Information Technology Manager
Daniel was born and raised in Central Pennsylvania. 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 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.
Alicia Ingiosi (she/they) started a career in special education (focused on applied behavior analysis), working primarily with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Having grown up in a small town in rural Pennsylvania, Alicia found this work incredibly helpful as it raised awareness around diversity, accessibility, and equity. During this time, Alicia established programs and coordinated services in a wide range of socioeconomic settings on behalf of individuals, families, school districts, and organizations. After 15 years in special education, Alicia transitioned to early childhood education for another 5 years before realizing a desire to return to a more advocacy-based setting. Eager to find an environment that prioritized civil rights through systemic change, Alicia sought out DRP, knowing this would combine personal interests with professional history. Alicia is also passionate about the intersection of rights pertaining to gender, LGBTQ+, race, and accessibility. Alicia earned a Bachelor of Arts from Villanova University, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, a Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis from Penn State and a Certificate in Paralegal Studies from Boston University. Alicia’s mom and kids sure are proud of all these accomplishments!
Director of Finance and Operations
LaToya Johnson is an experienced finance leader with eighteen years of experience working in many components within several industries in business. Some examples include but are not limited to the following: Manufacturing, government, non-for-profit, and healthcare. Her range of duties have included accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, financial analysis, financial statements preparation and budgets. She has worked directly with many financial and business executives, to include Chief Financial Officers.
Having worked in the financial side of healthcare and governmental agencies since 2015, she has a unique perspective to finance, accounting, and operations. Prior to joining DRP Mrs. Johnson served, most recently as the Budget Manager for the City of Harrisburg. Earlier experiences include Financial Analyst for United Airlines Ground Express and the Financial Analyst to the Chief Financial Officer for Cook County Health, a three-hospital integrated healthcare delivery system located in Chicago, IL.
She achieved a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Accounting from Robert Morris University in Chicago, IL, and a Master’s of Business Administration degree with a concentration in Accounting from the Keller Graduate School of Management at DeVry University in Chicago, IL. Currently, she is a CPA candidate and preparing to sit for the CPA exam.
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.
Communications and Outreach Manager
Michelle is the communications manager for Disability Rights Pennsylvania. Prior to DRP she worked for the Digital District of West Virginia where she did work to enhance digital and political literacy in the state of West Virginia. She has worked in Administration and Communications for over a decade. She attended Marshall University and is a proud Appalachian.
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.