Secretary of Disabilities March 6, 2007 to April 30, 2014. Retired April 30, 2014. Acting Secretary of Disabilities, February 21 to March 6, 2007. Member, Governor's Executive Council, 2007-14; Children's Cabinet, 2007-14. Chair, Interagency Disabilities Board, 2007-14; Advisory Committee, Technology Assistance Program, 2007-14. Co-Chair, Interagency Transition Council for Youth with Disabilities, 2007-14.
Catherine A. Raggio, Secretary of Disabilities, February 2007. Photo by Mark Odell.
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. Attended Gateway High School, Monroeville, Pennsylvania; 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-. Board of Directors, Council on Quality and Leadership, 2012-. 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. Distinguished Service Award, On Our Own of Maryland, Inc., 2012. Married; two children.
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