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Cathy Ficker Terrill - President and CEO

email: cfterrill@thecouncil.org
phone: 630.202.6701

Cathy’s career has included working in government, non-profit organizations, university teaching, advocacy and supporting and mentoring self advocates. Before joining CQL as President and CEO on January 1, 2013, Cathy was President and CEO of The Institute on Public Policy for People with Disabilities, an Illinois based organization dedicated to providing leadership and technical assistance to drive public policy and promote best practices for individuals with disabilities.

Cathy previously served as President and CEO of the Ray Graham Association, where she utilized  the CQL Personal Outcome Measures® to reinvent a provider agency to become a more community based, person-centered organization. Ray Graham Association was the first organization to be accredited with both the Quality Measures 2005® and the latest standards, Person-centered Excellence Accreditation.

Past President of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD), as well as a former President of Illinois TASH, Cathy authored a manual on Consent Issues for Self-Advocates and Direct Care Staff. Cathy was a two term Presidential Appointee to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). For the past 20 years, Cathy has volunteered internationally, helping to create services for people with disabilities in Kosovo, Poland, Russia, Korea, Cyprus, Lithuania, Japan, Saudi Arabia and China. 


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