After 18 years serving as state representative for Pennsylvania’s 194th Legislative District, Kathy Manderino is finding new ways to serve the Roxborough community.
The well-known leader has taken on a new position as senior vice president of Intercommunity Action (Interac) on Ridge Avenue.
Interac, a non-profit, community based organization, was developed more than 40 years ago to provide services for people with intellectual disabilities, older men and women, and those with behavioral health issues.
As a state representative, Manderino was a local leader for human service issues and provided help for those with the types of needs that Interac provides services for.
For most of her tenure in the House of Representatives, she served on the Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Insurance, and Judiciary Committees. As a more senior legislator, she chaired the Appropriations sub-committee on Human Services, the Judiciary sub-committee on Family Law, and the House Committee on Ethics.
David Bolin, President and CEO of Interac, knew she would be a perfect fit for the organization. Bolin hopes that this new role is “an opportunity for Kathy to extend what she was doing in her career as a state legislator.”
At Interac, she will be developing and implementing the organization’s strategic plan and exploring potential new programs and avenues for growth and development.
Though Kathy says the transition has been easy so far, she is focused on learning more about the organization, developing new ways to serve consumers, and meeting with people in the community to inform them of the work Interac does.
In the long run, she hopes that people who recall what she did as a lawmaker will recognize that she’s only a phone call away and ready to put her skills to use.