CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership

Money, Money, Money: My Rep Payee Manages That

Many people with disabilities receive Social Security benefits. Social Security assigns a Representative Payee if they have information that indicates the person needs help managing their money. Frequently, people have had little to no opportunity or experience with their money. They haven’t been responsible for developing a budget, paying their bills, and saving for things they want. They haven’t had the opportunity to learn from their successes or from mistakes. In supporting people to exercise their rights, we find that money is important to people. It is our responsibility to help people gain experience and skills to manage their money or to make a truly informed choice.




You Will Learn About:

  • Social Security and Representative Payees
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Focus on Promoting rights
  • Practical Ideas and Resources




Webinar Presenters


Cathy YadamecCathy Yadamec | CQL Director of Training & Certification

Cathy Yadamec is the Director of Training and Certification for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. In this role, Cathy coordinates the training opportunities offered by CQL. She oversees the certification of Personal Outcome Measures® Interviewers and Trainers, and is responsible for developing new training opportunities often customizing it to meet the unique strengths and preferences of individual organizations.

Cathy has experience within CQL and in private and state agencies supporting people with developmental disabilities to have better lives. Cathy has worked diligently to promote personal and organizational change to create a culture of responsiveness and focus on quality as defined by the person. In the 2000’s Cathy worked with CQL as a Project Manager and in the CMS Look-Behind Contract. For 3 years, Cathy served as the Manager of Quality Improvement/ Quality Enhancement for the Developmental Disability Administration in the District of Columbia, and then returned to CQL as the Project Manager for the Illinois Ligas Outreach Project.

Cathy brings 35 years of well-rounded experience to CQL with strong project management, data, quality assurance and training skills. These skills are match by her ability to meld local experiences with a national perspective. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Missouri and a Masters of Arts degree in Education from the Lindenwood University. Her growing family is very important to her and she relishes the time she spends with her sisters, brothers and especially her great nieces and nephews. She enjoys hiking and spending time wandering around the world.


Cathy YadamecKatherine Dunbar | CQL Director of Accreditation

Katherine Dunbar is the Director of Accreditation for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership. Dunbar oversees all aspects of the accreditation processes from development to delivery, while providing leadership for CQL staff, developing accreditation-related resources and building relationships with CQL’s partners.

Katherine has over 20 years of experience in the field of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, holding various positions in organizational leadership and overseeing hundreds of people in multiple states. Prior to serving as Director of Accreditation, Katherine was a CQL Quality Enhancement Specialist, providing accreditation, monitoring, evaluation, training and consultation to human service organizations.

Katherine is experienced in the use of Personal Outcome Measures® and assisting people in writing person-centered plans based on what really matters in their lives. She is also experienced in using Basic Assurances® for strategic planning, as well as the implementation of organizational systems and practices. Katherine led her previous organization in attaining multiple successful accreditations by CQL. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.



Pepi Diaz-Salazar
Director of Quality Outcomes
The Arc Putnam New York

Pepi Diaz-Salazar is the Director of Quality Outcomes at The Arc Putnam New York. She has worked to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities since 1992. She has worked at the Arc Putnam since 1998. In 2012 she became a CQL certified trainer. Since then she has created systems and developed trainings to enhance POM supports through-out the agency. She has been integrally involved in the DSP Core Competencies and in the development of Frontline Supervisory trainings at the Arc of Putnam.

Pepi has a Masters in Dance Movement Therapy from Hunter College in New York City.


Donna Loveland
Associate Executive Director of Quality and Compliance
Arc of Onondaga

Donna Loveland is the Associate Executive Director of Quality and Compliance at Arc of Onondaga, where she oversees all Quality, Compliance, Staff Development, and HIPAA activities. Donna has 22 years of experience in the human services field, most of which has been in program operations supporting people with developmental disabilities at Arc of Onondaga. She has been a CQL Certified Trainer since 2014.



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