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fred-lokutaFred Lokuta

Phone: 717.652.8000

With over 30 years of experience with the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Disability Programs, Fred has a comprehensive understanding of Pennsylvania’s human services delivery system for people with intellectual disabilities and autism.

Fred began his career as a Direct Support Worker and, as his career advanced, he experienced a diverse range of opportunities that included assignments in ODP’s Harrisburg Headquarters, Northeast Regional Office within the Office’s Community Bureau and several State Centers throughout the Commonwealth.  For the past several years, he has served as White Haven Center’s Facility Director and more recently as the Acting ICF/ID Division Director.  Fred served as Acting Deputy Secretary for ODP since November 2012, and was appointed Deputy Secretary for ODP in February 2013.

Fred has been nominated twice for the Governor’s Award for Excellence and has been recognized by the Department of Public Welfare for the development and implementation of a local Leadership Development Institute for future leaders.

Fred holds a B.S. in education from Marywood University.

kevin-frielKevin Friel

Phone: 717.652.8000

Kevin has a broad range of government and private sector experience managing human services programs, with a focus on financial management, procurement, and program development and reform.

Kevin served the Commonwealth’s Department of Public Welfare for more than 15 years in a variety of high-level management roles.  Among other positions, Kevin served as Deputy Secretary for the Office of Developmental Programs, Deputy Secretary for the Department’s Office of Administration, and Director of the Bureau of Financial Operations. This diverse background within the department provided opportunities to oversee the department’s internal audit process; serve as the chief contract negotiator; manage the department’s Human Resources, Program Integrity, Information Systems and other Office of Administration bureaus; and implement changes to fee development and financial budgeting and monitoring within the Office of Developmental Programs.

More recently, Kevin served as Chief Financial Officer for a large human services provider.

william-parkerWilliam Parker

Phone: 717.652.8000

Bill Parker has served as a lobbyist at both the federal and state levels for over 15 years, with a focus on representing providers that serve people with intellectual disabilities and autism. As a parent of three children with special needs, Bill also has first-hand experience navigating Pennsylvania’s human services system.

In addition to his lobbying activities, Bill has served on the Board of Directors of several organizations dedicated to serving children with disabilities. Bill served on the Board of Directors for the National Fragile X Foundation (1998 – 2004), the Medical Institute for Nero-Development Disorder (MIND) (2001 – 2006), and the Autism Society of America (2008 – 2013). Bill has testified to Congress on the issues revolving around the increased number of individuals being diagnosed with autism and other neurodevelopment disorders, has worked with Sen. Arlen Specter to increase federal research dollars for autism and Fragile X Syndrome, and is the grandfather of the ABLE Account legislation sponsored by Sen. Bob Casey and being considered by Congress. Bill also founded the Center for Autism and Developmental Delays (CADD) Center for Excellence for care in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Bill is also CEO of Grandview Asset Management and has personally managed multimillion-dollar portfolios for the past 32 years. Additionally, Bill created Special Planning LLC, a firm which specializes in estate and financial planning for families with children with special needs.

Bill was Mayor of Paxtang Borough from 2000 to 2004.

jeff-bechtelJeff Bechtel

Phone: 717.652.8000

Jeff is a healthcare consulting professional with over 20 years of experience managing government programs and providing consulting services relating to a range of Medicaid policy issues.

Jeff served the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for 14 years. As Director of the Bureau of Managed Care Operations, Jeff administered the HealthChoices Medicaid managed care program. In this capacity, Jeff implemented a comprehensive plan to enhance program oversight, contain costs, and continue to improve quality through enhanced “pay-for-performance” payment methodologies. Jeff also served as Director of the Bureau of Program Integrity, the office responsible for administering a multi-faceted statewide program to protect the financial integrity of Pennsylvania’s Medicaid Program. Prior to these management roles, Jeff served as an attorney in the Department of Public Welfare’s Office of Legal Counsel and was in private practice.

More recently, Jeff served as a health care consultant for a national Medicaid consulting firm and advised health plans, state Medicaid agencies and providers on Medicaid managed care, health reform and other health policy issues. Jeff also provides consulting and policy support to all physical health MCOs that participate in HealthChoices, Pennsylvania’s mandatory Medicaid Managed Care Program.

Jeff holds a B.A. in economics and government from The College of William and Mary, and his law degree from The George Washington University National Law Center.