Tina M. Campanella

Chief Executive Officer

Tina Campanella has provided leadership for Quality Trust since in began operations in 2002.  She has over 40 years of experience working with and on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in a variety of capacities.  Ms. Campanella began her career working in direct support of people with developmental disabilities.  More recently she has served as an expert consultant regarding quality improvement and organizational development strategies for human service agencies throughout the US and abroad.

Tina is acknowledged as an exceptional thinker and leader in her field with areas of expertise in systems change, quality management and improvement, disability policy and services development, leadership and management, meeting facilitation, advocacy, and staff development.  In her current role, she has established Quality Trust as a strong, independent and effective advocacy organization in DC and is leading efforts to improve community systems and supports for DC residents with developmental disabilities and their families.

She is a member of the Leadership Washington Class of 2010, served as the Chair of the DC Developmental Disabilities Council from 2010 – 2015, and was recently recognized as a fellow by the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD).

Jimi Lethbridge

Deputy Director for Programs

Jimi Lethbridge has over 30 years of experience working in the developmental disabilities field. Prior to joining the Quality Trust in February, 2003 as a Lead Advocate, he worked in the Maryland disabilities service system; gaining varied experience as a service provider, Service Coordinator  and participant in the development of the Autism Waiver in Montgomery County.  Early in his time in DC, he was fortunate to work with others in the development of the HCBS Waiver in 2006.  Jimi’s long and varied career has resulted in his strong interest in the role data can have in the creation of robust Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement initiatives.  He has particular expertise in utilizing Medicaid waiver funding to enable people with disabilities to live a full life.

Morgan K. Whitlatch

Legal Director

Morgan K. Whitlatch is QT’s Legal Director and the Lead Project Director of the National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making (NRC-SDM).  Morgan has devoted her legal career to working with and on behalf of people with disabilities in matters involving capacity, alternatives to guardianship, and the right to self-determination; community integration; living life free from abuse and neglect; and accessing public benefits and services.  She has extensive experience in implementing systemic policy, practice, and training initiatives, including those of the NRC-SDM and the Jenny Hatch Justice Project (JHJP). Notably, Morgan co-represented the JHJP namesake in fighting for her right to engage in Supported Decision-Making as an alternative to permanent plenary guardianship.  Morgan also served as Project Director under cooperative agreements with the National Council on Disability that resulted in two ground-breaking reports analyzing the impact of guardianship and alternatives in the lives people with disabilities through the lens of federal civil rights laws, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and the Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, among others.  Prior to joining Quality Trust in 2009, Morgan was an attorney at the organization now known as Disability Rights Rhode Island, the state’s protection and advocacy system for people with disabilities.  Morgan has been recognized by Georgetown University, Human Rights Action – Amnesty International, as making outstanding contributions through her work as a human rights practitioner.   She graduated with honors from Georgetown University Law Center; and with honors, Phi Beta Kappa, from Wesleyan University. She is a member of the Disability Rights Bar Association.

 

Jenise S. Ross

Director of Administrative Operations

Jenise Ross has over 30 years experience in administration of nonprofit organizations with particular expertise in financial and human resource management. Before coming to Quality Trust in September 2002, she worked as the administrator for The Council on Quality and Leadership (CQL), a nonprofit organization that manages an accreditation and quality enhancement program.  Jenise is also a parent advocate for her son and enjoys managing internal staff supports to enable staff to focus on achieving the outcomes of its members; people with disabilities.

Phyllis A. Holton

Deputy Director for Operations

Phyllis Holton has over 30 years experience working and advocating with and on behalf of people with developmental disabilities.  Prior to joining Quality Trust in January 2003 as a Lead Advocate, she worked at a local service provider organization in the District leading a number of projects to support best-practice outcomes for people with disabilities and their families.  A communications expert she amplifies the lives and  impact of people with disabilities through the stories she writes.  Phyllis worked on an initiative, Home of Your Own, which supported people with disabilities to purchase their own home in the District to live life to the fullest and experience the American dream.

Phyllis is a long time co-advisor and volunteer with  Project ACTION! a self-advocacy coalition.  She supports members to coordinate conferences, solicit funds and manage grant funds, and manage their social media to increase their presence as self-advocacy leaders and change agents.

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