Cathy Ficker Terrill’s career has included working in government, nonprofit 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.
Cathy worked as the vice-president of the Brain Injury Association (BIA). She is also a 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, and was a two-term Presidential Appointee to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities (PCPID). For the past 20 years, she has volunteered internationally, helping to create services for people with disabilities in Kosovo, Poland, Russia, Korea, Cyprus, Lithuania, Japan, Saudi Arabia, and China.