Beyond the Water's Edge: Charting the Course of Managed Care for People with Disabilities - Conference Resource Book. Reactor Biographies

11/01/1996

Ruth E.K. Stein, M.D.
Ruth Stein is Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Director of General Pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is also Pediatrician-in-Chief at Jacobi Medical Center. She has been involved in developing models of care for children with special health care needs for many years. Her research is on chronic physical disorders in childhood and their psychological and social consequences. From 1983 to 1995, she was also the Principal Investigator of the Preventive Intervention Research Center for Child Health at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. She recently spent a sabbatical at the United Hospital Fund examining issues for the pediatric population under managed care.

Nancy R. Thaler
Nancy Thaler has been Deputy Secretary for Mental Retardation in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare since 1992. She served as the Director, Bureau of Community Programs, for six years prior to being appointed Deputy Secretary. Before her career in State government, she worked for 16 years in a large nonprofit agency in southeastern Pennsylvania, Ken-Crest Services. While with that agency, she served eight years as a direct care worker, including four years as a houseparent and another eight years in administrative positions.

As Deputy Secretary for Mental Retardation, Ms. Thaler is responsible for the State's services to people with mental retardation. These services affect 3,240 people in State institutions, and 63,000 people in the community.

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