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CQL’s Katherine Dunbar Appointed To NADSP Board Of Directors

The National Alliance For Direct Support Professionals (NADSP) has named Katherine Dunbar, Vice President of Services and Systems Excellence for CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership, to its Board of Directors. Katherine has more than 20 years of experience in human services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, psychiatric disabilities, older adults, and children and youth. She has served in various positions across the field, involving organizational leadership, quality assurances, training, consultation, and more.

“We couldn’t be happier to have Katherine join our Board of Directors. She has expert knowledge of how quality supports can improve outcomes for those receiving services,” says Joseph Macbeth, NADSP President and Chief Executive Officer. “Through her work involving quality measures, she has witnessed first-hand how Direct Support Professionals can meaningfully enhance the lives of people with disabilities.”

In her role as Vice President of Accreditation, Katherine oversees all aspects of the CQL Accreditation processes from development to delivery, while providing leadership for CQL staff, creating accreditation-related resources, and building relationships with CQL’s partners. Katherine is well-versed 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 highly skilled in using the Basic Assurances® for strategic planning, as well as the implementation of organizational systems and practices.

“Katherine has seen it all in her extensive work through accreditation. She has an unparalleled ability to connect the dots between direct support, and quality of life for people receiving those supports,” says Mary Kay Rizzolo, CQL President and Chief Executive Officer. “She will bring a wealth of experience to NADSP.”

Before being named as CQL’s Vice President of Accreditation, Katherine previously served as CQL’s Director of Accreditation and a CQL Quality Enhancement Specialist, providing accreditation, monitoring, evaluation, training and consultation to human service organizations. Prior to joining CQL, she worked for a national provider organization in a leadership role, overseeing hundreds of people in multiple states, and helping to lead efforts in achieving multiple successful accreditations by CQL.

“NADSP is at the forefront of all workforce issues affecting Direct Support Professionals, and it will be an honor to serve on their Board,” adds Katherine Dunbar. “They’re leading some truly impactful work involving credentialing, public policy, recruitment and retention issues, and so much more.”


Since 1969, CQL | The Council on Quality and Leadership has been a leader in working with human service organizations and systems to continuously define, measure, and improve quality of life and quality of services for youth, adults, and older adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and psychiatric disabilities. CQL offers accreditation, training, certification, research, and consultation services to agencies that share our vision of dignity, opportunity, and community for all people.