Kate Mekeel began her career working for Access CNY, serving adults with disabilities in the Individualized Support Services program while completing her undergraduate studies in Public Health at Syracuse University. She decided to pursue her Master’s in Health Administration degree at the University of Pittsburgh and transitioned her career working for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. She served on the UPMC Passavant’s executive management group as the Director of Ancillary Services overseeing key essential service departments. During this time she had the opportunity to lead the ProjectSEARCH program at UPMC, providing a transition to work experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities working in various hospital departments. Kate relocated to Raleigh, NC with her family six years ago and considers this her permanent home. Kate Mekeel is currently working as the Vice President of Operations with TeamHealth. During her down time, Kate enjoys spending time with her husband and two daughters. She is excited to be a part of The Arc of the Triangle to continue to promote and protect the human rights of individuals with special needs.