Kathleen Kleinmann

Kathleen Kleinmann served as the founding director of Tri-County Partnership for Independent Living in 1990 and has retired at Chief Executive Officer of TRPIL in Washington, PA on September 30, 2019.

Prior Professional Experience:

  • New Jersey Medical Assistance (Medicaid)
    Long Term Care Unit, 1975 – 1979
  • Three Rivers Center for Independent Living
    1982 – 1986
  • Catholic Charities, Diocese of Pittsburgh
    1987 – 1999

Special Expertise

  • Is in program development and has an outstanding record of achievement in organizing “first time” events that become the template for on-going projects.
  • Has extensive history serving as organizer and trainer for the National Council on Independent Living, Statewide Independent Living Council, and Pennsylvania Council on Independent Living; ADAPT.
  • One of the major organizers of the first statewide independent living conference and the first national conference held by the National Council on Independent Living.
  • Was one of the earliest pioneers in applications of computers and the internet to disability advocacy and programs through work with DIMENET.
  • Provides training as a consultant on advocacy and independent living philosophy.

Education background includes:

  • Masters in Public Health, Univ. of Pittsburgh, 1982
  • Masters in Social Work, Florida State Univ., 1975
  • Bachelor’s in Rehabilitation Education & Social Welfare, Penn State, 1974.


Has received the Pennsylvania Independent Living 1995 Wade Blank Award and 1999 Hall of Fame Award for outstanding dedication and contribution.

Interview with Kathleen