Our Team

Mollie MurphyMollie Murphy is the President of Applied Self-Direction. Mollie has nationally recognized expertise in Financial Management Services (FMS) in self-direction. With over fifteen years’ experience in FMS, Mollie has assisted state and federal agencies to design and implement self-direction programs with high performing and compliant FMS. Mollie has led FMS Technical Assistance at the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) at Boston College since 2008 and has designed and carried out the only national FMS Conference since 2009.  She has worked with states to develop FMS programs from their inception and to improve services and processes in existing FMS programs.  Mollie serves on an interagency workgroup with the Internal Revenue Service to support tax policy development for United States FMS providers.

Mollie is regularly a presenter at national conferences and has authored several issue briefs for the SCAN Foundation and others.  Ms. Murphy started and continues to lead the NRCPDS FMS Membership organization that is now within Applied Self-Direction.  Applied Self-Direction also provides Membership services to state programs offering self-direction.

Ms. Murphy is a Junior Fellow with the Annenburg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania’s National Academy of Political and Social Science and graduated summa cum laude with Highest Honors in Economics from Clark University.


Kate Murray is the Director of Policy at Applied Self-Direction. Kate possesses deep expertise relating to regulatory compliance in Medicaid-funded self-direction programs, and she is a nationally recognized expert on the Fair Labor Standards Act Home Care Final Rule and its impact in self-direction. 

Ms. Murray served as a Senior Policy Analyst at the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College, where she developed innovative, practical technical assistance for self-direction stakeholders, especially with regard to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Home Care Final Rule. She was a primary author of the Center’s FLSA Home Care Rule Tool Kit, which was developed on behalf of the Administration for Community Living. Ms. Murray has presented dozens of webinars and authored numerous issue briefs on the Rule that are designed to increase understanding and compliance among states, providers, and managed care entities. Ms. Murray is also a regular speaker at conferences around the country on the Home Care Final Rule and other major issues impacting self-direction. 

Prior to her work at NRCPDS, Kate worked as a medical economist in Medicaid managed care, where she studied dually Medicare/Medicaid-eligible populations in the northeastern United States. Kate graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Asian & Middle Eastern Studies from Dartmouth College.


Casey DeLucaCasey DeLuca is the of Operations, Training & Technical Assistance Manager at Applied Self-Direction. Casey has over 15 years experience working with self-directed programs. Prior to her work at Applied Self-Direction, Casey worked at the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services (NRCPDS) at Boston College and the Cash & Counseling National Program Office which directed the twelve state expansion of Cash & Counseling. Casey also has clinical social work experience working with adults with disabilities and children and families in hospital settings. Casey graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Home and Community Services from the University of Delaware and Master of Social Work, Clinical Health Services, from Boston College.  


Merle Edwards-OrrMerle Edwards-Orr is a Senior Consultant at Applied Self-Direction. He taught at a number of colleges and universities and worked, both as a service provider and as a policy maker, with people across the lifespan. Merle has extensive experience both in health care both in acute and long-term care. He served as the Vermont Project Director for the Cash & Counseling Expansion Project and oversaw self-directed programs for all long-term services and supports populations in the state. He also served as a manager for the Vermont State Unit on Aging. Merle joined the NRCPDS in 2013 and since then has worked with states, aging and disability network agencies, and the Veteran Administration in establishing and improving their self-directed programs. Merle has an MSW from the University of Tennessee and a Ph.D. in Social Welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Jane LawrenceJane Lawrence is the Relationship Manager at Applied Self-Direction. Throughout her career, she has focused on identifying ways to build inclusive communities that support people with disabilities to live full and meaningful lives. Jane is a leader in providing training and technical assistance in person-centered planning to individuals, organizations, and government agencies. Her work as an independent consultant included agency and system re-design efforts, including HCBS providers and advocacy organizations. She was responsible for the development of fiscal support entity services within an organization, and was recognized as an important contributor to regional discussions on self-direction. She has BA in Speech and Theater Arts from MacMurray College and did graduate work in Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. 


Molly MorrisMolly Morris is a Senior TA Consultant at Applied Self-Direction. Molly previously spent five years at the National Resource Center for Participant-Directed Services at Boston College. At the NRCPDS, she managed the Program and FMS Membership offerings which are now available through Applied Self-Direction. Molly also oversaw the development of numerous issue briefs, webinars, and publications on self-direction. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Mary Washington and a Master of Social Work, specializing in Older Adults & Families, from Boston College.


Linda LeidingLinda Leiding is a Readiness Review Specialist at Applied Self-Direction. She has been an advocate for people with disabilities throughout her career and has managed residential, vocational, and participant directed programs. Linda was an early collaborator of participant direction in MN and was among the first providers in that state to offer fiscal services in 1998. Linda has also worked nationally as a surveyor that accredits health and human service providers. In addition, she serves on her local School Board and is active in other community organizations. Linda has a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation and a Master of Public Administration from Minnesota State University, Mankato.