Message from President & CEO Steve Suroviec

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Positioning for the Future

Earlier this month, a new slate of Officers and Trustees were approved to serve on the Boards of Trustees for the ACHIEVA Family of Organizations. While their terms won’t start until July 1st, we are fortunate to have wonderful volunteers from our community giving their time (and money through generous donations) to serve ACHIEVA and the individuals and families we support. Incoming Chair for the ACHIEVA Board of Trustees will be Mary Richter (Tax Shareholder at Schneider Downs & Co., Inc.). Ms. Richter will take the reins from our current Board Chair, Mike Dever (Shareholder at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC). 

The ACHIEVA Board of Trustees also approved the creation of a Strategic Vision Committee, which will consist of Trustees from each subsidiary board within the ACHIEVA Family of Organizations. This committee will oversee the process of conducting a robust refresh of the current “strategic vision” – something that has been guiding ACHIEVA’s work for the past several years. It’s brought us innovative initiatives such as “Home of My Own” and “Vocational Transformation” - just to name a few. With the current plan ending in June 2019, it’s important we start now to develop the next iteration. To inform the process, we will seek input from the individuals we support, their families, our staff, and external stakeholders, such as funders, foundations, and other community partners.

We have a lot of work to do over the coming year, but with fresh terms for our Trustees and a robust refresh of our strategic vision, I believe ACHIEVA will be positioned well to establish its priorities and embrace the future. As always, please feel free to send constructive comments and questions to me at