My first two months as President and CEO of ACHIEVA are now under my belt. I continue to be impressed with the staff and the volunteers that make up this exceptional organization. The time I have spent visiting ACHIEVA's program sites and community homes has been invaluable to understand and appreciate all that we do and the support we provide to people with disabilities and their families. Meeting with representatives of our county and state government payers, as well as several of the region's major philanthropic foundations that have been so generous to ACHIEVA in the past, have helped draw a financial picture of how ACHIEVA is able to do so many wonderful things in the community and support so many people. The one-on-one meetings with members of ACHIEVA's Board of Trustees have also enabled me to get to know the volunteer members of our community who govern our organization. Like any good non-profit charitable organization, ACHIEVA strives to attract the most impressive people in the greater Pittsburgh region to serve on its board - and we have been fortunate to be extremely successful in doing so. The time, resources, and expertise (in such a multitude of areas - both personally and professionally) donated by our Trustees are extremely valuable when it comes to the effective operation of ACHIEVA as well as its ability to visualize and pursue the future of disability services and advocacy.
After two months on the job, I'm far from a point of knowing all that I need to know about the people we support, our great staff, and the services we offer. But visiting so many of our sites and programs and meeting with so many of our Trustees, funders, and supporters, have given me a great foundation of knowledge on which to build. My learning will continue. In the meantime, please know I welcome your input. Never hesitate to contact me with your thoughts or suggestions for ACHIEVA. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can tell me in person March 17th at ACHIEVA's marquee event of the year - the Pittsburgh Promenade. If you haven't yet secured your ticket or donated an item for the auction, please do! See you then.