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Achieva Announces Departure of Shayne Roos, Executive Vice President of Achieva and President of Achieva Support - Names Interim Successor

Achieva, a leading non-profit organization dedicated to providing comprehensive services for people with disabilities, announces the departure of Shayne Roos, Executive Vice President of Achieva and President of Achieva Support. Shayne, who is relocating his family to North Carolina, has served as President of Achieva Support since 2020. His last day will be July 14th.

Shayne began his journey with Achieva in 2002 in the Vocational Supports Department of Achieva Support, the largest affiliate within the Achieva Family of Organizations. He quickly rose to become the Vice President of Achieva Support, a role he held for nearly eight years before becoming President. Under his leadership as President, Achieva Support underwent a major transformation, shifting from operating large, congregate-care programs, including “sheltered workshops” that paid workers with disabilities sub-minimum wage, to providing integrated community-based services and typical employment opportunities that pay competitive wages. Shayne is also credited with ushering in person-centered approaches to all Achieva Support services. 

“Shayne Roos has been instrumental over the past decade in helping Achieva develop the supports and services that people with disabilities really want - ones that are more inclusive and person-centered,” said Steve Suroviec, CEO of Achieva. “His dedication and leadership have shaped the services we offer and positioned Achieva Support for the future. We are deeply grateful for his decades of service to Achieva and the people we support, and we wish him nothing but the best in North Carolina.”

Stepping into the position will be Court Hower, who will serve as Interim President of Achieva Support. Court joined Achieva late last year as a Senior Vice President of Achieva Support. Court brings a wealth of experience, including having served as Chief Executive Officer of western Pennsylvania-based Disability Options Network. Court holds a Bachelor of Science in Business from Penn State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Duquesne University School of Law, with a concentration in real property and business law.

“I’m pleased that the Achieva Board of Trustees approved the selection of Court Hower. Since his arrival to Achieva last fall, Court has demonstrated an impressive level of professionalism and commitment to Achieva’s mission and vision. I’m confident Court will build on the foundation of innovation and quality being left by Shayne Roos,” added Steve Suroviec. 

Through its six affiliated non-profit corporations (Achieva Support, Achieva Resource, Achieva Family Trust, The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh, The Arc Erie County, and Autism Connection of Pennsylvania), Achieva remains committed to its mission of advocating with, empowering, and supporting people with disabilities and their families throughout their lives as it navigates this leadership transition.


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Achieva is a non-profit organization located in southwestern Pennsylvania providing lifelong supports to people with disabilities and their families. Achieva envisions a community where all people with disabilities lead lives of personal significance. Our services range from early intervention therapies and employment supports to special needs trusts and supports in the home and community. Achieva advocates with, empowers, and supports people with disabilities and their families throughout their lives.