Our Team

An experienced, caring team to help you achieve more.

We Are Achieva Family Trust

People are our passion, and our life’s work is helping individuals with disabilities and their families lead better lives through special needs trusts. We have extensive knowledge and experience in social services, trust administration and government benefits.

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Amy  Dolan Strano, Esq.

Amy Dolan Strano, Esq.

Senior Vice President of Achieva; and President of the Achieva Family Trust
Jacquelyn E. Connell

Jacquelyn E. Connell

Director of Legal & Trust Administration Services
Kurt R. Emmerling

Kurt R. Emmerling

Director of Strategic Operations
Maria  Smith, Ed.

Maria Smith, Ed.

Director of Education and Outreach, Achieva Family Trust
Mary  Peterson

Mary Peterson

Trust Administrative Manager


 Call (412) 995-5000 x 565 or email us at familytrust@achieva.info.




Jeff Ash Trust Supervisor x 586
Valerie Benik Trust Assistant x 442 
Jessica Briggs  Trust Administrative Supervisor  x 498 
Jennifer Britton Benefits Counseling Specialist jbritton@achieva.info
Devorah Brown Trust Assistant x 622 
Jacquelyn E. Connell, Esq. Director of Legal & Trust Administration Services x 452 
Constance Darnley Special Projects Assistant  x 651 
Diane Edgar Trust Administrator x 414 
Kurt Emmerling Director of Strategic Operations  x 479 
Princess Farmah Regional Trust Liaison - Philadelphia  215.678.0609
Natalie Landry Trust Assistant x 463
Chrissy Grimes Trust Administrator x 577 
Nancy McMillan Benefits Counseling Specialist x 437
Mary Peterson Trust Administrative Manager x 478 
Katherine Reim Regional Trust Liaison - Erie 814.504.5556
Natalie Rosborough Trust Administrator x 441
Maria Smith Director of Education & Outreach x 434 
Jennifer Stoyer Residual Account Coordinator x 493 
Amy Dolan Strano President x 405 
April Trostle Regional Trust Liaison - Capital Region 717.542.2255
Patty Yerina Coordinator of Education & Outreach x 589 
Laurie Zola Trust Administrator & Benefits Counseling Coordinator x 633 




Bernie Cook Financial Assistant x 591 
Bob Doerge Trust Accounting Manager x 581 
Anita Gillinson Trust Accounting Assistant Manager x 477
Linda Kovach Supervisor of Trust Accounting x 592
Dave Matteo Accountant x 568
Richard Pfab Financial Assistant x 522 
Joe Ritter Trust Coordinator x 474
Cindy Short Treasurer - Achieva x 413