ACHIEVA's Leadership

Marsha S. Blanco

Marsha S. Blanco is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the ACHIEVA family of organizations. She has over 40 years of experience in government and the nonprofit sector as an executive, manager, board member and volunteer in organizations serving individuals with disabilities. Marsha has served as a management consultant to more than 100 nonprofit organizations and has conducted seminars and retreats in areas of board development, strategic and operational planning, corporate structure and volunteer management. Ms. Blanco has served on 22 national, state and local Boards and Councils, including the National Council on Quality and Leadership, The Arc of the United States and Disability Rights Network. She speaks at national and state conferences on advocacy and professional best practices in the field of disabilities and her interviews have been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post and NBC Evening News. Ms. Blanco has been honored by the Pittsburgh Business Times, Smart Business Pittsburgh and the National Diversity Journal for her contributions toward community inclusion of people with disabilities. In 2013, Ms. Blanco was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania by Governor Tom Corbett, one of 200 living women to have received this honor.

Marsha received her B.A. in Psychology from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

 

 

Gary K. Horner

Gary K. Horner is the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the ACHIEVA family of organizations.  He has 34 years experience in government and the non-profit sector as an executive and manager.  He has served on many non-profit boards and committees including The Arc of the United States and its Budget and finance Committee and the National Conference of Executives of The Arc (NCE). He was named the CFO of the Year for Non-Profits for 2012 by The Pittsburgh Business Times.

 

Reid Wolfe

Reid Wolfe is the Senior Vice President and President of ACHIEVA Support. He has more than 40 years of experience in the human services field. Reid has held positions with provider organizations as residential director, vocational director and coordinator of partial hospitalization program. Mr. Wolfe also served as Assistant Deputy Director for the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Office of Intellectual Developmental Disabilities; Board Member of Boy Scouts of America Greater Pittsburgh Area Council; and Past Chair of Trailblazer District serving individuals with a disability in scouting and other various state and local committees.


Nancy J. Murray

Nancy J. Murray, M.S. is the President of The Arc of Greater Pittsburgh at ACHIEVA. She has 35 years of experience in the disability field in the areas of public policy, advocacy, family support, supports coordination, healthcare and state government serving people with disabilities and their families. Nancy’s primary area of interest and study is the resilience of families of children and adults with disabilities and the long term impact of caring for a person with a disability on a family. Ms. Murray has conducted numerous seminars and has written numerous articles for families and professionals on disability issues.  

Ms. Murray is the Project Director of ACHIEVA’s Disability Healthcare Initiative which is focused on access to healthcare for people with disabilities and ACHIEVA’s “A Home of My Own” project which is working with families to blend government and natural resources to create more affordable housing for people with disabilities.  Nancy has served as a founder and coordinator of the Down Syndrome Center at Children’s Hospital (UPMC) of Pittsburgh, the Director of Supports Coordination at Staunton Clinic in Pittsburgh and the Western Area Director of the Office of Developmental Programs in Pennsylvania. 


Amy Dolan Strano

Amy Dolan Strano is the President of the ACHIEVA Family Trust and was one of the original members of the planning committee which guided ACHIEVA in the creation of ACHIEVA Family Trust in 1998. She was also a long standing member of the ACHIEVA Family Trust Board of Trustees, most recently serving as the Board's Chairperson.

Prior to joining ACHIEVA Family Trust, Amy spent more than 10 years in the UPMC Corporate Legal Department, representing Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic and Magee-Women’s Hospital as Associate Counsel. Amy also represented the Department of Human Services for Allegheny County as Assistant County Solicitor, a job she held before working at UPMC.

Amy is a graduate of Bethany College and the Duquesne University School of Law. She taught mental health law at The University of Pittsburgh School of Law from 2005 through 2008 and is active in the Allegheny County Bar Association's Elder Law Committee and the committee on Law and Disability.
 

Shayne Roos

Shayne Roos is the Vice President of ACHIEVA Support. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2001, Shayne worked in North Carolina, first as a Qualified Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities Professional and then as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor. He was employed in ACHIEVA’s vocational supports department for 10 years before moving into his current role.
 
Shayne graduated from Westminster College with a B.A. in Sociology in 1996 and in 2009 became a graduate of The National Leadership Consortium on Developmental Disabilities at the University of Delaware Center for Disabilities Studies.