Who We Are

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Agency History

ACHIEVE was founded in 1952 by 10 families looking for social and educational opportunities for their children in Broome County. Since that time, ACHIEVE has grown to serve over 2,200 individuals with disabilities in three counties – Broome, Chenango and Tioga.


As a Chapter of The Arc of New York, it is the Mission of ACHIEVE to advocate for an enhanced quality of life through skill advancement, inclusion, integration, socialization, and independence of persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities through services provided in
Broome, Chenango and Tioga Counties.


To be the leading regional resource and premier provider of comprehensive services to individuals with
intellectual and other developmental disabilities.


Support – The diversity, education and commitment of the staff who serve persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities.
Equality – The dreams, aspirations and goals of persons with developmental and other disabilities and their right to a
full, productive, and responsible role in society.
Inclusion – The rights of persons with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities to make their own choices.
Passion – Being family-led and professionally managed.

Executive Management Team

Amy Howard

Chief Executive Officer

Lisa Whitney

Chief Operating Officer

Ann Yeager

Chief Financial Officer

Jamie Striley

Chief Human Resource Officer

Preston Evans

Vice President Development & Donor Relations

Meggan Taylor

Regional Vice President Programs

Laura Thompson

Regional Vice President Programs






Board of Directors


Dave Chambers President

Broome | Delta Engineers

Lisa Dolphin, Vice President

Broome | Bergmann Architects, Engineers, Planners

Barbara Schindler, Treasurer

Chenango | Golden Artists

Nicki French, Secretary

Broome | United Way, Retired

Erin Cummings

Broome | Hinman, Howard & Kattell

Dr. Pamela Stewart Fahs

Broome | Binghamton University

Ellen Feldman

Broome | IBM Retired

Michelle Karedes

Broome | United Health Services

Dennis Mirabito

Chenango | Mang Insurance Retired

Jim Peduto

Broome | Knowledgeworx

Dr. Gail Rattinger

Broome | Binghamton University

Kathy Sheehan

Broome | Broome Tioga BOCES Retired

John Stevens

Broome | Banking Retired

William Whitaker

Chenango | NBT Bank