Dear Fellow Trustees,

It is with much excitement that I write to let you know that the Board has selected Stephen Suroviec as our new Chief Executive Officer after an extensive national search. Steve has a passion for serving and advocating for people with disabilities. For more than 27 years, Steve has provided leadership across a variety of nonprofit and governmental sectors, representing the interests of people with disabilities. Steve will assume the reins in January 2018.

We are happy to announce that Steve will be working hand-in-hand with Marsha to ensure a smooth transition. Marsha will be retiring in December after 38 years of service to ACHIEVA, for which we give thanks for her competent and masterful guidance.

Steve started out in the disability field as an advocate for his sister, who had multiple sclerosis. He witnessed first-hand the impact of disability on his family and has devoted his career to creating services and advocating for people with disabilities to receive the supports they need to live and work in the community.

Steve is a highly respected advocate and leader in the nonprofit and government sectors. Steve currently serves as the Chief Operations Officer and Director of Intellectual/Developmental Disability Services at the Rehabilitation and Community Providers Association. He has also served as the Special Advisor to the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; the Deputy Secretary of the Office of Developmental Programs; the Executive Director of the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Industry; the Executive Director of The Arc of Pennsylvania; and the Director of the Erie County Department of Human Services.

Prior to that, Steve served in the United States Air Force. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh in Public and International Affairs. He was appointed to the President’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities by President George H.W. Bush. He also worked for Congressman Tom Ridge and later Chaired Governor Ridge’s Disability Policy Team.

Steve is honored to have been chosen as ACHIEVA’s next CEO. He is looking forward to working closely and tirelessly with the staff to continue to protect the rights of people with disabilities, support their families, and provide the highest quality supports to the individuals we serve.

Please join me in welcoming Steve to the ACHIEVA family!
Mike Dever
Chair, ACHIEVA Board of Trustees