Leadership

Renee Filip - President and CEO

Renee A. Filip

President & CEO

Welcome to Our Aspire Website!

We are proud to be celebrating 75 years of passionate commitment to serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities!

Our story begins with Sherwood Moss who was born in 1945.  A year and a half after his birth his parents learned he was diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy.  At that time, there were no programs to support their son’s needs.  They worked with the area Junior League and community leaders to garner support for their son.  In September 1947, the Cerebral Palsy Association of Western New York was founded.  After 75 years of growth, learning, advocacy, and a name change, we now provide a full scope of services for all diagnoses beginning with Early Intervention through palliative care – and all services in between.

We are proud of our beginnings.  We are proud of the impact that we have been making with the individuals we support and our impact on our community.  We are most proud of the impact each and every individual has made for themselves and those around them!

I invite you to browse our website.  Feel free to ask questions.  We want to be your resource for whatever it is you need.  We look forward to serving the Western New York community for at least the next 75 years!

Stay well and be good to yourself!

Carrie Spence - VP of Community and Independent Living Supports

Carrie Spence

Chief Operating Officer

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“Welcome the unexpected in life, learn to bend with grace, let yourself grow, be humble and never forget to look for the beauty change can bring”
– Anonymous

jennifer ball - chief financial officer

Jennifer Ball

Chief Financial Officer

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“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”
– Maya Angelou

Melissa Roth - Chief Human Resources Officer

Melissa Roth

Chief Human Resources Officer

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“Leaders don’t look for recognition from others, leaders look for others to recognize.”
– Simon Sinek

Mary Anne Coombe Vice President of Day Habilitation Services

Demetrius Brooks

Vice President of Residential Opportunities

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“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something, and together we can change the world.”
– Ronald J. Sider

Mary Anne Coombe Vice President of Day Habilitation Services

Mary Anne Coombe

Vice President of Day Habilitation Services

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“Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feeling.”
– M. Scott Peck

Mary Anne Coombe Vice President of Day Habilitation Services

Martha Farewell

Executive Vice President of Clinical Services

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, humor, and style.”
– Maya Angelou

Sue Mentecki - VP of Residential Opportunities

Jeffrey Nail

Vice President of Environment & Safety

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“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are now.”
– Shifu

Bob Pettit - VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

Bob Pettit

Executive Vice President of Risk Management

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“All is well since all grows better.” – Andrew Carnegie

Bob Pettit - VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

Megan Rechin

Vice President of Communications & Growth Opportunities

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“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words. But rather, short easy words like: What about lunch?” – Winnie the Pooh

Carrie Spence - VP of Community and Independent Living Supports

Carrie Spence

Chief Operating Officer

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“Welcome the unexpected in life, learn to bend with grace, let yourself grow, be humble and never forget to look for the beauty change can bring”
– Anonymous

jennifer ball - chief financial officer

Jennifer Ball

Chief Financial Officer

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“We can learn to see each other and see ourselves in each other and recognize that human beings are more alike than we are unalike.”
– Maya Angelou

Melissa Roth - Chief Human Resources Officer

Melissa Roth

Chief Human Resources Officer

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“Leaders don’t look for recognition from others, leaders look for others to recognize.”
– Simon Sinek

Mary Anne Coombe Vice President of Day Habilitation Services

Demetrius Brooks

Vice President of Residential Opportunities

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“No one can do everything, but everyone can do something, and together we can change the world.”
– Ronald J. Sider

Mary Anne Coombe Vice President of Day Habilitation Services

Mary Ann Coombe

Vice President of Day Habilitation Services

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“Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, your actions louder than your words, and your faith stronger than your feeling.”
– M. Scott Peck

Martha Farewell Vice President of Clinical Services

Martha Farewell

Executive Vice President of Clinical Services

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“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, compassion, humor, and style.”
– Maya Angelou

Sue Mentecki - VP of Residential Opportunities

Jeffrey Nail

Vice President of Environment & Safety

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“If you only do what you can do, you’ll never be more than you are now.”
– Shifu

Bob Pettit - VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

Bob Pettit

Executive Vice President of Risk Management

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“All is well since all grows better.” – Andrew Carnegie

Bob Pettit - VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

Megan Rechin

VP of Communications & Growth Opportunities

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“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words. But rather, short easy words like: What about lunch?​” – Winnie the Pooh