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!

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

Maria Torgalski - Chief Operating Officer

Maria Torgalski

Chief Operating Officer

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“There is always a danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the devotion come in – That we do it to God. To Christ. And that is why we do it as beautifully as possible.”
– Mother Teresa

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

Jenna Astridge - Director of agency outreach and central intake

Jenna Astridge

Director of Agency Outreach and Central Intake

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“Leadership is an active, living process. It is rooted in character, forged by experience, and communicated by example.”
– John Baldoni

chris oberg - vice president of environmental safety

Eric Barker

Vice President of Information Technology

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“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”
– Mister Rogers

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

Martha Farewell Vice President of Clinical Services

Martha Farewell

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

dawn kaufman director of finance

Dawn Kaufman

Director of Finance

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“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things”
– Mother Teresa

Sue Mentecki - VP of Residential Opportunities

Susan Mentecki

Vice President of Residential Opportunities

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“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”
– Seth Godin

Bob Pettit - VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

Bob Pettit

VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

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

Carrie Spence - VP of Community and Independent Living Supports

Carrie Spence

VP of Community & Independent living Supports

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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

Cathy Voyer - vice president of educational services

Cathy Voyer

Vice President of Educational Services

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“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He (she) is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan

Maria Torgalski - Chief Operating Officer

Maria Torgalski

Chief Operating Officer

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“There is always a danger that we may just do the work for the sake of the work. This is where the respect and the devotion come in – That we do it to God. To Christ. And that is why we do it as beautifully as possible.”
– Mother Teresa

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

Jenna Astridge - Director of agency outreach and central intake

Jenna Astridge

Director of Agency Outreach and Central Intake

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“Leadership is an active, living process. It is rooted in character, forged by experience, and communicated by example.”
– John Baldoni

chris oberg - vice president of environmental safety

Eric Barker

Vice President of Information Technology

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“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind. The second way is to be kind.  The third way is to be kind.”
– Mister Rogers

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

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

dawn kaufman director of finance

Dawn Kaufman

Director of Finance

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“You can do what I cannot do. I can do what you cannot do. Together we can do great things”
– Mother Teresa

Sue Mentecki - VP of Residential Opportunities

Susan Mentecki

Vice President of Residential Opportunities

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“The secret of leadership is simple: Do what you believe in. Paint a picture of the future. Go there. People will follow.”
– Seth Godin

Bob Pettit - VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

Bob Pettit

VP of Quality / Corporate Compliance Officer

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

Carrie Spence - VP of Community and Independent Living Supports

Carrie Spence

VP of Community & Independent living Supports

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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

Cathy Voyer - vice president of educational services

Cathy Voyer

Vice President of Educational Services

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“The greatest leader is not necessarily the one who does the greatest things. He (she) is the one that gets the people to do the greatest things.” – Ronald Reagan