Leadership

Renee Filip - President and CEO

Renee A. Filip

President & CEO

Welcome to Our Aspire Website!

For 75+ years, we are proud to celebrate a 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 decades 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 on 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 always serving the Western New York community!

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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“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
– Nelson Henderson

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

John Cole

School Administrator

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller

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

Michele Dodson

Director of QA and Compliance Officer

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
– Walt Disney

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

Christine Lalka

Vice President of Community and Independent Living Supports

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“Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different.”
– Indra Nooyi

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 Service Operations

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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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“The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit.”
– Nelson Henderson

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

John Cole

School Administrator

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“Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”
– Helen Keller

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

Michele Dodson

Director of QA and Compliance Officer

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“If you can dream it, you can do it.”
– Walt Disney

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

Christine Lalka

Vice President of Community and Independent Living Supports

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“Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different.”
– Indra Nooyi

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 Service Operations

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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