Meet the Staff

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Paul J. Garchar, Jr.

Executive Director

Licensure: Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio Related

Favorite things about working at Potential Development: As our program has expanded over the years, we have been able to build long term relationships with our students. We may be there to hear their first words and can watch them grow into young adults.

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Melissa Jupp

Associate Director

Licensure: Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio

Favorite thing about working at Potential Development: One of my favorite things about working at PDP is celebrating small victories and large milestones with our students!

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Mary Beth Loto

High School Program Coordinator

Education: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from Youngstown State University

Favorite things about working at PD:  I enjoy talking with our families and hearing their inspirational stories. Each family I meet with has a different set of circumstances that brought them to Potential Development.

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Shellie Duchek

Grants and Human Resources Coordinator

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Youngstown State University and Certificate of Resource Development from Regis University

Favorite things about working at Potential Development: I love watching the students grow and learn.  From the small victories to graduation day, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing a student accomplish their goals and milestones; it is a celebration for the student and their family, their teachers and the entire PD family!

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Jodi Harmon

Marketing/Events Coordinator

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Bachelor of Science in Applied Science from Youngstown State University

Favorite things about working at Potential Development: There are so many reasons I love working at Potential Development…it is hard to just name a few!! I am blessed to work with an amazing staff who are dedicated to providing students with the skills necessary to become the best they can be, to live as independent as possible and to have a brighter future!

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Marilyn Fielding

Special Education Coordinator

Licensure: Certified Special Education K-12 Certified Elementary Education 1-8 Certified Early Childhood Education