Meet our administrative team Paul J. Garchar, Jr. Executive Director Licensure: Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio Related Favorite things about working at Potential Development: Seeing Potential Development grow over the years has been very gratifying. Not long ago, Potential Development was just a half day preschool program. Today, Potential Development is a comprehensive educational system for children with Autism and special needs. I am proud to be a part of the continued growth. 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! 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. 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! 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 autism the skills necessary to become the best they can be, to live as independent as possible and to have a brighter future! Michael Thomas Finance Administrator Favorite things about working at Potential Development: Working alongside a tremendous administrative staff that’s always pushing to do more for our students. I also enjoy seeing how passionate our teachers and aids are about their work. It makes PD a great place to come to work to each day. Mary Brown Preschool Coordinator Favorite things about working at Potential Development: Throughout the year, it's always rewarding to watch the children grow and make progress. The rewards outweigh the challenges faced. We celebrate achievements, whether they are big or small.