Meet our administrative team

Paul

Paul J. Garchar, Jr.

Executive Director

Education: Bachelor in Social Work, Bachelor of Sociology and Masters in Health and Human Services Administration from Youngstown State University

Licensure: Licensed Social Worker in the State of Ohio

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

Melissa Jupp

Chief Operating Officer

Education:  Bachelor in Social Work and Masters in Science Education - School Counseling from Youngstown State University

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!

Michael

Michael Thomas

Chief Finacial Officer

Education:  Bachelor of Science in Business Administration majoring in Finance from Youngstown State University.

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.

Kim

Kim MacDonald

Preschool Program Coordinator

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in
Speech Pathology and Audiology from West Virginia University, Master’s degree in Speech
Pathology from Kent State University and holds an Ohio K - 12 Intervention Specialist License.

Favorite things about working at Potential Development:

I cannot say enough about the fantastic preschool staff and students! They are my most favorite things about working here at Potential Development. The preschool staff is amazing, kind and so dedicated. Truly, they are one of a kind and do so much to make our students' days happy. Coming to work is so enjoyable because of them! Seeing their hard work and dedication with our preschool students makes me smile, and I love being able to watch the students grow and change from the first day of school to the last.

hollyl fixed

Holly Hahn

Preschool Program Coordinator

Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education from Youngstown State University

Favorite things about working at Potential Development:  My first experience with Potential Development dates back to 2000 when I was a parent of a student with autism.  In the four years my son attended the school I saw dedicated staff that helped him along with providing me emotional support.   I went back to college to become a special education teacher with the hopes of teaching at Potential Development.  One of my favorite things is watching a student I once taught  walk across the stage at graduation and receive their  high school diploma.  Remembering the challenges they overcame and in that moment during graduation seeing their excitement, confidence and sense of pride reminds me of the positive impact Potential Development makes for children on the autism spectrum.

Carolyn

Carolyn fernberg

High School Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Youngstown State University

Licensure:  K-12 Intervention Specialist

 

Favorite thing about working at Potential Development:

I enjoy interacting with the students and their families, watching the students grow throughout their journey with us and
supporting the students in all aspects of their lives- academically, emotionally and socially. Whether it's participating in a sports event, building a new friendship, or completing a challenging task, it is a rewarding experience to celebrate each child's accomplishments.  I am thankful to work with the wonderful families and a great staff at Potential Development, to ensure the success of each child.

Shellie

Shellie Duchek

Grants and Human Resources Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Science 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

Jodi Harmon

Marketing/Events Coordinator

Education:  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.  I love working with students and parents everyday and getting to know them.  We feel blessed to a part of their journey!

Mary Beth

Mary Beth Loto

High School Transition Coordinator

Education: Bachelor of Science in Education in Early Childhood and Master of Science in Education—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.