L. Michelle Reefer: CEO
Michelle has been with PWAC since July 2015 as the Chief Executive Officer. Michelle has a BA in Communication and a BA in English from Thiel College in Greenville, PA and a MA in Special Education from Seton Hill University in Greensburg, PA. Michelle has been working in social services for 30 years in areas that include mental health, juvenile offenders, autism services, and ID services. Michelle has overseen residential and case management programs in NY State as well as in PA and is well versed in the regulations that guide our programs. Michelle loves being at the helm of a fantastic team. Michelle resides in Indiana, PA with her husband Mike and their 6 kids; Luke, Eli, Logan, Hannah, Greta, and Jeremiah. When not at work, Michelle enjoys boating on the Allegheny River and singing karaoke.
Kim Savoie: Vice President of Programs and Compliance
Kim comes to PWAC with over 34 years of experience working with Individuals with Developmental Disabilities that include Dual Diagnosis, Autism, and ID services. Kim oversaw program development, behavioral interventions and regulatory compliance for over 28 years in vocational and residential settings in Massachusetts, Virginia and Pennsylvania. Kim is well versed with PA ODP regulations. Kim enjoys leading teams in successful ventures that promote the improvement of an individual’s quality of life. Kim resides in Natrona Heights, PA with her husband Andre’ and three children Zachary, Ryan and Shannon. Kim enjoys spending time with her family, cooking and watching the Steelers.
Kim Smith: Fiscal Officer
Kim joined PWAC as the Fiscal Officer in March of 2015. She received her Accounting degree from Indiana University of PA in 2005. Before joining PWAC, Kim worked for 9 years in the accounting department at a company in Cranberry, PA that built and serviced car washes. When not working Kim enjoys spending time outdoors and camping with family and friends. Kim currently resides in Rural Valley with her husband, two children and two puppy companions.
Matt Ardeno: VP Production & Sales
Matt Ardeno has been in Sales and Marketing for over 10 years. Prior to coming on board at the Progressive Workshop, he was the Marketing Manager at Better Living Patio Rooms of Pittsburgh. During his time at the Progressive Workshop as Vice President of Sales & Production, he has acquired contracts with companies such as Slinky, Sloan Brothers, and the Allie-Kiski Chamber of Commerce just to name a few. By obtaining such contracts, the Progressive Workshop has been able to keep the clients hard at work. In addition to keeping the trainees busy at PWAC, Matt is in charge of the Armstrong County Recycling Center. Matt’s latest project is working on developing the paper shredding division of the Workshop. The program has grown so much in recent months that Workshop is now operating 3 shredders on a weekly basis. Matt spent his childhood in Washington, PA and then attended LaRoche College graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design. He met his wife, Holly, while attending Bradford School and they were married in 2004. They now reside in West Kittanning with their two dogs.
Pam Cromie: Director Adult Achievement Center
Pam joined PWAC as the Director of the Adult Achievement Center (AAC) in December of 2018. Pam has worked with individuals with developmental disabilities for 15 years with a previous employer. Pam resides in Grove City, Pa with her two children David and Dominic. On her off-time Pam enjoys spending time her family and attending their sporting events. firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenn Goughler-Vice President of Administration and Development
Jenn joined the PWAC as the Director of Administration and Development in August of 2017. Jenn comes to PWAC with over 20 years of experience working with individuals with developmental disabilities and supervising 5 homes with anywhere from 40 – 50 staff members. Jenn enjoys shopping, going to yard sales and going on vacations to the beach with her husband Bogie. She also enjoys spending time with her three children Jacklynn, Brenden, and Alexis. Jen currently resides in Fenelton with her husband and their pet pug Bella. email@example.com
Zak Myers: Director of Facilities
In July of 2016, Zak found his way into the PWAC family where he now oversees the buildings, equipment and fleet within the organization. After spending many of his adult years in stone work, general contracting, a railyard and studying GIS at IUP, he and his wife Jammie, began their family. While seeking a change in employment environments to better accommodate a family life, opportunities were being posted on social media for positions within PWAC. After a few attempts, he was hired into the "Floater" position. Having earned experience in the many fields of structures and automotive, his "handy-ness" had quickly proved to be useful in a classic "right time and place." This opportunity was spotted as the previous employee to handle these occurrences had moved into retirement and the wear and tear of bumps and breaks began accumulating. Since then, Zak handles as much as possible in-house or hires the proper division to do so. In his home life he chases around his toddler Piper, yells at his puppy Bluto, promises to complete home projects Jammie would like done and partakes in sport shooting when the above mentioned aren't looking. firstname.lastname@example.org
Bogie Goughler-Director of Community Based Programs
Bogie joined the PWAC team on February 18th, 2018 as the Director of Community Based Programs. Bogie comes to PWAC with over 23 years of experience in the ID field. Bogie enjoys hunting, fishing and golfing and is a huge fan of all Pittsburgh area sports teams. Bogie has 3 children, Jacklynn, Brenden, and Alexis. He resides at his home in Fenelton with his wife Jennifer and their pet pug, Bella. email@example.com