Tim Harrington – Executive Director
Tim’s connection to The Ability Center began when he was three years old. Pre-school programming was part of the Center’s services. Through the years he enjoyed being part of Camp Cricket and other programs offered by the organization. Tim eventually became a Camp Cricket Counselor, which led, eventually, to becoming Camp Director. Over the course of 15 years, he came and went at ACT. As new opportunities arose through grants, he would work at ACT until another prospect in the community presented itself. Finally in 1999, the option to lead this organization came along, and he jumped at the chance. Tim shares, “The power to change the outcome of someone’s life is the most exciting aspect of my position. By putting together a fantastic staff, we get to change lives everyday.”
Debbie Andriette – Director of Human Resources
Debbie grew up in Cuyahoga Falls, which is located in Northeast Ohio. She started her career in Human Resources shortly after graduating from the University of Akron.
After working for many years in the employment industry and non-profit organizations, she began working at The Ability Center in 2007.
This was her first experience working with people with disabilities. She quickly learned to appreciate and recognize the abilities of the disability population and the significance work has in their lives. Her experience here has enabled her to hire qualified people both with and without disabilities to represent a top-notch organization.
“Over the years, we’ve developed a strong team that together is continually working toward a common goal of building and supporting inclusive communities.”
Debbie has her PHR and SHRM-CP certifications.
Lisa Justice – Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Lisa’s association with ACT began at the age of five when she attended Opportunity Kindergarten. After graduating from Lourdes College with a degree in Management in 1992, she worked a few secretarial jobs in the for-profit sector but always knew something important was missing.
In 2001, a want ad caught her eye. It contained the line: “Personal experience with a disability preferred.” After years of showing up for interviews only to find the office on the third floor of a building with no elevator, what a relief it was to see these words. She had not been involved with Ability Center programming since her early teens but walking in the front door she knew she was home.
Lisa adds, “Though my position is purely administrative I know that, by keeping this office running smoothly, I am making a difference for all people with disabilities.”