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Jessica Gorham, Program Manager
Jessica began working with Achieving Dreams in April of 2022 as the Program Manager. She was born in Dallas and grew up in Chandler, TX. She married in 2017 and has one four-year-old daughter. As her mother is a Behavioral Hospital Administrator, Jessica has had long time exposure to the mental health field. She also has a passion for the Special Needs Community, as she has a strong bond with an uncle on the autism spectrum and an aunt with moderate intellectual disabilities. Having a heart for service, she attended a Discipleship Training School with Youth with a Mission Tyler in 2012 and participated in overseas missionary opportunities. These various life experiences inspired her ultimate pursuit of formal social work education. She previously worked in behavioral health with adult and geriatric clients and worked her way up from a Psychiatric Nursing Assistant to a Physician Clerk, an Intake Coordinator, and finally to a Community Liaison growing a successful Intensive Outpatient Program in Lufkin, Texas. She is a graduate of Tyler Junior College with an Associate of Arts in General Studies, and graduated in 2021 from Stephen F. Austin, earning a Bachelor's degree in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude. She was inducted into Phi Alpha Honor Society, the national honor society for Social work students, and Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society. She strives to serve people with disabilities with passion and excellence. 

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Jacob Frazier, Program Outreach Coordinator
Jacob began working at Achieving Dreams in March of 2022. He was born in Pennsacola, FL, but his family soon moved to Tyler, where he grew up. Previously, Jacob worked at the student ministry at Grace Community Church for 7 years. During this time, he was exposed to many different cultures and communities via local and long-distance mission opportunities, as well as the diverse group of students and families he served at Grace. That experience includes work with the Special Needs Community, which gave Jacob a passion for the population that Achieving Dreams serves. He is a passionate and faithful servant leader that is excited to be on the team. He completed his associate's degree from Tyler Junior College in Speech Communication. He has nearly completed his Bachelor's degree in Communication Studies with a minor in Psychology from the University of Texas at Tyler.

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Joie Roblin, Program Assistant

Joie began working with Achieving Dreams in April of 2021. Born in Reno, Nevada, she became a Texan in the last 10 years. She fits in wonderfully with the rest of our team, as she is a cheerful gifted person with a diverse set of talents and experiences. With a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and an associates degree in medical assistance,  her work history includes being a medical assistant, a newspaper reporter/columnist, a costumed character for various companies, an author, a comedian and her first job was working with people with disabilities in a similar role, as she serves in today with us. She feels she has come full circle and truly loves working with everyone. As a caring and devoted daughter, she helps her aging mother which makes her part-time position ideal for her personally, as well.  She is a warm-hearted, responsible and thoughtful person who provides stable, supportive skills for our busy day habilitation program.  

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Randi Jordon, Program Support Assistant

Randi began working with Achieving Dreams in January 2022.  Raised most of her life in Tyler, she has been married since 2015, and has two amazing children. Because her aunt worked in Special Education at St. Louis School (now Boshears) for many years, she was raised around people with all different abilities. She learned much from her personal experiences which has helped her with parenting her own daughter who is on the autism spectrum. She also worked in the school system, but has chosen to focus on her family, part-time employment and continuing her college education with the ultimate goal of being a Special Education teacher. Working part-time with Achieving Dreams is a great match for her administrative skills, interest, personal experience and her educational goals toward service to people with special needs. We welcome her and the gifts she brings to our team.

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Ana Gaffney, Administrative Assistant
Ana began working with us on a contracted basis in 2019 and came on staff in mid-2020. She is married with three children. She previously worked in retail for the Disney corporation in the DFW area. While living in Seattle, she worked in banking before moving back to Texas. In Tyler, Ana became involved with the PTA at her children's schools. This reignited her passion for serving others. She also serves at her church, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. A valued member of our team, she is bright, helpful, and efficient in her bookkeeping and several other administrative office responsibilities. In addition, her bi-lingual skills are helpful to our mission.

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Laura Mattheis, Executive Director
Laura began volunteering with Achieving Dreams in June 2017 while working as an independent non-profit consultant/researcher following many years of service in various executive and entrepreneur roles. Upon also accepting a part-time position with the United Way of Smith County, her schedule was too full to continue volunteering. Later, upon a friend notifying her of Achieving Dreams seeking an Executive Director, she felt called to apply. Having had a sister with severe intellectual and developmental disability, she has been drawn to serve those within the special needs community. God's plan and the decision of the Board of Director's opened the door to an unanticipated blessing to serve starting February 2019. She deeply appreciates working with respected visionary community leaders/board members, valued caring staff and the many generous collaborative community partners who join together in supporting the wonderful Achievers and their families. She has continually worked since her teen years in Longview, Texas, and after high school, she attended Kilgore College for Commercial Art and General Business, and later ultimately changed her major to Business Management, earning her Bachelor's degree with honors from UT Tyler. After her attendance at the university and due to her husband's career job location, they moved to Tyler about 20 years ago. Soon after, related to one of her human services management positions, she took Psychology courses at TJC and UT Tyler. After years of various paid and volunteer leadership roles in East Texas, the diverse abilities needed to oversee and help our team advance the mission of Achieving Dreams are a perfect match for her skills and advocacy vision. She especially enjoys developing collaborative projects toward expanding services to underserved areas and populations.

Board of Directors

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