Jan Alderman, Program Director

Jan started as Program Director for Achieving Dreams in August 2014. She is an asset to our program, and she enjoys sharing her experiences, enthusiasm, and love with our Achievers. Prior to serving with us, she began working at St. Louis School in 1987 and was there until 1992. She left to pursue her career as a hair stylist and owner of her own shop for a few years. She returned to work at St. Louis School in 1998 and stayed there until 2005. Jan left St. Louis and went to work for Breckenridge Village as a teacher in the Day Program in 2005. While she was employed elsewhere, she was very active in our community including Walk a Mile for a Special Child and Camp Heyday. She was also a head coach with Special Olympics from 2006-2013 and a Therapet owner from 2002-2007. She still works part-time with the ARC as their Adult Performing Arts Director. 

Sandi Richards, Program Director

Sandi began working with us in 2016 initially in an assistant to the director role, and she soon moved up to her current position due to her caring ways, conscientiousness and hard work. Born in Anchorage, AK at Elmendorf Air Force Base to K.D. and Anita Chrietzberg, she is the daughter of a retired United States Air Force fighter pilot and her mother who was a loving homemaker.  She enjoyed living and growing up in Alaska, California, Kansas and Missouri with her sister and brother.

Sandi was a paraprofessional educator who worked with special needs students for five years.  That experience was a blessing to her as she made a positive impact in the lives of her students.  Helping her students become successful academically as well as socially was particularly fulfilling for her. She as been active on church committees, volunteering for the Humane Society, Girl Scouts and various school and community activities. She feels very blessed and excited about being a Program Director of Achieving Dreams and enjoys working with all of the Achievers and volunteers.

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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.  

Ana Gaffney, Administrative Assistant
She began working with us on a contracted basis in 2019 and came on staff in mid-2020. Ana 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.

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. After years of various paid and volunteer leadership roles in East Texas, the diverse abilities needed to oversee Achieving Dreams are a perfect match for her skills and interests. She especially enjoys developing collaborative projects toward expanding our service to others.

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