Ayodele Adewunmi – Vice President of Programming and Services
With more than 10 years’ experience working with people with autism and other disabilities, Ayo started his career as a Direct Support Professional. He quickly moved up and went on to become a successful Residential Manager and Director. In those roles Ayo demonstrated an excellent ability to deal with people with Autism and challenging behaviors while implementing programs and organizing services for the people in the homes as well as their families and friends.
Throughout his career Ayo has proven to be successful in finding innovative and creative ways to help people of varying abilities gain independence, reduce challenging behaviors, and gain successful employment in the community. The skills he gained through these experiences made him the ideal candidate for the position of Vice President of Programming and Services for the FCA.
Ayo’s unique perspective, combined with his drive to integrate people of all abilities in a place or program where they can learn, grow and achieve their goals, translate directly to the purpose and mission of the Family Center for Achievement. Here he oversees the development and implementation of programs for people with disabilities as well as members of their family and the community.
Susan Choinski, Case Coordinator for School District Services
As the liaison between school districts and families, Susan works with FCA members to ensure that they find the right programs and services to meet their needs, so that they can achieve their goals.
With a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education and more than 20 years in the Special Education field, Susan is the perfect person for role of Case Coordinator, helping participants at the Family Center for Achievement with special needs as they navigate the wide variety of school-based and community-based programs available to them.
At the FCA, Susan assists individuals and families in their search for providers who can meet their unique needs and making progress toward their personal goals within their homes/families and the community.
Lonnell Harrington – Director
Lonnie originally joined the FCA five years ago as a Program Coordinator, and then went on to become Assistant Director and now serves as Director. In this role, Lonnie oversees all the class programming for FCA, and constantly strives to meet the interests and needs of each person who walks through our doors – from age 4 to age 70.
With previous experience working in schools as a teacher’s aide and assistant to the principal, Lonnie’s expertise includes the ability to adapt and develop to meet the needs of both children and adults while ensuring the safety and comfort of students and program participants.
All of the FCA’s programs focus on learning, having fun and honing social skills. Lonnie works to make sure that all of these requirements are met, and works with participants, families and community members to develop new and innovative options to make the FCA accessible to even more people.
Helene Ramer – Assistant Director of Family Outreach
Helene comes to us with a unique skill set that combines over 15 years of experience working in the special needs field helping people obtain services, as well as sales and networking experience from prior roles on Wall Street and in Telecom. This makes her the ideal person to help with the FCA’s community and family outreach and advocacy initiatives.
As Assistant Director of Family Outreach, Helene not only works with the current FCA members to help them find the right classes or services, but she also attends local chamber meetings, resource fairs and SEPTA meetings to build our connection with the community and introduce more people to the many programs offered.
Helene is also a CQL (Council on Quality and Leadership) Certified Personal Outcomes Measure (POM) interviewer, which helps her gain insight into people interested in services and programs to identify their abilities and preferences and find the best fit.