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Executive Leadership Team

Bernadette Kerrigan, MSSA, LISW, SPHR
Bernadette Kerrigan, MSSA, LISW, SPHR

President and CEO

Bernie Kerrigan has served as President & CEO of Achievement Centers for Children (ACC) since May 2021. She joined ACC from First Year Cleveland, where she had served as the inaugural Executive Director since 2016. In that role, Bernie forged broad community partnerships and developed a unified strategy with the goal of reducing infant deaths and racial disparities.

Bernie’s decades of nonprofit leadership roles also include serving as Chief Talent Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Centers for Families in Children, Vice President of Community Investment at United Way of Greater Cleveland, and Executive Director of United Way Services of Geauga County. She began her career as a medical and perinatal social worker at University Hospitals.

Bernie is the proud mother of two foster-to-adopt children, Emma and Kiara. In her spare time, she enjoys walking their Bernese Mountain dog, Roxie, and rooting for all Cleveland sports teams.

Lydia González Sciarrino, MBA
Lydia González Sciarrino, MBA

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President

Lydia González Sciarrino, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, joined Achievement Centers for Children in 2023.

Lydia is a client-centric, health care and social services executive with 20+ years of experience balancing strategic decisions and financial discipline with a collaborative approach to leadership. Her personal passion is supporting organizations that seek to improve the health and wellbeing of vulnerable populations.

Lydia holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University and is a member of the America College of Health Care Executives (ACHE) and the ACHE of Northern Ohio.

Rachel Leuthaeuser, MBA, LSW
Rachel Leuthaeuser, MBA, LSW

Chief Operating Officer

Rachel Leuthaeuser joined Achievement Centers for Children in 2002 as the Quality Assurance Manager. She has held various positions within ACC and is currently the Chief Operating Officer.

Prior to coming to ACC, she worked as nonprofit social worker throughout Cleveland for several years and started her career at Lorain County Jobs and Family Services. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University, her MBA from Ashland University, and is a licensed social worker. Rachel believes her social work and business background enable her to fully support ACC’s mission with both heart and head.

Rachel is a native of Wisconsin, but has lived much of her adult life in Ohio. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys spending time with her husband, Neil, and her adult children, Mara and Adelaide. Her other favorite things include finding laughter whenever possible and reading a good mystery.

Lori Oliver, PhD
Lori Oliver, PhD

Chief Program Officer and Executive Vice President

Dr. Lori Oliver has been the Chief Program Officer and Executive Vice President at Achievement Centers for Children since January 2018.  She has 30 years of Executive Leadership experience in mental health and developmental disabilities services.

Lori began her career as the Assistant CEO at Heartland Behavioral Healthcare, an inpatient psychiatric hospital operated by the Ohio Department of Mental Health & Addiction Services.  As an administrative and clinical leader for 17 years, she was instrumental in the development of a centralized treatment concept supportive of the Recovery Model.  In 2011, Lori shifted her focus to developmental disabilities when she accepted the position of Vice President, Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities, an Intermediate Care Facility for medically fragile children and adults.

Lori is an avid collector of entertainment memorabilia and has met many icons in the music/film industry.  She and her fiancé enjoy rock concerts, dining out, and traveling.

Debbie Rodriguez
Debbie Rodriguez

Chief Marketing & Development Officer

Debbie Rodriguez joined Achievement Centers for Children (ACC) in January, 2024 as Chief Development and Marketing Officer. Debbie has spent decades in executive leadership roles in health and human service non-profits, both in Cleveland, OH and San Diego, CA.

In Cleveland, Debbie served as the VP of Programs, Services, and Strategic Planning at the Center for Families and Children, (now The Centers), as the Director of Community Planning at the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, and as both Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive Officer at Recovery Resources. In San Diego, she was the Chief Advancement Officer at Jewish Family Service of San Diego, and was Director of Development & Community Relations at both the Gillispie School and Friendship Circle San Diego.

Debbie is the proud mom of two adult sons and their growing families – and is thrilled to be first-time Gramma to granddaughter, Maria Rose. Bichon-Poodle, Lulu, rounds out the family.

Julie Wagner, SHRM-SCP
Julie Wagner, SHRM-SCP

Chief Human Resources Officer

Julie Wagner joined Achievement Centers for Children in August 2023 after serving many years as a human resources leader in large non-profit organizations specializing in disabilities and aging services.

Most recently, she was Chief Human Resources Officer at Jennings, a large senior care organization. Prior to this, she led human resource strategy and initiatives as Chief People Officer at Koinonia Homes, Inc., a large non-profit specializing in adults with disabilities. Julie’s passion for serving those with disabilities was realized at Hattie Larlham, where she worked for over 17 years and was Vice President of Human Resources, overseeing 1,500 staff.

Her volunteer experience includes teaching elementary students through Junior Achievement, delivering Mobile Meals, and volunteering at her parish.

Julie lives in Stow with her family, enjoys traveling to warmer climates, and has a special place in her heart for her grand-dog, a very large black and tan coonhound named Copper.

Kimberly Allen, Ed.S
Kimberly Allen, Ed.S

Vice President of Education & Superintendent of School

Kimberly Allen joined ACC as Director of the Autism School in 2020 after a distinguished career in public education where she served primarily as Pupil Services Director and Assistant Superintendent.

Under Kim’s leadership, ACC’s Autism School has expanded to eight classrooms and serves 15 school districts. In 2023, Kim became VP of Education which encompasses leadership of the Autism School, TAP, Therapeutic Horsemanship, Adapted Sports, Day Camp and Extended School Year programs.

Outside of ACC, Kim is a dedicated parent and grandparent, advocate for foster children, world traveler, and outdoor enthusiast.

Bonnie Boenig, M.Ed., OTR/L, C/NDT
Bonnie Boenig, M.Ed., OTR/L, C/NDT

Vice President of Therapy Business Enterprises

Bonnie Boenig, MEd, OT/L, C/NDT joined ACC in 2007 as the Manager of Special Projects, soon after was named Director of Therapy Services, and in 2022 she became the VP of Therapy Business Enterprises, with leadership over ACC’s Therapy Services and North Coast Therapy Associates. Prior to joining ACC, Bonnie worked for the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities, owned a multidisciplinary outpatient private practice, and established a pediatric therapy rehabilitation division in a local hospital.

Bonnie is well-known for her clinical expertise and as a nationally and internationally recognized speaker and instructor of advanced certification courses for pediatric OT, PT, and SLPs. Bonnie is an active member in numerous professional organizations, has published articles, and is the Editor of the Network, a professional quarterly publication.

Bonnie values any time spent with her husband, daughter, extended family, friends, and her dog. She enjoys boating, reading, taking long walks, and writing.

Scott Matson
Scott Matson

Vice President of Information Technology & Project Management

Scott Matson is an IT Professional with over 20 years of experience. He received his Bachelor’s in Computer Science from Ohio University and has been with Achievement Centers for Children for 15 years. Scott enjoys managing technical projects of all sizes and providing IT solutions that meet the needs of ACC’s clients and staff.

Scott lives in Cleveland’s South suburbs with his wife and two daughters.

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