PLEA’s roots are founded in the hope to make a difference for individuals and families dealing with autism, mental health issues and developmental difficulties by providing quality services and supports. For over fifty years, since the first program was instituted, the legacy of the founders to provide help continues to drive the current board and staff. The constant emphasis on developing and delivering strength-based, effective, resilient and recovery oriented programs is the hallmark of the footprint left on the community by PLEA.

PLEA Bids a Fond Farewell

DEBBIE FERRARO retired as PLEA’s Executive Director at the end of January after over forty-four years of service to the agency. She started at PLEA as a student teacher, and was then hired as a classroom teacher. Through the years, she has held many positions of leadership, ending her career as Executive Director. She has made quite an impact, not only within the walls of PLEA, but also in the community as an advocate and serving as a representative on numerous committees.

RUTH DYMOND served as Financial Director until her retirement in October. She worked for the agency for over twenty years, also overseeing transportation and technology.

DALE KLINE retired after forty years with PLEA’s Summer Camp, serving the last thirty-five as Summer Camp Director. He will continue to serve as Visibility Coordinator, overseeing the website and publications.

We wish Debbie, Ruth, and Dale all the best as they begin the next chapter of their lives.
Know that you made a difference for all those involved with our agency.

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