About

Mission

To empower adults with disabilities to ACHIEVE their highest level of independence and employment.

Achieve, formerly Citizens Development Center, is a non-profit organization serving more than 600 adults with severe intellectual, physical, and/or mental health disabilities annually from Dallas county and surrounding areas. We fulfill our mission through two primary programs: Community Employment Placement and Work Center/Vocational Training.

Every weekday, more than 150 adults with disabilities (Achievers) enrolled in the Work Center/Vocational Training Program come to our 30,000 square foot facility on Ambassador Row to perform packaging, assembly, and other fulfillment work for companies which make products or provide services you have most likely used. In addition to being paid for the work performed, clients participate in social activities, life skills classes, and strive to reach personalized goals every month. Our Achievers love coming to work because they gain a sense of purpose in life, develop confidence and feel productive.

Our Community Employment Placement Program offers adults with disabilities, who choose to work outside of the Achieve Work Center, intensive support, training, and guidance in order to be hired by local companies and experience job success. Achieve’s Employment Counselors advocate for clients and empower them with the skills to overcome the many challenges of employment an individual with a disability may face. Thanks to our partnerships with employers seeking candidates at all skill levels, we have placed hundreds of clients in jobs successfully.

History

For over 3 decades, Achieve has met the ever-increasing needs of adults with disabilities by providing vocational training, paid work opportunities, and community placement.

In 2009, as Citizens Development Center, we expanded our employment services to include veterans with disabilities. And in 2015, we further developed our programs and services when we received a grant from Texas Veterans’ Commission allowing us to do even more. Achieve now faces the challenges of helping disabled veterans find and keep employment head-on.

Most recently Achieve began to provide Independent School Districts in our community with Vocational Assessment Training, enabling students with disabilities to transition from school to the workplace.

Achieve continues to provide a safe, happy, productive, and healthy environment – a place to learn and grow.

Board of Directors - Executive Committee

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BENJAMIN P. BROWDER, President

Partner, Hunton & Williams LLP
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ALLISON MCMAHON, Vice President

Electrical Engineer, Burns & McDonnell
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LYNN J. COLE, CPA, Treasurer

Program Controls Manager, Oncor Electric Delivery
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TIM DYSON, Secretary

President, Sterling Protective Services, Inc.

Board of Directors

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DAWN BELJIN

Chief Nursing Officer, Dallas Medical Center
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OBI CHUKWUMAH

Commercial Relationship Manager – North Texas Region, BB&T
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JASON NEIL JONES

Chief Technology Officer, SimpleLTC Systems
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MATTHEW MILHAUSER

V.P. – Strategy & Innovation, Advantix Solutions Group
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ARTHUR SANTA-MARIA

Senior Associate, Trammell Crow
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RICK WELLS

Sr. Relationship Manager, Guidestone Financial Resources
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W. SCOTT WILSON

Retired – Senior Operations and Sales Executive, Accenture

Management Team

Staff Members