Andrew MlcakExecutive Director
Andrew has been working at ACT since 2007 and became the Executive Director in 2017. After working two Summers at Camp Summit, Andrew decided to dedicate the majority of his time to working with people with special needs. His favorite thing about working here is the unconditional love of the clients. When he's not working, Andrew enjoys going to the lake, skeet shooting and fishing.
Shakierra WilliamsMarketing Director
Shakierra has been working at ACT since 2018. After completing an internship at the center, she fell in love with ACT and took the opportunity to work here. Her favorite thing about working here is getting to know the clients and the family-like atmosphere. When she’s not working, Shakierra enjoys spending time with her daughter, cooking and shopping.
Heather BryantDirector of Development
Heather has been working at ACT since 2018. She wanted to work here because she knew ACT was a place where you could give your heart and time. Her favorite thing about working here is greeting smiling clients in the morning and working with her team. When she's not working, Heather enjoys spending time with her family, doing crafts and volunteering.
Mary Ann ZylaVolunteer Coordinator
Mary Ann has been working at ACT since 2016. Before working at ACT, she was the Director of Adult Services at Easter Seals Southwest Florida for 12 years. She moved to Texas to help care for a sick friend and found a new home here at ACT. When she's not working, Mary Ann enjoys pirating, recreational shopping and re-purposing items.
Margie RodriguezProgram Coordinator
Margie has been working at ACT since 2000. She volunteered with our center at our previous location, and when a few positions opened up at the new location, she jumped at the opportunity. She loves seeing the positive changes in the students and watching their self-confidence grow. When she’s not working, Margie enjoys drawing, painting and reading.
Noel has been working with ACT since 2007. He started his career here because he wanted to gain insight to the operations of a non-profit entity. His favorite part about working here is the family-like atmosphere. When he's not working, Noel enjoys learning new languages and experiencing new and exotic cuisines.
Diana DavisLead Teacher & Supervisor
Diana has been working with ACT since 2013. She started working with people with special needs in high school and leapt at the opportunity to work at ACT when a position opened up. She loves seeing the daily progress in the clients. When she's not working, Diana enjoys writing, reading, archery and biking.
Shiprayloi "Angel" CarterLead Teacher
Angel has been working with ACT since 2004. She started volunteering with us when she was 14 and started working here through a co-op program at her high school when she was 16. She loves working with the students and putting smiles on their faces. When she's not working, Angel enjoys writing, reading and listening to music.
Rose TaylorAdmissions Coordinator
Rose has been working with ACT since 2012. She started out as a Special Education Teacher in public education, but wanted to begin working with people with special needs in the private sector. She feels like everyone at ACT is all one big family. When she's not working, Rose enjoys reading, walking and spending time with her adult children.
Shonta MartinBilling Specialist
Shonta has been working with ACT since 2007. She really enjoys the relationships she has formed with the clients. Working with them really makes her day. She also loves the relationships she has built with her co-workers. When she’s not working, Shonta enjoys reading, listening to music and having fun.
Laura has been working with ACT since 2000. Laura enjoys her relationships at ACT the most – she loves working with the clients and her fellow staff members. When she’s not working, Laura enjoys shopping and playing on the computer.
Jill GossLife Skills Instructor
Jill has been working with ACT since 2010. She loves working with people with special needs and the camaraderie of her co-workers. When she’s not working, Jill enjoys solving New York Times crossword puzzles and working in her yard.
Niki has been working at ACT since December 2017. She started working at the center because she has a passion for working with our population. When Niki isn’t working, she is taking self-care naps, watching movies with her mom and babysitting her baby cousin.
Diedre "Dede" WagnerDay Hab Teacher
Dede has been working at ACT since 2016. She started working here because she wanted to do something important with her life. She loves all her clients for their enthusiasm and innocence. When she's not working, Dede enjoys gardening, watching Disney movies and lazing around on Sundays.
Cherri PetersDay Hab Teacher
Cherri has been working with ACT since 2016. She began her career here because she loves working with people with special needs. Spending time with the clients are her favorite part of her job. When she's not working, Cherri enjoys listening to music, playing cards and playing dominoes.
Barbara TooleyDay Hab Teacher
Barbara has been working with ACT since 2017. She decided to join the team here because she loves working with people with special needs. Her favorite part of her job is getting to spend time with the friendly clients and staff members. When she’s not working, Barbara enjoys reading and swimming.
Chelsea Reavis-BondDay Hab Teacher
Chelsea has been working with ACT since 2017. She started working here because she has a passion for working with people with special needs. Her favorite part about her job is working with a team that enjoys helping others. When she's not working, Chelsea enjoys coloring, solving puzzles and taking care of her family.
Nancy SpencerDay Care Teacher
Nancy has been working with ACT since 2012. She dedicates her summers to us so she can continue working with children outside of the school year. Her favorite parts about working here are the "fabulous" staff and "precious" clients. When she's not working, Nancy enjoys reading mysteries, walking her dogs and playing ping-pong.
Sara ShubzdaTeacher Aide
Sara has been working with ACT since 2005. Sara started a career at the center because she loves working with people. Her favorite part of working her is greeting the parents and the clients with hugs. When she’s not working, Sara enjoys reading books, walking her dog, Harley, and dancing.
Christina CartierDay Hab Teacher
Christina started working with ACT in February 2011 but left in 2015 to become a full-time homemaker. She returned in September 2017 because she couldn’t see herself working anywhere else. She has a brother with special needs, and she developed a passion for working with people with disabilities over time. When Christina isn’t at work, she likes to spend time with her daughter, be outdoors and read.
Jessica ArdionDay Hab Teacher
Jessica has been working with ACT since October 2017. She joined the ACT team because she has a son with ADHD, and she feels like working with people with special needs helps her connect better with her son. She loves helping people, and this is the first job she’s ever loved. When Jessica isn’t working, she enjoys reading books with her son, watching Netflix and lifting people’s spirits.
Albert CastonDay Hab Teacher
Albert started working at Achievement Center of Texas in January 2018. He started working here because his goal is to make a difference in someone’s life every day. When Albert isn’t working at our facility, he is barbecuing, watching sports and riding motorcycles.
Kaitlin BenefieldDay Hab Teacher
Kaitlin has been working at ACT since October 2018. Kaitlin wanted a highly rewarding job where she could continue her education in a fun and safe environment which is what she found at the Achievement Center. She loves to encourage clients to do their best and seeing their faces after they accomplish something they didn’t think they could do. In her spare time, Kaitlin enjoys an array of activities from fishing to playing with her bearded dragon.
Carlie HughesDay Hab Teacher
Carlie has been working at ACT since August 2018. In college, she majored in psychology and always had a desire to work with the special needs community. Carlie’s favorite part about working at the Achievement Center is getting to know the students. In her spare time, Carlie enjoys playing video games, traveling and spending time with her friends.
Mayte SaldanaDay Hab Teacher
May has been working at ACT since September 2018. May wanted a job where she could make a difference and help people, which is what she found at ACT. Her favorite part about working at ACT is that the clients are full of love. When she's not at work, she enjoys taking her dogs for walks and spending time with her sisters.