Aspire of WNY welcomes new chief executive officer

Renee A. Filip

Aspire of WNY Board Chair, John Earshen, is proud to announce the appointment of Renee A. Filip as the new chief executive officer for the agency. 

Filip is taking over for retiring Aspire President and CEO, Thomas Sy. Prior to this appointment. Filip, a Williamsville resident served as director, strategic planning and communications for the State University of New York at Buffalo, and before that spent seven years as the chief operating officer for UBMD Physicians’ Group. She has extensive experience creating and implementing strategic plans and developing managed care models. This skillset is critical as the human services industry continues to experience rapid regulatory and reimbursement challenges in a shift toward managed care.

Filip graduated magna cum laude in 1988 with a bachelor of science from State University of New York at Brockport and earned her master of arts in 1990 from State University of New York at Buffalo. She currently serves as a member of the board of directors (and past chair), for the Children’s Guild Foundation. As a board member for Specialized Early Childhood Center of WNY, Inc. – BornHava, Filip crafted and facilitated the organization’s first strategic plan. She volunteered and performed similar strategic planning work for Danceability, Inc. - a local dance studio providing individualized dance, fitness and movement programs for the special needs community.

As Aspire of WNY’s chief executive officer, Filip is charged with providing primary leadership and strategic direction for this agency, serving more than 3,600 children and adults with developmental and other disabilities. Aspire of WNY provides housing, health care, employment, children’s services, and community-based programs throughout Erie, Chautauqua, and Niagara counties. 

Visit www.aspirewny.org or call (716) 505-5830 to learn more about our personalized assistance empowering individuals to achieve their full potential and live as independently as possible.

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