"When I met the some of the young adults during my interview, I walked away thinking, 'These are just the best people! They are so genuine and welcoming. They are just better than any group of people I've ever met!'. Clearly, I was excited to be a part of this wonderful community and all the possibilities to have a meaningful connection with the residents. I had never thought that I would end up working in the special needs field, but I definitely stumbled upon a calling."
When Kayla started college at Kent State University, she did not know what career path was right for her. All she knew is that she wanted to help others and work for a meaningful purpose. She fell in love with learning about psychology and chose it as her major. She heard about PTI from a flyer posted on campus seeking RAs and thought it sounded unique and interesting. After interviewing with Chris and Janeen, seeing the Stow Glen grounds, and meeting several of the PTI residents, Kayla was all in.
Kayla became an RA in 2014, while finishing her BA in Psychology. Over the next few years, Kayla began taking over more and more responsibilities in the program leading up to her becoming the Assistant Director in 2017. You can find her Monday- Friday in the office from 8:30am - 4:30pm taking care of daily tasks, planning activities, and helping the young adults all sorts of life skills.
Resident Advisor (RA)
Kiera joined the PTI team in her final semester of attaining her Bachelor's Degree. She graduated from Kent State University with B.A. in American Sign Language. When she heard about the Resident Advisor position at PTI, she was drawn by the opportunity to work with the special needs population for the first time. Kiera also works as a lead teacher in a toddler daycare classroom. She plans to continue higher education while working.
“I like the sense of community and being around such positive and genuine people.”
Resident Advisor (RA)
Jade is pursuing her master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling at the University of Akron. She also works for JCC Shaw working in a school with children who need extra attention. She has found a passion with working one on one with children who have issues in school and is excited to work with yet another new population at PTI.
About The Founders
Chris & Janeen Webb
Chris Webb, Executive Director & Co-Founder
Prior to co-founding PTI in 2009 with his wife Janeen, Chris was a financial executive with twenty years experience in corporate finance and accounting. From 1999-2009 Chris served as CFO for a major rubber and plastics manufacturer based out of northeast Ohio where he had responsibility for a wide variety of areas including financial reporting and compliance, finance and treasury management, insurance and risk management, legal and shareholder matters, pensions and benefits, credit and collections, and tax planning and compliance. From 1999–2005, Chris also served as the Assistant Secretary and Treasurer for the corporation as well as a key member of the Merger and Acquisition team.
Chris has had extensive experience dealing with private equity and multi-national firms and was instrumental in the sale of the company in 1999 and again in 2005 and was retained each time as a key member of the senior management team. Chris holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Akron. He is a member of the Zoning Board in his community where he and his wife have resided for over 25 years. He and his wife are also involved in their local church where they played piano for thirteen years, were youth group leaders and where Chris also served as a Trustee Chairman and President of the United Methodist Men.
“My experience and training in the private sector has served me well in this venture, however, I believe the most important credential we bring to the table is that of being parents of a developmentally disabled child. It is this unique perspective that allows us to fully understand the needs and challenges families face and it is this perspective which has provided us with great clarity in defining our mission and developing our program.”
“I am very excited about the opportunity to take the knowledge I have gained through having a special needs daughter of my own, to help others learn to live a full and independent life.”
- Janeen Webb
Janeen Webb, Director & Co-Founder
Mrs. Webb retired from teaching in 1998 to more fully address the needs of her then 8th grade daughter and search for a school district that would best accommodate her daughter's needs for the high school years. During that year, she held the position of parent representative to MEO-SERRC for the Southeast School District, her daughter's home school in Portage County. Janeen was instrumental in forming a parent support group for the district. One month into the school year, the group began monthly meetings featuring guest speakers and representatives of various support groups to educate parents as to what support services were available for their children and families.
In 1999 her daughter was enrolled at Tallmadge High School in Summit County, one of the premiere programs in the area for young adults with developmental disabilities. Since transportation was not provided, Janeen was in the fortunate position of being able to transport her daughter to and from school, which she did for the next four years. After graduation, Janeen helped Lindsey organize a social club that provided monthly activities for she and her friends. Throughout the years, Janeen worked with her daughter in developing various life skills to enable her to live independently at home and in preparation for living on her own. This training covered such things as personal hygiene, meal planning and preparation, laundry, housekeeping, and time management. In addition, she also developed a "cash budget envelope system" to help her daughter learn how to manage her personal finances and insisted that she prepare her own grocery shopping list and purchase her own groceries even though Lindsey was still living at home. Janeen also encouraged Lindsey to try new things, such as taking up guitar lessons and playing/singing at the local senior centers, her church, and the daycare where she works. She also helped her daughter organize several volunteer projects in her community to help children and families in need. As the Director of Support Services for PTI, Janeen utilizes what she has learned over the years with her own daughter in order to help the PTI participants learn to live as independently as possible and become contributing members of their community.