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About Us

Siffrin was established in 1976 by family members and advocates for people with disabilities. Their mission was to develop community-based residential options to replace institutional-based services that were typical for people with disabilities at that time. The founding members used an estate donation from ELSIE SIFFRIN to lease one house for seven men to call home in February of 1976. 

Today Siffrin services extend to more than 700 people in eight counties.

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Siffrin Team

Dedication. Expertise. Passion.

At Siffrin, our dedicated staff is the heart of our organization. Committed to empowering individuals and enhancing communities, our diverse team brings a wealth of experience, expertise, and compassion to every aspect of our services, ensuring that each person's needs and goals are met with care and professionalism.

Board of Directors

Siffrin is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors comprised of people with family members who have disabilities and those interested in the issues faced by people with disabilities. Their responsibility is to set policy, guide the direction of Siffrin services, annually approve the organizational budget, and hire and evaluate the Chief Executive Officer. The Board meets on the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise scheduled. Each Board committee meets quarterly or as necessary to perform job responsibilities. Please contact Kristine Willhite if you are interested in learning more about serving on the Siffrin Board of Directors.
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Larry Marcus

Board President, S&T Bank

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Tom Clevenger

Board Treasurer, Retired Partner at Bruner Cox LLP

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Kurt Goodenberger

SoL Harris/Day Architecture

Bryan Wymer

Brian Wymer

Past Board President, Kenan Advantage Group

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Kim Brown

Board VP, Stark County Community Agency

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Al Buck

Retired, Founding Member of Siffrin


Valarie Nash

Independent Human Resources Consultant

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Tim Shetzer

Board Secretary, Retired, CEO of YMCA Central Stark County


Madison Chapanar

Krugliak, Wilkins, Griffiths, & Dougherty


Eric Safran

The Timken Company

Accreditations & Memberships


CARF International

Siffrin has been surveyed by CARF International since 1993 and has earned a total of ten 3-year accreditations, the highest level of accreditation.


CARF International is an independent, nonprofit organization focused on advancing the quality of human services. Providers that meet CARF standards have demonstrated their commitment to being among the best available. -


2023-2026 CARF Accreditation  

Community Employment Services: Employment Support  

Community Employment Services: Job Development  


Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities

Siffrin is licensed by the Ohio Department of DD to provide services to people with disabilities. 

Ohio Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities

Siffrin is a vendor of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities to provide employment services.

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