Erika Petach

Erika Petach, PresidentErika Petach was named president of Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh in July 2010, and oversees all programs and services for this 100+-year-old agency with an annual $5 million budget and 96 employees.

Mrs. Petach, a Mars native, earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in professional leadership, concentration in nonprofit management, from Carlow University.

Before accepting the position at BVRS, Mrs. Petach was employed as the vice president of programs for Life’sWork of Western Pennsylvania, where she supervised a staff of 75 people, and assisted the CEO in managing a $6.5 million annual budget. She began working at Life’sWork February 2006 where she supervised multiple programs, assisted with the development of strategic plans, and worked closely with the CEO on program and fiscal matters.

Mrs. Petach served as a behavioral specialist consultant for Family Behavioral Resources in Gibsonia from 2005-2008, where she developed and implemented treatment plans for children with autism, and supervised therapeutic staff support workers.

At HAP Enterprises in Hopewell, Mrs. Petach served as program director from 2005-2006 and was responsible for preparing and submitting county budgets, preparing grant proposals, human resource activities, planning and executing major fundraising activities, and developing and implementing an agency restructuring plan.

Mrs. Petach was employed as clinical coordinator for the Wesley Institute in Gibsonia from 2001-2005, where she supervised a staff of 150 persons and provided clinical supervision for therapeutic staff support workers.