Rita Perkins, Assistant Program Manager, is a very dedicated member of the IDD Services Team at Merakey Allegheny Valley School in Hummelstown, PA. She began her career in the western part of the state of Pennsylvania working at Children’s Rehabilitation Center and gained knowledge in a variety of positions. When Allegheny Valley School took over Children’s Rehabilitation Center in 1994, Rita transferred to a House Manager Aide position at East Gate Group Home. In 2011, she became a Program Aide at the Hummelstown Adult Training Facility. Three years later, Rita moved to a motor development position. Her problem-solving skills and wealth of knowledge were recognized, and she was promoted to Assistant Program Manager in 2017. In this role, Rita has continued her dedication to the individuals at the Hummelstown Campus by demonstrating strong leadership skills and ensuring continued services are provided, especially during the pandemic. Her commitment to Merakey’s Core Values and to the individuals at Merakey AVS is truly commendable.

Rita devotes her free time to her family and her grandchildren. Congratulations, Rita, and thank you for putting your heart and soul into exceptional care for 40 years!