To provide support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in order to achieve their desired level of integration, independence, and productivity.
The Olean Center inspires individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to maximize their potential through our nurturing environment that promotes independence and inclusion.
THE OLEAN CENTER'S GUIDING PRINCIPLES
Treat everyone with dignity and respect.
Empower the individual.
Build team support.
Support the elimination of discrimination.
Develop friendships and meaningful relationships.
Embrace community inclusion.
A History of Support
Throughout its existence, the Olean Center has recognized the dignity and importance of each individual, assisting people of all ages to achieve their highest potential.
The Frank Olean Center, Inc. is a non-profit community-based organization. Since its inception in 1966, the organization has grown from a parent-based advocacy group to a licensed organization providing comprehensive services and supports people with intellectual anddevelopmental disabilities and their families. The Frank Olean Center, Inc. serves the Southern Rhode Island and Southeastern Connecticut areas. Through the array of services, supports and programs the Olean Center, Inc. acts as a catalyst for individuals to grow, develop and maximize their potential.
The organization's headquarters have occupied various sites including its beginning at St. Joseph’s Church in Hope Valley and the former Greyhound Bus Terminal (also known as the Post House) in Hopkinton. To allow for further expansion the decision was made to build a new facility. In 1977, the organization moved to its present location on Airport Road. In 1987 a 5,000 square foot addition was completed.
In 1993, services for children were formally established and have grown to provide services to more than 65 children and their families throughout Rhode Island. Through family-centered, personalized plans, children benefit from a variety of strategies to strengthen cognitive development, social skills, motor skills, expression, independence, and positive family dynamics. Thanks to the support of generous donors we have been able to expand our lending library for sensory and therapeutic items for families to use with their child to stimulate sensory development and alleviate anxiety.
For the past few years—through growing partnerships with local businesses--we have been proud to offer job opportunities to adult participants
Frank Olean, one of the founders of the Center and its first President, devoted over 35 years of his life as a voice, conscience and advocate for people with developmental disabilities. Inspired by his son Jay, he worked tirelessly to improve life - not only for his own son, but for all individuals with disabilities. He was a significant force within the State of Rhode Island and an important, insightful, positive role model to all.
In the past few years, government funding cuts and restrictions have driven us to reach out more frequently through appeals, social media, and grant proposals. We are working hard to continue to provide the same caliber of services for disabled children and adults in Rhode Island and nearby Connecticut. And, of course, we would welcome your support - whether you can lend a hand volunteering, mentoring, providing job opportunities, contributing through personal donations or grants; we hope you will partner with us.
Through community activities, job opportunities, and the compassionate professionalism our staff provides each day, we’re thrilled to see our clients reach their greatest potential. Here is to another 50+ years of helping each Olean participant reach for the stars!
Meet Our Management
Joined Olean in 2021.
Director of Finance
Joined Olean in 2016.
Director of Human Resources
Joined Olean in 1983.
Director of Adult Services
Joined Olean in .2000.
Director of Children’s Services
Joined Olean in 2014.
Board of Directors
2020 - 2021 Officers
Bethany Lyons, President
Joanna Valentini, Vice President
Financial Management, 2017
David Kmetz, Treasurer
William A. Nardone, Esq.
Dr. Anne Wood, MD, Obstetrician/Gynecologist, 2008
Disabled community member, 2011
2020 - 2021 Board of Directors
Commerical Insurance, 2019
Disabled community member, 2011
Peter Wm. Maneri, Jr.
Retired Educator, 2017
Note: Years indicate the year the member joined the Board.