Progressive Directions, Inc.
1249 Paradise Hill Road
Clarksville TN 37040
A Day of Bowling
A weekend trip to the aquarium
Home-based Early Intervention
Good Friends Having a Good Time
Mission Statement
Our Mission:  Pride, Dignity, Independence. We achieve this by improving the lives of the individuals we serve. We promote a sense of PRIDE in themselves, Developing DIGNITY in accomplishing goals set and achieved, and Increasing INDEPENDENCE through daily living experiences.
CEO/Executive Director Mr Jay Albertia
Board Chair Ms. Alena Sampson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Advocate
History & Background
Year of Incorporation 1976
Organization's type of tax exempt status 501-C3
Financial Summary
Graph: Expense Breakdown Graph - All Years
Projected Expenses $12,647,489.00
Projected Annual Revenue 12699160 (2018)
Mission Our Mission:  Pride, Dignity, Independence. We achieve this by improving the lives of the individuals we serve. We promote a sense of PRIDE in themselves, Developing DIGNITY in accomplishing goals set and achieved, and Increasing INDEPENDENCE through daily living experiences.
Background Progressive Directions, Inc. was chartered by the State of Tennessee as a private not-for-profit organization in 1976. PDI’s mission is to serve the people of Middle and West Tennessee, acting in the public interest of each individual by providing mental and physical disablities services to this catchment area. PDI is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who have full responsibility for directing the agency. The agency is funded by the Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disablities, Tennessee Early Intervention System, United Way, Local Governments Corporate and Private Contributions. PDI was founded in 1976 by eight families who had children with developmental disabilities. In 1984, our early intervention program was added, to serve children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In 1999, PDI closed the last large group home and transformed all PDI served homes to Supported Living houses with no more than three individuals per home. In 1999, a Family Support Grant was awarded to the agency that supports persons with disabilities that live at home and need assistance enabling PDI to serve individuals that weren’t funded through DIDD. Just one year later, in 2000, PDI opened an integrated preschool/early intervention program named Kids Depot and five years after that opened an adjacent building to house the offices of our Early Interventionists. In 2006 a 1385 square foot Respite House was built on the Paradise Hill property. This is one of the only dedicated Respite Homes in Middle Tennessee. In the summer of 2007, PDI added Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic Program to our list of services. Buddy Ball serves individuals of all ages, three and up, and gives them an opportunity to participate in basketball, bowling, cheerleading or baseball. Most recently, in 2017 PDI merged with Impact Centers to serve Hickman, Maury, Marshall, Giles and Lawrence Counties. Today we serve over 1000 individuals annually and employ over 450 staff. We provide services to individuals of all ages who are funded through Tennessee's various Waiver Programs. PDI also is proud to serve individuals of all ages who participate in our Special Needs Athletic Program; Buddy Ball.
Progressive Directions, Inc. currently serves over 1000 individuals annually and employs over 450 staff. We provide services to individuals of all ages who are funded through Tennessee's Department various Waiver programs.
Needs PDI relies heavily on state funding; however, this income does not always provide enough resources to offer adequate support to the individuals we serve. PDI also receives funding from the United Way, local donors and city and county governments. In most instances, PDI provides funding above and beyond what is allotted by the state to each of the homes we serve to allow the individuals we serve enough funds for needed items and to live comfortably.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers
Secondary Organization Category Human Services / Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations
Areas of Service
Areas Served
TN - Montgomery
TN - Stewart
TN - Houston
TN - Cheatham
TN - Robertson
TN - Hickman
TN - Maury
TN - Marshall
TN - Giles
TN - Lawrence
PDI serves over 1000 individuals throughout Middle Tennessee as well as military families associated with Fort Campbell, KY.
Description Progressive Directions Inc. offers day services in all locations supported. Individual’s outcome measures are the criteria used to develop individualized service programs. Adult Day Habilitation Programs are available to adults age 22 and older with a diagnosis of an intellectual or developmental delay. Services include assessments, developmental and vocational training, behavior management, transportation, follow-along, community service employment contracts and federal contracts at Ft. Campbell.
Population Served , Adults,
Description The PDI Early Intervention Program serves children birth to three (3) years with a range of special needs. Early Intervention is a partnership between families and caring professionals working together to encourage natural learning which occurs during the early months and years of a child’s life. Services include developmental screenings and assessments, behavior management, center-based, home-based and community-based programs, family group activities, transportation and transition into the school system. Kids Depot, established in 1999, is a fully integrated preschool and child development center operated by PDI. The center allows us the unique opportunity to serve children with developmental delays in a natural environment and better prepare these children for life in the mainstream.
Category Human Services Children's Protective Services
Population Served Infants/Babies (under age 5), ,
Description Supported Living is a residential service providing what is needed to help an individual learn, keep or improve the skills necessary to live in a home as independently as possible. PDI staff assists with activities of daily living (bathing, dressing, personal hygiene, eating, meal preparation) and household chores essential to the health and safety of the service recipient. Budget management, help with attending appointments and interpersonal and social skills building are examples of individual needs that can be met as part of this service. PDI’s Supported Living service is solely funded through the state. If required, a subsidy is provided through agency funds. Personal Assistance Services provide direct care assistance to individuals with activities of daily living. PA Services may be provided in the homes of the individuals being served or in the community. These services are provided on an as-needed basis with the level of funding contingent on the individual’s level of need
Category Human Services Personal Social Services
Population Served Mentally/Emotionally Disabled, Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified,
Description The Buddy Ball Special Needs Athletic Program provides individuals who have a mental or physical disability the opportunity to play sports, regardless of their limitations. Buddy Ball helps individuals learn teamwork and promotes self-esteem and self-confidence as well as creates a support network for the athletes and their families. The Buddy Ball league is aware of the extra expenses incurred by the families of individuals with disabilities. Because of this, Buddy Ball does not charge any fees to participate. Buddy Ball offers individuals ages 3 through senior adults the opportunity to participate in several sports, including: Basketball, Baseball, Bowling, Cheerleading, Street Hockey and Water Polo.  Games are held once per week during that sport’s season and there are no separate practices. Teams are grouped primarily by age and then by ability level.
Population Served , ,
Board Chair
Board Chair Ms. Alena Sampson
Company Affiliation Advocate
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Board Members
Ms. Joanna Bailey Community MemberVoting
Ms Mary Davila Director of Student Services Clarksville Montgomery County School SystemVoting
Mrs. Sandra Holly Voting
Ms. Irene Johnson Community MemberVoting
Dr. Bruce Myers Professor Austin Peay State UniversityVoting
Mrs. Edwinter Myles Voting
Mr. Bob Palmer Vice President Legends BankVoting
Mrs. Roma Powis Voting
Dr. Steve Routledge Orr & Routledge Optemetry Voting
Mrs. Kay Skillington Voting
Mrs. Betty Young Voting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 3
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 9
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 50%
Does the organization have written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Does the organization have a written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage of Board Members making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage of Board Members making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Does the Board include Client Representation? Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 12
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Mrs. Kay Skillington
Company Affiliation Family Member
Term July 2017 to June 2020
Standing Committees
Risk Management Provisions
Accident & Injury Coverage
Automobile Insurance
Commercial General Liability
Crime Coverage
Directors & Officers Policy
General Property Coverage
Professional Liability
Umbrella or Excess Insurance
Workers Compensation & Employers' Liability
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Mr Jay Albertia
Term Start Nov 1996
Full Time Staff 315
Part Time Staff 87
Volunteers 200
Contractors 11
Retention Rate 0%
Plans & Policies
Does the organization have a documented Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does the organization have an approved Strategic Plan? Yes
Number of years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was Strategic Plan adopted? Jan 2006
In case of a change in leadership, is a Management Succession plan in place? Yes
Does the organization have a Policies and Procedures Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network1994
Community Resource Center - Nashville2001
United Way Member Agency1985
Tennessee Network of Community Organizations (TNCO)2003
Chamber of Commerce1980
Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce2009
External Assessments and Accreditations
External Assessments and Accreditations
Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities1976
Director's AwardUnited Way of the Greater Clarksville Area2008
Community Commitment AwardClarksville Area Chamber of Commerce2008
Director's AwardUnited Way of the Greater Clarksville Area2010
Senior Staff
Title Director of Internal Audits
Title Vice President of Administrative Services
Title Vice President of Children's Services
Title Fiscal Manager
Title Director of Stewart County Day Center
Title Vice President Human Resources
Title Quality Assurance Manager
Title Director Montgomery County Day Center
Title SE/ECF Director of Region I
Title Vice President of Region I
Title Director Montgomery County Day Center
Title Chief of Nursing
Title Vice President of Development
Title VP/COO of Region II
Title Human Resources Manager Region II
Title Chief Financial Officer
Title Employment/ECF Director of Region II
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start July 01 2017
Fiscal Year End June 30 2018
Projected Revenue $12,699,160.00
Projected Expenses $12,647,489.00
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Revenue$8,666,025$8,577,505$8,668,790
Total Expenses$8,788,276$8,499,478$8,512,838
Revenue Less Expenses($122,251)$78,027$155,952
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$734,638$565,736$513,644
Individual Contributions$61,974$104,816$119,458
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,402$1,490$1,015
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$0$0$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$7,803,189$7,655,292$7,593,021
Administration Expense$985,087$844,186$919,817
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates--$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.991.011.02
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%90%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$2,939,346$3,056,335$3,088,033
Current Assets$1,107,369$1,142,868$1,225,252
Long-Term Liabilities$1,463,808$1,556,422$1,666,484
Current Liabilities$766,106$668,230$667,893
Total Net Assets$709,432$831,683$753,656
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.451.711.83
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets50%51%54%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Revenue $7,717,867Program Revenue $7,763,980Program Revenue $7,894,545
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovernment Grants $734,638Government Grants $565,736Government Grants $513,644
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther Revenue $76,144Contributions, Gifts and Grants $104,816Contributions, Gifts & Grants $119,458
IRS Letter of Exemption
Capital Campaign
Is the organization currently conducting a Capital Campaign for an endowment or the purchase of a major asset? No
Capital Campaign Goal $0.00
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount 0 as of
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
TN Charitable Solicitations Registration Yes - Expires Dec 2018
Solicitations Permit
Charitable Solicitation
Registration No Financial Comments
Financials figures taken from 990.
Financial documents prepared by Stone, Rudolph & Henry, PLC.
Comments provided by Kathryn Bennett 3/29/18.
Nonprofit Progressive Directions, Inc.
Address 1249 Paradise Hill Road
Clarksville, TN 37040
Primary Phone (931) 647-6333
CEO/Executive Director Mr Jay Albertia
Board Chair Ms. Alena Sampson
Board Chair Company Affiliation Advocate
Year of Incorporation 1976