Fort Wayne-based AWS Foundation has hired Joni Schmalzried as chief program officer. She will oversee all grant making activities and programs that advance the organization's mission. Schmalzried most recently worked with the Center on Community Living and Careers at the Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and has spent more than 30 years in the field of special education. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from St. Francis College, and her Master’s and Doctoral Degrees from Ball State University.