A Message From The Executive Director
Reflecting on 40 Years of Service, Science, & Passion
Dear Friends: I am so pleased to share our Fall/Winter issue of Connections! It’s an exciting time at Eden lI as we continue our 40th anniversary year. In this issue,
we highlight three of our recent guests, Dr. Pankaj Patel, Joe Kovac, and Congressman Dan Donovan. They joined us as “Principal for the Day” at our new autism center at Beach Street. We are grateful for their continued support of Eden II.
I would also like to welcome our new board member, Deepak Alur, and congratulate
parent board member, Ralph Scamardella, as he assumes the role of board chairperson. We continue to highlight staff members in our “Meet the Staff” section. This issue
highlights our longtime staffer and executive team member, Dr. Mary McDonald. Mary was the first director of our Long Island program, the Genesis School. Without her, it probably would not have happened!
November 19th is a busy day for Eden II that we hope you can support. On Staten Island,
we will celebrate our 40th Anniversary Gala. On Long Island, we will hold our Blazing Trails 4-Mile Run/Walk for Autism. For more information on these or any other events, visit eden2.org
or call 718-816–1422 ext. 1030.
On behalf of our staff, thank you for your continued support!
Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Executive Director
ON THE COVER NEW MURALS ARE BEING INSTALLED AT 1
5 BEACH STREET TO RECOGNIZE
DONORS. SHOWN: MURAL OF THE VERRAZANO BRIDGE DEDICATED TO THE GENEROSITY OF RALPH & LILIANA SCAMARDELLA. ART ILLUSTRATION BY CHRISTIAN PANIAGUA.
The mission of Eden II Programs is to support people with autism throughout their lives to achieve their full potential through service, science, and passion.
Eden II Programs Board of Trustees
Ralph Scamardella President
Don Russo, MBA Vice President
Gregg Iliceto, CPA Treasurer
Bernardo Pace, Ph.D. Secretary
Deepak Alur Sheldon Becher Cafo Boga, CPA Jim Caldarella Jeanette Collins Chris Drewes, Esq. Michael Giangregorio David Glick, MA Lou Anne Haley Steve Kirschbaum Barbara Maxwell Nicole Memoli Shanker Ramamurthy, MBA Shanx Ravisankar, MBA Terry Tarangelo Christina Tivierge, Esq. Anthony Tucci, Esq.
Joanne E. Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP Executive Director
Daniel Rauch, CPA Chief Financial Officer
Eileen Hopkins, Ph.D. Deputy Executive Director
Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA Interim Associate Executive Director for Long Island Programs
Irene Cavanagh, Ed.D. Associate Executive Director for NYC OPWDD Services
Erika Hellstrom, MBA Chief Development Officer
Deepak Alur, Bill Bonbrest, Veronica Carle, Angela Cerina, Hon. Dan Donovan, Dr. Joanne Gerenser, AnnMarie Grieco, Erika Hellstrom, Maureen Higgins, Joseph Kovac, Meghan Mattei, Dr. Pankaj Patel, Christen Pellegrini, Lisa Pipitone, Stefanie Racano, Daniel Rauch, Robyn Schneider
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