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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


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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.


Executive Staff


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


Contributors


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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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