|Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Dr. Gerenser began working at Eden II in 1982 as a speech therapist. She received her Master’s degree in Speech and Hearing at the Ohio State University and her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Science at the City University of New York Graduate Center.She is an adjunct Assistant Professor at Brooklyn College as well as Penn State University. Dr. Gerenser is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Organization for Autism Research. She is on the boards of Heaven’s Hands Community Services, the Interagency Council of New York, the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis, and the Staten Island Not for Profit Association. Dr. Gerenser has also co-authored the interactive CD-ROM entitled ‘Behavioral Programming for Children with Autism.’She has authored several book chapters and articles on autism and developmental disabilities. She is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Applied Behavior Analysis. She sits on a number of Professional Advisory Boards for several programs serving children and adults with autism in the US and abroad. She has received numerous awards for her work with children and adults with autism, including the Nassau Suffolk Autism Lifetime Achievement Award, the Mosaic Foundation’s Educator of Excellence Award, the Elija Chariot Award, and the Lou Miller Business Leadership Award.
Chief Operating Officer (COO)
Mr. Bunker began working at Eden II Programs in 2003 as Chief Operating Officer. He was previously employed as Vice President at Roper ASW, a leading international market research corporation. Mr. Bunker also held numerous senior management positions with major corporations spanning virtually all for-profit industry sectors.He has been active in the Autism community since 1989; including service on the Board of Trustees of Autism New Jersey (formerly COSAC), the State’s leading information and advocacy agency, and as co-founder of the Alpine Learning Group, a prominent New Jersey-based school. Mr. Bunker earned a BA and MBA from Rutgers University, with undergraduate honors as an elected member of Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society.
|Eileen Hopkins, Ph.D.
Deputy Executive DirectorDr. Hopkins is currently the Deputy Executive Director at Eden II Programs. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, and holds a Doctorate in Neuropsychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.Dr. Hopkins has worked for the Eden II Programs since 1990, when she started as a job coach and teaching assistant. Since then, she has held a number of positions within the agency, ranging from direct care to her current position, with a primary focus on those services funded by the Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (including adult day services, residential services, and family services).
|Randy Horowitz, MS Ed., SAS
Associate Executive Director of Educational Services
Randy Horowitz is the Associate Executive Director of Educational Services at Eden II Programs. Ms. Horowitz has a Master of Science in Education from Queens College and Certificate of School Administration from the College of New Rochelle.She is an adjunct lecturer at Queens College and has presented at local, national and international conferences on topics relating to educating students with autism. Her particular areas of interest include preparing and supporting students with autism for integration into school and community activities.
|Jamie Arnold, MS Ed.
Assistant Director of Educational ServicesJamie Arnold is currently the Assistant Director of Educational Services for the Eden II Programs. She has been with the agency since 2005. Jamie earned her Master’s Degree in Childhood Regular/Special Education from theCollegeofNew Rochelle. She is currently enrolled in the school building leader program atSt. John’sUniversity. Jamie has been a classroom teacher, head teacher, and clinical coordinator at the Eden II Programs. She has worked with typically developing children, as well as students with autism, ages ranging from Pre-K to 21 years old. Jamie has presented at a variety of local conferences and she currently oversees the adolescent programming, community integration, and the vocational program at Eden II.
|Juanita Bodden, Th.D.
Intake Coordinator/ Program Development Specialist
Juanita Bodden has been the Intake Coordinator/ Program Development Specialist at Eden II Programs since 2004. Dr. Bodden has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from Princeton University and has a M.A. and Doctorate in Theology from Summit Bible College in Bakersfield, CA. She is the point person for those seeking information on Eden II’s programs. She also develops and sponsors special programs for parents of children with ASD. She is the chairperson of the Admissions/Discharge Committee and the publisher ofEden’s quarterly employee newspaper. Dr. Bodden is also a gifted speaker and has presented workshops on such topics as Professionalism, Leadership Skills, Developing a Positive Attitude, Goal Setting, Basic Writing Skills, Supervisory Skills, Making the Right Choices, and Communication Skills.
|Irene Cavanagh, MS Ed., SBL, SDL
Director of Family Services
Ms. Irene Cavanagh is currently the Director of Family Services at the Eden II Programs. She has been with Eden II Programs since 2004 and in the field for 30 years. She received her Master’s Degree from Long Island University in Special Education, and SBL/SDL certification from the College of St. Rose in Educational Leadership and Supervision. She is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Ms. Cavanagh has presented at local and international conferences on a variety of topics related to autism, applied behavior analysis, multi cultural sensitivity, and museum access for students with autism. She currently serves on the NY Hall of Science Early Childhood/ASD Advisory Panel. She has served as an adjunct at Brooklyn College, College of New Rochelle, and St. John’s University teaching courses in Early Childhood Special Education, Applied Behavior Analysis as well as Cognition and Instruction, and is active in the development of special education in the Middle East.
|Frank Cicero, Ph.D., BCBA
Director of Psychological Services
Dr. Cicero began his career at Eden II as a School Psychologist in 1996. Currently he serves as the Director of Psychological Services for both the Educational and OMRDD programs. He is a New York State Licensed Psychologist, and a certified school psychologist receiving his Masters degree in School Psychology from St. John’s University and his Doctorate in Educational Psychology from the Graduate Center, City University of New York .He is also a board certified behavior analyst. In addition to his position at Eden II, Dr. Cicero is an adjunct instructor in applied behavior analysis at Caldwell College, New Jersey, conducts social skills training groups for children and adults with asperger’s disorder and is currently on the board of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. He frequently conducts workshops, consultations and research presentations nationally and has been published in the areas of toilet training and developmental disabilities.
|Joanne K. D’Esposito
Assistant Director of Development and Public Relations for Long Island
Joanne D’Esposito is the Assistant Director of Development and Public Relations for Long Island. Joanne received a BS in Business Administration. Prior to employment with Eden II Programs, she was the Director of Resource Development at the Alpine Learning Group, as well as a volunteer for Cleary School for the Deaf.
|Jan Downey, MA, CCC-SLP
Director of of Long Island Programs and Services
Jan Downey is the Director of Long Island Programs and Services for Eden II Programs. She is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in New York State, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Downey received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from C.W. Post/Long Island University in Speech-Language Pathology. She is an active participant in the Eden II/Genesis Outreach Department conducting presentations on consultation to school districts. She also serves on the “Parent Partners Project Advisory Board” at Winthrop University Hospital’s Department of Behavioral Pediatrics in Mineola, New York.
|Nancy Ferrer, MS Ed., SAS, BCBA
Director of Educational Services
Nancy Ferrer began her employment at Eden II Programs in 1993 as a classroom teacher, and also held the positions of Transition & Vocational Planning Coordinator and Director of Secondary School Program. Nancy developed the vocational and job sampling program. In 2008, she assumed the responsibilities of Director of Educational Services. Ms. Ferrer has provided in-home ABA instruction for children receiving early intervention services. Ms. Ferrer holds permanent certifications in Special Education K-12, Regular Education Nursery-grade 6, and School Administration/Supervision. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.
|Lauren Grimaldi, MS Ed., SAS, SDA
Director of Little Miracles Preschool and SEIT-SETSSLauren Grimaldi is the Director of Preschool/SEIT-SETSS at Eden II Programs since 2005. She received her Master of Science in Special Education at Wagner College as well as a Certificate of Developmental Disabilities and Certificate in Supervision and Administration from the College of Staten Island. Mrs. Grimaldi has been working with children with autism, and their families for 17 years.
|Erika E. Hellstrom
Director of Development and Public RelationsErika Hellstrom joined Eden II as the Director of Development and Public Relations in 2010. She was previously the Director of Development at the College of Staten Island, City University of New York, and concurrently the Associate Executive Director of the CSI Foundation. Her expertise in fundraising has helped raised millions of dollars for the Staten Island community. Mrs. Hellstrom received her MBA with a concentration in Marketing from Wagner College in 2005. She currently serves on the boards of A Vision for Staten Island, the Staten Island Not For Profit Association, Friends of Historic Tappen Park, and the Staten Island Breast Cancer Research Initiative Advisory Board, as well as serving on numerous committees that help the local community and focus on fundraising. She is currently coordinating the Eden II Capital Campaign efforts.
|Mary E. McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA
Director of Outreach and Consultation Programs
Dr. McDonald is the Director of Outreach and Consultation Programs and Chairperson of Eden II’s Research Review Committee. In addition, she is an Assistant Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University where she coordinates and teaches a course sequence in applied behavior analysis.She has nearly 20 years experience directing programs for students with autism spectrum disorders utilizing the principles of ABA. She received her Ph.D. in Learning Processes from the Graduate Center, City University of New York, and is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Dr. McDonald currently serves on the Board of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and the Association for Science in Autism Treatment.
Director of Staten Island Residential Services
John Patala has been the Director of Staten Island Residential Services since March of 2004. Previously he has had experience overseeing both supportive and supervised residential services, as well as managing both an IRA and ICF. His experiences also include working as a QMRP and overseeing a geriatric/medically frail individualized residential alternative in Brooklyn. Mr. Patala has his Master’s degree in Public Administration from Long Island University and a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the College of Staten Island. He has recently presented at the NYSACRA Conference on strategies involved in developing and operating a respite care facility. He has also presented on many different topics including Fire Safety and Community Inclusion.
|Elizabeth Robles, MS Ed.
Director of Long Island Residential Services
Elizabeth Robles is the Director of Long Island Residential Services at Eden II Programs. She has been employed with the Eden II since 2008. Ms. Robles has a Master of Science in Educational Psychology from Fordham University. Prior to working at Eden II Programs, she worked at ARC of Rockland as a Community Director.
Assistant Director of Development & Public Relations for Staten Island
Ilene Rosen is the Assistant Director of Development and Public Relations for the Eden II Programs. She received her BA in Psychology from Brooklyn College. Prior to Eden II she shared her fundraising capabilities with organizations, including The Volunteers of America – Early Learning Center, Staten Island Museum, The Jewish Community Center of Staten Island, On Your Mark, and Staten Island Academy. Mrs. Rosen is very passionate about her role in generating the much needed funds to provide programs and services for children and adults with autism.
|Shari Schatzman, MS Ed., SAS, SDA
Director of Training
Shari Schatzman is currently the Director of Training and also serves as the agency’s Privacy and Security Officer. She has been working at the Eden II Programs since 1992, when she began as a teacher assistant. Since this time, she has held numerous positions within the agency ranging from teacher to director of clinical services. Ms. Schatzman is a Member of the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis and The Association for Behavior Analysis International. Ms Schatzman is actively involved in research and specializes in the areas of autism and behavioral intervention. Ms. Schatzman earned her Master of Science Degree in Education and Supervision School District Administrative Certificate from the College of Staten Island.
|Erin Sparacio-Archibald, MS Ed., SAS, SDA
Director of Long Island Administration
Erin Sparacio-Archibald is the Director of Long Island Administration. She has been employed by Eden II Programs since 1997. Erin earned her Master’s Degree from C.W. Post’s CASE (Competencies in Autism for Special Education) Program and is a New York State licensed Special Education Teacher. Ms. Sparacio-Archibald holds a Certificate of School Administration and Supervision, along with a Certificate of School District Administration, from the College of St. Rose. She has conducted presentations in the area of Autism and applied behavior analysis. Her presentations are both clinically based and research based. Ms. Sparacio-Archibald supervises students and staff in a variety of settings and consults with families and school districts throughoutLong Island, as well as assisting in developing new programs.