Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D., CCC-SLP

Executive Director

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…

Daniel Rauch, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Rauch joined Eden II in 2014 as the Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Eden II, he served as the chief financial officer at several not-for-profit organizations including a continuing care retirement community and acute care hospitals. He also has over 10 years of experience at the national accounting firm of Deloitte & Touche.…

Eileen Hopkins, Ph.D.

Deputy Executive Director

Dr. 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…

Irene Cavanagh, Ed.D.

Associate Executive Director for New York City OPWDD Services

Dr. Cavanagh has been with Eden II Programs since 2004 and is currently Associate Executive Director for NYC OPWDD Services at Eden II Programs. She began her career at the Guild for Exceptional Children, Brooklyn, NY in 1983 within the residential program. She holds a master’s degree from Long Island University in Special Education and…

Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Associate Executive Director for Long Island Programs

Dr. McDonald is the Associate Executive Director for Long Island Programs and Chairperson of Eden II’s Research Review Committee. In addition, she is an Associate Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University where she directs and teaches a course sequence in applied behavior analysis. She has nearly 25 years experience directing programs for…

Erika Hellstrom, MBA

Chief Development Officer

Erika Hellstrom is the Chief Development Officer and Executive Director of the Eden II and Genesis Foundation. Previously, Ms. Hellstrom was the Vice President of Development for Richmond University Medical Center and Executive Director of the RUMC Foundation. At Eden II, she oversees the agency’s Long Island and Staten Island fundraising and marketing. She managed…

AnnMarie Grieco

Marketing & Communications Director

AnnMarie Grieco is the Marketing & Communications Director at Eden II. She has worked with the agency since January 2016. Ms. Grieco has an BBA in Marketing from Baruch College. Previously Ms. Grieco worked as the Senior Marketing Specialist at Richmond University Medical Center.

Christine Jascewsky

Director of Adult Services

After being awarded a degree in psychology from Binghamton University, Christine spent some time working in the field of Geriatrics before moving into the field of developmental disabilities where she made her home. Christine began her career at Eden II programs in 1995. With over 20 years experience in the field, Chrissy has held a…

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,…

Heather D’Auria, MS Ed.

Director for Staten Island Family Support Services

Heather D’Auria is the Director of the Staten Island Family Support Services Department at Eden II. She has been employed with Eden II since 2008. Ms. D’Auria has a Master of Science Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from St. John’s University. Heather has been the After School Program Coordinator, Adult Recreation Program Coordinator, and…

Jamie Arnold, MS Ed.

Director of Educational Services

Jamie Arnold is currently the 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 the College of New Rochelle and her Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership from St. John’s University. Jamie has been a classroom teacher,…

Jan Downey, MA, CCC-SLP

Director of Speech and Language Services Eden II/Genesis Programs

Jan Downey is the Director of Speech and Language Services for Eden II/Genesis. 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…

John Patala

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.…

Lauren Grimaldi, MS Ed., SAS, SDA

Director of Little Miracles Preschool and SEIT-SETSS

Lauren 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…

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. …

Shirley Dunn, MBA

Director of Quality Assurance and Corporate Compliance Officer

Shirley Dunn is the Eden II Director of Quality Assurance and the Corporate Compliance Officer. Shirley started working with the agency in 1992 as a teacher and became the director of the adult program several years later. In 1998 Shirley became the Director of Quality Assurance. Corporate Compliance Officer was added to her responsibilities in…

Stefanie Racano, MBA

Associate Director of Development

Stefanie Racano is the Associate Director of Development at Eden II.  She has worked with the agency since late 2015.  Ms. Racano has an MBA in Executive Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, both from St. John’s University.  Previously Ms. Racano worked as the Senior Development and Grants Specialist for Richmond University…