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Executive Management Team and Directors

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 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.

Email: jgerenser@eden2.org
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. Besides being a Certified Public Accountant, he is also a Certified Internal Auditor. He received a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and currently serves on the not-for-profit Executive Board of the Patriots’ Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America.

Email: drauch@eden2.org
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 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).

Email: ehopkins@eden2.org
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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 a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Concordia University. Her experience includes being one of the founding members of the Help Center, a comprehensive school for the developmentally disabled in Saudi Arabia. She also has experience as a hospital administrator as Director of QA at United Doctors Hospital and was responsible for the commissioning of a Residential Geriatrics Center. Dr. Cavanagh ended the last 4 years of her 18 year career overseas as lecturer in the Special Education Department at a Dar Al Hekma University. Dr. Cavanagh has been an adjunct lecturer at Brooklyn College since 2005, and presents locally on topics related to the field of autism and organizational behavior.

Email: icavanagh@eden2.org
Mary McDonald, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Interim Associate Executive Director for Long Island 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.

Email: mmcdonald@eden2.org
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 the capital campaign for 15 Beach Street, successfully reaching the phase one $7.5M goal and securing $1M to complete the initial outfitting of the new building. She is the President of the Brooklyn Home For Aged Men Foundation, which provides grants to support local organizations and has awarded over $700,000 in the last ten years. She is also a Regional Board Member for the American Cancer Society and Chair of their Programs and Services Committee. Prior community involvement includes the Board of the Staten Island Not For Profit Association, Advisory Board for the CSI Breast Cancer Research Initiative, Board of Directors for A Vision For Staten Island, and the Board of Directors for the Council on the Arts & Humanities for SI. She has received community awards including the SIEDC 20 Under 40 Award, and the CSI Athletics Distinguished Service Award. Ms. Hellstrom holds an MBA from Wagner College.

Email: ehellstrom@eden2.org
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.

Email: agrieco@eden2.org
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 number of positions including Habilitation Practitioner, Coordinator of Adult Services and finally, for the past 11 years, Director of Adult Services. Her contributions to the field of developmental disabilities are significant with accomplishments in program development and expansion meeting the needs a very diverse population of adults with autism. She serves as a senior investigator for our Quality Assurance program and is involved in a number of internal as well as external committees.

Email: cjascewsky@eden2.org
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.

Email: esparacio@eden2.org

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, 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 school age programming, community integration, and the vocational program at Eden II.

Email: jarnold@eden2.org
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 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.

Email: jdowney@eden2.org
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. 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.

Email: jpatala@eden2.org

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 their families for 17 years.

Email: lrinaldi@eden2.org
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 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-Doctoral level and a licensed behavior analyst. Dr. McDonald currently serves on the Board of the New York State Council for Exceptional Children and a number of advisory boards.

Email: mmcdonald@eden2.org
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.

Email: sschatzman@eden2.org

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 2007. Shirley has a Bachelors Degree from Edinburgh’s Heriot-Watt University, and a Masters in Public Administration from Norwich University. Shirley has participated in and chaired many committees at Eden II including the Incident Review Committee, the Vehicle Safety Committee, the Risk Management Committee, the Emergency Management Committee, and the Records Retention Committee. The Quality Assurance Department has many areas of responsibility including the oversight of participant and staff safety systems, assessment of program quality and adherence to regulation, development and analysis of satisfaction surveys, corporate compliance, staff training, and policy development.

Email: sdunn@eden2.org

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 Medical Center.

Email: sracano@eden2.org
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