Joanne Gerenser, Ph.D.

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…

Eileen Hopkins, Ph.D.

Deputy Executive Director

Dr. Hopkins is currently the Deputy Executive Director of the 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 of the City University of New York.  Dr. Hopkins has worked for over thirty years to provide quality services…

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 a Professor in the Special Education Program at Hofstra University where she directs advanced certificate programs and oversees a course sequence in applied behavior analysis. She has 30 years of experience directing…

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…

Randy Horowitz, M.S. Ed., S.A.S.

Associate Executive Director of Education & Adult Services

Randy has a Master of Science in Education from Queens College and a Certificate of School Administration and Supervision from the College of New Rochelle. Randy is currently a doctoral candidate in the educational leadership program at Concordia University. Randy started her career as a special education teacher in public school in Nassau County and…

Jamie Arnold, M.S.Ed, SBL

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,…

Joanne Capuano Sgambati, Ph.D., BCBA-D, LBA

Director of Psychological Services for Eden II’s Genesis Programs on Long Island

Dr. Sgambati serves as the Director of Psychological Services for Eden II’s Genesis Programs on LI.  She specializes in consulting, counseling, evaluations, and behavior management of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).  For the past 30 years, she has been dedicated to using positive behavior approaches, applied behavior analysis (ABA), for enhancing the lives of students in…

Teresa Cirelli

Director of Development

Teresa Cirelli joined the Eden II team in 2020 and is currently the Director of Development. She has a bachelor’s degree from Stockton University in Political Science with a minor in Jewish Studies. She began her community outreach career in 2012 within the office of Assemblyman Matthew Titone, serving as the Communications Coordinator and working…

Lauren Colon,MS Ed., BCBA

Director of the Genesis School

Lauren Colon is the Director of the Genesis School on Long Island. She has been employed by Eden II Programs since 2009, and has worked in Adult Services, Outreach Autism Center and The Genesis School in many different roles. Lauren earned her Master’s degree in Students with Disabilities at CW Post’s CASE program (Competencies in…

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…