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Judy Anderson, M.S., SBL has been at the Association for Children with Down syndrome since 2007, first as the Director of Kids Connection Day Care and currently as the Preschool Educational Coordinator. She received her BA in Education and Psychology, and her MS in Special Education from Long Island University. She recently completed her Certificate in Educational Leadership from the College of St. Rose.

Judy’s work experience includes being a head teacher in a preschool classroom, an assistant director of a daycare/preschool center, as well as a special education itinerant teacher on the preschool level. Judy just recently left her position as a trustee on the Babylon Schools Board of Education.

Cecilia Barry, M.S., P.D., SBL/SDL has been at the Association for Children with Down Syndrome since1984 in the capacity of School Psychologist, Director of Intake and Evaluation, and now Principal of ACDS. She received her Master of Science Degree and Professional Diploma in School Psychology from St. John’s University and received her certificate in Educational Leadership from St. Rose College. Cecilia’s professional training and experience have concentrated on early intervention and preschool special education. She also serves as a consultant to various school districts on Long Island providing curriculum, behavioral, resource and inclusionary modifications for children with special needs. Cecilia is a member of professional organizations and panels that advocate for children with developmental disabilities and their families.

Randi Brill grew up on Long Island and attended the Bellmore Merrick Schools. She earned both a BA in Social Science and a Master in Social Work (MSW) degree from Stony Brook University.

Randi started her career as a Social Worker at Daytop, an outpatient substance abuse program located in Huntington NY. She then worked as a School Social Worker for 10 years working with students in grades 7-12. She left the full time work force to raise her family and pursue part time work as a consultant providing Early Intervention and Preschool services for over 9 years.

Randi came to ACDS in 2009 as a part time Medicaid Service Coordinator. Through this position she realized that her passion lied in working with the individuals and their families. She found it rewarding to connect the families with the answers and services they needed and desired. In 2010, when the position became available to become ACDS’ Quality Assurance Analyst, she jumped at the opportunity as she felt it was a great chance to be able to provide the ACDS families with the support they need. Randi lives in Bellmore with her husband Arthur and 3 children.

MaryLynn Dinu, B.A. Sociology, Early Childhood Education Birth-2nd grade, has been the director of Kids Connection @ ACDS since 2008. She has over 20 years experience in the daycare setting teaching from age two through kindergarten before she joined ACDS. MaryLynn’s professional training focuses on daycare specific topics as well as the New York State regulations that govern all licensed daycares. Her main goal is to always provide a safe, loving, nurturing and creative environment for the children to explore while their parents must go to work. Being a working parent herself she truly understands the importance of providing such an environment. Her proudest moment to date was receiving the Best of Plainview award from the Chamber of Commerce in the Developmental Disability Category for 2010 and 2011.

Erica Lepurage has been the Recreation Coordinator at ACDS since March of 2006. Erica began her affiliation with ACDS in 1994 when she worked part time as an assistant teacher in ACDS’ preschool. Erica continued to work at ACDS while completing her bachelor’s degree in Special Education from CW Post in 1998. She then continued her career with ACDS as a teacher providing special instruction offering both center and home-based services through ACDS’ Early Intervention program.

While starting a family Erica maintained a connection with ACDS. She kept in contact with many of the families she met at ACDS through other programs she worked at including Camp ANCHOR. Erica enjoyed seeing the toddlers she worked with at ACDS grow up into children and teens.

Erica’s position as Recreation Coordinator was a natural fit to bring her back to ACDS on a full time basis in 2006. This position offered her the opportunity to expand ACDS’ current recreation and respite programs as well as create new ones including the tween socialization group and ACDS’ very popular week long sleep away camp, Summer Adventure. Erica has supervised a variety of recreation and respite programs for children, teens and adults with a wide array of developmental disabilities. Erica enjoys meeting new families and participants and helping them access services.

Lynne Maggio began her career at ACDS in September of 2005 as Accounting Manger, moved to the position of Controller in December 2005 and assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer in October 2008. Prior to coming to ACDS, she was employed for nearly 10 years by LIAFS, a Non-Profit organization located in Suffolk County that serves abandoned and abused adolescents. At LIAFS, she was responsible for all aspects of Accounting and Human Resources. Prior to joining LIAFS in 1995, Lynne was a full time mom while pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, which she received from Dowling College in May 1994. Lynne enjoys her work immensely, recognizing that indirectly what she does has a positive impact on the lives of so many children and families who benefit from the breadth of services offered by ACDS.

John McCabe has been the Director of Compliance for ACDS since May 2009. John has a dual reporting line to the Executive Director and to the standing Compliance Committee of the ACDS Board of Directors. John represents the agency on several regional association compliance committees, including the Long Island Alliance of Agencies and NYSACRA-sponsored committees.

John joined ACDS after 25 years in the private sector, with experience in audit, compliance, technology and operations, primarily in the financial services industry. John has held leadership positions within financial services firms in New York, Boston, and London. He also brings to the table experience and skills as a business and technology consultant, specializing in business process re-engineering. John does not have any direct reports at ACDS, but as he frequently says during his annual mandatory compliance training classes ‘thank you for being my unofficial deputy compliance officers, because I cannot do this job without your help!”.

Jane Shimkin is the Educational Coordinator and supervisor of the Early Intervention Program at ACDS. Jane is also the supervisor of our Autism program which includes our Linx class, a socialization group for children on the spectrum and our Linx Plus class, which is a full day class which includes ABA in the classroom. Jane also works with the families of children on the spectrum to provide home-based ABA services. Jane has been with ACDS since 1994 and started out as an infant room teacher and home-based teacher. Jane’s other duties at ACDS include infant evaluations, consulting in the school districts and supervision of the Early Intervention teachers and assistant teachers. Jane and her staff have created an Early Intervention Curriculum that has been used in all of the Early Intervention classrooms at ACDS. Jane’s degree is in Early Childhood Special Education and she holds a masters degree in Special Education.

Michael Smith grew up on Long Island, graduated from the Waldorf School in Garden City and then received his B.A. in English Literature from Tufts University. He went on to Hofstra to earn his M.A. and pursued his doctorate in American Studies at NYU.

He taught for five years at the prep school and university levels (at Hofstra) before working in New York City government where he eventually moved to the Division of Special Education at the NYC Board of Education.

Michael migrated to the non-profit sector 25 years ago, first at the New York Institute for the Blind, then at a series of agencies in New York and Connecticut. ACDS is the fourth agency Michael has served as Executive Director, having developed an expertise in turning around financially troubled agencies. In 1995 and 2001 Michael attended the program for Non-Profit Management at Harvard’s Graduate Business School.

He came to ACDS in 2004 and during his tenure has seen the agency more than double in size, build its reputation, and expand the reach of program offerings. Michael lives in Greenwich, CT with his wife Andrea, and yes, he commutes daily.

 
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