Cassandra received both her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and her Master’s degree in Speech-Language Pathology from St. John’s University. She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA), and is a licensed Speech Language Pathologist and Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped in New York State. Cassandra has worked for the Eden II Programs since 2005 and is presently a Senior Coordinator of Speech Services. In addition to working with school-aged children, she has experience with Early Intervention, and has presented on various topics in speech and language including promoting AAC usage in the classroom.
Jamie Arnold is the Director of Educational Services for the Eden II Programs. Jamie earned her Master’s Degree in Education from the College of New Rochelle and a Master’s Degree in School Building Leadership from St. John’s University. Before becoming the Director of Educational Services Jamie served as a classroom teacher, head teacher, and clinical coordinator, and assistant director at the Eden II Programs. She has worked with students with autism of all ages throughout her 15 year career in education. Most importantly, Jamie coordinated the transition to adulthood for more than 100 students with autism. Her experiences in transitioning students out of the education system give her powerful insight into the skills that individuals will need during adulthood
Jan Downey, formerly the Director of Long Island Programs and Services for Eden II/Genesis, is currently the Director of Speech-Language and Communication Services for Eden II/Genesis Programs. She is also an adjunct professor at L.I. University/C.W. Post in Greenvale, New York. Jan 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). She received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Long Island University/C.W. Post in Speech-Language Pathology, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate at Adelphi University’s Doctoral Program for Speech Sciences. Jan is an active participant in the Eden II/Genesis Outreach Department conducting presentations on speech and language topics related to autism as well as providing consultation to school districts. She serves on the “Parent Partners Project Advisory Board” at Winthrop University Hospital’s Department of Behavioral Pediatrics in Mineola, New York. On a personal note, Jan is the mother of two sons with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, bringing both the personal and professional perspectives to her presentations.
Janine Kipp is the coordinator of speech services at the Eden II Programs in Staten Island, NY. She has over 7 years of experience delivering and supervising speech and language programs for students with autism. Janine has developed and supervised AAC programming for nearly 100 individuals throughout her career and she is familiar with several types of AAC devices/systems. Janine earned her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Kean University, and she has presented on topics related to autism such as naturalistic teaching, promoting spontaneous communication, using technology to increase communication, and teaching a variety of social skills to adolescents with autism.
Dr. Gerenser is the Executive Director of the Eden II Programs. She received her Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing at the City University of New York Graduate Center. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council for the Organization for Autism Research. In addition, she is co-president of the Council on Autism Services as well as Associate Editor of the Journal of SLP & ABA. Dr. Gerenser has presented on topics in autism and related disorders at local, national and international conferences. She is the co-author of Behavioral Programming for Children with Autism, an interactive CD-ROM as well as several articles and book chapters. She currently sits on the advisory boards of several autism programs across the U.S. and abroad. Joanne has won numerous awards for her work with individuals with ASD, most recently, the New York State Association for Behavior Analysis Award for Representation of Behavior Analysis in the Media.
Ms. Bainor is the Coordinator of Speech Services for the Eden II/ Genesis Programs and The Genesis Outreach Autism Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from St. John’s University. Ms. Bainor is a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist in New York State and a certified teacher of students with speech and language disabilities (TSSLD). She holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA). Ms. Bainor is an active participant in the Eden II/Genesis Outreach Department conducting presentations both locally and nationally on speech and language topics related to autism and augmentative/alternative communication systems.