STAATSBURG — Anderson Center for Autism announced that it recently hosted fifteen professionals in admissions, development and marketing, who traveled to Staatsburg from schools located in various parts of the United States for the Association of Directors of Development, Admissions, and Marketing (ADDAM)’s annual meeting.
According to its website, ADDAM “is a group of professionals in the field of child, adolescent, and young adult residential services who are responsible for generating referrals, expanding markets, and creating new business opportunities for their organizations. Members represent both private for-profit and not-for-profit agencies providing a wide array of youth services throughout the United States. Since its inception in 1996, ADDAM members from across the country have networked to exchange referrals and share their experience and knowledge relating to admissions, marketing, and business development.”
In addition to networking and learning more about Anderson’s work optimizing the quality of life for people with autism at the September meeting, ADDAM elected its new president: Anderson Senior Admissions Administrator, Tracy Schober, MPA.
Said Schober, who earned a Master’s in Public Administration from Marist College: “What an honor to have the opportunity to serve as ADDAM’s president. The relationships made as a member of this organization are invaluable, providing Anderson with professional connections and friends in the field to rely on for support, insight, and wisdom. Expanding upon the innovative ideas of 2021 with this team is exciting to consider, especially since the officers and programs collaborate so beautifully. It’s also another avenue for me to apply my education in public administration.”
Added Patrick Paul, CEO/Executive Director of Anderson Center for Autism, “Tracy’s deep understanding of how to effectively engage others, along with her genuine enthusiasm and leadership skills, will position her to be very successful as President of ADDAM. All of us at Anderson are extremely proud of Tracy’s accomplishments, and look forward to seeing what she does in this role.”
As the host of the 2021 ADDAM annual meeting, Anderson Center for Autism also led a guided tour of its campus and programs, and presented on the topic of Parent Professional Partnerships. Colleagues Tom Hamill and Colleen Contreni worked with Schober to organize the experience for guests.
Said Schober, “The knowledge and referral exchange aspect of ADDAM’s work has really resonated. The more we work together to share knowledge, successes, and solutions, the greater the impact we can each have on the children and families we serve.”
Schober will serve as President for a three-year term.
“I hope to continue to carry out ADDAM’s vision of information sharing regarding retention, recruitment, building parent relationships, and strategies for outreach, funding, and more. Knowledge is a powerful tool; ADDAM provides us with the platform we need to learn and discover, which ultimately makes all of us better at what we do. As president, I would like to see ADDAM members collaborate for conference presentations, which will benefit those outside of our association’s circle, empowering them to enhance their own work with children and families.”
The Senior Admissions Administrator has worked for Anderson Center for Autism since 2011.