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Anderson Center for Autism Names Director of Human Resources

Date January 29, 2024

STAATSBURG — Anderson Center for Autism announced that it has promoted Athena Angelucci to the role of Director of Human Resources.
Angelucci, a resident of Wappingers Falls, began her career with the nonprofit organization in 2016 as an intern, after which she secured a full-time position as Human Resources Assistant in Benefits. In the years that followed, she advanced into higher-level leadership roles, and most recently served as Assistant Director of Human Resources.

The newly appointed Director of Human Resources is now responsible for developing, coordinating, and overseeing the activities of the department, which include but are not limited to employee relations, professional development initiatives, recruitment efforts, hiring, coordination of benefits packages, and Anderson’s talent strategy for its roster of nearly 900 employees.

Said Patrick Paul, CEO/Executive Director of Anderson Center for Autism, “We are very grateful for the talent and passion that Athena has brought to Anderson since she first became part of our team seven years ago. Her exceptional skill set and deep knowledge of best practices in Human Resources are a value-add to our entire organization; she is very deserving of every advancement opportunity she has earned along the way, especially this one.”

Angelucci noted: “Because I started working with the agency immediately after graduation, I feel like it is home; in many ways, I have grown up here. As Director of Human Resources, I look forward to helping move the agency forward as we continue to expand our team and build on the positive workplace culture that makes Anderson so unique. Team members know that their HR department is here for them well beyond orientation, and I want to continue to ensure that they feel supported on every step of their professional journey.” Angelucci earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management (with a focus on Human Resources) at Marist College, and a Master’s of Business Administration from Mount Saint Mary’s College. She is also a graduate of the Executive Leadership Program run by the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce.

“To build a career at a place like Anderson is a wonderful opportunity for which I am so grateful. In addition to working on behalf of an important mission – optimizing the lives of individuals with autism – we are part of an organization that truly values its team members as well. Anderson’s comprehensive benefits package, competitive pay, and personal and professional enrichment programs really stand out – it is an honor to work in a department that helps provide everyone who works here with the benefits they deserve.”

Anderson Center for Autism, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, provides educational, vocational, residential, clinical, and consulting and training services to people from all over the world. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 1 in 36 are now diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder that presents with a wide range of communication, social, and sensory processing challenges