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Anderson Center Streamlines Divisions, Restructures Staff – Poughkeepsie Journal

Date February 18, 2015

Neil Pollack, Executive Director of Anderson Center for Autism, Staatsburg, recently announced an internal restructuring to streamline the chain of command and provide even greater accountability resulting in several promotions and the creation of two program divisions.

The restructuring features a consolidation of programmatic functions into two divisions: the Program Services Division encompasses all services for children and adults; the Program Supports Division includes all areas of clinical (including consultation), health and related services. Both divisions will report to Patrick Paul, Anderson’s chief operating officer. Paul joined the center in 2000 and served as chief financial officer prior to his current position after qualification as a certified public accountant with a career in banking, the Internal Revenue Service, and the New York State Police.

Kathleen Marshall is promoted to the position of division director of program services. She also continues her oversight of Children’s Residential Services. Marshall was previously a lead Special Educator at the Devereux Foundation and is a Certified School Administrator. She has a master’s in special education and a bachelor’s in both elementary education and special education.

Dr. Austin Rynne, who joined Anderson in 2008, is promoted to the post of division director of program supports. Rynne received his Ph.D. in physical therapy, after earning a master’s in physical therapy and a bachelor’s in electrical engineering.

Sudi Kash, Ph.D. assumes the duties of chief clinical officer, giving her overall responsibility for program research and development. Kash has more than 25 years of experience, 16 of those working with individuals with developmental disabilities. She holds a Ph.D. in psychology, as well as a master’s in clinical psychology and a bachelor’s in psychology.

Anderson Center for Autism, a not-for-profit organization, is dedicated to providing the highest quality programs possible for both children and adults with autism.