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New York Nonprofit Press – Anderson Administrative Changes

Date February 18, 2015

Anderson Center for Autism has announced an internal restructuring to streamline  the chain of command and provide greater  accountability through organizational change.  He described several promotions and the creation of two program divisions as preparation  for Anderson to be “in a strong position  to tackle the challenges of the ongoing shifts  in government funding and expectations, and  to effectively continue to meet needs of the  people we support.”
Central to the restructuring is the 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 Anderson 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. Reporting to Marshall will be the Director of Adult Services, IEP  Coordinator, and the Anderson School Principal. 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 who holds a Master’s degree in Special  Education, and a Bachelor’s degree 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 degree in Physical Therapy, and  a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering. Those  reporting to Rynne include the recently hired Clinical  Psychologist, Dr. John Ashburn, who joined after a  15-year career as a Psychologist in the U.S. Navy.

Sudi Kash, Ph.D. assumes the duties of Chief  Clinical Officer, giving her overall responsibility for  program research and development, reporting directly  to COO, Patrick Paul. 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 degree in Clinical  Psychology and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  Since 2005, she has lectured on Applied Behavior  Analysis for the Graduate Senior seminar at SUNY  New Paltz.

“Anderson Center for Autism is noted for its  exceptionally strong programmatic and clinical  services, as well as the dedication and commitment of  our staff and executive team,” said Executive Director  Neil Pollack, noting that these changes were instituted  to “strengthen our executive structure and effectively  propel our organization into the future.”