The ASSET Program is organized and run under the auspices of The Center for Discovery, which enables the utilization of The Center’s extensive resources across administration, human resources, development, finance, legal, corporate compliance, service coordination, and marketing and communication. At the helm of ASSET program coordination is The Center for Discovery’s leadership.
|Patrick H. Dollard
Patrick H. Dollard – President and Chief Executive Officer, The Center for Discovery. The Center is an internationally renowned provider of research, intervention and residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and medical complexities, including autism spectrum disorders. The Center pioneered the development of environmentally advanced health care and educational facilities such as The Discovery Health Center, and The Thanksgiving Farm CSA. The Center is developing a Regional Children’s Assessment Center and has a major project underway in Hurleyville, NY.
|Theresa Hamlin, Ed.D, P.D.
Associate Executive Director and Faculty Chair, The Center for Discovery Research Program. Theresa Hamlin is an internationally known expert and educator in the area of special education, developmental disabilities and autism spectrum disorders (ASD). As Associate Executive Director, Dr. Hamlin is responsible for the comprehensive oversight of all program operations, management, curriculum design, and program evaluation at The Center for Discovery, a national premier specialty center for the advanced care of individuals with complex developmental disabilities, medical frailties and ASD. Dr. Hamlin has spearheaded the development of many comprehensive programs and integrated services for children and adults with severe disabilities, as well as the development of the Carrus Institute, an international training center for medical personnel, educators, policy makers, parents, and other professionals. She has served as an expert adviser to leaders of developing countries and has represented the United States in a joint US-India meeting of experts on autism spectrum disorders in India. Subsequently, she has been engaged in similar efforts including program design and planning in the Middle East, Latin America, and Southeast Asia. She has directed several federally-funded grants aimed at providing education and support to the families of children with severe disabilities. Dr. Hamlin is responsible for the design and implementation of The Center for Discovery’s advanced Research Program investigating response to intervention for children with ASD at the Discovery School. Her current efforts involve the development of the HealthE6 comprehensive approach to treating autism, and has a new book available entitled, “Autism and The Stress Effect: A 4 Step Lifestyle Approach to Health, Happiness and Vitality.” Currently she is working on the establishment of an integrated, short-term stay assessment and intervention program for children diagnosed with ASD. Dr. Hamlin received a BS in Special Education from the College of St. Rose; her MA in Special Education from Columbia University; her Professional Diploma from SUNY New Paltz; and her doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. John’s University. She also holds a certificate as a teacher of the visually impaired and blind from Dominican College, and a certificate as an integrative nutrition health coach.
|Johanna Lantz, Ph.D.
Johanna Lantz, Ph.D. has been supporting individuals with autism and related disorders since 1999. Dr. Lantz received her doctorate degree in School Psychology from Indiana University in 2005 and completed a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore through an affiliation with Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. From 2006 to 2011, Dr. Lantz served as clinical faculty at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City, New York. She currently is the Chief of Psychology at the Center for Discovery in Harris, New York. Dr. Lantz developed an interest in autism spectrum disorders after working as an applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapist in home and classroom settings. She continued to specialize in autism spectrum disorders in graduate school where she worked as a graduate assistant and then consultant at the Indiana Resource Center for Autism (IRCA). While at IRCA, she held trainings and produced resources for families and educators of children with autism. Additionally, Dr. Lantz conducted research on interventions to help individuals with autism develop prosocial behaviors. While at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Columbia University Medical Center, Dr. Lantz provided behavioral therapy and trainings for schools, families, and individuals with autism and related conditions. At Columbia, she was also involved in phenotyping for the Simons Simplex Collection research study that investigated the genetics of autism. Currently at the Center for Discovery, Dr. Lantz oversees a department of thirty behavior specialist/analysts and helps with the Center’s research and other program initiatives. She also provides training to individuals and organizations outside of the Center. Dr. Lantz has presented numerous conferences including the Autism Society of America and National Association of School Psychologists national conferences. She has published numerous articles on autism spectrum disorders.
|Coleen Loughney, MS, CCC-SLP
Coleen has worked with individuals with severe multiple disabilities for over 30 years. She attended Marywood Univeristy for her Bachelors level work in Speech Pathology and Audiology with a minor in Deaf Education. After graduating in 1983, Coleen attended Bloomsburg University while working on her Masters Degree in Speech Pathology. Upon graduating, she completed her clinical fellowship year in a private practice, while working with children at various programs as well as adults with complex communication needs in the home health setting, hospitals and nursing homes. In 1987 Coleen began working at The Center for Discovery as a Speech-Language Pathologist. Her roles have varied over the years from clinician to Director of Clinical Services. After 12 years at The Center for Discovery, Coleen began a small private practice while continuing her affiliation with The Center as a consultant. Within her practice, she provided direct services and consultation with individuals in their homes, school districts as well as home care and nursing homes.Coleen’s primary focus was working with children and families at home within the Early Intervention program as well as through committees on both Pre-school and School-age Special Education. After many years of consultant work, Coleen was excited to return to the Center for Discovery full time as Director of Communication Enhancement Department during the fall of 2011 where her responsibilities were focused on the growth and development of a comprehensive program for individuals with complex communication needs, while facilitating a multidisciplinary team philosophy. During the summer of 2014, Coleen’s responsibilities were increased with reassignment to the Discovery Health Center as the Assistant Chief of the facility. She has been responsible for overseeing the daily workings of the Speech Pathologists as well as Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Durable Medical Equipment (DME), Assistive Technology and Audiology. Most recently, Coleen became the ASSET Program Director where she is responsible for overseeing the staff and all phases of the program.In addition to the professional opportunities Coleen has had, she has also presented on working with individuals with severe multiple disabilities at parent groups in the U.S. and abroad, childcare councils, school districts, United Cerebral Palsy Conferences, Closing the Gap, RESNA and ATIA conferences over the years.