Patrick H. Dollard is President and CEO of The Center for Discovery, an internationally renowned provider of research, intervention and residential services for children and adults with developmental disabilities and medical complexities, including autism spectrum disorders.  As a nationally recognized thought leader, Mr. Dollard is one of the field’s most innovative visionaries in the development of new models of cost-effective high quality care for special populations.  He regularly presents at national and international conferences including The Kresge Foundation, Health Care Without Harm, United Cerebral Palsy and the Autism Roundtable, among others.

Under his more than three decades of leadership, The Center has grown from a facility with 30 employees to more than 1,500 full time staff, dedicated to providing a range of educational, residential, clinical and recreational programs.  Mr. Dollard brought together researchers from Harvard Medical School, Georgia Tech, Northeastern University and others to develop a nationally recognized research program focused on collecting real-time, synchronized visual, auditory and physiological data that has led to cutting-edge breakthroughs in autism intervention.

Mr. Dollard also pioneered the development of environmentally advanced health care and educational facilities that utilize energy efficient technologies and sustainable construction materials. Under his guidance, The Discovery Health Center is recognized as a Level III Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) by NCQA. It is the first healthcare facility in the country to be registered with the U.S. Green Building Council (U.S.G.B.C.) and was a recipient of the prestigious LEED certification.  This was followed by The Center’s Ridge Campus, New York State’s first specially designed campus for adolescents with autism, as well as its Michael Ritchie Big Barn Center for Environmental Health and Education, home to the Lab School and research program.  He also created The Center’s Thanksgiving Farm CSA, a biodynamically certified organic farm that provides produce and vocational training for residents of The Center, as well as the broader Sullivan County region.

The Center for Discovery contributes a total of more than $184 million in economic impact for New York State and is one of the largest providers of services in its field. Currently, Mr. Dollard is working to expand The Center’s reach by creating and building a Regional Children’s Assessment Center and Skilled Nursing Facility that will serve as a national model by improving the coordination of care for medically fragile individuals and those with autism spectrum disorders.  The Assessment Center is expected to reduce out-of-state placements for children with severe disabilities and prevent or delay expensive life long residential placements, saving New York State approximately $30,000,000 annually.

Mr. Dollard has served as President of the Hudson Valley Health Systems Agency (HSA) throughout the 1980’s.  He holds a Masters in Special Education from Long Island University and a B.S. in Adapted Physical Education from the State University of New York – Brockport.  Citing his distinguished accomplishments in the field and international reputation, the SUNY system awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters in May 2013.

Theresa M. Hamlin, Ed.D.,  is the Associate Executive Director for The Center for Discovery. Dr. Hamlin is responsible for the oversight of all areas of program operations, management, curriculum design, and program evaluation.  Since starting at The Center in 1983, she has been developing and directing programs for the promotion of development and health for children and adults with complex developmental disabilities including those with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and severe multiple disabilities.  Dr. Hamlin has been the director of several federally-funded grants aimed at providing education and support to the families of children with severe disabilities.  She is the faculty chair of The Center’s Carrus Institute for family support and research.

Currently, Dr. Hamlin is responsible for the design and implementation of research in response to intervention for children with ASD at the Discovery School, and an innovative Assessment Center for children diagnosed with ASD.  She also lectures nationally and internationally about program development for children and adults with ASD.

Dr. Hamlin received a BS in Special Education from College of St. Rose; her MA in Special Education from Columbia University; her post-Master’s and Public School Superintendent’s licensure 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.

Our Leadership

Patrick H. Dollard
President and Chief Executive Officer

Theresa M. Hamlin, Ed.D.
Associate Executive Director

Caryn J. Andersen
Executive Vice President of Admissions

Claude D’Alessandro
Chief Financial Officer

Richard D. Humleker
Vice President of Development
Harris Office

William T. Evans
Vice President of Development
New York City Office

Thomas J. Burnham
Assistant Vice President for
Development and Environmental Policy

Steven H. Mosenson, Esq.
General Counsel/Corporate Integrity Officer

David P. Fanslau
Vice President of Operations and Administration

Marcus E. Floyd
Vice President of Collaboration, Inclusion and Diversity

Nicole G. Kinney, DPT
Chief of Clinical Services

Johanna Lantz, Ph.D.
Chief of Psychology

Alyce T. Sherwood, M.A. SLP
Chief of Adult Program

Donald E. Santiago
Chief of Pediatric Program

Philip D. Wilken, MD
Medical Director

Suzie Nair, RN, M.A.
Chief of Health Services

Cesare Casella
Chief of Nourishment Arts

Jennifer Franck, M.S., R.D.
Assistant Chief of Nourishment Arts

John R. Conway
Director of Media Studio

Board of Directors

Patrick H. Dollard, President and CEO
The Center for Discovery

Edward C. Sweeney, Chairperson
Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

Edward Giancontieri, Vice Chairperson
Manager, ShopRite Stores (Retired)

Nelly Bly-Arougheti, Vice Chairperson

William C. Myslinski, Ph.D., Treasurer
Principal, Economists Inc.

Beverly Oles, Secretary

Ellen Alemany, Director
Chairwoman & CEO of CIT Group Inc. and Chairwoman, CEO & President of CIT Bank

Janet Carrus, Director
The Janet and Gerald Carrus Foundation

Norman Feinberg, Director
President and Chief Executive, Gateside Corporation

Joel S. Forman, Esq., Director
Shareholder, Litigation Group, Vedder Price P.C.

Malcom J. Harkins III, Esq., Director
Distinguished Health Law Scholar, Center for Health Law Studies, St. Louis University School of Law

Nancy McElroy, Director
School Principal (Retired)

John R. Milligan, Director
President, Banking Industry (Retired)

Eileen Naughton, Director
Vice President of People Operations at Google

Aidan Quinn, Director

Arthur L. Thompson, CFA, Director
Senior Vice President – Investments, Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC