Board of Trustees
Marguerite S. Baber, Chairman
Kenneth Kopacz, President
Patricia L. McGeehan, Ed.D., Vice-President
Gerald Duerr, C.P.A., Treasurer
Fred W. Walters, Secretary
Janice Pissott, Corresponding Secretary
James P. Flynn, Esq.
Jeffrey P. Furze
Ellen Marie Greaves
Joseph Ryan, Ph.D.
Robert C. Craig
G. Keenen O'Brien
Harold Perkel, M.D., F.A.P.P.
Ross J. Simpson, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Patricia Berezny, Ph.D.
Andrew McCabe, Psy.D.
Medical Advisory Board
Nancy P. Chiaravalloti, Ph.D.
Vincent Serafino, M.D.
Thomas E. Simpson, M.D.
Patricia Smith-Daly, M.S.N., R.N.
January 2011 - Bayonne New Jersey - The Simpson-Baber Foundation for the Autistic, Inc. is honored to receive a $150,000 challenge grant to the foundation from Bayonne Medical Center.
The Simpson-Baber Foundation for the Autistic's mission is to educate the public on the spectrum of Autism and to provide educational, social and recreational opportunities to children with Autism. To that end, the Foundation has created a speaker's bureau and self-help group, organized parties and sports teams, purchased and donated educational technology, funded field trips, sponsored research, and built a self-contained playground.
The foundation's most ambitious project to date is the Busy Bee Center for Pre-School Children with Autism, which is housed at the Bayonne Medical Center.This program is New Jersey's first public/private collaborative program of its kind and is a privately funded collaboration of the Simpson-Baber Foundation, Bayonne Medical Center, the Bayonne Board of Education, and the City of Bayonne.Busy Bee offers educational instruction provided by state certified teachers as well as neurological and educational psychologists, and consulting pediatricians. Children, from ages 18 to 36 months, receive up to twenty hours per week of direct, one on one education utilizing applied behavioral analysis.This program is designed to meet the special needs of preschoolers who have recently been diagnosed with Autism and is offered free of charge to parents.
Under the terms of the grant, Bayonne Medical Center will donate $50,000 per year for three years contingent upon the Foundation raising an equal amount from other donors."The Foundation is confident that our supporters in the community will rise to the challenge", stated Kenneth Kopacz, President of the Foundation.
"We are honored and overjoyed with the generous grant that is being provided by Bayonne Medical Center and appreciate Bayonne Medical Center's consistent support for our mission", said Peggy Baber, founder and Chair of The Simpson-Baber Foundation.