Golisano Autism Center establishes board of directors

Golisano Autism Center establishes board of directors

In preparation for its groundbreaking this spring, Golisano Autism Center has incorporated and established a board of directors.

Mary Walsh Boatfield
Mary Walsh Boatfield

The $5 million Golisano Autism Center Inc. will be overseen by board chairman Mary Walsh Boatfield, who serves as president and CEO of CP Rochester, Happiness House and Rochester Rehabilitation Inc. Thomas O’Connor, president of Al Sigl Community of Agencies, will serve as vice chairman, while AutismUp’s executive director Sarah Milko will serve as secretary and treasurer.

Board members include Jeffrey Baker, Scott Burdett and Thomas Wilmot Jr.

The Golisano Autism Center will expand and enhance autism services to serve the more than 10,000 people diagnosed with autism in the Greater Rochester area. The center was named for philanthropist and Paychex Inc. and Golisano Foundation Chairman Thomas Golisano, who is making a matching challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build the center.

Sarah Milko
Sarah Milko

The first major gift toward the anticipated two-year challenge came from the Golisano Foundation in the amount of $500,000.

Taking the lead on the new Golisano Autism Center are CP Rochester, Al Sigl and AutismUp, although a number of other agencies will be involved in the project and will provide services at the facility. The comprehensive, innovative model emphasizes collaboration among complementary autism-specific programs in the community.

The Golisano Autism Center will be located on the Al Sigl Schwartz Family Campus on South Avenue near Science

Tom O'Connor
Tom O’Connor

Parkway. The center will feature shared program spaces, a sensory gym, classrooms, therapy rooms and more.

The project is slated to open in early summer 2019.

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