Autism Family Foundation of Northeast Ohio Selects Georgeann Pinter as Executive Director
COPLEY, Ohio, April 22 /PRNewswire/ — The Autism Family Foundation of Northeast Ohio has selected Georgeann Pinter, a respected parent advocate and mother of a child with autism, to serve as the foundation’s executive director.
In her role, Pinter also will be responsible for coordinating services that will be made available at the Robert J. Keegan Family Center for Autism, which is scheduled to open in Copley in August.
“When looking for an executive director, we sought someone who understands the unique needs of families who are confronted with autism. We didn’t have to look too far,” said Barb Hudak, president of the Autism Family Foundation. “In Georgeann, we found someone who is fully aligned with the Foundation’s mission, who has mentored parents who have children with special needs, and who herself deals with the reality of autism on a daily basis.”
Autism is a developmental disability that affects one in every 110 American children. It is characterized by impaired social interaction, repetitive behaviors and/or interests, and impaired communication skills.
Pinter has served as a volunteer board member for the Foundation since January 2007, where she has been involved in the planning of the Keegan Center and fundraisers for the Foundation.
Pinter had worked as a parent mentor for the Cuyahoga Falls City School District from 2005 to 2010. In that role, she provided parents information and ongoing support regarding the special education services offered by the school district. In addition, she established the “Falls Families for Autism” support group, and she worked with the Summit County Prosecutor’s Office to bring the “Take Me Home Program” to the district. (The program is designed to help law enforcement officers quickly identify and safely return home individuals who may not be able to communicate vital information.)
Pinter also served as a consultant with the STEM Program at the University of Akron, which is designed to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills among middle school students, including those with special educational needs.
“I recall when my son, Alec, was first diagnosed with autism, and there was nowhere to go for support. It was both terrifying and frustrating,” said Pinter. “Fortunately, that has changed over the years and will continue to improve through the efforts of the Autism Family Foundation. I have dedicated myself to ensure that no family in this area confronted with autism will feel alone and unsupported.”
Pinter lives in Cuyahoga Falls with her husband, Jim, and two sons, C.J. and Alec.
The Autism Family Foundation began in 2006 with a small group of people dedicated to children, families and helping those with autism and other special needs. Since then, the group has grown into a center that provides resources to Akron-area children with autism and their families.
The foundation’s mission is to assist families dealing with autism and to enhance the lives of these children and their families as they develop from birth to adulthood. More information on the center can be found at www.autismfamilyfoundation.org.
SOURCE Autism Family Foundation of Northeast Ohio