We recognize the incredible ability that exists within all children. 

 

 

Our Founder

Dr. Cecelia McCarton dedicated her life to helping children with developmental delays because she believes in the ability of our children to reach their full potential. 

She is now the founder of multiple institutions, her work and reach continues...

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With over 40 years of experience as a pediatrician, researcher, and lecturer, Dr. Cecelia McCarton is among the world's leading experts in diagnosing and treating children with developmental disorders.

In 1998, Dr. McCarton founded McCarton Center Manhattan, a diagnostic and treatment center dedicated to childhood developmental disorders. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of McCarton Foundation, The McCarton School for children with autism, and the Children's Academy for children with speech and language delays.

Early in her medical career, Dr. McCarton developed an affinity for children who displayed special needs. After completing her residency in Pediatrics at the Bronx Municipal Hospital Center, where she also served as Chief Resident, she received two prestigious post-doctoral research fellowships from the Department of Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the Rose F. Kennedy Center for Research in Mental Retardation and Human Development at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Since finishing her formal training in 1977, she has served as Director of the Clinical Research Unit at the Rose F. Kennedy Center and Director of the L.I.F.E. (Low Birth Weight Infant Follow-Up and Evaluation) Program. Her research experience includes national studies developmental complications in infants with low birth weight, infant health and development, and the prevention of mental retardation. Dr. McCarton has also taught pediatrics for over 25 years and is currently Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Throughout her career, Dr. McCarton has received numerous honors including grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has published over 50 book chapters and peer-reviewed articles in journals such as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), Child Development, Journal of Pediatrics and Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology.

A New York City native, Dr. McCarton received her BA from the College of New Rochelle and her Medical Degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics (1988) and a member of many professional societies, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Society for Behavioral Pediatrics, Society for Research in Child Development, the International Neuropsychology Society and the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. 


 
 

Our Leadership

The McCarton Foundation leadership team feels excited about the opportunity they have every day to make a difference in the lives of children with autism and their families. They are a passionate, creative crew who are driven by the foundation's mission and their shared belief in the incredible potential that exists within every child.

 

Whitney Loy
Chief Executive Officer
 

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Dan Venezuela
Chief Operating Officer
 

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Mary Losiak 
Manager of Development & Community Outreach

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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors governs the work of the Foundation. They structure the work of the Foundation and it's direction.

The Board ensures that the leadership, resources, and finances coincide with the Foundation's vision; and monitors and improves the performance of the organization. 

 
 

Junior Board

The Junior Board works with the Board of Directors to govern the work of the Foundation. They support the work of the Foundation and it's projects.

The Junior Board ensures that the leadership, resources, and finances coincide with the Foundation's vision; and advocate for the Foundation among their peers.

 

Micheal Vasinkevich
President

Leena Bhutta
Treasurer

J. Eric Wise
Secretary

Cecelia McCarton, M.D.
Founder

Gary Mayerson
Board Member

David Robbins
Board Member

 

Megan Mulligan
Junior Board

Julie Seidel
Junior Board

Dionne Crick
Junior Board

Rick Li
Junior Board

Joe Greenbaum
Board Member

John Mizzi
Board Member

John Rollins
Board Member

Matthew Diaz
Board Member

Sigurd Ackerman, M.D.
Board Member



 

 

Elias Exum
Junior Board

Anastasia Moryakova
Junior Board

Hannah Reed, M.D.
Junior Board

Sarah Marcoux
Junior Board