About Us



At NSSA we believe that each individual with autism, as well as their family members, deserves access to resources that will help them maximize their full potential. NSSA is dedicated to developing and providing those resources so that individuals with autism will be able to live lives filled with promise, dignity, and purpose and their families will have hope as well as peace of mind.


Nassau Suffolk Services for Autism offers hope to people with autism and their families by providing high quality life-long support through services which enable people with autism to function better in everyday life. NSSA offers the most advanced treatment and training programs for the benefit of people with autism, and will continue to pioneer, through research, comprehensive treatment models which can be adopted nationally.


Nicole Weidenbaum, M.S. Ed., SAS, Executive Director

Nicole Weidenbaum received her Masters Degree in Special Education from C.W. Post’s C.A.S.E. Program (Competencies in Autism and Special Education) and is a certified special education teacher. She received her certification in School Administration and Supervision from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She began her career as a teacher at NSSA and has over 25 years of experience working with individuals with autism and their families as well as providing consultation services and training to Long Island school districts for their inclusion programs and self-contained classrooms. Ms. Weidenbaum has presented at local and national conferences on a variety of topics addressing effective education for individuals with autism.

Kathy Mannion, Associate Executive Director

Kathy Mannion is the parent of four children, two of whom have autism. Before assuming her position as Associate Executive Director of NSSA, she served as the President of NSSA’s Board of Directors from 2001 through 2003 and as a member of the Board of Directors since 1997. In addition to her association with NSSA, she has worked in a variety of capacities within the autism community. Her past positions include, the Executive Director and a founding Board member of the Association for Science in Autism Treatment (ASAT) and the Development Coordinator for the Connecticut Center for Child Development. Over the past 25 years she has been an avid advocate for individuals with autism and has presented nationally on such topics as the need for science-based intervention, early and accurate diagnosis, pediatrician education, and parent/professional partnerships.

Deborah Kennedy, M.S. Special Ed., BCBA, SBL, LBA, Principal, Martin C. Barell School

Deborah Kennedy received her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Queens College in 2004 and her Specialist Diploma in Educational Leadership in 2011 from Queens College. She has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2009. Mrs. Kennedy started her career at NSSA as a teacher in 2000.

Jayne Eaton-Bove, M.S. School Psychology, Director of Clinical Services

Ms. Eaton-Bove began her career in 1988 as a Respite Provider at NSSA. Later, with the opening of NSSA’s Martin C. Barell School Ms. Eaton-Bove worked as a case manager for its students until 1999. She left NSSA to complete her Master’s Degree in School Psychology at St. John’s University in 2000 and went on to work as a School Psychologist. She returned to NSSA in 2009 in the role of Director of Clinical Services. Ms. Eaton-Bove has presented at both local and national conferences on behavior management, effective intervention, and successful inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders. 

Michelle Banville, M.S., Ed., BCBA, LBA, Director of Adult Day Services

Ms. Banville received her Master’s Degree in School Psychology from Brooklyn College and has been a Board Certified Behavior Analyst since 2000.  She has specialized in the education of children with autism since 1991, in both private and public school settings, as well as residential and adult programs.  Ms. Banville began her tenure as a teacher at NSSA in 1997; and later served as a behavior analyst in the education program. She is currently the Director of NSSA’s Adult Services program. Ms. Banville has presented at both local and national conferences on behavior management, effective intervention, and successful inclusion of students with autism spectrum disorders.

Bonnie Eisert, M.S., CCC-SLP, Associate Executive Director of Consultation Services

Bonnie Eisert has a B.A. in speech language pathology from St. John’s University and an M.S. in speech language pathology from the University of South Florida. Prior to her current position, Ms. Eisert worked within the Half Hollow Hills Central School District and the Garden City School District supporting the needs of children with autism. Since 2007 Bonnie has overseen NSSA’s Consultation Services Program and continues to provide training and education to professionals and families dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  She has permanent New York State certification in teacher of speech and hearing handicapped K-12.

Jason Watson, BCaBA, CBAA, Director, Self Direction Transition Program and Transition Consultant

Jason has been working with children and adults with autism since his graduation from Quinnipiac College where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology in May of 2000. In July of 2000, he began his employment at NSSA’s Martin C. Barell School as an instructor. Since then he has served in the positions of Lead Instructor, Coordinatot of Adult, Vocational and Family Support Services and Director of OPWDD Services until assuming his current role.

Jason is a participant in the Long Island Task Force for Aging Out and the LI Quality Assurance Task Force, as well as being a member of the Long Island Informed Consent Committee.

He has presented at autism conferences on issues related to transition, vocational skill development, adult services program development, and community integration for students and adults with autism.


Lawrence A. Ceriello, President

Lawrence A. Ceriello is a partner in the New York office of Morrison & Foerster LLP, an international law firm based in San Francisco, California.  Mr. Ceriello’s practice is concentrated in commercial real estate finance and he has extensive experience in connection with the financing of large commercial real estate projects including hotels, shopping centers, office buildings, apartment and multi-family developments and other large commercial projects throughout the United States.  He regularly represents commercial banks, investment banks, insurance companies, private equity and other capital sources providing construction and permanent mortgage finance, bridge financing, mezzanine finance and preferred equity in connection with such commercial projects.  Mr. Ceriello received his B.A., cum laude, from Manhattan College and his J.D. from St. John’s University.  He has served as a member of the Board of NSSA since 1994.

Bram D. Weber, Vice President

Bram D. Weber joined Weber Law Group LLP in 2002 after beginning his career at Greenberg Traurig LLP and a clerkship in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Mr. Weber received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in both history and American Studies from Brandeis University and a Juris Doctor degree from the Hofstra University School of Law, where he was the Managing Editor of Notes and Comments of the Labor and Employment Law Journal, one of the most well respected labor and employment law journals in the country.

In addition to his activity in the legal community, Mr. Weber holds leadership positions in numerous community organizations including serving as the Co-Chairman of the Young Leadership Division of the American Israel Political Affairs Committee (AIPAC); as a Co-Founder of the Brandeis University Recent Graduates Network; as a Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the Brandeis University Emerging Leaders Society; and as a Member of the Real Estate Executives (REX) Steering Committee and the Building Repair Committee of the UJA-Federation of New York.

Allen Perl, CPA, Treasurer

Allen Perl is the managing partner of Perl, Grossman & Associates, LLP, a CPA firm in Lake Success, NY.  He is a member of the NYS Society of CPA’s.  Mr. Perl lives in Westchester along with his wife Ann and their two children, Dara and Brett. He has served on NSSA’s Board of Directors since 2001 and has served as Board President from 2003 to 2010, when he assumed the position of Treasurer. Allen also serves on the board of The Afya Foundation of America, Inc.

Gayle V. Fremed, Secretary

Gayle V. Fremed is the Human Resources Director and Corporate Compliance Officer at Kulanu, an agency for children and adult with Special Needs on Long Island. She previously served as the Director of the Special Needs Department at the Jewish Community Center of the Greater Five Towns. Ms. Fremed has been a member of the NSSA Board of Directors since 1995, serving as Vice President from 2001 to 2010, and remains a Board Director.

Her daughter Jamie has been a client at NSSA since the inception of The Martin C. Barell School in 1993. Jamie is currently a very happy and proud consumer at the NSSA Adult Program. Gayle’s son Brandon is a lawyer in Manhattan and volunteered at NSSA events for many years, along with his friends. Ms. Fremed has been married to her wonderful and supportive husband David since 1982.

Gerard Weldon, Director

Gerard Weldon is the Director of Marine Operations of New York Sand & Stone, a subsidiary of US Concrete based in Euliss Texas. Mr. Weldon directs Marine Shipping and Supply Chain from the company’s Brooklyn, NY office. He received his B.S. in Management from St. John’s University in 1979 and his M.B.A. in Management from St. John’s University in 1993. Mr. Weldon is the parent of Cate, who is a client in NSSA’s Adult Services Program. He has served on the Board of Directors since 1992.

Lisa Goring, Director

Lisa Goring spent over fifteen years at Autism Speaks, and served in various leadership positions throughout her tenure. Under Ms. Goring’s leadership, Autism Speaks developed information, tool kits, videos, and an information and referral team to provide real-time personalized support. These resources have been utilized by millions of individuals and families nationwide. In addition, Ms. Goring implemented many Autism Speaks grant programs aimed at expanding services and supports for people with autism of all ages and support needs. In her most recent role, Ms. Goring was responsible for the development, implementation, and organizational coordination of all strategic priorities.

Prior to Autism Speaks, Ms. Goring spent 19 years at Saks Fifth Avenue, where she was a vice president of merchandising, responsible for sales volume and profitability across stores, direct mail, and digital channels.

Ms. Goring holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from Boston University. She and her husband have two adult children, one of whom has autism. Her son received consultation services through NSSA while a student in their local school district, and he is now a client in the NSSA Adult Services program.



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Nassau Suffolk Services for the Autistic, Inc. (NSSA) offers hope to people with autism and their families by providing high quality life-long support through services which enable people with autism to function better in everyday life.

NSSA offers the most advanced treatment and training programs for the benefit of people with autism and will continue to pioneer, through research, comprehensive treatment models which can be adopted nationally.

Dear Friends:

One of the joys of preparing an annual report is that it gives us the opportunity to look back and be thankful for all that has been accomplished.  The past fiscal year was an extremely exciting time with many new challenges and opportunities.  Some of the highlights were:

  • Provided direct services to more than 300 individual with autism
  • Provided educational services to 25 students in the Martin C. Barell School Program
  • Provided services to 28 participants in the Adult Services Program.  This program was started in 2004 to address the needs of students aging out of their school programs.
  • Provided consultation services to approximately 250 students in 33 school districts in Nassau and Suffolk Counties.
  • Provided Respite Services to the families of nearly 60 individuals with autism through in-home respite and our Saturday Recreation Program.
  • Provided a one week summer camp program for 36 individuals with autism.
  • Hosted two “Special Night for Our Special Children” outings at Adventureland Amusement Park in Farmingdale, NY.  More than 1000 individuals with autism along with their families and friends attended the outings.
  • Provided ongoing training to school district personnel across Long Island

A not-for-profit corporation for the treatment and education of children and adults with Autism. Conducted monthly Visitors’ Days at NSSA for parents and professionals to learn more about autism, NSSA and its philosophy.

  • Provided training, observation and internship experiences for students enrolled in education programs at several local colleges and universities.
  • Provided parent training workshops for families of individuals diagnosed with autism.

The following is an overview of Nassau Suffolk Services for the Autistic’s income and expenditures for the fiscal year ending June 2016.


PROGRAMS:    $6 ,864,440 .90
FUNDRAISING:    $706 ,841.30
ADMINISTRATION:    $135,305 .90
TOTAL REVENUE:        $7,706,790.10


PROGRAMS:    ($6,229,273 .83
FUNDRAISING:    ($164 ,161.04)
ADMINSTRATION:    {1,449,760.46)
TOTAL EXPENSES:        ($7,843,195.33)

REVENUE OVER EXPENSES:    ($136,405.23)