Creating Opportunities for Happy Lives
Professionalism: EEDA’s workforce team is dependable, collaborative, knowledgeable and well trained. We are leaders and positive role models, taking our jobs seriously and communicating effectively.
Compassion: EEDA’s workforce has the special ability to connect genuinely with others. Our philosophy promotes sensitivity and understanding, and we always put the needs of the people we support above all else.
Honesty: EEDA’s workforce is straightforward and trustworthy. We admit our mistakes, speak the truth even when it’s unpopular and always do the right thing when nobody is looking.
Pride: EEDA’s workforce is mission driven. We put our egos and self-pride aside, performing our jobs with integrity because we believe that our work is important.
Creativity: EEDA’s workforce is talented and imaginative. Our flexibility allows us to think differently and use unique approaches to enhance the lives of the people we support.
Good Humor: EEDA’s workforce is both good natured and lively. We embrace having fun at work with enthusiasm because we know that laughing at ourselves and with each other helps to keep things in perspective.
Respect: EEDA’s workforce promotes mutual understanding and equal regard for all members of the EEDA family. We honor differences in others, recognizing that everyone has something to contribute.
EEDA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides supports and services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. EEDA, a grassroots agency, was organized in 1992 by a small group of parents who were active advocates for their children and believed that everyone has the right to fully participate in quality education, medical, habilitation and recreational services. To that end, EEDA secured funding to create programs of excellence that promote life enhancement for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities of all ages.
Today, EEDA provides services to over 700 individuals and continues to be managed by the same group of parents who started the organization.
EEDA Administrative Staff
Lisa Meyer Fertal, Chief Executive Officer
Gus Lagoumis, Chief Administrative Officer
Joy O'Shaughnessy, Chief Program Officer
Dara Gary, Controller
John Hatton, Director of Program Operations
Diane Lagoumis, Director of Self-Direction Services
Caitlin Gordon, Director of Crisis, Respite, and Clinical Services
Jerry Kloss, Director of Human Resources
EEDA Board of Directors
Fredric Weinbaum, MD, President
Adrean Northridge, Vice President
James W. Martinsen, MD, Treasurer
Lynn Burnett, Secretary
Diane Arpaia, Director
Father Constantine Lazarakis, Director
East End Disability Associates, Inc.
107 Roanoke Avenue
Riverhead, NY 11901
Photo taken by Yanet García