FAU’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities names new director
BOCA RATON–FloridaAtlanticUniversity’s Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) has named Maryellen Quinn-Lunny as its new director. Quinn-Lunny comes to FAU after a long tenure as the executive director of exceptional student education with theMartinCountySchool District.
“Maryellen brings to CARD a superb understanding of district, as well as state level decision making for students with special needs,” said Jack Scott, Ph.D., executive director of FAU’s CARD.
During her time with the Martin County School District, Quinn-Lunny also served as the director of exceptional student education, overseeing a dramatic enhancement in programs for students with autism spectrum disorders.
She also was a member of the State of Florida Transition Advisory Committeeand Florida Department of Education Bureau Partnership Advisory Board.
Quinn-Lunny received a master’s degree in education with a focus in moderate special needs fromSuffolkUniversityinBoston, and a bachelor’s of science degree in elementary education from North Adams State College in Massachusetts. She also was certified as an educational specialist in learning disabilities at Nova Universityand received certification in administration and supervision from FAU.
“I look forward to working with CARD and being a part of the beneficial services the Center offers,” said Quinn-Lunny. “Many communities are affected by autism and related disabilities, and CARD is here to be proactive and useful to those in need.”
Housed in the College o fEducation, FAU CARD provides free support and services for people with autism and similar disabilities, their families, schools and community agencies. It has offices in Boca Ratonand Port St. Lucie, and a staff of seven clinicians serving more than 2,500 families.