Golisano Autism Center in Rochester recently announced its incorporation.
The board of directors will have the fiduciary oversight in the center’s development and its programs and services. Additional community board members are expected to be added as Golisano Autism Center is further developed.
Officers are Mary Walsh Boatfield, chairman; Thomas O’Connor, vice chairman; and Sarah Milko, secretary and treasurer. Board members are Jeffrey Baker, Scott Burdett and Thomas Wilmot Jr.
The center is a collaboration of CP Rochester, AutismUp and Al Sigl Community of Agencies. It will coordinate resources offered by multiple autism providers, each with specialized areas of expertise. This comprehensive, enriched and innovative model emphasizes collaboration among complimentary autism-specific programs in the community.
The new center will be named for philanthropist and Paychex founder Tom Golisano, who announced in 2017 that he will make a matching challenge grant of $2.5 million to help build the center. The first major gift toward the anticipated two-year challenge came from the Golisano Foundation in the amount of $500,000.
Golisano Autism Center will be located on the Al Sigl Schwartz Family Campus on South Avenue near Science Parkway, and will include shared program spaces, a sensory gym, classrooms and therapy rooms. Groundbreaking is expected this spring.