Stephen R. Anderson, Ph.D., BCBA-D

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Anderson is a child psychologist and board certified behavior analyst with more than 40 years of experience.  Prior to joining Summit in 1995, he worked for The May Institute in Boston, MA, as Vice President and Director of Transitional Services.  He also held several positions at the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, KS.

Dr. Anderson has played an integral role in advancing research and intervention with individuals with autism.  Beginning with his landmark study in 1987, Dr. Anderson replicated and extended the seminal work of Dr. Ivar Lovaas which forever changed the way in which providers work with children with autism and provided the platform for providing evidence-based treatment for children with autism.  He has served as Adjunct Assistant Professor at number of colleges and universities including the University of Kansas, Northeastern University, the State University of New York at Buffalo and Buffalo State College.  He has published journal articles, book chapters, and one book on the education and treatment of people with autism or other developmental disabilities.

He is active in and has held several leadership roles on local, state, and national advisory boards as well as professional organizations including the Association of Professional Behavior Analysts (APBA), Council on Autism Services, and New York State Association for Behavior Analysis. He played an instrumental role in developing the New York State Clinical Practice Guidelines which continue to guide and influence treatment for young children with autism throughout New York and has influenced practice nationally as well.  He worked with national professional agencies, including, Autism Speaks and APBA to advocate for healthcare reform, autism insurance, and licensure for behavior analysts.

Since Dr. Anderson’s arrival at Summit in 1995, the organization has experienced tremendous growth.  Summit established Western New York’s first intensive diagnostic clinic for Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Dr. Anderson initiated Summit’s Early Autism Program (EAP), the first of its kind in Western New York, which provides intensive, one-on-one intervention and has improved the lives of hundreds of children and their families who deal with the challenge of autism every day.   He developed various consulting services within Summit to provide behavioral training and support to school districts throughout Western New York.  Under Dr. Anderson’s direction, Summit began providing OPWDD (Office of People with Developmental Disabilities) services which now support more than 800 individuals and their families.

Lisa A. Foti, CPA

Chief Financial Officer

Lisa FotiMs. Foti joined Summit in 2013 with more than 20 years of finance and accounting experience. In her role as CFO, she is responsible for all finance activities as well as human resource/benefit functions and facility operations. She previously served as CFO at the Hauptman Woodward Medical Research Institute and as a Senior Manager with the Buffalo and New York City offices of Ernst & Young LLP. She earned a B.S. in Accounting and Finance from the University at Buffalo.  She is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the New York State Society of Certified Public accountants.

Amy Jablonski, Psy.D., BCBA-D

Vice President – Education & Behavioral Health

Dr. Jablonski joined Summit in 1999 as a post-doctoral intern and now acts as the Vice President of Education & Behavioral Health. In her role, she oversees all clinical and educational programs and services for children and young adults, with a particular focus on the use of Applied Behavioral Analysis methods.   These programs include a special education day school serving 250 students, multiple preschool programs, a home-based Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention program, a specialized feeding clinic and an outpatient behavioral health clinic.  Dr. Jablonski is an expert in the diagnosis and education of young children with developmental disabilities and provides diagnostic evaluations of children suspected of having autism. She is the past director of Summit’s Outreach Division, Summit’s Early Autism Program and the Developmental Disabilities Clinic.  Dr. Jablonski graduated with a doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Georgia School of Professional Psychology.  She currently holds licenses to practice Psychology and Behavior Analysis in New York State.   Prior to working at Summit, Dr. Jablonski received training at the Little Walden Program, a nationally recognized model inclusion program for children with autism.  She completed her internship at the Munroe-Meyer Institute, a University Affiliated Program developed to research, assess and treat developmental disabilities at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Diana Schmit, M.S.

Vice President – Community & Adult Services

Diana SchmitMs. Schmit joined Summit in 1986 and has held several positions including Early Intervention Service Coordinator and Director of Family Support Services. In her role as VP of Community & Adult Services, she acts as the liaison to funders and municipal contacts, participates in legislative initiatives, and manages services funded by NYS Office for Persons With Developmental Disabilities (OPWDD) and ACCES-VR. She has implemented multiple collaborative endeavors, most notably the Western New York Project SEARCH Collaborative. She also oversees Summit’s Administrative Services team. She earned a B.A. from SUNY Oswego and an M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies-Human Services Administration from Buffalo State College. She has been a member of the New York State Rehabilitation Association Summit design team and various Developmental Disabilities Alliance of Western New York committees.