Autism Communities Operations & Communications Manager
Phone: (631) 213-1703
Danyte joined the Autism Communities’ team in January 2020. Danyte is an MPA-PNP student specializing in Management and Leadership at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Danyte serves on the executive board of the Wagner Student Association. Danyte graduated from Stony Brook University with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Business Management Magna Cum Laude. Danyte holds multiple sailing certifications including a USCG Captain’s License and is a certified Adaptive Sailing Instructor. She has worked for various community nonprofit organizations working with high school students, veterans, at risk youth, and individuals with disabilities. Danyte is passionate about working in the nonprofit sector. She strives to expand opportunities for individuals with disabilities throughout her career, and hopes to open her own community sailing nonprofit in the future.
Director and Broker of SMILE LI
Barbara McNamara is the Executive Director and Broker of SMILE. She facilitates all Person Centered Housing Planning (PCHP) for candidates of Autism Communities. She supports her own caseload of SD individuals as well as supports the entire SMILE team, mentoring the brokers. She acts as backup when situations arise. The LIDDRO has an ongoing relationship with Barbara to instruct the incoming brokers in the district at the yearly trainings. Barbara continually involves herself in the latest trainings across the state, ensuring the protection of the Self Determined Life for all SMILE families.
Supervisor and Broker at SMILE LI
Maria works in the western Suffolk area as a SMILE broker. She facilitates all Person Centered Housing Planning (PCHP) for candidates of Autism Communities. She is dedicated and very involved in her circles. She brings her Special Ed background to support the SMILE team. She is a really out of the box thinker. Maria supports SMILE as they grow in the area of private consultation. Her years of experience and ability to creatively brainstorm situations makes her a great asset to SMILE’s partners.