Jackie was inspired to create SNACK in 2003, when her son Joey, whose disabilities fall on the Autism spectrum, was turned away by a special needs program because “he wouldn’t fit in” due to his significant needs. She formulated a plan to establish a center where Joey and other children with special needs would be welcome, regardless of their language abilities, behavioral challenges or skill level. She envisioned a place where parents and children would feel comfortable socializing and learning life and recreation skills in a creative and safe environment. Jackie worked with a pediatric neurologist, a disability advocate and a behavioral specialist to create SNACK (Special Needs Activity Center for Kids). She spent three years funding, developing, implementing and growing the SNACK organization to today’s level. Jackie is actively involved in the Center’s administrative and programming decisions and is available on-site to meet with parents, caregivers, and outside therapists. In addition to her time developing SNACK, she is also Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Hawthorne Foundation, an agency that provides a continuum of care for individuals with developmental disabilities. An alumna of the Marymount School of New York, Jackie recently completed serving 9 years as President of the Alumnae Association and a member of the Board of Trustees. Jackie’s business experience includes 16 years in the textile industry supplying major retailers and manufactures. She had risen to the position of vice president, with responsibility for $75 million of annual sales, when Joey was diagnosed. Jackie holds a BA in Economics from Villanova University.