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Michael Decker to Lead Eden Autism Services

PRINCETON, NJ – Michael K. Decker has been named president and chief executive officer of Eden Autism Services. Michael joins Eden with a strong background in working with the developmentally disabled.  His experience includes 28 years of leadership in not-for-profit organizations, serving most recently as chief operating officer of AHRC NYC. A 68 year old family-governed organization, AHRC NYC serves 15,000 people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities with the support of 4,500 employees and an annual budget of over $280 million. 


"Michael is an excellent choice to lead Eden at this juncture," said Patrick Tadie, chair of the Board and Eden parent. "While Eden's mission of more than 40 years remains to improve the lives of children, adults, and families with autism, the ways in which we carry out this mission have and will continue to evolve. The board of trustees was impressed by Michael's breadth of experience and is united in its belief in his ability to lead Eden into the future."


At AHRC NYC, Michael is responsible for the entirety of the organization's operations including residential; day; employment; education (pre-school, elementary, middle, and high school); clinical; in-home; recreation; service coordination; and family support services. Before joining AHRC NYC, he worked at Liberty ARC in Amsterdam, NY which also serves people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities. A $60 million operation, Michael served as Liberty's chief executive officer from 2011 to 2014. Both AHRC NYC and Liberty have programs and services for people with autism.


"I'm very excited about joining Eden Autism Services," said Mr. Decker. "It's a privilege to be asked to lead an organization that is making such an important difference in their community while also having a great reputation nationally."  


Mr. Decker holds an MBA in Health Care Management from Union Graduate College and a BS in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Plattsburg. He will begin his leadership at Eden on or before December 11, 2017. 


The search committee was led by Kathleen Moore, Eden trustee and parent, and was comprised of parent and community trustees.


About Eden Autism

Eden Autism Services is a non-profit organization with a mission to improve the lives of people with autism one individual at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time. The organization has served the community for over 40 years through early intervention and consultative services; The Eden School (ages 3 to 21); adult employment, day and residential programs; and professional development services. For more information about Eden, visit or call 609.987.0099

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