SARRC Archives

Autistic adults move into First Place™ beta site

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Adults with autism have moved into the beta site for the First Place Transition Academy, one of three components of the future First Place mixed-use residential property in Phoenix.  The Academy is teaching independent living, career development and social skills for a population that experiences a “services cliff” after high school, according to a new… Read More →

SARRC expands leadership team


Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) has added Paige Raetz as its Residential Transition Academy Director and Kate Thoene as its Social Enterprise Director.  Both Raetz and Thoene join SARRC as part of its leadership team. This month, SARRC named Paige Raetz Director of the Residential Transition Academy, a new two-year residential student program, created… Read More →

Jaburg Wilk attorney appointed to SARRC

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Phoenix business law firm Jaburg Wilk Managing Partner Gary Jaburg has been appointed Vice Chair of the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC), effective January 1, 2015. Gary joined SARRC after attending its annual breakfast seven years ago, where he discovered the large impact SARRC makes on those affected with autism. He has been… Read More →

Openden Named SARRC President and CEO

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This month, Daniel Openden, Ph.D, BCBA-D, begins as the new president and CEO of the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), a move announced earlier this year as part of SARRC’s leadership succession plan. Dr. Openden has served as SARRC’s vice president and clinical services director since 2007.  He succeeds Jeri Kendle as president.… Read More →

SARRC Appoints Laurie Sandau as Development Director

Laurie Sandau
by in Newsmakers

The Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) has hired Laurie Sandau as its development director. Sandau brings an extensive background in nonprofits, business development and strategic marketing. She previously served as the executive director of the Neurofibromatosis Association of Arizona and held business development roles at Lawyers Title National Commercial Services and Grand Canyon… Read More →

D-Backs CEO earns Goldwater award

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by in Business News | Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks President & CEO Derrick Hall has been named the 2012 recipient of the Goldwater Community Service Award and will be honored at the 29th Noche de Gourmet Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at the Wrigley Mansion. The Goldwater Community Service Awards, presented by the Active 20-30 Club of Phoenix, honors a community leader with… Read More →

Valley Partnership's 25th Annual Community Project Transforms Lives, and SARRC's Facilities

by in Events | In The Spotlight | Networking

The brisk early morning air was an encouraging start to the day of hard work ahead for volunteers gathered at the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) to participate in Valley Partnership’s 25th annual community project. About 150 volunteers of all ages and backgrounds gravitated towards the unfinished mural on the back wall of… Read More →

Valley Partnership's 25th Community Project: SARRC helping young, autistic baker realize his dreams

by in Events | In The Spotlight

The sounds of drilling, shoveling and excited chatter will permeate the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) on Nov. 3 during its renovations, courtesy of Valley Partnership’s 25th community project. SARRC’s location at Cypress and 16th streets will be receiving renovations which will directly benefit its Vocational and Life Skills Academy by renovating the… Read More →