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John Lopez, B.A., M.S., M.S.Ed.
Executive Director

As executive director of Devereux New York, John Lopez oversees educational, residential and day habilitation services for 300 individuals living with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and autism throughout the Hudson Valley region.

Lopez brings more than 20 years of experience working with children and adults with I/DD to his role. He joined Devereux New York in 1996 as a teacher. Since then, he has served in positions of increasing responsibility, including vocational coordinator, when he helped to expand training opportunities and employment experiences offered to students at the Red Hook campus. During that time, he received Devereux’s Thomas Donovan Culture of Caring Award, which is presented annually to direct care staff across the organization who go above and beyond to meet the needs of the individuals and families they serve. Lopez later assumed the role of school principal and was involved in the expansion of the Red Hook campus, adding six new classrooms and increasing its capacity to more than 150 children. He was promoted to assistant executive director, and then, executive director in 2014.

Lopez earned his Bachelor of Arts is psychology and special education from Marist College; his Master of Science in curriculum design and instructional technology from SUNY Albany; and his Master of Science in Education from St. John’s University. He is an active board member of the New York State Coalition of 853 schools and the Hudson Valley Service Providers.