For the past 13 years, Eliza Bozenski has worked to advance Anderson Center for Autism’s mission of autism treatment and care for children and families. She directs all fundraising and public relations initiatives, oversees the admissions department at the Anderson Center for Autism in Staatsburg, and works with community stakeholders to create new partnerships and programs. This year, she guided Anderson in partnering with the Village of Rhinebeck to create the first autism supportive community in the Hudson Valley.
She also hosts a weekly talk show and podcast, 1 in 59, interviewing authors, artists, therapists, and medical professionals to explore challenges and opportunities for those impacted by autism spectrum disorder. “The podcast is a fantastic platform for me to highlight the extraordinary work occurring in the autism community all over the world,” says Bozenski, who was raised in Tuxedo.
Having begun her career as a teacher and services coordinator for children, Bozenski values working with families. “I have never veered from the path of human service; and I am happiest and do my best work when I am collaborating with others.”
Which relationship or partnership that you’ve built has been the most meaningful to you?
The development of my relationships with Anderson families through our Anderson Family Partners group definitely ranks high on the list. Spending time with the parents, grandparents, and siblings of Anderson students and adults has impacted me in wonderful ways. I am touched by the challenges they have faced and awed by the actions they have taken.
I am humbled by their willingness to share their incredibly personal stories and experiences in order to pave the way for a more welcoming, supportive, and loving world for the next generation of families living with and loving someone with autism.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
‘Nervous means you’re ready’ stands out because of its simplicity and truth. Whether it be a new job, a new friend, public speaking, asking someone for something, even choosing to take care of yourself, nervous means you are ready to move forward. Feeling nervous gets a bad reputation, but it shouldn’t; it’s a sign that it is time to grow.