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The Advancement & Communications Department works to raise YAI’s profile and greater awareness of person-centered services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Targeting donors, media, elected officials, employees, and the general public, the department seeks to cultivate interest in the range of services available through the YAI Network and to leverage that interest to secure support. We partner with every other function and colleagues at YAI’s more than 300 programs to disseminate news, learning opportunities, staff accomplishments, and to attract the resources YAI’s programs require to thrive.

YAI Communications


Peter Taback - Chief Engagement and External Affairs Officer
peter.taback@yai.org | 212.273.6257

Cathy Bechler - Web Designer

Deanna Foote - Government Relations Manager
deanna.foote@yai.org | 212.273.6117

Jillian Hilowitz - Marketing Manager
Jillian.Hilowitz@yai.org | 212.273.6457

Stephanie Johrden - Database Manager

Carlos Panameno - Web Developer
carlos.panameno@yai.org | 212.273.6100 x2131

Sarah Schwed - Director of Communications
sarah.schwed@yai.org | 212.273.6493

Linda Seligson - Director of Advancement
linda.seligson@yai.org | 212.273.6532

Jessica Stitchcomb - Special Events Manager
jessica.stitchcomb@yai.org | 212.273.6100 x2752

Rachel Waters - Media Relations Manager
rachel.waters@yai.org | 212.273.6100 x2180