and Valerie Schmidt have been board members
of The David Center since its inception in 1998.
Joe and Val feel very fortunate to have met Dr.
Pat Elvir before their son was born and have
been friends ever since.
Joe is a graduate of Manhattan College
with a BA in English and psychology. Following
his graduation, he joined the family business,
which owns and operates numerous apartment
buildings in New York. He is president and owner
of Schmidt Realty, which has been in operation
for more than seventy-five years. Joe is a
member of the voting board of Blue Cross/Blue
Val began her career in the fashion industry.
She was a buyer for a large women’s clothing
chain located in the southeast. She furthered
her career and went into designing and sales of
women’s and children’s apparel. She reaches out
personally to anyone in need of help or support
in the autism community.
Val and Joe met in Southhampton, were married
in 1990, and have 2 children, Joseph (8) and
Heather (5). Joseph was diagnosed with autism
and is enrolled at the Genesis School. Heather
attends the School of the Holy Child in Old
Westbury. She prays for her brother every day.