THE DAVID CENTER is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) credited organization serving families of children with autistic spectrum disorders on Long Island, New York. It was established in the fall of 1998 by Dr. Patricia Elvir, a pediatrician, and her husband, Jim Pons. 

Like many parents of a child diagnosed with an ASD, they saw the need for a single resource that could provide information, support, and services in a timely manner and with the sensitivity only found in a group of like-minded families. With a board of directors comprised of parents of children with ASDs and other caring professionals, The David Center is becoming a useful resource in the local autism community. 

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Patricia Elvir, M.D.
Executive Director

John Beyer
Vice President

Amy Beyer

Joan E. Mazzu

W. James Pons
Anna Dragone, R.N.
Stuart Manzione, Esq.
Daniel Ryan
Joseph Schmidt
Valerie Schmidt

Karen Cerise
Elyse Rafal, M.D., F.A.A.D.
Kiersten Williams
Tim Rooney, Esq.
Brian Broderick



Andrew Adesman, M.D.
NS / LIJ Health System

Maura Calio, R.N.

Dominic DiPrisco, Esq.

Sheila Korn, M.D.

John Pomeroy, M.D.
Stony Brook University

Roxana Elvir Satir, M.S., C.C.C., SpL

Angela Mitrani Schwartz, D.O.

Robbyn Sockolow, M.D.
Winthrop University Hospital

James B. Snyder, M.D.
NS / LIJ Health System


Kevin Mawae

Laurie and Doug Flutie

Marty Lyons