Rich has worked for over 40 years in the field of developmental disabilities. His extensive experience includes a 30 year teaching career in the Department of Education (Special Education), 4 decades of volunteer work with Special Olympics and the creation of the first Special Olympics programs here on Staten Island. Rich’s innovative approach was crucial in his eventual creation of Lifestyles for the Disabled in 1994. Since its inception, Lifestyles has grown into an agency serving over 250 developmentally disabled adults. Rich also sits on the Board of Directors of Special Olympics, New York and was at the forefront of the creation of one of the nation’s first Special Olympics clubs at Monsignor Farrell High School here on Staten Island. His credo has always been “Focus on an individual’s ability – not their disability”.