If there is one thing I have
learned in my life,
it is that inspiration is everywhere and
we all find it differently.
About the Author
Dr. Christopher D. Long, EdD, is the President of Family Residences and Essential Enterprises, Inc. (FREE), a not-for-profit agency that supports individuals of all abilities with community living opportunities, employment, day services, clinical, education and after-school support and other supports. Dr. Long joined FREE in January of 2010. He has been recognized as a professional whose exceptional skills and dedication profoundly affect the lives of people with disabilities. Throughout his career, he has held various administrative positions in residential/housing services, day services, schools, supported employment and professional development.
Prior to joining FREE, for 10 years, Dr. Long held multiple executive management positions at several not-for-profit health related and human service organizations. Additionally, Dr. Long has a considerable amount of higher education teaching experience. In 2009, he joined the adjunct faculty at St. Joseph’s College in Patchogue and teaches graduate courses for the Child Study Department. Dr. Long is also an adjunct faculty member at Pace University, in NYC, Iona College in Westchester and Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY.
Dr. Long was the 2005 winner of the prestigious Zella Bronfman Butler Award for outstanding contributions in the field of special education/human services. He is also the author of the inspiring book, “Swimming in a Pool of Peanut Butter,” written from the perspective of children with ADHD. Dr. Long’s second book, “Stop the Bounce,” portrays the experiences of foster children who are hoping to one day find their forever family.
Dr. Long’s diversified professional experience and passion for the human services and special education industries has provided him the skills necessary to be an effective leader, a confident visionary and an innovator.
Dr. Long has a doctorate degree in Special Education, a master of Arts in special education. He holds a master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
He holds a New York State Special Education permanent teaching certification and a New York State School Building Leader certification.