Rick J. Murray, LSW, BCBA, President and COO of AERI
Rick J. Murray is the President and Chief Operating Officer, and also the founder of AERI. Rick has served in multiple capacities in the field of behavioral health. He has worked and supervised staff within Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services (BHRS), outpatient clinics, and partial hospitalization settings for over 13 years. Rick has created specialized autism services programs in Pennsylvania and provides consultations and designs ABA based programs for school districts across Ohio. He has developed multiple training curriculums for staff based in the principles of ABA. He is also a member of the Professional Advisory Council for the Advisory Board on Autism and Related Disorders (ABOARD), the Autism Think Tank for the Autism Help Network, and is a founding board member for the Greater Pittsburgh Chapter of Autism Speaks. Rick is incredibly committed to collaboration across organizations.
“At the end of the day, there's no question what matters most … our consumers and families. Period.
We care - we care so, so much. Several members of our team are personally impacted by a loved one with a diagnosis, or entered the field (or chose to stay) because of that one child who touched their hearts and knew they'd never be the same.
I will never forget the young man who, over 15 years ago, changed the course of my career – and really, my life, forever. Every time I share that story, I become overwhelmed with emotion and I am reminded of why I co-founded AERI with Dr. Joseph. There is still so much work to be done to ensure that individuals, families, and those who are fortunate to support them, have the tools they need to be successful.
I have immense pride for AERI’s leaders and dedicated field staff who give their all to our company, to our consumers, and to each other. I am honored to be surrounded by these exceptional leaders in this field. The AERI family is committed to supporting families everywhere. I have no doubts we will continue to create incredible change."