Gerry Thiers has spent his life improving the lives of children. Whether at home raising his own children or in Trenton representing ASAH schools and families with special education students, Gerry has worked to insure that New Jersey’s children reach their fullest potential. His kindness, sense of humor, intelligence and diligence make him a compassionate and highly respected leader of ASAH (formerly the Association of Schools and Agencies for the Handicapped).
Gerry has served as Executive Director of ASAH for the past 34 years. He worked successfully to increase membership, growing the organization from 25 members to its current roster of 96 members with over 145 locations. In addition to advocacy, ASAH hosts a professional development conference for over a thousand private school staff members annually in the fall, co-sponsors Special Education Week with the New Jersey School Boards Association in May, and offers numerous regional meetings and events for school staff including principals, business managers, HR directors and nurses. ASAH provides information about special education programs to parents and offers direct assistance through a parent advocate.
Gerry came to ASAH with a solid advocacy background having represented Catholic Charities agencies for the New Jersey Catholic Conference, assisted in managing a large social services agency and served as a researcher for the United Way in Philadelphia. He has a graduate degree in Sociology from the University of York, UK, as well as an MBA from Rutgers University. He has been recognized as a Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives in Washington, DC.
Gerry is a respected leader on state and national levels. He is Chairperson of the New York Society of Association Executives, Vice-Chair of Advocates for Children of New Jersey in Newark and a former board member of the National Association of Private Special Education Centers in Washington, DC. His interests include biking, golf and reading. He resides in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Genevieve.