Marc DePerno, OTR/L, outreach coordinator for Sitrin NeuroCare, works with individuals and families affected by Huntington’s Disease and ALS in need of inpatient long-term care and/or support services.

Throughout his 17-year career at the Sitrin Health Care Center as an occupational therapist, DePerno was instrumental in establishing the STARS (Success Through Adaptive Recreation and Sports) program for individuals with physical disabilities.

He was also at the forefront of the use of environmental control units for individuals with progressive neurological disorders. This equipment promotes independence by allowing users to control the environment in their rooms, such as the television, telephone, door, window blinds, bed, nurse call system and more.

In 2003, DePerno and his family established ALS of Utica, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to raising awareness and improving the quality of life of people with ALS in Central New York.

DePerno earned his Bachelor's Degree in Occupational Therapy from Utica College and is a member of the New York State Advisory Sub-Workgroup focusing on community and family outreach.