Submitted by Michael Hickey on Mon, May 1, 2017

Mrs. Jennifer O’Brien, Executive Director of the American Special Hockey Association. Jen also is the founding Executive Director of Life Is Washable, Inc. (The Magic Paintbrush Project).Mrs. O’Brien leads her talented team to serve individuals with special needs and their supporting community of care givers from family members to agencies. Since its inception, Life Is Washable, Inc. has served over 46,000 session participants in their creative family and caregiver engagement programming. The Magic Paintbrush Project has the distinction of being the only known family engagement program of this type in the United States. Mrs. O’Brien has also developed other innovative programs such as “Friendly Access Safety Kits” and “Fair Play” adaptive sports.  Mrs. O’Brien continually advocates for the special needs community, bringing together innovative approaches to meeting the community’s desire for inclusivity. Most recently, Mrs. O’Brien served as the project coordinator for the “OurSpace at Rec Park” project. This recently completed four acre park project welcomes Southern Tier residents of all ages to a fully accessible play space which includes an innovative garden, tree house, amphitheater and playground. It is the largest fully accessible playground in the State of New York. She also volunteers hundreds of hours each year working as an advisor with Binghamton University programs with the College of Community & Public Affairs and Athletics' Departments.  Mrs. O’Brien continues to work full time for Health Processes Inc., a respected gelatin and adhesives firm and volunteers for the American Special Hockey Association.  Mrs. O’Brien has also been a volunteer coordinator for hospice.  She is most proud of her family, Husband Paul, daughters Paige and Maggie and their extended “kids” from Canada to France.

Date of Publication: 
Mon, May 1, 2017