History of Ferncliff Manor 

A Valentine Love Story with a Tradition of Excellence into the 21st Century

Founded in New Rochelle, NY in 1935 by Margaret Brady, RN.  Ferncliff Manor was one of the first private schools to specialize in the care and treatment of individuals with developmental disabilities.  Upon its opening Margaret Brady had no way of knowing that through Ferncliff Manor she would meet her future husband and start a tradition of excellence that has continued for more than 79 years.  It all began with a chance meeting.   Bill Saich was sent to inspect her residence and school on Valentine’s Day.  It wasn’t long after that first meeting that he returned, not to inspect the school, but to take Miss Brady out on a date.  The rest, as they say, is history.  Each Valentine’s Day, Bill Saich sent his wife a dozen long-stemmed red roses to commemorate their anniversary.

Margaret Brady Saich’s legacy continued through her son William Saich, Jr. and his wife Patricia who have operated the school since the summer of 1972.  Today, Kristen M. Yurczak, MS  holds the position of Executive Director.  Kristen is the granddaughter of Margaret Brady Saich.  

Over the years, Ferncliff Manor’s mission has remained constant in providing an individualized program of superior services and nurturing care that will enable each of our students to achieve an optimum level of independence and self-esteem. This commitment to our students has kept us at the forefront of innovation, assuring them of the most current technological advances and in seeking the most appropriate strategies to meet their needs. With over 83 years of solid experience, Ferncliff Manor offers a truly unique environment and a dynamic rehabilitative effort.