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Meeting of the Board of Regents | December 2008

Monday, December 1, 2008 - 9:20am

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VESID Committee


Rebecca H. Cort 


Appointments to the New York State Rehabilitation Council



November 26, 2008



Goal 4







Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)


Vacancies have occurred on the New York State Rehabilitation Council (SRC).  Should the Regents approve the proposed appointments and reappointments of members to the SRC?


Reason for Consideration


The 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act, as amended, require the Board of Regents to appoint members to the New York State Rehabilitation Council (SRC).


Proposed Handling


              This item will come before the VESID Committee at its December 2008 meeting.


Procedural History


Each year, as vacancies occur, the Board of Regents approves recommendations to fill such vacancies.






Background Information


              Information on the proposed appointees is noted on Attachment 1 and a list of the entire SRC is noted on Attachment 2.




VOTED:  That Kyle Goodridge, Tamar Asedo Sherman, Cynthia Printup-Harms, Douglas Usiak and Gregory Bell be appointed for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2009 and ending December 31, 2011 and that Ernestine Daniels McElvene, Connie Glover, Patricia McKay, Tina Conneely, John DeCamilla, Jr., Susan Dooha and Jeanne Ricigliano be reappointed for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2009 and ending December 31, 2011.


Timetable for Implementation


Upon approval by the Regents of the recommended candidates, appointments will go into effect January 1, 2009.









Attachment 1




New York
Rehabilitation Council

(New Appointments for the term January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2011)



Representative of Business, Industry and Labor


Kyle Goodridge

77-11 35th Avenue, 1R

Jackson Heights, NY  11372


  • Vice President, Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Manager, Citigroup, Inc., New York, NY.  Develop line of business affirmative action plans across all Citigroup’s businesses and design/implement diversity and inclusion strategies in support of people with disabilities.  (2007-present)
  • Government Compliance Manager, Northern Division, Home Depot, Atlanta, GA.  Partnered with senior human resources and line of business leadership to ensure all employment policies, practices and procedures were consistent with the Home Depot’s core values and implemented/managed over 660 affirmative action plans and programs (100,000+ employees) in the Northern United States. (2006-2007)
  • Vice President and Affirmative Action Manager, JP Morgan Chase and Company, New York, NY.  Provided analytical and consulting services to lines of business during U.S. Department of Labor compliance reviews, rapidly engaging LOB executives and HR partners to manage audits successfully.  Represented the organization during a record number of compliance reviews and closing all with no adverse findings.  (1995-2005)


Representative of the Statewide Independent Living Council (NYSILC)


Douglas Usiak

Executive Director

Western New York Independent Living Project, Inc. (WYNYILP)

3108 Main Street

Buffalo, NY  14214


  • Executive Director, Western New York Independent Living Inc. (WNYILP), Buffalo, NY.  Responsible for the overall supervision of seven departments and over 300 employees.  Implementation of policies and directives of the Board of Directors, negotiation of contracts with funding sources and development of proposed budgets in accordance with planning objectives.  (1983 – present)
  • Principal Investigator.  RSA research grant entitled “Peer Mentoring to Promote More Positive Transition Outcomes for Youth with Disabilities,” in collaboration with The Beach Center, University of Kansas, to create a model mentoring program for replication.  (2002-2003)
  • Principal Investigator/Director, Rehabilitation Research & Training Center on Independent Living Management. Responsibilities included coordination and direction of seven university-based research projects on independent living management; direction of online, person-to-person, and computer-based training programs for the national network of independent living centers’ management and staff.  (2000 –2007)


Representative of Disability Advocacy Groups


Gregory Bell

905 Eagle Avenue, Apt. #4M,

Bronx, NY  10456


  • Founder and Executive Director, Insight for New Housing, Inc., NY, a non-profit corporation specializing in housing for the blind and visually impaired.  (1992-present)
  • Eligibility Specialist, Human Resources Administration (HRA), New York, NY.  Monitored and conducted face-to-face interviews on a daily basis for individualized assistance in compliance with Federal, State and City guidelines for food stamps, public assistance and Medicaid.  (1980-1992) 
  • Entrepreneur, Times of the Signs / Quiet Phire Productions, NY.  Sole organizer for public and private events responsible for maintenance of calendar, negotiated contracts and services.  (1975-1980)
  • Community service activities include:  Member of the Housing and Land Use Committee/Planning Board 4; Recording Secretary of the Economic Development Committee; Member of the Bronx Borough President’s Advisory Council for the Disabled; and Community Activist for the Super Block Taskforce for the 161st Courthouse Project.


Representative of Disability Advocacy Groups


Cynthia C. Printup-Harms

2253 Mount Hope Road

Sanborn, NY  14132


  • Director, Native American Independent Living Services, Buffalo, NY.  Responsible for managing an array of support services targeting Native American Western New Yorkers (particularly the Six Nations Confederation).  The program is co-located at the Western New York Independent Living Project that facilitates access to housing, transportation and related independent living supports.  (2007- present)
  • Referral Counselor, Niagara Community Action Program, Niagara Falls, NY.  Provided information and referral services on a wide range of social service programs and supports for low and moderate income Niagara County residents.  (2006–2007)
  • Marketing Communication Representative, Seneca Niagara Casino, Niagara Falls, NY.  (Dec. 2002 – May 2006)


Certified Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor


Tamar Asedo Sherman

24 Fransal Court

Northport, NY  11768-2901


  • Employment Specialist, Nassau BOCES, Westbury, NY and UCP-Suffolk, Hauppauge, NY.  Conducts individual and group vocational evaluations for individuals with physical, emotional and learning disabilities.  Performs Level II evaluations for students in transition from school to adult life.  Produces written reports based on consumer interests and abilities for consultation with VESID counselors to identify viable occupational objectives.  (1998-present)
  • Freelance Writer/Editor for Action, Newsday, USA Weekend, Inside MS.  Wrote monthly column on employment and disability for Action magazine, published by United Spinal Association.  Wrote content for disability websites, encyclopedia, articles and edited non-fiction manuscripts.  (1991-1997)
  • Community service activities include:  Vice Chair of Citizens Advisory Committee for Persons with Disabilities to Town Board; Board member of Multiple Sclerosis Empowerment Coalition of Long Island; Suffolk Independent Living Organization (SILO) Board member and Chair of Barrier Busters Committee; and peer support group facilitator of National MS Society.


Attachment 2



State Rehabilitation Council

(Term Expirations)


Representative of the Statewide Independent Living Council (NYSILC) 


2011     Douglas Usiak, Executive Director, Western New York Independent Living Project, Inc. (WYNYILP), 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY  14214


Representative of the Client Assistance Program (CAP)


2009     Lisa Rosano, Coordinator, NYS Client Assistance Program, 401 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305


Representative of a Parent Training and Information Center established pursuant to the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA)


2010     Susan Barlow, Director of Parent Training, Parent Network of WNY, 5 Frontenac Avenue, Buffalo NY, 14216  


Certified vocational rehabilitation counselor


2011     Tamar Asedo Sherman, 24 Fransal Court, Northport, NY  11768-2901


Representatives of community rehabilitation program service providers


2011     Patricia McKay, Assistant Executive Director, New York State Association of Retarded Citizens, 99 Pine Street, Albany, NY  12207


2010     Lisa Bayer, Deputy Director of Community Services, LDA Life and Learning Services, 339 East Avenue, Suite 420, Rochester, NY 14625


2009     Scott Ebner, Director of Operations, Onondaga Case Management Services, Inc., 220 Herald Place, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY  13202


2009     Francine Tishman, Employment Consultant, 83 Glendale Road, Southhampton, MA  01073


2011     Ernestine Daniels McElvene, Rehabilitation Service Coordinator, Northeast Career Planning, PO Box 2375, Malta, NY  12020


2011 Connie Glover, Disability Program Navigator, Fulton, Montgomery, Schoharie Workforce Development Board, Inc., 2620 Riverfront Center, Amsterdam, NY 12010


2011     Tina Conneely, Associate Director of Epilepsy Life Links, Northeast Regional Epilepsy Group, 390 Crystal Run Road, Middletown, NY 10941


Representatives of business, industry, and labor


2010     Howard F. Gross, Founder and President E-Biz Docs, Inc., 63 Karner Road,

Albany, NY 12205


2010     Joan McGovern, Vice President, JP Morgan Chase, 1 Chase Manhattan Plaza,

20th floor, New York, NY  10005 


2010     Marianne Murphy, Sr. Associate, Cornell University, Employment and Disability Institute, Industrial and Labor Relations, 71 Onondaga St., Skaneateles, NY 13152


2011 John DeCamilla, Jr., President of The Academy for Career Development, Inc.,1349 South Avenue, Rochester, NY  14620


2011     Kyle Goodridge, 77-11 35th Avenue, 1R, Jackson Heights, NY  11372


Representatives of disability advocacy groups


2009     Kathy Hoffman, Coordinator of Special Services, Erie Community College, 4041 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY  14127


2009     Thomas Golden, Program on Employment and Disability, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 201 ILR Extension Building, Ithaca, NY 14850


2011     Susan Dooha, J.D., Executive Director, Center for Independence of the Disabled in New York, 841 Broadway, New York, NY 10003 


2011 Kathleen Dollinger-Meyer, Senior Employment Advisor, National Technical Institute for the Deaf Center on Employment at Rochester Institute of Technology, 52 Lomb Memorial Drive, Rochester, NY  14623


2011     Jeanne Ricigliano, Parent Representative, Midwestern Transition Coordination Site, Monroe BOCES, Midwestern Transition Coordination Site, 41 O'Connor  Road, Fairport, NY 14450


2011     Gregory Bell, 905 Eagle Avenue, Apt. #4M, Bronx, NY  10456


2011     Cynthia C. Printup-Harms, 2253 Mount Hope Road, Sanborn, NY  14132

Current or former applicants for, or recipients of, vocational rehabilitation services


2009     Frank Graziano, Advocate Enable, 4380 Plantation Blvd., Apt. 2, Liverpool, NY  13090


Representative of Native American Projects (Section 121)


2008     Jason McDonald, Project Director, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program, Box 412, State Route 37, Hogansburg, NY 13655


Representative of the State educational agency responsible for the public education of students with disabilities who are eligible to receive services


2010     Dora Lee Stanley, New York State Education Department, Office of Vocational and Educational Services for Individuals with Disabilities, Room 1609, One Commerce Plaza, Albany, NY 12234


Representative of the State Workforce Investment Board