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Meeting of the Board of Regents | December 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 9:00am

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Full Board


Rebecca H. Cort 


Appointments to the New York State Rehabilitation Council


November 27, 2009


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 Full Board at its December 2009 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 Patricia Dowse, Brett Eisenberg, Kevin Kenney and Sukyeong Pi be appointed for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2012 and that Scott Ebner, Kathy Hoffman and Francine Tishman be reappointed for a three-year term beginning January 1, 2010 and ending December 31, 2012.

Timetable for Implementation

Upon approval by the Regents of the recommended candidates, appointments will go into effect January 1, 2010.






Attachment 1




New York State Rehabilitation Council

(New Appointments for the term January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012)


Representative of Disability Advocacy Groups

Patricia M. Dowse

203 Shereen Court

Schenectady, NY  12304


  • Chief Operating Officer, New York State Rehabilitation Association.  Coordinate informational and networking forums and provide direct customer and referral service to trade association member base.  Identify research and training priorities based on needs of Association members and provides assistance to meet those needs.  Represent the Association on pertinent statewide policy and program regulatory advisory committees.  (1994 - present)
  • Director of Day Training, Albany County Association for Retarded Citizens.  Member of administrative team establishing policy for personnel management, program development, community awareness and daily operations.  Administer vocational rehabilitation training and placement program serving up to 150 adults with an annual budget of $2 million.  (1987 - 1994)
  • Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Albany County VERSA.  Assisted in development of program providing career guidance and job placement to substance abusers in treatment.  Served as liaison to local and state service providers including staff training for clinicians on vocational rehabilitation at 12 treatment agencies.  (1985 - 1987)


Representative of Disability Advocacy Group

Sukyeong Pi, Ph.D.

37 Uptown Road, #5D

Gaslight Village

Ithaca, NY  14850


  • Research Associate, Employment and Disability Institute, School of Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.  (2008 - present)
  • Project Director, Department of Epidemiology, College of Human Medicine, Michigan State University, Lansing MI.  (2006 - 2008)
  • Relief Community Support Technician, Transitions South, Community Mental Health, Lansing, MI.  (2006 - 2006)


Former Recipient of VESID Services

Brett Eisenberg

2600 Netherland Avenue, Apt. 202

Bronx, NY  10463


  • Executive Director, Bronx Independent Living Services.  Responsible for developing and implementing strategies and programs for the organizations.  Fiscal oversight and overall management of $600,000 budget and develop relationships with potential grantors.  (2009 - Present)
  • Membership Specialist, Just One Break.  Responsible for developing and implementing strategies for member companies based on their needs nationally.  Recruitment of new member companies, develop relationships in collaboration with other disability organizations throughout the United States and oversee several aspects of the budget process.   (2008 - 2009)
  • Disability Coordinator, American International Group.  Report directly to the Chief Diversity Officer and represent the office on the Corporate Diversity Council.  Responsible for overall disability strategy and objectives on a global basis.  Strategically setup disability initiatives and programs by working with leading organizations throughout the world in key areas including recruitment and retention, corporate affairs, assistive technology, products and services.  (2007 - 2008)


Representative of Disability Advocacy Group

Kevin Kenney

5241 East Main Street

Batavia, NY  14020


  • Systems Advocate, Genesee Region Independent Living Center.  Responsible for all systems changes and community relations.  (2008 - present)
  • Program Administrator, Rural Opportunities Inc., Housing Assistance Program.  Responsible for all Section 8 rental programs in Genesee County funded by ROI.  (1980 - 2007)
  • Albion Correctional Facility.  Supervised setting up curriculum for different modules including wood working, electronics, small engines, garage and sign shop.  In addition, set up a supply room and organized an inventory control room.  (1979 - 1980)

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)

2012     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, Employment Specialist, Nassau BOCES, 24 Fransal Court, Northport, NY  11768-2901

Representatives of community rehabilitation program service providers

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

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

2012     Scott Ebner, Director of Operations, Onondaga Case Management Services, Inc., 220 Herald Place, 3rd Floor, Syracuse, NY  13202

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

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


2012     Francine Tishman, Employment Consultant, 83 Glendale Road, Southhampton, MA  01073


Representatives of business, industry, and labor

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

2011     Kyle Goodridge, Vice President, Equal Employment/Affirmative Action Manager, Citigroup, 77-11 35th Avenue, 1R, Jackson Heights, NY  11372

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

Representatives of disability advocacy groups

2011     Gregory Bell, Executive Director, Insight for New Housing, 905 Eagle Avenue, Apt. #4M, Bronx, NY  10456

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

2012     Patricia Dowse, Chief Operating Officer, New York State Rehabilitation Association, 203 Shereen Court, Schenectady, NY  12304

2012     Kathy Hoffman, Coordinator of Special Services, Erie Community College, 4041 Southwestern Blvd, Orchard Park, NY  14127

2012     Kevin Kenney, Systems Advocate, Genesee Region Independent Living Center, 5241 East Main Street, Batavia, NY  14020

2012     Sukyeong Pi, Ph.D., Research Associate, Cornell University, 37 Uptown Road, #5D, Gaslight Village, Ithaca, NY  14850

2011     Cynthia C. Printup-Harms, Program Director, Native American Independent Living Services (NAILS), c/o Western New York Independent Living Project, Inc.

              2253 Mount Hope Road, Sanborn, NY  14132

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

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

2012     Brett Eisenberg, Executive Director, Bronx Independent Living Services, 2600 Netherland Avenue, Apartment 202, Bronx, NY  10463

Representative of Native American Projects (Section 121)

2011     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