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Meeting of the Board of Regents | December 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 8:00am

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Rebecca H. Cort   


Appointments to the New York State

Independent Living Council, Inc.


November 27, 2009


Goal 4






Issue for Decision (Consent Agenda)

Vacancies have occurred on the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC). Should the Regents approve the proposed appointments of members to the NYSILC?


Reason for Consideration


The 1992 Amendments to the Rehabilitation Act require the Board of Regents to appoint members to the New York State Independent Living Council, Inc. (NYSILC).

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 NYSILC is noted on Attachment 2.



VOTED:  that Lawrence Carter-Long, Lynn Drucker and David Whalen be appointed 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 Independent Living Council, Inc.

(New Appointments)

VESID is recommending three new appointments resulting from expiring terms of existing members.  The following new appointments are recommended:

2012 Expiration Date – Advocate

Lawrence Carter-Long

Executive Director

Disabilities Network of NYC

121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor

New York, NY 10013

212-925-6675 ext. 293



2012 Expiration Date – Parent / Guardian

Lynn Drucker

Sr. Vice President, Abilities!

1406 Van Nostrand Place

Merrick, New York 11566

(516) 546-0683 (H)


  • Sr. Vice President of Abilities! accountable for all aspects of the development office and external relations including annual fundraising where she increased corporate and foundation gifts by 20 percent and direct mail income by 40 percent from prior year in 2008.  (February 2007 - present)                                              
  • Development Officer at New York University where she developed and implemented fundraising strategies to target potential funding resources for College of Nursing. Managed development support staff, assistant development director and special events consultant, and oversaw public relations efforts.  (May 2006 – February 2007)
  • Managed and facilitated annual fundraising program for small non-profit ($500k). Responsibilities included; direct mail, prospect research, newsletter articles & preparation, special events, grant writing, and face-to-face solicitations.  (January 2005 – April 2006)
  • Senior Philanthropic Consultant at the Levy Philanthropic Counsel, LLC provided management, coordination, training and support for Hospice Care Network’s capital campaign.  Teacher’s assistant for major gift graduate course at Columbia University and basic fundraising seminars for the UJA leadership programs.  (December 2003 - January 2006)


2012 Expiration Date – Parent / Guardian

David Whalen

Disability Awareness Trainer/Consultant

74 Fleetwood

Williamsville, NY 14221

(716) 565-9338 (H)


  • Founded Disability Awareness Training that specializes in training law enforcement, emergency responders, human service providers, public, private, and school transportation, corporations and businesses, and educators. The training is designed to sensitize and educate on all aspects of disabilities including, but not limited to, definitions of disabilities, etiquette and interaction skills, stigma and misperceptions, proactive approaches to community inclusion and integration, and overcoming barriers through advocacy. Specific topic areas include emotional disturbance/mental health awareness and responsiveness, developmental disabilities, co-morbidities and dual diagnosis, and pertinent legislation.        (November 2004-Present)
  • Worked in the disability field for most of his career including 17 years at Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara serving individuals with developmental disabilities. As Vice President of Program Operations, established groundbreaking programs recognized statewide, including a fully operational greenhouse, an on-site nature trail, rehabilitation counseling in schools, collaborative certification with the county alcoholism department, and a sensory integration room.   Developed a comprehensive plan to serve seniors with developmental disabilities that is currently being implemented in agencies.  (1986 to 2003)
  • David served on the Western New York Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day-DD Day-committee.  As former co-chairperson, was instrumental in making DD Day the largest single day conference in New York State dedicated to the field of developmental disabilities.  (1993 to 2008)

                                                                                                                              Attachment 2

New York State Independent Living Council, Inc.

(Term Expirations)

Center for Independent Living Director

2011     Denise A. Figueroa, 1064 New Loudon Road, Cohoes, NY  12047, Phone:  (518) 785-8295, E-mail:

Representatives from Centers for Independent Living

2010     Christina Curry, Executive Director, Harlem Independent Living Center, 289 St. Nicholas Avenue, Lower Level, New York, NY 10027, Phone: (212) 222-7122,TTY: (212) 222-7198, Fax: (212) 222-7199, E-mail:

2011     Bruce Darling, (NYSILC Vice Chair), Center for Disability Rights, 497 State Street Rochester, NY 14608, Phone: (585) 546-7510, TTY: (585) 546-7510, E-mail:

2011     Douglas J Usiak, Executive Director, Western New York Independent Living Project, 3108 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14214, Phone: (V and TTY) (716) 836-0822, E-mail:

Advocates for Individuals with Disabilities

2011     Kenneth L. Stewart, 34 Points of View, Warwick, NY  10990, Phone:  (845) 986-2955, E-mail:

2011     Anthony W. Richardson, 87 Hamilton Place, Apt. 2F, New York, NY  10031, Phone:  (212) 283-5969, E-mail:

2010     Courtney Totter, Coordinator Program and Services, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1650 South Avenue, Suite 100, Rochester, NY 14620, Voice: 1 (800) 344-4867, Fax: 1 (585) 442-2817, E-mail:

2010     Ramon Rodriguez, District Director, Resource Center for Independent Living, Amsterdam, 347 West Main Street, Amsterdam, NY 12010, Voice: (518) 842-4029 , TDD: (518) 842-3593, Fax: (518) 842-0905, E-mail:

2010     Christine Zachmeyer, Executive Director (NYSILC Chair), Catskill Center for Independence, P. O. Box 1247, RT. 23 Southside, Oneonta, NY 13820, Phone & TTY: (607) 432-8000, Fax: (607) 432-6907, E-mail:

2012     Lawrence Carter-Long, Executive Director, Disabilities Network of NYC, 121 Avenue of the Americas, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10013, Phone:  212-925-6675 ext. 293, E-mail:

2011     Lauren LeFebvre, Project Director, Tri Lakes Center for Independence, PO Box 280, Ray Brook, NY 12977, Phone: (V) (518) 891-5295, TTY: (518) 891-5293, Fax: (518) 891-5293, E-mail:

Representatives of Service Organizations for Individuals with Disabilities 

2010     Edith M. Prentiss, 739 West 186th Street, 4E, New York, NY 10033-8527, Phone: (212) 781-8309, E-mail:

2011     Wendy Strobel, MS, CRC, ATP, Faculty, DBTAC Northeast ADA Center, 203 ILR Extension Bldg., Ithaca, NY  14853, Phone:  (716) 713-6038, E-mail:

2011     Don Dreyer, Director, Nassau County Office for the Physically Challenged, 60 Charles Lindberg Blvd., Uniondale, NY  11553, Phone:  (516) 227-8983, E-mail:

2011     Rain Rippel, 33 Saratoga Rd, Apt Z-10, Scotia, NY 12302, E-mail:

Parent/Guardian of an Individual with a Disability

2012     Lynn Drucker, Sr. Vice President, Abilities, 1406 Van Nostrand Place, Merrick, New York 11566, Phone: (516) 546-0683 (H), E-mail:

2012     David Whalen, Disability Awareness Trainer/Consultant, 74 Fleetwood, Williamsville, NY 14221, Phone: (716) 565-9338 (H), E-mail:

Native American Section 121 Project Representative

2010     Monica Redeye, Program Manager, Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Voc. Rehab., 12885 Route 438, Irving, NY 14081, Phone: (716) 532-1033 ext. 5415, Fax: (716) 532-1033, E-mail:

Youth Representative

2010     Kieran McGovern, Self-Initiated Living Options, Inc., 3680 Rt. 112 Suite 4, Coram, NY 11727, Voice: (631) 880-7929 TDD: (631) 654-8076, Fax: (631) 654-8077, E-mail:

Other appropriate individuals

2010     Sharon Fong, Director of Human Resources, AHRC New York City, 83 Maiden Lane, New York, NY  10038, Phone:  (212) 780-2697, E-mail

2011     Ralph Giordano, 51 Creekside Circle, Castleton-on-Hudson, NY  12033-3206, Phone:  (518) 477-7235, E-mail:

2011     Melanie Shaw, Executive Director, New York Association for Independent Living, One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Suite 806A, Albany, NY  12210, Phone:  (518) 465-4650, E-mail:

2011     Peter Kahrmann, 723 County Route 1, Berne, NY  12023, Phone:  (518) 797-3777, E-mail: